How Batch Processing Can Make You More Efficient

Welcome to another Make It Monday!

Today I’m sharing my process for making multiples of the same item. I do this all the time when I’m making cards and tags to sell in my store. It’s quite likely you do it to … in the kitchen.

It’s called Batch Processing.

Batch processing is something anyone who has to make multiples, or large quantities, of the same thing for an occasion does without even thinking about it. You’re making chili to feed an army? First you chop up all the onions you need. Then you chop up all the peppers. Then you cook all the ground beef … you see what I mean?

I do the exact same thing, only with my paper, stamps, dies, and inks. Let me show you in this quick time-lapse video I posted to our Instagram this morning.

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Hopefully you get the idea – even at super fast speed!

I started by die cutting all my tags, then I inked them all and set them aside. Next step was to stamp all the images I needed for my tags, then colour them all in using my Distress Oxide inks. Here’s a look at all the different ink colours I used on these tags.

When I am inking with Distress Oxides I always use a permanent black ink that won’t react with water. There are a lot of good ones out there like this Memento Tuxedo Black one. And while we are looking at this photo, I used my Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard to add a bit of sparkle to the red bows. But I’m getting ahead of myself …

Once my images were coloured in, I put them to one side to dry. While that was happening, I stamped a sentiment on the back of each of the tags I’d already die cut and inked. Then once that was done, the smaller images were dry and ready to be individually die cut.

It may look like a lot of work, but having a set like the one below cuts down on the work significantly. I love buying my stamps and dies together!

Once everything is inked and cut out, it’s pretty easy and fast to assembly. I used pop dots to raise the champagne bottle image up and liquid glue to attach the bow and holly. What would a tag be without ribbon – this thin red one was in my stash and I was happy to use it all up. The final step is to add the Nuvo drops to the bow for sparkle and shine.

And before you know it, you’ve got finished tags!

You can apply these steps to any craft project you are working on and it will allow you to create multiples, more quickly. Fantastic if you’re working on Holiday cards for a lot of family and friends!

Let me know if you try this method and how it worked out for you.

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