Easy Sketches for handmade cards

Have you ever thought about using sketches for handmade cards?  I hope you have, as this is the easiest way to come up with card ideas, interested? then keep reading as I will be sharing with you all I know about sketches from how to select the best sketches, to how to change the sketches when you are making your cards!  So let’s get started! 😎

Using Sketches for Handmade Cards

As I mentioned in the intro, sketches are the easiest way to come up with card ideas. Sketches are like recipes that you can follow, and like so, they can help you get unstuck when you’re not feeling that inspired in making cards. 

I have been there so many times.. I go to my room ready to craft and then as soon as I sit on my room, it is like a huge blank piece of paper.. no ideas, no inspiration, no clue what to do.. have you ever felt that way? So frustrating.. right? especially as my crafting time is so limited!! with two little kiddos, I definitely cannot waste my precious crafting time sitting clueless in my room.. 

Well it is at that point that I always remember to bring sketches and believe me inspiration comes right away and I can come up with idea after idea when I am following sketches. 

Seriously if you ever feel clueless as to what to make when you are in your crafting room, give it a try. You will thank me later!!! 😁

So now you might be having these questions – what is an sketch? where do I find them? How do I know I have the right sketch? is there a right sketch?  no worries my friend I have you covered!!!

Sketches for handmade cards

What is a Sketch?

The dictionary defines the word sketch as “a rough or unfinished drawing or painting, often made to assist in making a more finished picture” and in my words this is I would define it as a rough visual recipe that you can follow when you are creating cards.

As the definition says, it is a rough idea, or drawing or recipe, which takes me to the next concept…

How to select sketches?

When you are using sketches for your card making projects, you want to start using simpler sketches.. back to the rough idea… this is exactly that.. the simpler / rougher it is the easiest it is to play with it and the easiest it is to be more creative..

Why is that? well my friend, when these are simple with not many layers or elements, you mind opens even more.. meaning you can think of how to incorporate your craft stash better. Your mind is not bias to an specific shape, and you then start thinking on how to alter the sketches to use what you have on hand.

This will reduce frustration and instead you will feel accomplished, as you are using what you have, rather than purchasing yet another embellishment to be able to make the card. 

A List to help you when looking for sketches to play

The perfect sketch has: 

  • Few layers  
  • Basic shapes 
  • No measurements
  • No embellishments 

Now you might be wondering why I call this the perfect sketch. One might even think it is better to have a recipe with the exact measurements and even the embellishments? Well not necessarily because I think that not having these specific instructions in the sketch will actually help you. Meaning you can change them! You can then challenge yourself to get as many looks with only one sketch.

Trust me this becomes a fun way to create cards! Just think what can you change on the sketch.

To help you find sketches, I am sharing with you my board in Pinterest, where I have saved a lot of sketches that you can use as inspiration. You can check it out here 😉

Changes on sketches

To help you with ideas, I am sharing with you a few of the things I change when using a sketch. This list is only to spark your creativity, believe me there are lots and lots of things you can change. In fact I challenge you look for way to modify one sketch and come up with as many card ideas as you can.

Try changing the following things on sketches

  • Color combination 
  • Product selection or suites
  • Use patterned paper in the background 
  • Stamp the background
  • Emboss the background 
  • Change sizes on the elements 
  • Change shapes on the layers 
  • Add mats on the elements
  • Add embellishments 

Sketches on action 

Below I am showing you handmade cards I made using sketches as inspiration. I am sharing the sketch and the card so you can see how you can play with easy sketches for handmade cards.

How to use sketches for handmade cards

If you are interested in learning how to make these cards, make sure you watch the video tutorial below and also you can get the supply list at the end of this post as well. 

Sketch and Handmade Card # 1

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As you can see on the sketch, this is very simple, however when I made my card, I made some changes.  For instance, I added a designer series paper a.k.a. patterned paper and I matted it with Whisper White Cardstock, for the elements you can see I added as well designer series paper rather than just card stock and of course I embellished this cards with that Real Red bow.  

Though the sketch is super simple, the card looks really cute, if I said so myself..😁 

Sketch and Handmade Card # 2

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For this card, I will admit that the sketch is not as simple as it does have more layers than what I would normally recommend, and even then I added more layers to my card. 

