Hello there! Today I am going to show you how to make a quick and easy card using sketches, and over the next few days I will sharing other Halloween projects. This will help you get ready for Halloween in no time! Come back to this blog to check out the new projects!
As you can see, I am participating in a monthly Blog Hop with Kylie. Be sure to check the other blogs participating in this blog hop. You will get tons of inspiration as you hop around with us. 🙂 Let’s get ready!
Quick and Easy – Halloween Card using Sketches
What do you need to get started?
Excellent question! When I come up with quick and easy cards with sketches, I try to see if I have designer series paper (patterned paper) that has big images that can be either cut, punch, or die cut. These will really help you in making your projects go super easy and in no time.
Why do I start with an image that I can cut? fair question. The reason is because when you start looking for a sketch to make your card, you can use this image as main element of your card, so it is easier to see what type of sketch you need when you have selected that image.
Since this card is for Halloween, lets make sure you look for paper that has cute pumpkins, witches, monsters, or any other related image that you can cut. And while you are already looking for Halloween themed patterned paper, look for another sheet of designer series paper (patterned paper) that could go well with the images you have cut.
Stampin’ Up! does great when it comes to patterned paper, as they have a collection of sheets on each pack that works pretty well together. You cannot go wrong when choosing two sheets from the same pack! The card, I am showcasing today, uses the Monster Bash Designer series paper!
Once you have selected the patterned paper, then see which colors will coordinate with those images. You can pick the card stock for the card base, sentiments, as well as the ink colors that you will be using.
Finally you need to pick embellishments! you can pick ribbon, rhinestones, stickers, etc. This should color coordinate with the colors selected on the previous step.
I have the supplies, now what?
The next step in putting your card together is to come up with an sketch. I recommend going into Pinterest and look really quick for a sketch that catches your eye! but notice I said REALLY QUICK! lol cause I know you can easily fall into that rabbit hole where you start looking for something in Pinterest and three hours later you are still looking for that idea or inspiration 😀 Believe me I know!!
One of the things to look for in a sketch, is for it to be simple without many layers, specially if you are new to using sketches. This will also help if you want to come up with quick and easy cards that you can make in no time. The truth is, simpler sketches are so much easier to follow and to put together.
Also, keep in mind the image you selected on the previous step when selecting a sketch. In my project I have a Witch frame that is a circle, so that helps me visualize what kind of sketch I need to use.
Do not use complex sketches. Complex sketches tend to confuse or overwhelm people, because you need to interchange the pieces on the sketch with real paper, and people get frustrated trying to come up with 4 or more colors and paper that can go together. I try to only use 2 to 3 patterns or colors, and so if the sketch has 2 to 3 elements it is easy to substitute these element when making your card.
To help you get in and out of Pinterest without falling into the rabbit hole, I have created a board on my Pinterest account that you can see HERE.
On this board I have save sketches that I consider to be easy to follow, to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed. You can go in and out really quick from Pinterest and grab a sketch that will work for you! 😀
I have chosen a sketch, what is next?
Once you have the supplies you want to use, and have chosen your sketch then the fun begins!! It is time to put your card together!
Let me show you what I did here on my card! You can see the sketch I used on the left, and on the right you can see the actual card using elements from the sketch.
If You pay attention to the card, you will notice that I altered a little bit the sketch by adding a few things, for instance I added a scalloped circle behind the Witch, and I added ribbon under the scalloped circle as well as some rhinestones on the side of the card.
You see, that is the secret to using simple sketches! They have room for you to add more things to embellish and your card looks even better. Don’t you think?
Specifics on this card!
Now that you saw the behind the scenes of how you make quick and easy Halloween cards cards using sketches! Let’s talk about this card in specific.
As I mentioned before I used the Monster Bash designer series paper. I love that this pack includes two sheets of frames with monsters, as you can cut all of these in one afternoon. Cutting these images ahead of time, makes it super easy to put all your Halloween projects in no time! No kidding! You just need to put paper and card stock together, add the cut images to your project and you are 90% done.
I am using the Witch frame image from the designer series paper, but I decided I wanted to add a scalloped circle under it to pop up the Crushed Curry (yellow) from the Witch image. The scalloped circle is from the Layering circles! This set includes multiple sizes for circles and coordinating scalloped circles, so it is a great set to have!
Following the sketch, I used two different sheets of patterned paper that goes well with the witch frame I had cut. Since these came from the same designer series paper pack, they color coordinate really nice. I glued down these paper. Please note that the banner ends on the strip was cut using the Tailored Tag Punch. This punch has became my favorite ever! You need to have this one on your collection!
