Want to know how to cut your card making time in half? Try this super quick tip. You’ll be rewarded with wonderful – and unique – designs and still have time left over to get out into the summer day!

Many of you will already know I’m the queen of quick and easy card making. While sometimes I love to spend a bit more time on a design, most times I need a card fast, and out of the hundreds I have in my stash, nothing seems to quite fit the bill!

Sound familiar?

So what’s the tips for speedy card production?

Your designer series papers! For beautiful cards like these ones which will take less than 15 minutes tops (and more like 10 I think)!

How to Cut Your Card Making Time in Half
Quick card making ideas using patterned papers

How to Pick Your Designer Series Paper

All patterned papers are fabulous. But some work a little better to slash the time you spend in your craft room.

Here’s what I look for.

  • colours I love plus ones I have coordinating embellishments in
  • anything that matches with white (and let’s face it, most things do)
  • a bold set of designs or patterns to immediately become the focal point (aren’t these daisies perfect?)
  • and nice, but not necessary, patterned paper to mesh with a stamp or die set I have

The Fresh as a Daisy DSP fits the bill!

Lots of luscious colours. Bold designs. Coordinating Cheerful Daisies stamps and dies.

For today’s two cards, I used the piece you see featured on the top left. In that one piece along there are 10 different designs and sizes like the ones I’m showcasing today. Click to see another card featuring this particular paper and how to cut the Fresh as a Daisy DSP.

How to Cut Your Card Making Time in Half

What do you need to do to save time?

Cut your patterned paper into either 4″ x 5 1/4″ or 3 3/4″ x 5″ (so it will cover the majority of your card base). Then add a couple simple embellishments to take it up a notch.

Simple Steps to Make This Card

  1. Glue the patterned paper to the front of a folded card base. Here I’ve used Boho Blue, but you could also use Basic White or Copper Clay.
How to Cut Your Card Making Time in Half

2. Add a small strip of Stampin’ SEAL to the top left and place your piece of ribbon over it and press to adhere.

3. Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of Basic White and crop with the label die cut, then glue to a piece of Boho Blue scrap (this piece is 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″). Add dimensionals to the back and affix in place over the ribbon. TIP: Try to catch a little bit of the ribbon with the dimensional, but be careful to have most of the adhesive on the paper, not the ribbon. 2nd TIP: You can always stamp the leaf to dress up the greeting a little like I did or leave it off. I stamped it first onto a piece of scrap so it was a bit more subdued first.

4. Add one brushed metallic dot to embellish!

And just like that, you’re done!

This second card is very similar, except I added one more layer of white onto the Early Espresso card base. And cut out another label also from Early Espresso to layer behind the greeting. These do take a bit more time but add a slightly different look to the card if you like.

How to Cut Your Card Making Time in Half
Who needs to stamp when you have paper this gorgeous?

Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog today. Please take a moment to leave a comment and let me know which of your patterned papers you’re going to use first!

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And please be sure to come back soon since I’ll have lots more easy and quick projects like these two for a little bit of inspiration.

Plus be sure to let me know if you tried these tips for how to cut your card making time in halfI love to hear from you!