Similar as the last card, I added designer series paper for the background and I matted it as well with Whisper White. I played a bit with the backgrounds of the elements on this sketch. For instance, I stamped the background on one (tone on tone) and used designer series paper in a couple of them and then used plain carsdtock on the circle. I also matted the square shape with an scalloped square. 

So as you can see, you can be very creative as to how to change elements on the sketch to make a unique card, and this is how you can make so many cards using one sketch and yet all would look different! Give it a try! 😉

Sketch and Handmade Card # 3

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This Final sketch, you can see that it is super super simple. For this card I added patterned paper and matted it with Basic Black. I punched a circle out of card stock and then stamped tone on tone the little hearts on this element. And I also added the Real Red bow to this card. Again you can see how you can be changing the sketch to get a beautiful card. 

Can you think of any ways you can modify the sketches? share your ideas in the comments..

Also remember you can check my board in Pinterest to get more sketches for handmade cards to play with them next time you are making cards. 

By the way, if you are interested in seeing how I colored the Dog and Cat, make sure you watch the video tutorial below. 

Other ideas with sketches

If you liked this post and want to see more ideas using sketches, then check out the following past posts 🙂

Three easy Mother's day handmade card ideas  how to make handmade cards using patterned paper  Birthday card using Timeless Tulips stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The Video Tutorial

Finally, I want to share with you the video tutorial where you can see exactly how I made these cards, you will see the products I used, the measurements, how I colored the dog and cat with alcohol markers and much more!

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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Thank you Cards easy to make

Are you looking for Thank you cards easy to make? if so make sure you keep reading to this post as I will be sharing three cards using the same supplies to spark your creativity. So let’s get started! 

Three Thank You Cards Easy to Make

Today’s post is about making easy cards, and this time is all about Thank you cards! These three cards use the same supplies and so they can be a set. You could make two of each of them and then package them as a gift set! Who wouldn’t like to get such a thoughtful gift? Right?

Three Easy Thank you cards to make

If you have been following me, you know I love making cards using the same supplies, mainly because I want to share with you how you can make multiple cards using the same products and get different looks. And today is not different! I used the new in-color designer series paper with the new bundle Celebrate Sunflowers. 

The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle includes this big sunflower image, which you can color with so many techniques. For these cards I am showing you an easy technique though, as my intention is to show you that you can make beautiful cards, even if you think you are not creative 😉

I will talk later on about how to color them, and also I have included a video tutorial below so you can watch how these cards are made from beginning to end. I don’t know about you, but I am a visual person, so I always prefer to watch video tutorials rather than reading instructions. Are you the same? 

After selecting the products I want to use, I always look for a sketch to follow. Therefore in this post you will see the sketches I used. You can then easily recreate these cards with any products you have, just follow the sketch.

The Color Combo 

Once the products and the sketches are selected, then it is easy to look for the color combo that goes with the products you selected. For these cards you can see the color combination below. 

Details on the Thank You Cards

In this section you will see the sketch as well as other details on the cards. If I can share with you a tip about picking your sketches, it is to pick something simple, as these are easy to use. 

Let me explain a bit more, when you have a simple sketch, you can change things around easier and usually these spark your creativity even more as these are easier to modify, like changing shapes.

Thank you card #1

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For the first card you can see I follow a very simple sketch, but changed the circle for a sunflower.  As far as coloring the sunflower, let me share this technique as it is an easy technique when you don’t have much time to color. 

You stamp the image on color card stock using a darker shade of the same color. so in this case I stamped the daffodil delight card stock with crushed curry ink color. Then I added color in the center of the flower using a sponge. This added the brown color on the center. And finally I went back with a sponge and crushed curry and added a bit of color to the flower itself, just to add more color and interest to the sunflower.  You will see in the video that this is very easy and takes no time!

If you want to see this technique make sure you watch the video tutorial at the end of this post. 

Thank you card #2

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Similarly to the first card, this second card is as well super easy to make. It is a similar sketch for this time on a landscape direction.  The sunflower was colored the same way as in the first card. 