I stamped the sentiment from the Spooktacular Bash stamp set, and punched it out with the 1 1/2″ circle punch.
As for the ribbon, I have a GREAT tip!!! you can color the metallic edge ribbon using the Stampin’ Blends! WHAT??? you read it well!!! you can color your ribbon with alcohol markers and get any color that you want! Is this not the coolest tip? Again You are welcome! ha ha ha!
So now that we have all the elements ready, I glue everything together following the sketch.
Watch the Video tutorial on Facebook!
IF you want to see how this card was created, you can watch the video HERE! – I will upload this as well on YouTube, and once this is completed I will add it here, but in the meantime you can watch the video on this post from my Facebook page
Also, make sure you check at the bottom of this post all the supplies I used to make this card, you can click at the images and these will take you to my online store where you can get all these products!
Want more Halloween ideas to get inspired?
If you want to get inspiration from past year’s Halloween cards you can click on the images below and these will take you to the post where you can see the details on these.. While these products might not be available, they follow the idea of sketches and patterned paper. You can easily substitute these with what you have available already 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time reading this post! Let me know in the comments if you will try to use sketches for your next project, or if you have any other secret to make quick and easy cards! I love to learn from all of you!! 🙂
Don’t forget to see the rest of the blog hop! I know you will get tons of inspiration from the people participating today! 🙂 The line up is below!
Want to remember this card or post later? Save this Quick and Easy Halloween Card using Sketches in your favorite board!
Today is the Stamping Around the World Blog Hop!! And you are in for a treat, as you will get inspired by the amazing group of demonstrators in this design team!! Make sure you go thru all the blogs participating, as I am sure you will enjoy seeing all the projects included in this blog hop! – All links are at the bottom of the post! so make sure to check them out 🙂
So for today I want to share with you some tips to help you get ready for your Holiday cards!!! If you like sending cards around the holidays then continue reading today’s post as I will be sharing some of my tips to get ready for this task. 😉
How to make your Christmas cards in time and still enjoy it!
You see usually making cards for Christmas can easily overwhelm you as typically one makes a lot of cards, some years I have made as many as 150 cards, and it can get overwhelming, so starting sooner rather than later is always a good thing, but also trying to have a beautiful card that it is easy to make can make a difference.
How to decide how many designs to make?
I remember a few years ago, I was making multiples of cards with a friend and while these were gorgeous, I am not going to lie, it was so time consuming that I didn’t enjoy making that many of the same card, I resented the last few ones and it was so tiring and boring, so I decided that it was best to break it down into multiple designs. This not only helped me to do the task but would excite me again as I knew I was making different designs.
Now, you do want to make multiple of several designs rather than one of’s, and the reason is that sometimes it can be as well very overwhelming trying to do a different card for each recipient.. it gets tiring trying to figure out that many designs, unless you are making a few of them, like 5-10 cards, but if you are making 60-100 cards you can clearly see that you would get really overwhelmed, right?
My rule of thumb is about 20-25 cards per design, that seems to be the magic range for me between enjoying making multiples of the same versus getting bored or tired of the same design over and over. So divide the number of total cards you want to create by 20 or 25 and that would give you the number of designs that you would need. So if I were making 60 cards, I would design 3 cards and then do 20 of each. Hope this helps you in figuring out how many cards to design.
What is next after deciding how many designs
The next thing I would do after deciding how many designs I need to have, is to look for designs that might use kind of the same tools or paper, that way I can batch produce as much as possible, for instance on the cards I am showcasing today, you can easily break down some of the elements and do them in batches, like die cutting or punching in one day, cutting all the card bases as well as any designer series paper in another day, embossing in another session, making bows in another day, etc. you get the picture?
In the cards I am showing above, you can see I used the Perfectly Plaid suite, so I could easily prepare for 60 cards without any trouble, as a lot of the elements are the same.
Another thing that I could do to add interest, is that while I am doing multiples of the same card I could change out the designer series paper pattern, I would still use the same pack but I would change the pattern, so they feel like unique cards even though I am making the same design, this always helps to keep you excited about making multiples of the same card rather than feeling bored with it.
The Key is in the design!
As you can see the designing part is key. Having a design that you can easily break down into different steps is key, but the card design should also be beautiful and easy to make, as having a more complex card can be overwhelming. It doesn’t matter in how many steps or tasks you can break it down, it still has to be easy to put together or you will still burn out with the task at hand.
