Greeting Card Layout Sketch

By | July 19, 2017

One area in which many of my Stampin’ Up! newsletter subscribers struggle is card design. Using a greeting card layout sketch is one way to help with this problem.  In my last two blog posts I have been sharing cards I made based on a sketch. (Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout; Handmade Card Sketch Layout for Christmas in July)  I have a new sketch for you today.

Today, I’ll take one greeting card layout sketch and and show you how to vary it by simply changing the colors used on your handmade card.

Many card makers feel they have to come up with their own original card layouts.  This is definitely NOT the case.    You can find many card layout ideas on the internet.  A card layout is simply the way in which the individual elements of the card are arranged.  This same card layout, or arrangement of elements, can be used in so many different ways and each card will be totally unique.

Here’s the layout I used for my cards.

Greeting Card Layout Sketches

LAYOUT ELEMENTS:

  1. The outermost line represents the edges of the card.  The lightest gray color between the outer line and inside line is where the card base shows.
  2. The next lightest gray represents another layer of the card.  This layer is usually cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ but can also be cut 5″ x 3 3/4″.  It can be cardstock or a patterned paper.
  3. The two darker gray shapes represent card elements.  The rectangular box and circle shape could be color cardstock, patterned paper or a stamped image.
  4. The word “sentiment” is the third card element.  This is where the greeting is placed.

 

Now that we’ve looked at the card layout, let’s look at two cards I made using this layout.  Both cards follow the greeting card layout sketch exactly.  Here’s my first card.

Greeting Card Layout Sketches

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Card base is Tranquil Tide. (#1 above)
  • I layered a 5″ x 3 3/4″ Whisper White cardstock piece on the front of the card.  (#2 above)
  • My two card elements are a piece of pattern paper (1 3/4″ x 4″) and the stamped (and punched) daisy image in Tranquil Tide ink. (#3 above)
  • I stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White cardstock layer.  (#4 above)

 

Here’s the exact same layout created in a different color.  Notice how changing only the color creates an entirely different card, even though the greeting card layout sketch has stayed the same.

Greeting Card Layout Sketch

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Card base is Crumb Cake. (#1 above)
  • Next layer is Soft Suede cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  (I did add a second layer to this step – Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  This was so the sentiment would show better when stamped. Take note that this is a way to vary the sketch!!) (#2 above)
  • My two card elements are a piece of pattern paper and the stamped daisy image in Soft Suede ink. (#3 above)
  • I stamped the sentiment onto the Very Vanilla cardstock layer.  (#4 above)

Supplies Used for Today’s Cards:

Daisy Delight Stamp Set (143669)

Daisy Punch (143713)

Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137)

Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (144193)

 

Here’s my advice to those of you struggling with designing “original” cards: Create or find a few basic card designs that are easy to vary.   I call these my “go-to” sketches and use them again and again, especially if I’m stuck for a creative idea.  I’d like to challenge you to find a basic sketch you like (or use the one I provided here) and create an original card based on that design.  Then, create a second card in a different color using exactly the same greeting card layout sketch as the first card.  Then, let me know how that goes for you!!

 

 

Handmade Card Sketch Layout for Christmas in July

By | July 17, 2017

Welcome to another handmade card sketch layout for Christmas in July post.  Lately, I’ve been sharing holiday cards I’ve created with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (Wood 143650, Clear 143655) and the handmade card sketch layout for Christmas in July I designed.  Today is the last day I’ll have Christmas cards made with this stamp set to share.

Before I share my cards, let’s refresh our memories with the card sketch layout I’m using.

 

My first card was inspired by a card made by Judy May.  The layout she used is very similar to my card sketch layout.

handmade card sketch layout for Christmas in July

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The overall layout of this card follows the idea behind my card sketch.  Let’s look at some of the ways I changed this card to “make it my own”.
  • I added two layers onto the card base.
  • My top layer consists of two pieces of pattern paper, instead of solid cardstock.
  • The sentiment piece is a circle shape, contains not only a greeting but a stamped image and is partially tucked under the border strip.
  • All stamped images are from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler color combination is based on the colors in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack (144111).  The Cherry Cobbler cardstock border is textured with the Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143741).

