My rule of thumb is to think about how many cards you will be mailing out. Think of friends, family, work associates, neighbors, kids' friends' families, well…you get the idea. No matter how many cards you are planning to send, get a realistic number in mind before you start creating! Once you have the list, you can figure out the amount of time needed to create your card as well as your supply budget. If you have a long list, my advice would be to choose a simpler design, one that is easy to mass produce.
One year, 3 of my stamping buddies and I chose the same stamp set to use for our cards and we didn't even know it. We decided to make a “group design” (we all sent our cards to different people) and then get together a few times to assemble them. One of us stamped, one tied bows, one adhered layers, and so on. We rotated the “jobs” so the workload all evened out, and of course we all purchased our own supplies.
Speaking of supplies, I've listed what was used for each of these cards so you can get an idea of cost involved; just click a pic to see details.
Of course, if these are not your style, Stampin' Up! offers so many other options in stamp sets, paper, inks and embellishments. I know we'll have something just right for your cards! 🙂
Pine Bough Noel Card: no stamping required!
Holly Berry Happiness: layered and embellished!
If you want to design your own cards this year, but are struggling with stamp set choice, I'd love to help! Give me a shout and we'll set up a time to start planning your perfect Christmas card!