Handmade Greeting Card Makeover

By | December 18, 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a handmade greeting card makeover here on my blog.  And, since it’s been so long, I decided to share a card makeover project today.

The beauty of a handmade greeting card makeover is that it allows me to use products I myself already own.  I don’t have to go out and buy anything new.  I can look at a card that someone else created and recreate it any way I’d like.  The challenge of this process is narrowing down what I want to use.

Card makeovers are similar to using sketches in creating handmade cards.  Just like a sketch, you look at an existing card idea and make it your own.  The difference is that a sketch is usually just a visual line drawing and a makeover is usually based on an actual card someone else has made.

Here’s the card I made for my handmade greeting card makeover.

Handmade Greeting Card Makeover

Here’s the actual card I used for inspiration.  It is from a PaperCrafts Card Creations magazine and was made by Laura Griffin.

Handmade Greeting Card Makeover

What I kept the same:

  • The basic clean and simple layout of the original card.  That’s what attracted me to this particular design in the first place.
  • The same basic sentiment shapes with the layering, sponging, a die cut border, and a ribbon across the card front.

Here’s what I changed:

  • The project colors.
  • The shape of the bottom die cut border.
  • Solid white color behind the sentiment instead of the patterned paper. (I didn’t have a pattern paper in the right color that had a small enough design that worked).  Instead, I sponged the edges of the white card stock and added a Cherry Cobbler matte piece behind the words.  I also die cut the white shape into something other than a square shape.
  • Added texture to the background Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I didn’t think there was enough interest and movement on my card with a smooth background.
  • The placement of the Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I left a small border of white at the top of my card, as well as at the bottom.

Now that you’ve seen how it’s done, why don’t you try one for yourself??  I’d love to hear how it goes!  Leave me a comment and let me know.

As you can see from my card today, a handmade greeting card makeover is a great way to get new ideas for your card making sessions.  The idea is to take a card that another person has made and change it up in a way that works for you.

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