Thank you card #3

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For this final card, you can see I used a sketch with more layers, however it is still very simple and easy to follow.  Same as with previous cards, the sunflower follows exactly the same process to color it. 

One thing to note is that the sunflower has a coordinated die, so no cutting with scissors, which makes it even faster to put together these sunflowers!  

The Video Tutorial 

As usual here is the video tutorial where I show you how to make these cards step by step. I go over measurements and other tips to make these cards. Additionally you can see the technique I explained to color the sunflowers!  Hope you enjoy it! 

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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Three Easy Friendship cards you will want to make

Kylie Team Blog Hop

Are you looking for ideas on how to make Easy friendship card ideas? if so keep reading as I am sharing Three Easy-to-Make friendship cards that you will want to case right away. 

Also, today I am participating in a blog hop with very talented demonstrators around the world!! So you will get lots of ideas and I am sure you will be inspired and motivated to go to your craft room and case these beautiful projects.  Make sure you go to all the participating blogs! The line up is at the end of this post 😉 

Three Easy Friendship Cards to make!

As I was mentioning on this post I am sharing three cards perfect for your friends using the brand new bundle “Tasteful Touches” as well as the Forever Flourishing die set that I absolutely love! 

This bundle is part of the In Good Taste Suite, which as you know it contains coordinating products, like designer series paper, stamps, dies, and other embellishments.  Using Products from one suite always helps you in the designing process as everything coordinates beautifully.  

The designer series paper a.k.a. DSP or patterened paper from this suite has designs a bit different than your regular patterned paper, it has designs of textures like tile, wood grain, paint, stone, knits or textile, so your cards get a very interesting look. 

You can see in my cards the designs that look like tile, textile and paint, so you can see what I mean with “an interesting look”. I really think these look gorgeous if I say so myself 😂

Easy friendship cards ideas to make

The stamp set in this suite Tasteful Touches has the flower image, and because of this, I paired it with the diet set from the Forever Fern suite. This die set is the one that has a lot of foliage die cuts making it perfect for this flower.  

The sketches and other details 

On this section you will see the sketches from the cards in this post. This will make it easy for you to recreate these cards with any suite you might like. 

Friendship Card #1 

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The background on this card is too busy, and so I added a white circle under the flower and the leaves to make them pop up!. This is a tip to help you bring balance in your card and to be able to use other shapes even when the background of your paper is too busy. 

For the sentiment, you will see as well larger labels in solid colors that coordinates with DSP. Again this is to bring balance and to highlight the words in the card. 

Friendship card #2 

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For this card you can see that the paint texture is not that busy, and the textile pattern is more like a solid color, so pairing them gives as well some balance to the card. Same as with previous card the sentiment is one a solid contrasting color, which will help it to pop up. 

To add a little bit of texture to the background, I stamped the squares in the same color family as the background. 

Friendship Card #3

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On this card, you will see a balance as well. The background is less busy, but it has two flowers with leaves on each end giving a nice balance.  

Similar to the other cards, the sentiment is on a large label to ensure it pop up. I think this might have look even better, if I had heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

The Video Tutorial 

And as usual you can see the video tutorial below, where you can see step by step how to make these cards. I go over how to color the flowers using alcohol markers. If this intimidates you a bit, make sure you watch it, you will see this is very easy! 

And at the end of this post you will find a complete list with all the products I used for these cards and with links to my online store in case you want to purchase any of these products. 😊

The Blog Hop Line-up 

Please make sure you visit all the blogs participating int his blog hop. I know you will love seeing all the projects and I am sure you will get tons inspiration to keep you crafting. Below is the line up! 

 

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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Using color combinations for handmade cards

Color Combo Blog Hop

Do you struggle choosing color combinations for handmade cards? if so let me tell you that challenges like this one will help you a lot for when you are struggling with ideas of which colors to use in your projects.  

This is why I am joining this amazing team to help you with lots of ideas using the same color combination, and hopefully inspire you to make your own card.

Please note that all of us will be using the same color combo, however you will see that each of us used it in different ways, so make sure you got thru all the blogs participating in this blog hop to see all the ideas with only one color combination. 

