Today I am sharing with you how you can make lots of cards using one single sketch! If you have been following me for a while you know that I LOVE SKETCHES!! I definitely love using them specially to spark my creativity every time I go into my craft room.
So if you have ever struggled with not knowing what to make when you go into your craft room, then read this post, as I know it will help you to see how using one sketch can kickstart your creativity and how you can start modifying them to come up with endless card ideas!
So let’s get started!
How to make lots of cards using one single sketch!
The sketch I am going to use is a very simple, mainly because I truly believe that the simpler the sketch the better it is for you to change things up. And you will see that you can change soooo many things that you can get different looks every single time!
The first thing I know I always like to change is the direction of the card, so this can be vertical and horizontal. You can also change the position of the elements, like in this case you can see in the sketches I have the circle on the right or on the left of the card.
A few other things you can change are the shapes of the elements, so you can do circles, or squares, or rectangles or any other shape you like. Similarly you can change a banner for a rectangle or an image that follows along the same shape. And you can also change the number of elements, so for instance you can do one or two banners.
One quick tip is that the sketch is only a guidance to help you trigger your creativity, once you are in your creative zone, you will see how more ideas will come your way, that might not be really following the sketch.
In this post you will see 11 cards, but honestly I could have continued for another 10 or 20, and what is best is that all looked different and cute.
Where to start?
When you are playing with sketches the best thing is to select a few selection of products.. I love using one single suite at a time, mainly because these already coordinate. However, you can just select any paper pack, coordinating cardstock, the stamp set, and two embellishments. I would go for Ribbon and Gems for the two embellishments.
And from there you would pick the main colors you want to use for your card bases and your mats as well as the “highlight” colors.
Another tip to share, is use the colors from the designer series paper! you can never get it wrong!
The next thing I would focus is the focal point! whether you want to use images from the paper pack, stickers, or stamped images. Selecting this from the get go will help you know how you want to use the sketch and how to incorporate the focal point to your projects.
In my case, I definitely wanted to use the snails from the Designer Series Paper, specially cause these were sooo cute! Not to mention, that I would just need to cut them, rather than stamp and color, so this would make it so much faster! I just took a few minutes to either die cut or cut with my scissors the different images.
For the cards in this post, you will see I followed the colors from the Snail Mail paper pack.
I love how bright the colors look and honestly I don’t think I would have put these colors together on my own. So you can see how you can come up with beautiful color combinations and maybe even new color combos from just following the colors on the paper pack!
Finished Handmade Cards!
And so now that we have the sketch, the patterned paper, the cardstock, the embellishments, and the focal point, it is time to play!! Let the fun begin!
This is the time were you will how to make lots of cards using one single sketch!
The first 8 cards are following mainly the sketch, and the last 3 cards are just trying to incorporate the scraps I had from the paper I use.
I don’t think I shared this, but I decided to use one half of a sheet of all six of the double sided pattern paper, so after the first 8 cards, I had mainly scraps and I wanted to make sure I use as much of this paper while creating as many cards as I could.
For the first three cards you can see that I followed the sketch for the background, but I changed the shape of either the label (Circle, rectangle or other shape) and for the banner I change the position of it, or added the words in the same position as the banner would go
For this next set of cards you can see I changed the background of the sketch where I shifted both pieces in opposite directions so I could see more of each of the pieces. I also added two banners instead of one, or change the shape of the label.
I also used both directions of the sketch the vertical and the horizontal version, to give me different looks.
You can see how minor changes will give you different looks.
More Handmade Cards!
And this final set of cards are mainly using the scraps I have left over from the paper I was using. Please note that I decided to use half of each sheet from the “Snail Mail” DSP.
I did this to limit the amount of cards, and I know I could have made 20 more cards if I had just used full sheets.. 😉
For this next set of cards I am not really using the sketch, but seeing how to maximize the paper I have.. Though, you will see some similarities.. You will see in the video tutorial below a few tips on how decide how to use the left over paper you have..
The Video Tutorial
And of course, you know I would share a video tutorial where I go over each of these cards and let you know how to make them. I go over how to use the sketches and what too look for in your papers.. so if you want see step by step, as well as get the measurements and other tips for these cards watch the video tutorial below.
You will see how easy it is to make lots of cards using one single sketch!
Wanna learn how to come up with endless card ideas?
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On this three video series, I will go over an easy process of how to come up with as many cards ideas as you want.. Imagine going into to your craft room, grab any stamp you want or any paper pack you want to use and start making cards without wasting time trying to figure out what to make.. just enjoying your crafting time to the fullest.. If you are ready to learn this easy process then join me next week on the Free Card Making made easy workshop!
The Supply List
You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support 🥰
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