January 31, 2012
OK, so are you ready for lots of pictures? I’m going to walk you through how *I* go about designing a card from a sketch. I pretty much do the same things no matter what my starting place is. If I’m working on a color challenge, or an inspiration piece, I almost always start with my layout. Mind you, that layout may change in the process, but that’s where I start. The exception to this rule is when I have to use a particular stamp set, say, for teasers. Then, obviously, I start with the set, but my next step is to find a sketch that will work with that set. So, let’s get to it, shall we?
I’m going to show you how I designed my card for MFT’s Wednesday Sketch Challenge #56. First, I pulled up the sketch on my computer—I keep it in front of me the entire time I’m working.
I knew I wanted to make a Valentine card so next I got out all my Valentine paper to see which one “spoke” to me the most.
I decided to go with MME ‘Love Me’ collection and then worked on choosing papers. I pulled out several designs and card stocks and switched them all around until I decided this was the arrangement I liked the best.
Then I decided on what stamp set I wanted to use. I chose to use Inspired by Love, which hadn’t see any love lately ;-) I went with the fancy heart as my focal image.
My next step was to see what Die-namics die I wanted to use for that circular element. So, I tried out the image I’d chosen from the set to see what die I liked best for this image. I chose the Dizzy Doily Die-namics die for this one.
But…I think the heart looks a little lost on the large die and it was too large for the sketch, as well, so…
…I tried it out on the largest of the Dizzy Doily Duo Die-namics dies and it was “just right” :)
Next, I roughly laid out all my elements to see if this was really the way I wanted to go. This is where I’ll adjust a sketch a bit if necessary…
This is where I decided on my sentiment. Since I was going to use the flag from First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics die set, the sentiment had to fit on the flag. I tried several out but decided to go with this one from Clearly Sentimental About Romance.
…and then I firmed up my design but don’t put it together yet.
Now I needed to decide on some embellishments. To do this, I brought out several things I thought might work…
…and then rejected them all for this. I felt I needed a little more aqua blue on the card so first I tried some turquoise baker’s twine. But, it was too dark so I went with red and a dark aqua button. I think this balanced it out nicely.
I was happy with that so the only thing left to do was put it together and here’s the finished result. Sometimes I decide to sew on a card—actually, I have to make myself NOT sew on a card sometimes, LOL! I fear they’ll all look alike if I do that, so I mix it up. This one seemed to *need* sewing so I did it.
So, that’s it! That’s the way I go about creating a card. I hope I’ve given you a few tips for making the creative process easier for you!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge!
January 29, 2012
Hi, everyone, I’m back today with a card using Card Patterns’ Sketch #150. MFT is sponsoring Card Patterns this week so I thought I’d play along. Here’s the sketch:
I fiddled with the sketch just a little, but I think you can see it. I’m using Vintage Cameo Die-namics & Stamp Set for my card. I stamped the silhouette image then cut the frame from patterned paper, adhered the image panel, and popped it up on foam. I’m also using the Crown Border Die-namics for the zigzag element and the sentiment was stamped on a First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics die cut and attached to a button and some twine. Three sweet roses using the Mini Rolled Rose Die-namics set and Upsy Daisy Die-namics for the leaves finish it off. I really love how this card turned out!
And here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set:
Here are the Die-namics dies I used on my card:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Vintage Cameo (MFT)
Paper: Fossil, Whip Cream, Gumdrop Green; Rustic White (PTI); Splendid 6 x 6 (Authentique)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Mini Rolled Roses, First Place Award Ribbon, Vintage Cameo, and Upsy Daisy Die-namics dies (MFT); twine, twill, button, foam dots
January 28, 2012
Happy Saturday!! Since it’s Saturday it must be Crazy 4 Challenges time! Today is Joanne’s last challenge for this month and she has picked one right up my alley! She wants us to “Layer it on. Lots and lots of layers and embellies.” Ok, I can do that ;-)
And, we’d like to announce some changes in the design team. Maria Bell has had to step down and we welcome Kelli Hull as our newest member! Welcome KJ!!!
I’m using MFT’s Clearly Sentimental About Love for my card today. Valentine’s cards are easy to layer and embellish the heck out of, KWIM? In addition to all the paper layers, I added a bling-y flourish, a layered die cut for my focal element, and twine, a dimensional flower, and die cut leaves :) The sentiment was stamped on a die cut using the Well Worn Greetings Die-namics set and that was layered on an Oval Decorative Doily Duo Die-namics die cut. My flower was made with my new favorite rolled flower, Rolled Scallop Flower Die-namics and, of course, the leaves were made with the Upsy Daisy Die-namics.