The color combination 

For this challenge the color combination to use is the following:Color combo - Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam, Daffodil Delight

I will be honest, I thought this combination was going to be hard, however it was super easy. So let me share with you an easy process to make a card using the colors that this challenge called. 

Using Color Combinations for handmade Cards 

As I mentioned above, I put together a quick and easy process to help you make cards using color combination.

  1. Get a sheet of card stock of each of the different colors in the color combo
  2. Then try to put it in pairs, one sheet on top of each other and then alternate, this will help you visualize which color you want for the card base and which one for the secondary color on your card.  Below you will see all possible pairs you can form with this color combination. 
    • Flirty Flamingo with Soft Sea Foam
    • Flirty Flamingo with Daffodil Delight
    • Soft Sea Foam with Daffodil Delight 
  3. Once you define which color you want to have as your card base, then start looking at the remaining two and check which one would go best as a highlight 
  4. Select the stamp set you want to use and follow the colors you picked in the same way when stamping. 

Below you will see my card following the above process, I selected the Soft Sea Foam as the card base (Main color), the Flirty Flaming as the secondary color and then Daffodil Delight as the highlight color. 

When I stamped you will see that the larger image were in Soft Sea Foam and the smaller images were in Flirty Flamingo. And as far as the Daffodil Delight, I actually use some enamel dots to add some pop of yellow. 

Learn how to use color combinations when you are making handmade cards

Dimensions 

Soft Sea Foam 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, Flirty Flaming 5 1/4″ x 4, Whisper White 5″ x 3 3/4″ and scraps to stamp and cut the flowers, Daffodil Delight 3″ x 3/4″ 

Other Details on this Card 

I wanted to keep this card simple and clean as I had the idea of using the Lovely You stamp set to make a wreath. Specially because I noticed one of the leave stamps had a curve, so I knew it would be perfect for a wreath. Below are the steps I took to make this card:

  1. Fold the Card base in half using bone folder to have a crispier fold. 
  2. To make the wreath mark a circle with a pencil (lightly) to have a guideline as you stamp.
  3. Stamp with Soft Sea Foam the leaves image following the circle you draw on the Whisper White card stock.
  4. If you see any pencil lines, wait for the ink to dry and then erase these pencil lines gently
  5. Glue down the Whisper White onto the Flirty Flamingo card stock and then glue this to the card base.
  6. Stamp with Flirty Flaming 5 flowers and cut them with scissors. 
  7. Stamp the sentiment with Early Espresso on the Daffodil Delight and cut the banner ends using the Tailored Tag Punch.  
  8. Glue the sentiment using dimensionals onto the middle of the wreath 
  9. Glue the flowers using dimeniosnals
  10. Add a few yellow enamels dots around the wreath
  11. Color a piece of the gold edge ribbon using Flirty Flamingo – dark  stampin’ blends (alcohol marker)
  12. Make a bow with this ribbon and glue it to the card using glue dots  

Hope you have enjoy this project and as mentioned before, make sure you go thru all the blogs participating in this blog hop! I know you will love it!!  Click on the button below to go to the next blog. 

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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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Coloring with Alcohol Markers

Joy of Sets Blog Hop

Have you been intimidated with the thought of coloring with alcohol markers? if this is you, then keep reading as I will be sharing with you how to color without any fuss.

Also please know that Today I am participating in “The Joy of Sets” blog hop and this month’s theme is Splish Splash, which is great for Summer. So you will get tons of great ideas to get you inspired and hopefully crafting. Please make sure you visit all the blogs participating on this hop. I know you will enjoy!  So let’s get started!

Coloring with Alcohol Markers made Easy 

Based on our theme I decided to share the cards I made with a beach theme. In this case I used the Seaside Notions stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for the cards you see below! 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

So let’s start talking about how to color with alcohol markers! But first things first, we need to go over a few things you need to have handy. 

  • A line image stamp, like the one I show for these cards
  • Memento Ink
  • Alcohol Markers – in my case I used Stampin’ Blends from Stampin’ Up!
  • Good Quality of White Card stock – I recommend the Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!

NOTE – Please note that you want to have two shades of the colors you pick for your alcohol markers, this is so that you can make some shading or blending with them. Below the list of colors I used in my cards. 

