Assembly Line Stamping

by Lisa Foster

Try these tips for mass producing cards.

Supplies

  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Night of Navy, Silver Foil and Whisper White, scraps of Night of Navy used here)
  • Ink (SU Night of Navy used here)
  • Stamps (SU His Light and Star of Light used here)
  • Die cuts (SU Starlight dies used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: strong liquid adhesive, craft mat, sponge, white envelopes, acrylic blocks, tape runner, adhesive-backed foam dimensionals. Pre-cut card bases if desired as an alternative.)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Cut and score all your card bases first. Cut layering panels to size.

    For the sample, card bases were cut to 5.5” X 8.5”, scored and folded at 4.25”. Silver foil layers were cut to 5.25” X 4”. White panels were cut to 5” X 3.75” (card front) and 5.25” X 4” (inside).

  2. Step 2

    Die cut layering pieces or embellishments from the center of a layering panel to save cardstock.

    For the sample, a silver star was cut from the center of the silver layering panel.

  3. Step 3

    Squeeze out a small amount of glue onto a craft sheet or other nonporous surface. Use a sponge to lightly apply the glue to die cut pieces.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp all pieces at one time (including the envelope, if desired).

    TIP:
    To ease this process, use a stamp positioner.

  5. Step 5

    Line up all card elements in the order they are to be assembled, then assemble by layers, leaving embellishments to the end.

  6. Step 6

    Complete the cards!

    Other helpful tips:
    Stamp on pre-cut and scored card bases with matching envelopes.
    Enlist family and friends to create an assembly line! Make it a FUN party!
    When coloring an image, be sure to cut the image out before coloring in case of a coloring mishap.
    Enjoy the process and think of how your recipients will be touched by your special handmade cards.

    Share your tips in the comments below!

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Assembly Line Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you for sharing! These cards are lovely.
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 5:30 AM
Nicely done video - informative, lovely end result & your voice is very soothing.
SherryB  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 5:42 AM
Oh! Thank you so much---the tips for the STEPS and the WAY to set up the assembling were JUST what I needed. Just getting it right and placing the pieces in the workspace were wonderful!
Prissequito  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 7:21 AM
Thank you, very well done.
Louise Neveu  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Thanks for sharing these great tips!
Lynn  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 9:35 AM
Thanks for your video. Used to have a loving husband that helped me cut and die cut pieces for our 50 plus cards. RIP

First I have to figure out what the design will be, and I usually try to make 8 to 10 at a time. Clean and simple like yours, help to make them quickly.

My envelopes usually have assorted small stamps used on them, but matching if there's room. thanks again.
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 9:59 AM
Thanks, Lisa, for a great tutorial! I loved your method and really love the cards! Stunning design with elegance. Thanks for sharing the tips about the other cards using embossing. Loved them too. Thanks for the great step-outs and for the doing the video! Hugs and Merry Christmas!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Perfect timing for this tutorial as I’m starting my production today! Love getting new tricks to try. Thank and Happy Holidays!
Seattle Lou  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 10:16 AM
Lisa your card is absolutely stunning as always, thanks for sharing.
Michele Wright  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 10:43 AM
Lisa, this is an awesome video. I truly adore the card, it's beautiful and stress free!!! I just finished making cards for a card swap and it was a bit stressful. This tutorial will come in handy the next time I have a lot of cards to make!!! Thank you for sharing!
Tammy Whitley  |  Wed Nov 28, 2018 at 4:12 PM
Well done! Thanks for sharing!
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Thu Nov 29, 2018 at 2:08 PM
That's a lovely card, and the video is very encouraging for those of us who still haven't started making Christmas cards.
Leslie Parks  |  Thu Nov 29, 2018 at 4:21 PM
Your card is GORGEOUS!!!! I wish I were a friend or relative of yours. smile
The first time I really did some stamping was for my wedding invitations, envelopes, and thank you cards. My sister-in-law invited a friend of hers over and we made them assembly line style.
Martha stamped them with Versamark, I put on the embossing powder and Jan heat embossed them. They were very simple. We already had the sentiment printed on them.
Thanks for a lovely tutorial.
Rascal Heart  |  Tue Dec 4, 2018 at 3:21 PM
carrying the cut all a step further--I take full packages of white, cream/ivory, cardstock to a local custom printer business. I ask for the paper to be cut to 5 1/4 X 4 and they can do it in about 10-15 minutes......don't know what the magic is--but the lady at the desk always tells me no charge when she is there but the guy charges me so much a cut (takes 4 to make it the right size).....still usually under $6-----and then I have hundreds of inserts/mats ready to go in a standard size. They are also easy to trim if I need smaller for something and great for grabbing to diecut if I need white or ivory for a card....I keep them sorted in wire mesh file boxes on the worktop next to my big shot and trimmer.
Pansy Fryman  |  Mon Dec 10, 2018 at 7:30 AM

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