Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello Friends! This is the 3rd card I made yesterday. I decided to post it now because I made another card for tomorrow. Someone emailed me and asked me how long it takes to make my cards and why do I price them on Etsy at such low prices.

Honestly, I spend about 30 minutes and at the most 45 minutes on a card. I think that's pretty quick because many times people spend at least an hour or more making their cards. I actually give myself a limit on the amount of time I spend making a card. I would love to spend more time making a card. . .I probably could do a better job at making them but time is important in my opinion, especially if you sell your cards. Your time is valuable and the longer you spend making the card, the more expensive the card becomes. Material cost is also important in pricing a card. Every dew drop, every piece of layer and flower, buttons, and embellishment, the cost of making a card can become very pricey. It's not surprising that people charge $5 to $7 or more for their cards but I don't like to price them that high because for many buyers, that is too expensive and the customers that you have becomes limited to those who can afford to buy them. I don't make much money selling my cards but I enjoy making them so I make them for pleasure and sell them so I can make a bit of money to buy more materials and sometimes a little money for other things.

Anyway. . .with the heart images, I stamped the image using dye ink then I inked the whole image using Versamark and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder to give them a shiny effect. I then cut the images and layered them and mounted them with foam tape.

I really love the gingham ribbon. It's very pretty! I wish I could do a better job creating my bows. There's this tool that a blog friend recommended to use to create really pretty bows. I may need to invest in one.

To finish off the card I added lace trimmings and dew drops to my sentiment. That's about it! Fairly quick and simple!

Well I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday!


CanDoMom said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card! And only 30 minutes? Amazing! Great is just beautiful (like I am seeing with all your creations!) Very impressive! TFS! XXX~DigiDarla from www,

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Maria.

Hugs Riet.xx

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