 

Here’s my second card.

handmade card sketch layout for Christmas in July

DESIGN NOTES:

Same sketch but different results!!  I turned an oval shape on end and chose to highlight a stamped image rather than the sentiment.  You can see that I added an extra sentiment element that isn’t on my original sketch.

A piece of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147) makes the border for this card.  I LOVE all the gold accents.

Card details: Reindeer image (from Merry Mistletoe stamp set) and the sentiment (from Eastern Beauty stamp set, 143675) are heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder (109129).  The Layering Ovals Framelits Dies (141706) were used to cut the two ovals.

As I mentioned in my first Merry Mistletoe blog post, I really had fun making all the cards I’ve shared here.  I can tell this stamp set is going to become a new favorite of mine!!  I’ll include links to my other Merry Mistletoe blog posts below.

Merry Mistletoe Blog Posts:

Christmas Stamping In July

More Christmas Stamping In July

Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout

 

Want to get an early start on making your Christmas cards?  Purchase the Merry Mistletoe stamp set in my online store, then use the handmade card sketch layout for Christmas in July, take one cards I’ve shared here on my blog and get busy creating cards for the friends and family on your list!!

 

Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout

By | July 12, 2017

I’m celebrating Christmas in July by sharing some cards I made with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  These cards all follow the same Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout.  Here it is.

A WORD ABOUT CARD LAYOUT SKETCHES

Card sketches are also known as card layouts, card patterns, card templates and card maps.  The basic principle of card sketches is simple, provide card makers with a design layout for the card they are making. The card sketch will include basic shapes and designs drawn on the layout, usually with no other instructions.

Card making sketches help organize the card making process. The sketches are basic starting points for card design, giving you a skeleton or framework to build your card around.  Use your favorite papers, stamps, color schemes and any other embellishments and adornments to create your cards for any occasion. A single card sketch or pattern can be adapted for many different uses, simply by varying the colors of paper, the card theme or the types of stamps used.

 

 

Let’s get started with our Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout.  Here’s my first card (and the card on which my sketch is based).

Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Can you see the sketch elements on this card??  The border corresponds with the three layer border in my sketch drawing. (The dots represent the scallops, I didn’t know how to draw those.)  The sentiment element is also exactly as shown in the sketch.
  • Here are the dimensions on my card: Cherry Cobbler card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; Whisper White layer 5 1/4″ x 4″; Cherry Cobbler matte for sentiment 1 3/4″ x 3″; Whisper White sentiment piece 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″; Cherry Cobbler Border 1 3/8″x 5″; Whisper White Border 1″ x 5″; Ribbon Border Punched Strip 1″ x 5″
  • Sentiment is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (Wood 143650, Clear 143655).  Punched border was created with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch (143721).

 

You should be able to find the original sketch in my second card as well.

Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The color combination on this card is Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  All stamped images are from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.
  • Remember me saying that card sketches are simply starting points in creating cards.  Well, I used my original sketch as a beginning and changed a few things as I went.  The first change you will notice is that the sentiment shape is oval, not square as in the sketch.  Changing shapes is a really easy way to make a sketch “your own” creation. Tweaking the design just a bit makes it feel like the card is something YOU created and not a copy of another’s work.
  • The border design is also changed.  Instead of one long punched piece, I created the border using stamped trees.  And, I made the middle tree stand out by matting it with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

 

Are you enjoying the Christmas cards I’ve been creating using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and my Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout?  It always amazes me how one stamp set and card layout can result in so many different card ideas!!  I’ll have two more cards using this same card sketch next Monday so make sure and stop back then!

 

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More Christmas Stamping in July

By | July 10, 2017

Today I have more Christmas stamping in July inspiration to share with you.  Last week I was busy creating cards with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (Wood 143650, Clear 143655).  I had so much fun playing with the stamped images in this set!!  (Click here to see the cards I shared last week.)

