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Handmade cards in bulk : Cards for Quilting Swaps 

If you browse my posts or scroll my instagram you will soon discover I’m quite the swapaholic – sewing, quilting, bag making, paper, project life, cards, embellishments. If it’s crafty, I’ve probably swapped it! 

But my latest obsession is quilt block swaps. The idea is that you make two blocks, pop them in a card and post away. 

The card can be a postcard, or even just some folded paper. But if you like, it’s a great chance to play with designing a simple but eye catching card. 

This is the card I designed for my latest swap. It features stamping, diecuts and a premade embellishment. Throw in some double sided tape and you have a very quick card, easily made on mass. 

Supply list: 

  • AC Cardstock 5 x 7 inch cards and envelopes
  • Metallic cardboard
  • Project Lide 6×6 paper pad – confetti
  • 2 inch scallop punch
  • 2nd biggest circle die from Lawn Fawn small dotted circle stackables
  • Ali Edwards Craft story stamp
  • Heart, circle and flower stamps from various Lawn Fawn stamp sets
  • Oh Deer Mee felt stickers from Freckled Fawn
  • Glue
  • Double sided foam tape
  • Momento ink – black
  • Stamp block

Check out my photo tutorial to see how to make your own: 

1. Diecut the background circle

2. Punch out the feature scallop

3. Stick your feature embellishment to the centre of the scallop.

4.Mount your stamps in a circle slightly larger than the diecut

4. Stamp using black ink

5. Lay out your premade blank cards and make assesmbly style – stamp, stick circle with glue, mount scallop with double sided tape. 

Adding some dimension by using double sided foam tape gives a nice visual effect. However if your blocks are over 8 inches I’d recomend leaving out the tape to reduce bulk and keep your final card thickness under 20mm as required by Australia Post. 

And finally if you like, add a little stamping to jazz up the envelope.

A quick note on quilt block swaps:

 The benefits: 

  • Quick to make
  • Often have a quick turnaround of a month or so
  • Pretty cheap to post (since international letters cost $2.95 AU to post to USA & UK)
  • Less risk than other swaps – small time investment spread across multiple people

I’ve been mostly lucky in other craft and quilting swaps receiving some beautiful items made with care and skill. However, on a couple of occasions I’ve been burned too so if you are wary of the bigger swaps this option might just be for you. My tips : Keep an eye out for experienced swap hosts. Scroll their feed / previous swap hasttags and read comments to see if people were generally happy with their style.  And if you really want to protect yourself, some block swaps operate by sending your blocks to the organiser who then sorts and sends some back to you. This one only requires trust in your host so has the lowest risk (and usually the lowest cost!)