Customizable Card Set + Video

Hello again, crafty friends. Today’s post shares how to create a customizable card set…

I’ve made several of these card sets as gifts and they are always a hit with the recipient. They really enjoy being able to choose which greeting they will use. Before we get to the card set details, let’s start with the creating of the cards.

You can watch the video on how I created this card set HERE or click on the video below…

I will be using THIS Mini Hearts Party and THIS Mini Stars Party dies from Simon Says Stamp. These are two of my all time favorite dies. I’ve mention them in THIS Five Crafty Products I Love Video. I love to use them to create quick embellishments for my cards but I will be using the whole die on today’s cards.

For the first card, I cut the Mini Hearts Party die from the top of a white cardstock panel and then flipped it upside down and cut it at the bottom of the panel as well. I love stretching my dies and getting a cover panel die look by cutting a smaller die multiple times.  I removed all the center white hearts. I placed them in a baggie and will definitely use on future cards. I love that these dies cut so many shapes at one time.

Next, I adhered the die cut panel on to a white A2 sized card base using liquid glue. I made sure to apply glue around the back of each heart opening so it would lay nice and flat and put something heavy on it while it dried. I cut a lots of hearts from pattered paper using that mini hearts party die. I organized them by color in THESE triangle trays. 

There are many ways you can do die-cut inlay. I applied liquid glue into each opening and laid the die cut piece in it just like a puzzle. I really enjoy this process and will put on a movie or Netflix and go to town. I find it calms my nerves. However, I realize this isn’t for everyone. Also, you don’t have to inlay the pieces into each opening. You could always adhere a full sheet of pattern papers or strips of colored cardstock on to the card base and adhere the die-cut panel on top, saving lots of time. I just personally like the look of die cut inlay.

Next, I created a space for the recipient to know where to adhere the sentiment. This is just a placeholder for them so I cut one of these banners from Lawn Fawn from white card stock and adhered it to the opening in the center. You could skip this part if you want but I really think having a visual spot for the recipient takes out all the guess work for them and makes it easier. 

So now let’s die cut some sentiments for that space. I cut sentiments from several of the sentiment packs by Simon Says Stamp.
I die-cut several of these sentiments using the same banner die. The set I’m creating has six cards but I cut 10 different sentiments. I did this so the recipient has lots of choices. On the back of each strip, I adhered a piece of adhesive. Once the recipient chooses a sentiment, they remove the liner from the strip and adhere it on top of the white banner. I placed all of sentiments in a glassine bag and added a sticker to seal it shut. 

So now I want to share what I like to include in these Customizable Card Sets. There are a few options for what to place on the items in. I chose THIS Junior Mesh Zipper Bag from Simon Says Stamp. They offer larger sizes as well but this junior, smaller size was perfect for today’s project. I also chose this because this card set is going to my son’s teacher and I thought the bag would be great for her to use after she sends all the cards. Inside the bag, I put in 6 of the die cut inlay cards, 6 colored envelopes, (I chose to do a rainbow assortment), the sentiment strip pack, six postage stamps, a pen, and a roll of washi tape to seal up the envelopes.

Another option to present this card set is THESE crystal clear boxes. These are very high quality and hold everything comfortable except for the washi tape….there just wasn’t enough room for another item. I usually put directions on the front of these card boxes so the recipient knows what to do. Here’s a picture of the instructions from a previous set I made…

I didn’t do that with today’s set because I’ve made this recipient sets like this in the past so no instructions were needed.

The next card was created with a different, quicker way to adhere down die cut pieces. I cut down one of THESE adhesive sheets slightly smaller than the card base and adhered it down. Next, I adhered down the die cut panel on top. This die cut panel was created with the Mini Stars Party die.
All the open areas are sticky from that adhesive sheet so you can quickly pop them in place. If you don’t have any adhesive sheets, you could cover the entire front of the card base with a tape runner adhesive. I created this one to send to my nephew congratulating him on making the tennis team. I used red and black for his school colors.

I wanted to mention that creating cards with customizable sentiments do not have to be just for gifts. I like to create cards for myself like this. They are great for when you are in a pinch and need a quick card because you can match the sentiment for the occasion. 
I hope this has inspires you to create a Customizable Card Set.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great day and Happy Crafting!
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