Today I have two more fun holiday cards to share.  Here’s the first one….a quilt themed card.

More Christmas Stamping in July

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card features the tree image in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  I stamped the image four times, then cut it out using the 1 3/4″ square framelit from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372).  They needed a bit of “pop” against the pattern paper background, so I matted them with a 1 7/8″ die cut square (Layering Squares Framelits Dies, 141708).
  • The designer paper background is one of the patterns in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack (144111).  The green houndstooth pattern was cut to four inches square.  I made sure to cut right along the edge of the green in the design, so very little white shows around the edges.
  • I also attached two  3/4″ x 4 1/4″ strips of the same designer paper on the top and bottom of the card front.

 

My second card has a stunning clean and simple design.  This card is my favorite of all the cards that I made last week.  I was so excited when I came up with this card idea!!

More Christmas Stamping in July

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Sentiment is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  It’s stamped in Cherry Cobbler on a 5″ x 1 5/8″ Whisper White cardstock strip.
  • The top and bottom border was created with the Ticket Tear Border Punch (143718) and adds a nice accent to the card.
  • The “poinsettia” was made with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (143725).  The top layer was cut with two dies.  The bottom layer was only cut with the outside flower shape, creating a solid piece.
  • The center of the poinsettia is a Gold Faceted Gem (144141).

Here’s a close-up of the flower.

More Christmas Stamping in July

 

 

I really had so much fun creating with this stamp set.  I’d encourage you to think about adding this set to your collection.  You can find it in my online store.  And, make sure to stop back  on Wednesday to see even more Christmas stamping in July.

Christmas Stamping in July

By | July 5, 2017

It’s hot outside but I’m cooling down with some Christmas stamping in July!!  There’s a new stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! catalog…Merry Mistletoe (Wood 143650, Clear 143655).  WOW!!  If you are looking for a basic stamp set that will go the distance, this set is it!!  Once I started to stamp and create with it I couldn’t stop!!  I was like the energizer bunny and I kept going….and going….and going!!

There are two awesome sentiments in this set that are just a basic greeting and work great when paired with stamps from other sets.  Both my cards today use Garden Green as the color scheme and are monochromatic.

Here’s the first card.

Christmas Stamping In July

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The sentiment and stamped mistletoe images are from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  To get the mistletoe bouquet, I stamped the image three times.  After stamping my first image,  I masked off the stamped bow at the top of the image.  It looked less messy that way.  It’s cut with the 1 5/8″ die from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies (141705).
  • I paired the stamped images with the large medallion die found in the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (143725).  I love this large die.  It really serves to showcase whatever is in its center.  In this case, it makes the bouquet of mistletoe stand out.  The cardstock square is 3 1/4″.
  • The Cherry Cobbler bow was made with one of the dies in the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies (143659).  The pop of color adds interest to the card.

 

 

My second Christmas stamping in July card uses the other large sentiment in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.

Christmas Stamping In July

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The wavy square from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits was used to cut out the sentiment.  I tipped the square on end to showcase the sentiment, then matted it with a 2 1/4″ Garden Green cardstock square.
  • The sentiment is paired with some of the accent images in the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675).  Those little accent images were perfect to fill in some of the white space in the die cut square.
  • The Whisper White background piece was textured using the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141634).
  • The scallop border was created with the border die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits set (143751).  I have so missed having a tool to create borders with and was thrilled to find this die in the set.  I added a piece of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon (132137) for a bit of sparkle.

 

Here’s my opinion of this stamp set…..it’s a workhorse!!  In one afternoon I created EIGHT different cards using the images in this set!!  That means I could have original Christmas cards for the next eight years and not have to purchase another holiday stamp set.  (Yea right…me not purchase another holiday stamp set…ha! ha!  It’s a nice thought though).  I’ll be sharing the rest of the cards I created during my Christmas stamping in July session over my next few blog posts, so make sure and stop back to see them!!

 

Delightful Daisy Product Suite

By | July 3, 2017

I’m happy to be sharing some cheerfully fun cards today using products from the Delightful Daisy Product Suite.  The Daisy Punch (143713) finally was re-stocked last week, so I feel free to finally share these cards.

