Card Making · Crafting

Getting Out of a Crafty Rut

I don’t know about anyone else but I have got to a point where I struggle for ideas despite having a gazillion products. If anything the gazillion products hinders my crafting because there’s too much choice and it gets overwhelming! So I decided two things this year; 1) don’t buy things I don’t need – use my stash; and 2) come up with a system where I can challenge myself to use limited products/methods.

So, having said this I came up with a list of themes, techniques and styles where I can randomly pick out 3 things and then make a card incorporating whatever those 3 things are.

The numbers are out of order as I was initially going to close my eyes and point!

I made my list and ended up with 72 different options:-

  1. Communication (mail, telephones, computers)
  2. Coloured Panel
  3. Black & White
  4. Pattern Only (no critters/characters)
  5. Art Deco
  6. Torn Paper Stamping
  7. Eclipse Card
  8. Trees
  9. Tartan/Gingham
  10. 2 Colours Only
  11. Framed
  12. Layered Stamping
  13. Text
  14. Embossing
  15. Shaker Element
  16. Garden
  17. Vintage
  18. Butterflies
  19. Die Cut/Punch
  20. Quilling
  21. Patterned Paper
  22. Kraft Cardstock
  23. Anything but A2
  24. Travel
  25. Floral
  26. Texture
  27. CAS
  28. Weather
  29. Stripes
  30. Birds
  31. Window
  32. Ribbon/Twine
  33. Tropical
  34. Movies
  35. Watercolours
  36. Metallic
  37. Paper Piecing
  38. Tags
  39. Use something non-crafty
  40. Favourite Colour
  41. Fairytale
  42. Drinks
  43. Tri-fold Card
  44. Large Sentiment
  45. Gel Plate
  46. Night Sky
  47. Circle(s)
  48. Off the Edge
  49. Washi Tape
  50. Buttons
  51. Polka Dots
  52. Alphabet Dies
  53. One Colour Only (besides white/black)
  54. White on White
  55. Black Background
  56. Food
  57. Chevrons
  58. Stitching (faux or real)
  59. Girly
  60. Sparkle & Shine
  61. Masculine
  62. Hearts
  63. Dogs
  64. Alcohol Ink
  65. Critters/Characters
  66. Masking
  67. Ocean
  68. Background Stamp
  69. Foil
  70. Double Stenciling
  71. Special Occasion (not Birthday/Christmas)
  72. Stamping Only

Obviously this is a long list! But I tried to think of the different types of stamps/dies I had as well as any mediums I owned so I could actually create any one of these options as I had the tools to do it.

In order to pick 3 things randomly I just used an online random number generator:-

Whatever numbers come up, I have to use that option unless it completely contradicts the previous option (e.g. I get 61 – a Masculine card and then get 59 – a Girly card or 72 – Stamping Only and then 15 – Shaker Element.) When this happens I just generate another number until I get my 3.

So far I’ve got a few that I’ve picked and written down and I find it really helps to have a few ideas to choose from.

I’m loving my new system and I’m finding it’s really helped me get out of my rut!

These are the latest I’ve made using this system:-

FLORAL (25) GEL PLATE (45) TAG (38)

For this I made a load of Gel Plate backgrounds a while back and saved them. When I picked ‘Gel Plate’ I figured I didn’t have to do this technique from scratch so using an old background made that way is sufficient enough for this! I die cut the flowers and the main ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment is on a vellum tag.


For this I stamped and heat embossed the dogs in white embossing powder then I inked over the top with Distress Oxide in Shaded Lilac. I added the sentiment and the ribbon then a few black gems in keeping with black & white being allowed in the ‘one colour’ option.

TRAVEL (24) STRIPES (29) SPECIAL OCCASION (not birthday/Christmas) (71)

For this, I painted the stripes on using a brush and some Lawn Fawn ink in”Soot” which I watered down. I then added the white lines with a gel pen. I stamped, coloured and die cut the cars and glued on to the ‘road’ stripes. I mounted it, added a sentiment and I think this is fine for someone who’s passed their driving test!

If anyone is having trouble finding inspiration, limiting yourself to using only a few things is really useful. I highly recommend it!

Sutz x

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