Try to look for cards that have an easy sketch to follow, believe me less is more in a lot of instances, and when you are doing 20-25 of the same card you want to be able to enjoy putting together the cards without thinking too much about it. I know what I am telling you! a lot of the times I turned the TV on at night and just ensemble my cards, since there is not much to think about the task is easy enough that I can enjoy watching my favorite show while I am enjoying putting together the cards.
Give it a try! I know you will enjoy the process
- Decide how many cards you want to make
- Divide this number by 20 or 25 to come up with the number of designs you need to create
- Chose a design that can be easily break down into simple tasks
- Prepare all the elements of your cards in multiple days
- Have a date with yourself and your TV to put together your cards
- Enjoy putting together your Christmas cards!!!
I hope you have enjoyed the tips provided on this post! I would love hearing from you, share with me other tips you have when putting together your Christmas cards, do you have a process for this? if so, share it here, so we all can learn from each other!
If you want to learn how to make the cards shown above you can watch the video HERE. These cards were made during my Facebook live event, which is every Thursday at 7pm CST. If you are interested in watching more cards you can go to my page and see the past videos or you can catch me next Thursday live!
You can see the complete list of supplies I used to make these cards. You can click on the pictures below which will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of them.
Stamping Around the World Blog Hop Links
Do not forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in today’s blog hop! I know you will love to see all their projects and I know that you will get tons of inspiration!! click on the below images to go to their website!
Also if you are not aware, The Stamping Around the World Design Team puts together a bundle of tutorials each month that we give for FREE to anyone purchasing with us. If you place an order of $50 or more I will be mailing you the tutorial bundle for FREE. You can also purchase the bundle by itself for $20. If you are interested in this, please leave a message and I will send you the instructions to purchase it. 🙂
You can see a sneak peek of the projects included in the October Tutorial Bundle below!
Thank you for visiting my blog today! let me know in the comments if this was helpful, or if you will give it a try when you are working on your Christmas cards. I love to hear from you 🙂
Hi there! It has been a long time since I posted here on the blog, though I have kept sharing weekly content on my facebook page Creating with Allie. The reason for this was that I was making some changes and upgrades to my blog.. It now moved to a different platform which hopefully will make things a lot better for you..
I gotta confess, the blog was finalized mid July, but as usual, life was just hectic with two little ones, a brand new work, and all things around the house, that kept me from really learning the new platform.. ha!, you see, in my head the change was going to be super quick and all was going to be super easy.. however as with everything in life, there is always a learning curve, and sometimes we get all frustrated when things are not getting right the first time.. has that happened to you?? probably so..
Anyway, I decided to step away and breath and try to learn more about this new platform and today with the Stamping Around the World designer team’ blog hop, I made up my mind to just jump at it and get into it.. This was the perfect excuse I needed to forget about all my frustrations and just get to it.. After all, I just upgraded to this platform right? I now need to use it!! and how am I going to get better if I don’t even give it a try? really, I always tell this to my toddler “Just try it”, and here I was doing exactly the opposite!! anyway.. here I am, teaching by example to my little ones… 😉 so here we go!!
Stamping Around the World Blog Hop!
If you are new to the Stamping Around the World Designer team, let me share with you a little bit!, We are a team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the globe who design tutorials to make a bundle that we offer as an incentive when you purchase with us, so if you are in the US and purchase with me $50 worth of products at my Stampin’ Up Store, you get the Tutorial bundle for FREE!!! that is 12 tutorials for FREE!!! If you are a demonstrator and want to get the tutorial bundle you can also purchase it with me for $20.. you can see a sneak peek below of this month’s Tutorial! 🙂
With this being said, every month this team hops together to show you additional projects using the same stamp set that we used on our tutorial!, so in my case I will share with you the Dinoroar Suite!!!
Meet the Dinoroar Suite!
Are these little dinosaurs the cutest or what??? I really think so!, the minute I saw them on the new catalog I knew I wanted to get them for my little Oliver!, these are perfect for toddlers, don’t you think?
The colors were selected by going with the colors contained in the designer series paper (DSP); this one is one of the best tips for card making. Actually this is one of the reasons why I love Stampin’ Up! so much, you can literary get anything to coordinate pretty well when it comes to their products as everything is color coordinated, meaning if you see in the DSP that Old Olive is included, then you can get ink, cardstock and other embellishments on this same color! making it super easy to create cards as everything coordinates perfectly!! no more guessing if this green is the same shade of green as the one I have at home? right?? I know!! That is pretty cool!!!
