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How to Create a Handmade Greeting Card "Factory."

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You can actually make a living constructing and making handmade cards at home.  I did this by servicing over 2,000 stores for about 15 years making cards this way. Of course, after awhile I paid other people to make the cards.

Here is an example of how I set up my manufacturing process for my card business.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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Gather all materials you need for your card. This task requires I have glue, cardback, envelope, cello bag, card text square, and image square. I will assemble them all and make a card.

Step 2: Layout multiple cards

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Lay them all out in a row and start adding glue. It goes a lot faster.
Overlap the cards in areas that are not going to be glued. You can get more cards on the table that way.

Step 3: Glue

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Notice I added glue on the cards, but I didn't glue anything on it yet.

Since the glue takes awhile to dry, I know I will have time to lay down the pieces before it dries.

Partially dried glue is ideal, because when you place something on it, it has more "stick" to it than fresh runny glue. Runny glue tends to let things slide around too much.

Step 4: Glue in This Order

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The pieces are placed down starting with the top row. Note the order and direction of both gluing and placing the pieces.

Drawing a circle of glue is a whole lot faster than a square shape, and it sticks just the same. Note also the card has a pre-printed black frame, to help the cardmaker guide where the glue should be placed.

Step 5: Do another layer

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Is it time to remove the cards from the table to glue another set?

No.
Don't remove anything. Put a second stack on top. I can make this stack go about 10 levels high.
 
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mali93 years ago
I like the example of how I set up my manufacturing process for my card business.
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lvanzar3 years ago
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am in the process of starting my own card business and had no idea how to do it.
Very helpfull for me (i am a chaotic *smile*)
LStephens24 years ago
 I loved your instructable, but would also like to hear about who you contacted at the stores, what your pitch was for them to sell your cards and how often you scheduled replacing the cards.  More of the business side would be very helpful!  Thanks!
kateharp (author)  LStephens24 years ago
I have a whole blog on the greeting card business.  See sidebar for different topics.  http://kateharperblog.blogspot.com/
-Kate
kateharp (author) 4 years ago
If you want to go more in depth into this business, there are several more articles on how to start a greeting card business at http://kateharperblog.blogspot.com/