I love to challenge myself with handmade card makeovers!! Wondering what card makovers are all about?? Well, I’m sharing a handmade card makeover project today, so read on to learn more.
Quite often I see a card design I love, but don’t have the same products as the original project. That’s where the “card makeover” goes to work. I look in my collection of stamps and tools to find thing that I own that I can use to re-create the card. Handmade card makeovers are great ways to use what you already own!! And, who doesn’t like to get more mileage from their crafting investments!!
Today’s card is my most recent handmade card makeover.
Here’s the original card idea that I found in an old Paper Crafts Magazine I had in my collection. This original design was created by Jessica Witty.
- When I first saw the original card, I loved the clean and simple look of the card. The darker gold stamped images reminded me of a stamped image in the Timeless Textures stamp set. With that thought in mind, that was my starting point.
- My next decision was to decide on a sentiment. I liked the lettering style of the original, so I went through my collection of sympathy sentiments until I found a style that was close. The stamped image I used is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.
- My next decision was cardstock colors. The closest colors Stampin’ Up! has to the original card was Early Espresso and So Saffron, so my color decision was made.
- With all those decisions made, it’s time to create the card. When I looked at the layout of the original card design, I didn’t like that all the “weight” was in the lower right corner. So, when I designed my card I changed it up a bit. I still have most of the weight in the lower right, but I moved the sentiment up a bit and also added a repeated stamped image toward the upper left corner of the card. The card becomes “my own” as a result of small design changes like this.
- I only used one color of ink on my card, Delightful Dijon. I stamped the sentiment full strength and then I “stamped off” before stamping the flourish elements onto the So Saffron card stock.
- The last element I added was the rounded corners. I don’t have a punch that matches the punched corners of the original card, so I used my Project Life Corner Punch instead.
Here are the products I used on my card:
As long as I was already playing with the stamps and ink, I decided to try another “version” of this same card. I used the same elements and colors and here’s the result.
- I used Delightful Dijon cardstock for the card front, in place of the So Saffron used in the first card. This meant that I stamped all of my images “full strength” so that they would show on the card front.
- I added a border stamp around the sympathy sentiment and moved it towards the center of the card front.
- On this card, I moved the “weight” of the design to the upper left corner of the card front, then added a “border” around the rest of the card.
I hope it helps that I share my thought process as I create a handmade card makeover. As you can see, it is easy to take other’s card ideas and use them to make similar cards with products you already own and I’d encourage you to try your hand at handmade card makovers. Then, let me know the results.