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. Oh such fun! It’s too easy to buy myself Christmas gifts! Great ideas to help with holiday cardmaking and gift giving, especially the blending brushes and sticker machine. Easy peasy!

  2. I whole-heartedly agree with this collection of tools being WONDERFUL assets to a crafter’s stash. Each of them allows someone to make a really terrific card more easily.
    My favorite is the Xyron. I used to have one and I absolutely loved it. I raved on its benefits to all my fellow crafters. But mine was damaged when our basement flooded and I’ve never been able to replace it. It was such a great tool to add adhesive to intricate and/or tiny items.

  3. Always appreciate this blog…sometimes it confirms the crafting value of something I have…sometimes it gives me just what I need so I can add it to my wish list. tfs

  4. I love embossing folders! I’m in love with the wonderful life tag! So beautiful and so many possible ways to recreate! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Great products! I love the size of the sticker machine that you featured- I have the one with the 2-inch opening. The SSS sentiment label dies are awesome, too!

  6. Good stuff Shari. I have had my Xyron machine for many years and have put it through it’s paces.. I especially use it now because my granddaughters are into crafting and little fingers don’t work so well with small pieces. Love Tim’s 3D folders so much.

  7. Some great products and those blending brushes are fabulous, would love to get a few of the embossing folders to try…thanks for all the tips, I need those sentiment strips right now lol!

  8. My ancient Xyron 510 is in its death throes and I think I love that newer 500 and all the rest of the Xyron rabbit hole I went down on your site. LOL

  9. Those sentiment strips look fantastic, definitely going to check them out! I love the idea of the embossing folder backgrounds too! Thanks for the tips!

  10. These are SUCH great tips! I usually use Stick It Adhesive, but I think a Xyron would speed up my card making process a lot. Adding it to my wishlist!

  11. I love this feature and, of course, I want it all. I actually have a Xyron sticker machine somewhere in my craft closet. I had forgotten about it but now I realize I need to dig it out and put it to use!

  12. So excited to add the Xyron 500 and the sentiment strips to my Christmas list. Then I have to tell Santa he can buy them right here. Thanks for the great information!! Fingers crossed for Christmas.

  13. The sticker maker is a must have, it was one of the first tools I bought when I started paper crafting! The sentiment strips are a definite must have for making cards in bulk. I didn’t know about the sentiment strip die. Putting that on my wish list!!

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