Anyhow here is a close up of all the cards made, I am sure you will love recreating them, and I have also added the video where you can see step by step how to make them all!!! 🙂
All these cards were actually made during one of my Facebook lives, where I typically show you how to make three cards using a specific product or technique, or sketch, and lately I have been sharing some of my designing tips to make card making go even easier, since a lot of the times I get questions around how do I come up with designs or how do I keep bringing ideas.. If you have time, come join me next Thursday on my Facebook page Creating with Allie at 7pm CST where you can see the next show and ask any question you might have regarding card making. I’ll be more than happy to see there! 🙂
As promised here is the video tutorial on how to make these cute cards! I go over measurements and products on this video. if you have any question that might not be answered on this tutorial, please do not hesitate in letting me know! leave me a comment below and I will get back to you.
If you are interested in getting any of the products used today, click on the pictures below where I have all the links where you can purchase them, and if you order $50 you will get the Tutorial bundle for FREE!! so scroll down to the end of this post to see all the products used in these cards!!
Also do not forget to visit the rest of the team participating in this blog hop! I am sure you will enjoy going thru all the blogs and getting inspiration from this talented group! so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
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Stefanie Pletscher (The Crafty Medic)
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Linda (Stampin by the Beach)
JoAnne (Luv 2 Create)
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Amanda Gillmore (She Creates: By The Sea Shore)
Margriet Siekman (Creatief met Marsie)
Jenny Hayward (A Stamping Journey)
Alejandra Gomez (Creating with Allie)
Hi there! I hope you are having a great day! Today the Stamping Around the World team is doing and blog hop, and I am sharing THREE cards using the stamp set that I featured on the tutorial bundle for March, which is the So Hoppy Together!!
If you haven’t heard the news, I have partnered with an amazing team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world to bring you a Tutorial bundle that you can get for FREE (yes you heard it right! FREE) when you place a $50 order with me!! Believe me these ladies do fantastic job on the tutorials!! I am absolutely sure that you will enjoy getting these tutorials month after month!! if you want to learn more about this tutorial bundle you can read more about this ordering incentive here.
Here is a sneak peek of the projects included on the March Tutorial!
The So Hoppy Together is a cute stamp set that you can get FREE with a $50 order! as this is one of the stamp sets available during Sale-A-Bration. This stamp set features some cute little frogs that are perfect for coloring using the Stampin’ blends or watercolor pencils or aqua painters.. As you can imagine I went with the Stampin’ Blends that more and more have become my favorite way to color stamped images as it is super easy to color. I love these alcohol markers as you don’t see the strokes you make as you color and you can do some blending with the colors, so your projects look so professional with little effort! (win-win right?)
For these cards I used the Tropical Escape designer series paper (DSP), and I actually used this pack for color inspiration. I can tell you that this is one of my favorite tips when it comes to designing cards! Using the color combinations from the sheets on the designer series paper! Believe me, use this tip and you will see how the rest is so easy with Stampin’ Up! products as everything color coordinate, so the design process goes really smooth!
Usually I start with the color combination, then I will take the same colors for the cardstock, so in this case, I pulled out the shaded spruce, blushing bride, and Granny Apple Green and Whisper White as a neutral color. Since this sheet in particular had more of the Granny Apple Green I decided to use that one as my card base, but I could have used any of the other colors on this sheet.
I did die cut some elements with the other colors as you can see, to pop up the colors on the DSP, so you can see a little flower on Blushing Bride and the leave on Shaded Spruce.
The little frog was stamped and die cut as well, and it was colored with the Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends, you can see that everything color coordinate perfectly.
Because I am coloring with alcohol markers it is important to note that you need to stamp your image with memento ink pad as this is a die base ink pad so this work perfectly when coloring with alcohol markers, PLEASE DO NOT use Stazon as this is alcohol based ink pad, so when you color using Stampin’ Blends it will pick up the black of the stamped images and it will mud your coloring!
Note that I did add some cheeks with the light color of the Flirty Flamingo. I really think that this makes the critters look even cuter, Don’t you agree?? and finally I went ahead and added googling eyes!! Is this not the cutest frog???!!!
Below is a close up of this card. BTW did you see that I added Wink of Stella to the flower and some spots of the frog? this little trick highlight some areas of your card! This is another quick tip to add a little something-something!! this doesn’t add any bulkiness to the card and it makes it look shinning and stunning!!! give it a try and you will fall in love with the results! Let me tell you this dandy super cool tool makes wonders on your card!!!
Here is the second card with this stamp set! this is as well very simple to make and as mentioned before I went with the color combination from the sheets on this DSP, in this case I focused on the clean look from the whisper white DSP with basic black lines and I used the Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green to add color to this card.
For this card as you can see I did a technique with the little frog!!! I colored with Shaded Spruce, but then I went back with the color lifter and added spots with this marker!! and this cool super easy technique gave this frog some texture!
