Hello everyone! I am writing this post today because I thought it would be fun to share with you my thought process behind creating cards and to give you a couple tips and tricks that I use every time in my creating process. I’ve been asked by many how I make my cards POP and what kind of supplies I use. So today I am going to share with you the steps I take to create beautiful cards. It’s all about the cards!!
I LOVE making cards! All sizes, shapes and colors but sometimes I find myself hanging onto these cards just to add to my collection, to admire them and simply look back on for inspiration. They are my creations, my work of art, a part of me. They are like my precious babies. I am very protective of them. Could they possibly mean that much to someone else? Would they appreciate them as much as I do? Will they treasure them as much as myself? After all I put a lot of time thinking and creating those beauties just to have them tossed in a drawer or even the trash… Does this sound familiar? Do you have these same feelings? If not great! YOU are who I strive to become BUT if you do have some of my same wild and crazy thoughts, I am here today to tell you WE need to stop!
Handmade cards are the best, don’t get me wrong but we need to stop thinking about our own feelings and addictions to these cuties AND start thinking about the people in our lives and how we can make a difference by sending them a little something to brighten their day. After all how excited and loved do you feel when you get a special handmade card. Isn’t that the most wonderful feeling! Don’t you want to make someone else feel that way? I am here today to help you become successful in creating and letting go….you will feel EVEN better when you know that your creation has put a smile on someone’s face and that you made a difference.
Now let’s get down to business!! How do I make my cards POP?!?!
- First off, when I create I create with a theme in mind. I find it much easier to get the creative juices flowing if I have a particular theme or collection to work with. Also another little hint… I find it’s more productive to create more than just one card while you have everything out so why not make six! Below is a picture of the My Life collection by Echo Park Paper Co. that I choose to create my card & layout kits with. I love how all the patterns coordinate and how they have made it into a fun collection to work with.
- Second, I pick out the colors for my card bases. I always look at the overall color scheme and choose the colors that compliment the patterns.
- Next, I ink ALL my edges of pattern paper pieces with ink using sponge daubers and that is the KEY to making my cards POP. If I don’t ink the edges I feel my creations are naked and don’t have that WOW factor. As you can see in the photos below, this simple little trick makes such a BIG difference. Notice the card on the left is the card without any inking to the edges and the card on the right has all the edges inked. SO COOL! Love this trick!!
- One last tip, I use 3m double sided mounting tape to add dimension to my projects. All you need to do is cut some pieces and add them to the back of your piece that you want to POP out and add dimension.
I truly believe everyday is a day to be grateful for. We need to enjoy today, tomorrow and forever! Life is too short to be consumed by all the insecurities or crazy thoughts we may have. So this week my challenge to you is to create from the heart and create to make a difference. Brighten that special someone’s day with a beautiful creation you made especially for them, NOT your collection, your pride but from YOUR heart. The My Life collection by Echo Park Paper Co. inspired me to create the Life is Good Card kit this month. So if you are interested in purchasing this kit, simply click on the link ‘Life is Good Card kit’ under the ‘Other Links’ tab on the right side.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope I made a difference in your life. Creating is my passion and I love what I do. Until next time….