The first card was one of the make and take projects at the April Onstage event.  It features each of the products in the Delightful Daisy Product Suite.

Delightful Daisy Product Suite

Let’s take a look at each of the products on this card.

  • The first thing that stands out is the daisy image.  It was stamped with the large daisy image in the Daisy Delight stamp set (143669), then punched with the Daisy Punch.  The flower is actually made of two punched flowers layered one on top of the other.  The center of the flower has a Gold Faceted Gem (144141).  These gems also come as clear (144142).
  • The “Thank You” sentiment is also from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  The ribbon border underneath the banner is a piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon (144116).  This side of the ribbon shows lined stitching.  The other side of the ribbon shows cross-stitches in the shape of an X.
  • The last element from the Delightful Daisy Product Suite is two pieces of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137).  I can’t say enough about the stunning patterns in this paper pack.
  • Colors: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Tranquil Tide

 

My second card is one that I received in a card swap.

Delightful Daisy Product Suite

Let’s look at this card.

  • All stamped images (words and daisy) are from the Daisy Delight stamp set.
  • The daisy on this card features one of the Clear Faceted Gems.  This background paper gives you a better idea of the pattern of one of the sheets of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.
  • Sentiment is cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies (145372) and matted with a scallop oval made with the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).
  • The ribbon used on this card is retired and no longer available.  You could easily substitute another ribbon on this card.
  • Colors: Daffodil Delight, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral

 

The last card I have to share today was a design that I created.

Delightful Daisy Product Suite

Design Notes:

  • All stamped images (words and daisy) are from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  The center on this daisy was stamped with an image from the stamp set.
  • I created the border of this card using the Playful Backgrounds stamp set (141920).
  • Colors: Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed the cards I’ve shared using the Delightful Daisy Product Suite.  Any of the specific products can be purchased in my online store using the links in this post.  Here’s a link to my online store.

Paper Pumpkin 24 Hour Flash Sale!!

By | June 29, 2017

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That’s a crazy 75% off the regular price.

Paper Pumpkin 24 Hour Flash Sale

Visit paperpumpkin.com from June 29 at 11:59 PM (MT) to June 30 at 11:59 PM (MT) and use promo code ONEDAY0717 to get your first kit at this incredible price. You can keep the creativity coming after that for only $19.95 USD per month (shipping included).

This offer will be over in a flash, so don’t delay!!

  • For new subscribers only

  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions

  • Discount applied to one kit for the first month of subscription

 

Creating Focal Points with Multiple Elements in Cardmaking

By | June 28, 2017

In today’s blog post, I’d like to continue the discussion of creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking.  In my last blog post we looked at two cards that combined several elements to create a focal point.  I have some more cards I’d like to “dissect” today.

All cards I’m sharing are made using the Wood Words stamp set (Wood 143925, Clear 143928).

 

Here’s the first one.  A demonstrator friend of mine shared this idea with me.  She said the card idea came from Brian King.

creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

The focal point on this card is the three stamped images that are clustered together.  The stamped flower background helps move the eye from the left to the right, finally resting on the focal point.

 

My second card: (Original idea Valerie Moody)

creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

The focal point on this card is created by the cluster of stamped images, a punched circle shape and Linen Thread (104199) bow.  (Rooster on this card was inspired Shannon Lane.)

Stampin’ Up! Products used:  Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177), Stitched Shape Framelits Dies (145372), and Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) – scallop border.

 

Here’s my third card project.

creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

The focal point of this card is the entire three circle border.  The sentiment is placed in the center circle, where the eye is naturally drawn.  The yellow background makes the blue border pop.  I added some interest to the cardstock border by creating a background with the flower image from the Wood Words stamp set.

Stampin’ Up! Products used:  Wood Words stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits Dies (145372), and Hexagons 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231).

 

My next card uses a front and center focal point composed of several elements.

creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

The flower image is stamped and matted with Dapper Denim.  A border of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (144147) balances the layout.  The sentiment is attached to the flower image, making it part of the focal point.