Here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set:
And here are the Die-namics dies I used on this card:
And that's all for me for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for you!
- Cindy Haffner
- Dawn Easton
- Frances Byrne
- Jessie Rone
- Joanne Grzelak
- Joycelyn Turner
- Lynda Benden
- Kelli Hull
- Silke Kittmann
- Silke Ledlow
- Vicki Garrett
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Clearly Sentimental About Love (MFT)
Paper: Whip Cream, Black Licorice; Head Over Heels 6 x 6 pad (Lilybee Design)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Vintage Touch Chamomile (PTI)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Well Worn Greetings, Oval Decorative Doily Duo, Rolled Scallop Flower, Upsy Daisy Die-namics dies (MFT); twine, bling, foam dots
January 27, 2012
Welcome to Flourishes Friday!
Here at Flourishes, the design team is picking up one of our older sets to give it a little attention! With the season of love upon us, we thought Angelic Love should be in the spotlight! So, in addition to getting some fantastic ideas today from the design team on how to use this stamp set, we're having a one day only sale! Buy today and you get 15% off! Simply use the code ANGEL in the coupon code box at the time of checkout.
I decided to make a Valentine card for a friend. I stamped the image on Classic White card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with these Copic Collections:
Then I cut it out with a Classic Heart Nestabilities die and my Grand Calibur machine and popped it up on foam dots. I’m using Crochet White lace and some sweet gingham ribbon, from which I hung the locket image. A button, some twine, and some stitching finish it off.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has to show you:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Angelic Love (Flourishes)
Paper: Classic White (Flourishes); Riding Hood Red (SU!); Paper Hearts 6 x 6 pad (Crate Paper)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Grand Calibur, Classic Heart Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); lace, ribbon, button, twine, Copic markers, sewing machine
January 25, 2012
Are you ready for another MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge? Here’s this week’s sketch. You can find the sketch on the MFT blog and also in the MFT forum on SCS, as well as in the weekly newsletter. The Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.
I KNOW I’m going to be going back to this sketch over and over and OVER!! I love it! It’s just classic! After I chose my papers and got them on the base, I added a Dizzy Doily Duo Die-namics die cut. Then I stamped the heart from Inspired by Love, cut it out by hand, and popped it up on foam. I tied some baker’s twine around with a button and then added the sentiment from Clearly Sentimental About Romance, which is this month’s Triply Scoop set, using a flag from the First Place Award Ribbon Di-namics set. I also added some stitching. It’s a very simple card but that heart is so elegant it totally dresses it up.
Here’s the inside with a sentiment from Clearly Sentimental About Love.
Here are the Die-namics dies I used on this card:
Thanks SO much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Inspired by Love, Clearly Sentimental About Romance, Clearly Sentimental About Love (MFT)
Paper: Whip Cream, Wild Cherry; Love me 6 x 6 pad (MME)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Basic Grey (SU!); Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Dizzy Doily Duo, First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics dies (MFT); baker’s twin, button, foam dots, sewing machine
Welcome to this week’s Color Throwdown challenge! Today’s colors were chosen by Joan and here is her inspiration piece:
Don’t you just love that image!! And what a gorgeous color palette!
I decided to make another Valentine card with it using MFT’s Clearly Sentimental About Love. I stamped the sentiment on a Layered Labels Die-namics die cut and popped it up on several layers. I have an Open Scallop Doily Duo Die-namics die cut and a Simply Scallops, Medium Die-namics border going on :) And, of course, a Pretty Posies flower with Upsy Daisy Die-namics leaves on to of a double twine bow.
Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play the Color Throwdown challenge. If you don't, just use the closest you have. So, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use the link service to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily. And please include a link in your post to the Color Throwdown. If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD176 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back a little later with this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge!
Stamps: Clearly Sentimental About Love (MFT)
Paper: Fossil, Hot Fudge, Whip Cream; Head Over Heels 6 x 6 (Lilybee Design)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond (Tim Holtz); Layered Labels, Simply Scallops, Medium, Open Scallop Doily Duo, Pretty Posies, Upsy Daisy Die-namics dies (MFT); button, twine, sewing machine, foam dots