Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

By | March 28, 2018

Monday on my blog I shared some tips for designing a handmade greeting card.   Today I have more cards to share and we’ll use them to look at some more tips for designing a handmade greeting card.

I had created a detailed video that walked through the design decisions I made on each of these cards.  Unfortunately, the video seems to have disappeared to who knows where.  (Technology!!!  My least favorite to deal with!!)  So, I will summarize what I shared in the video.

Each of today’s cards uses Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  If you compare the layout of today’s cards with the ones I shared Monday (find the cards here), you will see they use the same layout.

Here’s the first card:

Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

PROJECT NOTES:

  • The border of this card is stamped candles.  I created this border exactly the same way as the one I shared in the video on my last post.  When creating a border, start in the middle and then work out to each side.  That way, your images are centered and even.
  • I decided this border of candles needed a bit of an accent, so I created a PeekaBoo Peach  color punched border piece that is just peeking out from one edge.
  • Our brains work best with odd numbers.  Before I added the peach border piece, there were only two elements of PeekaBoo Peach color.  Adding the third color element makes our brains happy and gives balance to the project.

 

Here’s card number two.

Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

PROJECT NOTES:

  • There’s lots of white space on this card, with splashes of color.  But the layout is the same as my first card.
  • The party blowers/horns make up the border for this card.  I accented the border piece by using a pop of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
  • I had two different sentiment pieces stamped, one Bermuda Bay and the other Calypso Coral.  On the video I can’t find, I show how different the two colors look on the card layout.  I decided to go with the Bermuda Bay color because it gave the card more balance.  You may have to actually stamp two different pieces to compare when creating your cards.

 

Continuing with tips for designing a handmade greeting card, here’s card number three.  It’s totally different than the other cards and came about because I wanted to try using the two border pieces in the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

Tips for designing a handmade greeting card

PROJECT NOTES:

I stamped the pattern rows by hand!!  If you look closely you can see where they don’t quite line up.  It was much more noticeable before I attached the sentiment.

This stamping process will be so much easier when the new Stamparatus becomes available in June.  That tool will make creating backgrounds like this SO EASY!!

 

I hope you found these tips for designing a handmade greeting card helpful.  Let me know if you’d like to see more blog posts like this!!

 

 

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