 

Here’s my last card.

creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking

DESIGN NOTES:

The focal point of this card consists of the banner piece, ribbon and sentiment.  This is a really simple focal point idea that can be used again and again.  It’s one of my favorite ways of creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking.  

I made my own background paper using the flower image in the Wood Words stamp set.  Colors are Pacific Point  and Daffodil Delight.  I love the look of blue and yellow together!!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (143662), Banner Triple Punch (138292), and Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double Stitched Ribbon (144116).

 

Now that you have seen some examples of creating focal points with multiple elements in cardmaking, it’s YOUR turn.  I challenge you to try to create you own multiple image focal point on a card of your own!!  Will you take the challenge??

 

 

Using Multiple Elements to Create Focal Points on Handmade Cards

By | June 26, 2017

Over the last couple months, I’ve shared insight on the importance of focal points in our handmade card making.  These past posts have dealt with using single images or sentiments as the focal point.  In today’s post, I’d like to explore ways of using multiple elements to create focal points on handmade cards.

Before we get started with that however, I ran across a blog post on the importance of focal points written by Scott Kivowitz.  His article appeared on the Digital Photo Mentor blog.

He defines the focal point (or point of focus) as the center of interest or activity.  It is the one object in your scene which makes up the majority of what the photograph is about.  It’s something that people will remember before forgetting the rest. (The focal point examples he uses are photographs, but his concepts can be easily transferred to making handmade cards.)

He goes on to say

“without a point of focus, the viewer can get lost in a photograph. Without something to act as the glue, parts of a photograph can feel distant or alien from each other. So by having a point of focus, you are giving your viewer a complete story, instead of a Mad Lib to fill in blanks.”

Here’s a link to his post if you’re interested in reading more.

So, the focal point is the “glue” of our card design.  It ties everything together.  Most times we think of the focal point as ONE image or sentiment.  But, there are ways of using multiple elements to create focal points on handmade cards.  That’s what I’d like to look at in today’s card samples.

I used the Wood Words stamp set (Wood 143925, Clear 143928) to make both of the cards I’m sharing today.  Here’s the first card.

Using Multiple Elements to Create Focal Points on Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

This card uses four elements to create the focal point….a sentiment, stamped image, die cut oval and Delicate White Doily (141701).  Notice how the four elements work together to draw the eye into the center of the oval.  The elements are grouped together and mounted on a piece of Pool Party cardstock.  Mounting them together on a piece of cardstock also helps to make the elements appear cohesive.

The focal point is framed on the top and bottom by a scallop border.  I created this border with a die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits collection (143751).

Sentiment and rooster are in the Wood Words stamp set.  The oval is cut with one of the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies (145372).

 

Here’s my second card using the Wood Words stamp set.

Using Multiple Elements to Create Focal Points on Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

On this card, I also used four layered elements to create my focal point.  The focal piece is composed of three shapes and a stamped image.  The eye is drawn first to the rooster, then moves up to read the sentiment.

Another element on this that works to emphasize the focal point is the use of color.  This card uses three colors: Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze and Whisper White.  Notice how the white creates a border around the entire card, pulling the eye inward.  The white circle behind the rooster pulls the eye to that spot and the white background behind the sentiment makes that stand out.

Products used: Wood Words stamp set (rooster), Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (143662) – sentiment, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177), Stitched Shape Framelits Dies (145372), and Pretty Label Punch (143715).

 

If you’d like to purchase any of the supplies I used today, you can click on the product links in my post.  Here’s a link to my online store.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed the ways of using multiple elements to create focal points on handmade cards I shared today.  Just remember, grouping elements together in a way that catches the eye is another way to create a focal point.

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

By | June 21, 2017

I’m sure you will agree…a card focal point is one of the most important elements of card design.  Sometimes, instead of a stamped image, we like to use a sentiment as the focal point.  Let’s learn some ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments in card making.

