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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.
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.
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.
Supplies Used for Today’s Cards:
Daisy Delight Stamp Set (143669)
Daisy Punch (143713)
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!!
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.
Here’s my second card.
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.
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!!
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.
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).
You should be able to find the original sketch in my second card as well.
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!
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.
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!!
Here’s a close-up of the flower.
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.
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.
My second Christmas stamping in July card uses the other large sentiment in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.
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!!
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.
My second card is one that I received in a card swap.
The last card I have to share today was a design that I created.
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.
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.
Here’s the first one. A demonstrator friend of mine shared this idea with me. She said the card idea came from Brian King.
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)
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.)
Here’s my third card project.
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.
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.
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:
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??
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
I chose to focus on a die cut sentiment for our second make and take card.
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.
Here’s my last quick and easy make and take card.
(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.)
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.)
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.
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 are the cards I made using some of these ideas.
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(Note: This card is an exact copy of a card I had seen made by Jackie Bolhuis)
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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: