Wanna know how to stretch your card making dollars? There are so many paper crafting products on the market nowadays. It’s not only overwhelming. It can be downright piggybank breaking! But it doesn’t have to be.
I recently asked my paper crafting friends to share their best cost saving measures when it comes to rubber stamping and crafting tips. And now I want to share all those super ideas with you, along with a few of my own 😉.
OK, let’s dive in.
How to Stretch Your Card Making Dollars
Use What You Have
All right, I’ll say it. We crafters can be hoarders. Yup, it’s a painful fact, (and I’ll bet you even know who you are!). We tend to overbuy and then generously age our supplies. For decades some of us!
Why do we do that? So with that in mind, here’s some fun ways to use up some of that stash…
- My friend Leslie just said how great she feels now she’s using up her stock of pop dots. Every card is going out the door (well maybe not ALL of them) with a few. She’s down to only a dozen or so packages!
- Don’t be afraid to cut into your pattered paper. My friend Pat has a plan to donate cards made with her stacks of DSP to a non-profit She gets to have fun crafting and shares the joy of receiving a card with others.
Plus I have a hunch there will always be something new coming out to whet our crafting appetite 🤣. So it makes sense to purchase wisely so you will actually use what you have! Which leads us to our next point.
Product Coordination is King
- Shirley says to consider shopping suites of supplies to expand creative choices. They offer endless options for designs and everything matches!
- Gather cardstock and inks in a smaller number of coordinating colours rather than all of them.
- Rhonda says your Versamark is your best friend! It gives you tons of colour options with its tone-on-tone ability.
Re-Use and Recycle
- Denise says to know what you have and mix and match current with older supplies you already own. Flowers generally don’t go out of style. Holidays tend to come around almost every year 😊. And birthdays are never out of style! Same with some colours.
- Same with colours. Choose classic colours and accent with pops of trendy ones. Navy, red, green and yellow are some of my favourites. They all go fabulous with white and vanilla cardstock and never go out of vogue.
- Sheila glues her smaller pieces of cardstock to copy paper. She’ll use these for sentiments for punches or card insides. Not only does she use up small bits, she saves on postage with a less weighty card.
Invest in Good Quality
- Jill suggests we purchase from reputable suppliers. Shopping at a dollar store or on discount online sites can be awfully enticing.
But you need to be wary. Product on these sites and in discount stores can be of lower quality.
- My buddy Doreen was dismayed to see her layered card lose its stick when displayed on a friend’s mantle.
Or what about dies that don’t cut completely through your cardstock. Or stamp pads that dry out before you can use them? In the long run, what you saved might just not be worth it at all.
Go for Variety
- Jean says to have a good idea of what you already have before investing in something, e.g. stamp sets. If your stamp supply ONLY has pretty flowers, you might be a little limited in the masculine or kid birthday card area😋.
- Consider a couple generic word sets to round out images that you love. Styles might change slightly but generally these stay current. And while you’re at it – look for both larger and smaller fonts. Ones that are scripty and ones that are plainer. You will get a lot of use from these over time.
- Think who you’re going to send your designs to. If you have a large circle of friends and family, a couple good all-occasion sets are ideal. If there are a number of seniors you like to share greetings with, go for more traditional. Or if there are lots of kids or grandkids, bright and bold kid-friendly sets, dies and papers are your go-to.
Be a Savvy Shopper
- Shop the sales. Stampin’ Up!’s Clearance Rack has awesome deals at huge discounts if you’re not concerned about waiting.
A couple words to the wise about the Clearance Rack however. If you absolutely LOVE something in a current catalogue, get it sooner rather than later. There’s no guarantee it will be restocked or that it will show up on the Clearance Rack later.
And stamp sets are hardly ever – if ever – in the Clearance Rack since Stampin’ Up! manufactures them itself.
- Anita also says become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and enjoy the discount! The minimum you can save is 20% on everything Stampin’ Up! carries. It’s a great way to get in on things earlier too. Check out a bunch of other reasons for joining Stampin’ Up! here.
- Yolande says to order in sufficient quantity to minimize the shipping costs. Stampin’ Up! charges a flat rate of $9.95 for any order up to $100 then it becomes a 10% charge.
- Take advantage of sales. Shop during Sale-a-bration (this year Jan 3rd through March 31st) for free items. Watch for flash sales like free shipping. Or look for customer reward programs like my Sunny Rewards where you earn your choice of free items when you shop online with me! These are great ways to replenish supplies at a reduced rate.
Clean Like a Fiend
- Yolande says she keeps everything, from small cuts of paper to ribbon and fabric. But she also does a GRAND cleaning every once in awhile. For me, I limit myself to 1” pieces of cardstock. If it’s bigger than that, it goes into my drawer – see a pic here – to be pulled out and used later.
- Leslie routinely goes through her supplies and culls items for a craft supplies sale. She can be extremely ruthless at this. And yes, it might mean a sold item occasionally sees a resurgence in popularity. But if that’s the case, I bet another variation is soon available!
Share the Love
- Patty says she likes to share 6×6 DSP with her sister. That can extend to almost anything that comes in multiple packs. Embellishments, ribbon anyone? Then everyone gets to play with new stuff all together!
- What about sharing stamps and dies with other crafting friends too? Get a group together and each of you go for your fave suite from a catalogue. Then rotate your supplies amongst yourselves every few weeks or plan a weekend crafting get together.
- Stamp club events are a great way to get items for free. You get together with friends once a month for new ideas from me, place an order then get to share in host rewards. Email me to get in on one.
- Margaret says she tries to purchase things that will stay in style. Admittedly this may be a bit of a shot in the dark. But things like the generic paper patterns (checks, gingham, stripes) or shape dies (circles, ovals, rectangles) and punches can be guaranteed to give maximum crafting life you will use for years.
- Yolande says she scours the internet for templates and printables she can use in her crafting. Not only does it give some variety, it also saves time and money when designing!
- Order products with multiple uses. Watercolour pencils, Stampin’ Write markers and stencils can be used for tons of techniques that you will never grow tired of.
Thanks for Stopping By
And there you have it.
I hope you enjoyed these tips to help stretch your card making dollars – give one or two a try and see if your buck goes just a bit further!