Last week I shared a post with suggestions to vary up the focal point when there aren’t too many creative ways to use a stamp image.  You can apply many of those same suggestions when you use sentiment stamps used as the focal point.  (Find that post here.)

The Just Add Text stamp set (Wood 143931, Clear 143934) is my the sentiment stamp set I used for my sample cards in this post.

Here are some easy ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments:

  1. Change the color combinations used.
  2. Matte the sentiment on color cardstock.
  3. Create a textured or stamped background.
  4. Create an eye-catching border.
  5. Use a die cut shape to cut out the sentiment.
  6. Use the Marker to Stamp Technique to omit part of the sentiment.
  7. Stamp the sentiment, then use a scissor to cut up the words and attach on the card randomly.
  8. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the focal point and add depth to the focal image.

 

I used many of these suggestions (but not all of them) on the cards I’m sharing today.  I’ll note the ones I chose to use.

 

Here’s my first card using the Just Add Text stamp set.

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

DESIGN NOTES:

This card showcases the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177).  I created borders at the top and bottom of the card front using designer paper scraps.  I used the Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910) to create the easel focal point. (Stamp on the back of the designer paper you’d like to use, then cut out the easel with a scissor.)  This cards uses techniques 2 and 4 from my list above.

 

Here’s another card using this same sentiment and designer paper.  See how different it looks with a change of color and card design?

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

DESIGN NOTES:

I created a stamped border on this card by stamping the Playful Backgrounds stamp set (141920) around just the edges of the cardstock.  The border draws your eye to the the center where the you see the sentiment focal point.  I used a scrap piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack to create a center matte.  The stamped sentiment is cut out using the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281), then mounted on Crushed Curry cardstock to make it stand out.  Techniques 2, 4, and 5 were used on this card.

 

Let’s look at another card that uses the Playful Background stamp set.

Ways to Vary the Focal Point when Using Sentiments

DESIGN NOTES:

The same Playful Backgrounds stamp image used in the second card was also used to create a stamped background for the sentiment focal point.  Changing the color combination gives this card an entirely different feel from the last one I shared.  The focal point is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  The stamped sentiment is punched into a shape using the Pretty Label punch (143715), then mounted on a scallop oval.  The oval was cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706). The techniques from the list that I used on this card are 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

 

I’ve already shared my next card on a blog post about the Eastern Palace Product Suite (you can see it here).  But I wanted to share it again today while we are discussing ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments because it shows another way to highlight focal points.

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

I stamped a border around the edge of the sentiment focal point.  The stamped sentiment is matted with cardstock.  I also added a designer paper border to balance the card.  Techniques 2 and 4 were used on this card sample.

 

I shared one more card using the Just Add Text stamp set on Monday this week.  Here’s that blog post.  This cards used techniques 2, 3, and 4.  (The ribbon “counts” as a border element.)

 

I hope this post was helpful and you found at least a couple new ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments on your cards.  If this blog post helped you, I’m asking if you’d share it by using one of the social sharing buttons below.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin’ Up!

By | June 19, 2017

I held my new catalog open house last week.   One agenda item for the event: Quick and easy cards to make with Stampin’ Up! new products.  The make and take cards for my open house have to be quick and easy to make because of time and space limitations.

I also try to find stamp sets, punches and dies that are fun. For this event, I used ALL the new in-colors as well.

The first card we made uses the Just Add Text stamp set (Wood 143931, Clear 143934).  I have to be honest and tell you that this stamp set really isn’t a favorite of mine.  I received it in April at the local Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event that I attended.  However, it does have one sentiment that I absolutely love and that’s the one I chose to use for one make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

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I chose to focus on a die cut sentiment for our second make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

Products Used:

  • Happy Birthday Thinlits (143700)
  • Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910) – used the dotted image for the background
  • Colors: Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Whisper White

Project Note: The three layer focal point is three cardstock pieces stacked on one another.  The pieces are the same width (3 1/2″), but different lengths, centered on top of one another.  You can change up the look by varying the differences in the cardstock lengths.

