Did You Know November 2019: Tools for Making Cards in Bulk

Welcome friends!! It’s Shari here with another edition of our Did You Know series. Today I’m sharing some helpful tools to make your bulk Holiday cardmaking just a little bit easier.

If it’s your first time seeing this feature, each month we bring you fun facts, creative tips and even crafty hacks about your favorite supplies and brands; you can then use these awesome tips that you learn in your next crafting projects! Are you ready to learn some fun tricks? Keep on reading!


Thinking of piecing some die cuts together for your cards? This easy-to-use machine puts a uniform layer of adhesive on any item.

I’ve chosen this model (Xyron 500) because it can make stickers out of die-cuts, photos, ribbon, tags and much more up to 5 inches wide. You can also use smaller items in it as well, but I thought the larger size is great for adding adhesives to larger pieces too!

Get the kids involved, they’ll love feeding the machine and pulling out the stickers!


A really quick way to make stunning backgrounds for your cards is to use the Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades. These embossing folders have high-definition detail and beautiful designs. Use them with heavy cardstock, paper, metallic foil, metallic cardstock, vellum, and more. You can also ink the folders with coordinating ink to match your cardstock for stunning Letter Press look!

One pass through your die-cutting machine and Voila!! Be sure to follow the instructions on your machine for the correct sandwich to use with folders.

Tip: Mist your papers with water, front, and back before using the folders. This softens the paper and allows the fibers to stretch rather than crack or break.


Did you know that these Chrismtas sentiment strips come with 4 sheets of the same design? That means you can create several of the same card in a flash! There are approximately 40 messages per sheet!

I like to use the strips along with a Holiday word dies such as Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joy, and Merry.

Pair the sentiment strips up the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Dies for perfect cutting.


Oh, the magic of Blending Brushes! Use them with Distress Oxides and you can have beautifully colored backgrounds in minutes!

I’ve shown 2 types here. The 5 pack of Rainbow brushes are all the same size. These are perfect for blending backgrounds. You can use each color to match a color family of your inks. This means you really don’t need to clean the brushes after use.

The 5 pack of mixed sizes are great for blending backgrounds and using with stencils. The smaller brushes can deliver concentrated color into small areas with ease.

I hope this month’s edition of Did You Know was helpful as you work on your Holiday cards this season! Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me today!

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  1. Ooooo . . . those embossing folder are amazing!! And that sticker machine, might have to go on my wish list!

  2. Fantastic collection of pieces that would aid to speeding up seasonal making,many of these pieces will speed up all year round making.Thank you.

  3. All great products and ideas Nina, I have been giving my blending brushes quite a work out lately, they are fabulous.

  4. Wonderful tips and I love the texture fades and the blending brushes – so much fun to use! Thanks so much for all you share here on the blog!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Love all the tips especially the ones for the stickers. My kids would love these as well. I really like that it is wider and you could put bigger items in it. I have a Xyron, but it really small and I only use it once in awhile.

  6. Blending brushes are my new love. Mine are all the same size so I have some of the smaller ones on my wish list. :)

  7. I love the colored blender brushes. I have a set for my regular inks and a set for my distress oxides because I heard that you shouldn’t cross contaminate them.

  8. Think I’ll send links to the sentiment strips & dies to my boys. Great Christmas gifts this year. Perfect for cards next year.

  9. I truly enjoy your blogs, and totally love your styling of the cards that you make. Your have wonderful ideas and a great eye for what looks good and goes well together. Please continue to think of all of us out here in the craft world that look forward to your next post.
    Thank you.

  10. Thank you so much for all the tips Shari, I have several things you adviced or a similar one but as with more things, sometimes you just forget to look in your drawer.
    Thanks again and have a great day.

  11. Super cute card with the Christmas lights – I don’t see a link to the die for the lights. Can you help? Does Simon sell it? I have been unable to find it. Thanks!

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