Below is the close up picture of this card! Did you notice those glitter enamel dots?? they color coordinate perfectly as well as these are in Granny Apple Green! I cannot get tired to repeat that I love how everything color coordinate perfectly and this is one of the most important features that you would love from Stampin’ Up! products!! It really makes it super easy to design cards or any paper craft project for that matter. Just pick the colors and bring out the embellishments in the same colors and you will see that this will also help with the flow of ideas on how to make a card.
Finally this is the third card using the Hoppy Together stamp set! same as the previous two cards, I used the Tropical Escape DSP as inspiration for the color combos! so again, see how easy it is to come up with cards using this method of using the color combinations from the paper packs.
For this card I used the Shaded Spruce as the card base and I enhanced this card using the Blushing Bride for the banners and then the Granny Apple Green for the scallop circle under the whisper white die cut circle.
The little frog was colored exactly as the one in the first card, however I did not use goggling eyes as it would cover the lenses, but I added Wink of Stella to the glasses! Below a close up of this card.
Watch the video tutorial below, where I go over measurements, tips and tricks on how to make these cards. You will see that these cards are so easy to duplicate!!
Please don’t forget to stop by the other blogs from the amazing team, I am sure these blogs will inspire you so much that you would want to go running to your craft room and start playing with your stamps! Below is the full line up (YOU are at Alejandra Gomez – Creating with Allie) as well as the buttons for the next and previous blogs if you want to go that route.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Stamping!
If you like the project shown today, below is the supply list for all the items I used to make it. You can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! There is also information regarding the card classes To-Go that I have available for you!
Thank you so much for your business, I truly appreciate your support; Also don’t forget about the NEW ordering incentive this year!!
Hello Friends, it’s time for the second blog hop with the amazing Stamping Around the World Team!! All the ladies from this team have done fantastic work on the tutorials for February! And I can tell you that if you liked January projects you’re going to love February’s tutorials!!!
You can learn more about the tutorial bundle in this post and how you can earn the tutorial bundle for free!! you can see a sneak peek of the projects for February’s Tutorial bundle below.
Same as last month we are doing this blog hop to show you a second project using the same stamp set we used for the tutorial bundle, so you can get more ideas for the sets that we used and hopefully get you inspired to do some papercrafting! exciting right??
My project used the Birthday Cheer stamp set!! and I can tell this is a fantastic addition to your stamp collection as it has big sentiments and though this set is meant to be used for Birthday celebrations, you can see on the image below that it can be used for multiple celebrations!! you can easily use this stamp set for graduations, retirement cards, a special day for your loved ones, a promotion, you name it!! it also contains images that are great for coloring!! and for this you can use watercolor pencils, stampin’ blends, aqua painters, etc. So this stamp set gives you lots and lots of possibilities!!
For the card that I am showcasing in this blog hop, I wanted to make a simple yet really cute celebration card, so I paired this stamp set with the “How Sweet it is” designer series paper!! this paper pack has great, bright colors that just yells happiness all over. Also this paper pack has some sheets with big elements that can be cut out and make great embellishments, which is exactly what I did for this card!
I decided to fussy cut the cupcake and candies from one of the sheets on the How Sweet it is designer series paper and add them as a way to embellish this card. These cute elements go really well with the sentiment and they are so easy to add.. I always recommend that if you are fussy cutting one afternoon, to do multiple images at that time, so that next time you are crafting you can ensemble many more cards easily.
Another little embellishment on this card is the glitter enamel dots on the sentiment, this cute little element go so well with this collection of products!! the colors on the glitter enamel dots are a perfect pair as these are also bright colors.
In addition to the dots, I used as well a little of the Pineapple Punch grosgrain ribbon. I chose that color to pop up one of the colors on the designer series paper from the background. I honestly think that this makes the card look fantastic. What do you think??
From the pictures above you can see that this card is really easy to put together and with the products I list on the supply list below I am sure you can make so many cards. Note that with just one paper pack you can make lots and lots of celebration cards!!
Thank you so much for stopping by! You are at Alejandra Gomez (Creating with Allie) – and you can click the below buttons to go the previous or next blog on this blog hop, or you can click directly on the list below to go to a specific blog.
Please don’t forget to visit all the talented ladies participating in this blog hop! I am sure you will love to see all the projects!! 🙂
If you like the project shown today, below is the supply list for the main items I used to make it. You can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! There is also information regarding the card classes To-Go that I have available for you!
Thank you so much for your business, I truly appreciate your support; Also don’t forget about the NEW ordering incentive this year!!
MORE info about this new incentive HERE