 

Continuing with sharing quick and easy cards to make with Stampin’ Up!…I love the bright playfulness of my third make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

Product Notes:

 

Here’s my last quick and easy make and take card.

Quick and Easy Cards to Make with Stampin' Up!

(This card was a CASE of a Brian King card layout.  I changed the colors I used. I also changed the shape of the sentiment image.)

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Well, there you have some quick and easy cards to make with Stampin’ Up!  The card layouts I shared today can easily be adapted to ANY stamp sets and tools you may already own.  I challenge you to see if you can re-create one of these ideas with products you may already own!  Then send me a photo so I can see what you’ve done.  (Or post it in the comments section of this blog post.)

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

By | June 14, 2017

When you have a stamp set that doesn’t have many creative options, do you ever wonder how to vary the focal point in card making?  We’ll be focusing on this topic in my blog post today.

The cards I’m sharing feature the This Little Piggy stamp set (Wood 143919, Clear 143922).  This is such an adorable stamp set!  Bella and Friends (Wood 141867, Clear 141870) and Pretty Kitty (Wood 141861, Clear 141864) are two other stamps sets that also have very limited options for creativity.

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

This Little Piggy Stamp Set

 

First of all, what do I mean when I say the stamp set doesn’t have many creative options?  Look at the stamps in any of the sets I mentioned.  Notice how each stamp contains an image of an animal and a sentiment below.  There certainly aren’t too many creative ways to use a stamp like that.

Here’s the trick….since you can’t really use the stamped image in a variety of ways, you have to change the way the stamped image is presented!!  That’s how to vary the focal point in card making.

Look at the piggy cards in the photo above (found on page 48 in the Stampin’ Up! catalog).  Notice how the pig on the green card is cut into a heart shape.  Also, see how the pigs on the other card are colored in different ways.  Both of these are ways to vary the use of the stamped image.

Here’s some ideas of how to vary the focal point in card making when using these kind of stamps:

  1. Change up the color combinations used.
  2. Change the outline shape of the stamped image (square, circle, cut out, etc).
  3. Matte the image on color cardstock.
  4. Create a textured background.
  5.  Create a border.
  6. Add some ribbon or other embellishments.
  7. Omit part of the image (the sentiment for example).

 

Here are the cards I made using some of these ideas.

CARD ONE:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

Variation Techniques Used: 

  • I created a narrow designer paper border around the edge of this card to look like a frame. (Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, 144177)
  • I also put a strip of designer paper behind the focal point square to add interest.
  • I cut the image in a square and matted with Garden Green cardstock.

 

CARD TWO:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

 

Variation Techniques Used:

  • This card is very similar to the first.  I used a matte around the outside edge to create a border.
  • The entire background of this card is textured with the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing folder (143710).
  • Instead of using designer paper behind the focal point, I used a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (141487) to add interest.
  • Center image is mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to add some depth.  (I did the same thing  on the first card.)

 

CARD THREE:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

(Note: This card is an exact copy of a card I had seen made by Jackie Bolhuis)

Variation Techniques Used:

 

CARD FOUR:

How to Vary the Focal Point in Card Making

 

Variation Techniques Used:

  • I used a border of flowers on a cardstock strip to create balance and add interest.  Flowers were made with Blossom Builder Punch (141469).  The border edge on the blue card stock was made with the Ticket Tear Border Punch (143718).
  • The piggy image was only partially stamped.
  • The sentiment was added ABOVE the piggy, instead of by his tummy (as it is on the stamp).  I did this by coloring only the words on the stamp with marker, then stamping on the cardstock.  I stamped the words first, then placed the piggy.
  • The scallop circle border adds interest to the stamped image.  I used the Layering Circle Framelits (141705).

 

I hope that you enjoyed this post and learned how to vary the focal point in card making.  Following some of these suggestions will help you be creative with a stamp set that doesn’t have creative many options. Add one or two of these suggestions to your card making tool kit.

 

Here are some other blog posts about using focal points in card making if you’re interested:

How to Use Focal Points on Handmade Cards

How to Use Focal Points on Handmade Cards, Part 2