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Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Cardmaking 101, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 6 comments

Tutorial: Making Card Kits

I’m so glad that Sandy recently shared her experience with me about going to one of our OWH’ers card parties! “It was great,” she told me, “We talked about showing how she makes kits, how they bag them and set them up at their party.”  Sandy was telling me about Esther – who, along with some other friends, Teresa and Ellen, compiled this tutorial for us today based on the things that they have learned! These are fantastic kits, and could be easily changed up a little to make cards for any occasion. Please enjoy the lesson…

Making Card Kits


Follow these steps to make great card kits like this!

1. Check Shipper’s needs on OWH website for theme of the card kit, under the heading Mailroom and just below  SHIPPING ADDRESS. Card needs: Love and missing you are what I’m always shortest on. A little of everything is ok too of course! 

 2. Choose stamps to use on card kits.


3. Choose sketch from Stars and Stamps sketches. (We used sketch #149)


 4. Choose papers and colors.


 5. Make sample card. Sometimes while making the sample card adjustments need to be made to the sketch for several reasons. The sample card will be displayed in the card kit to help card makers choose the card kit and assemble the card pieces.


 6. Cut nine more pieces of each part of card kit to make a 10-card card kit. Often times 10 boxes for overseas are packed at the same time, a single card from a 10-card kit could be added to each box during that packing session.


7. Stamp images and sentiments on card stock and OWH logo on the backs of card bases. (Insert picture of stamped images, sentiments and OWH logos on the backs of unfolded card backs). If using embellishments, such as brads, baker’s twine, ribbon, etc., prepare the cardstock by pre-punching, if needed. Some small embellishments or thin ribbon will need Scor-tape on their backs.


8. Count and fold flaps of envelopes back for easy insertion. Insert sample card in envelope to help card makers learn or remember how to do “the tuck.” Click here, if you want more info on tucking!

 9. Attach sticky note listing the number of steps needed to assemble each card to the sample card. Some new card makers may want to start card making with a simpler card kit containing just a few steps.  Some experienced card makers may like the challenge of more complicated card kits.


 10. Assemble, pack in plastic bag and seal.  Allow both the sample card  and the pieces of the card kit to show to help card makers decide when selecting a card kit to assemble.


Let’s leave these lovely ladies a lot of love for sharing this tutorial with us today, which comes right on the heels of  one of Sandy’s latest OWHtv episodes, Preparing Card Kits for Cardmaking Parties.  Between both of these wonderful lessons, you should have plenty of mojo for making your own card kits and having a party of your own. 

Thank you, Esther, Ellen and Teresa! Esther says that she is way too busy making all these great cards and kits to have a blog, but Teresa has one, TK is Addicted to Stamping, where you can see their smiling faces if you want to go take a look.


  1. Such a great idea, and so much fun to involve new people in cardmaking for a great cause! Thanks, ladies, for the very well-organized tutorial.

  2. Great step-by-step directions. I helped to organize a group party about 6 weeks ago and this would’ve been perfect to share with the others who made kits. Next time for sure!!!

  3. Nice job, ladies! These are great tips. I never thought to put the number of steps right on the bag. That is a great idea rather than saying, “this is an EASIER card for the newbies.” Less steps is less complicated.

  4. Great tips and ideas. I have gone to a card making party and have used many of these directions. I was wondering if I was doing it right since there was very little that I could use as a resource on the internet. I especially like the tip of making the sample card and then including how many steps it should be. I also like including an “easy”, “intermediate”, and “advanced” label so that beginner card makers don’t feel left out.

  5. Excellent!

  6. Thank you for the tutorial. A great way to get others involved.

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