Here's the card I made last year (and please excuse the terrible picture) and I'll use it as the example as I go over the tips:
- Plan your card...make a sketch or find a card that you want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything). There are places where you can find sketches of cards as wells as samples of cards you can CASE. Or if you find a Stampin Up! stamp set that you really like, look in the Stampin Up! catalog or the SU website for examples.
- Once you know what card you are going to make figure out your measurements and write them down. This will help you create the card step-by-step over time. For example, in the above card I knew the measurements for the snowflake paper so I was able to cut out as many as I needed at one time.
- Which leads me to doing your cards step-by-step. Over a few days just take a little bit of time and prepare each piece of your card. For the above card I took one night to cut the base of the card (which is taking a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock and cutting it in half to make two bases for a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card). Another night I cut out the next layer and another night I stamped the sentiment, punched it out and layered it. Finally, you put all of the pieces together and that's it...in just a few evenings you're done! No, seriously.
- One major tip is to make sure you have plenty of adhesive. I make sure I have plenty of Snail before I start.
- Remember to have a system to keep all of your pieces together...I talked about that a little here last year along with pictures of some of my step-by-step process.
- Turn on some Christmas music and have your favorite drink while you work (though you may not want to have the drink too close to your work because that could be a disaster waiting to happen...or am I the only clumsy one?).