  • Petal Pink (light/dark)
  • Calypso Coral (light/dark)
  • Crumb Cake (light/dark)
  • Soft Suede (light/dark)
  • Pool Party (light/dark)
  • Bermuda Bay (light)

As you can see not only did I picked the light and dark shades of the Stampin’ blends, but also another color that would be in the same type of color family.  In this case  Petal Pink with Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake with Soft Suede, and finally Pool Party with Bermuda Bay. This will allow you to get even more dept in your color, as you will see on the video tutorial that I share later on in this post. 

Process to Color with Alcohol Markers 

So here is the process to color with alcohol markers, when you follow these steps you will see how easy this gets. Please know that the more you practice the easier it gets! I promise you give it a try and you will see how you will be improving with each piece that you color. 

Also at the beginning of your coloring journey you might want to do some samples to see which colors look great together, and if you like the color combinations, that way you will start building an eye for colors and color combos. You will get that savvy-ness to know exactly how things will look like, even before you color your images 😉

Step by Step Process

  1. Stamp the image using Memento Ink – This is super important –  since you are using alcohol markers you want to use a water base ink pad, other wise when you start coloring you will smudge or pull the black color from the image into your coloring. 
  2. Add a light hand of color to the image using the light shade of the alcohol markers.  DO NOT saturate the image, this is a light hand of color – in the images I am showing today, the image is in one color, however there are images that have sections that you might want in different colors, so you would follow these steps for each section of your image.  
  3. Add darker lines with the darker alcohol marker in areas where you want to accentuate color, or add a shadow. You could use the lines on your stamped image or you can add your own. For the images in these cards, I followed the lines of the stamp itself to add darker highlights. However, you could also follow my simple rule of seeing what is on top of something in the image and then add color to the thing that is under. 
  4. Go back with the lighter alcohol maker and in a circular motion start to blend the darker line with the lighter color, so it looks like a gradient going from light to dark. I would recommend to do the blending towards the middle of the image and avoid over saturating the edge of the images, as this could lead to some bleeding, meaning color moving outside the lines.

Once you are done blending, see if the image looks like you wanted, if you need to add a bit more of the dark color you can repeat steps 3 and 4 until your image looks how you wanted it. 

Also remember it is always better to go from light to dark as you can add more color. However, it is harder if you want to remove the color.  

Thinking of you card #1 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

 Following the steps I shared above, I colored the sea horse with Calypso Coral, the shell with the star with Crumb Cake and the larger shell with Petal Pink.

You could add little of the Calypso Coral (light shade) to the larger shell to add a bit more of color.

I cut the images and glued them down onto the stamped circle that I used for the background of these images.

 

 

Thinking of you card #2 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

For this second card I followed as well the same process for coloring with alcohol markers. 

I colored the sea horse with Pool Party and then added the light shade of the Bermuda Bay to make it a bit darker. 

Then I colored the shell with the star with Crumb Cake, And the other shells with the Crumb cake but I added Soft Suede to make them a bit darker and make them look different. Make sure you watch the video tutorial to see how to color with multiple shades.  

And if you are wondering about the background, I used watercolor to add the blue-ish color. The paper has to be watercolor paper to have this effect, you just color the background and then once it dries, you add some droplets of water and dry it with a paper towel so it removes the color on the areas where the water was. 

The Video Tutorial 

Here is the video tutorial where I show you step by step how to make these cards. On this video I show you how I colored all the images using the process I described above. 

Also if you are interested in getting the supply list for all the products I used you can click here 

Finally as I mentioned at the beginning, this post is part of a blog hop. You can go to next the blog post by clicking on the image below. I know you will enjoy the projects shown in this blog hop!

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How to come up with card ideas easy!

Do you ever wonder how to come up with card ideas easy? or do you ever feel stuck and don’t know what to make when you go in your craft room? If this is you, then continue reading as today I will be sharing with you a few tips to get your creative juices going.

 How to Come Up with Card Ideas Easy

If you have been following for a while you might have noticed that I try to make cards using the same supplies, and this is no mistake.. I always find that when working with a set of products this helps me focus and get more creative. 

So today I want to share with you my easy process to come up with card ideas every single time!

The Process

In this section I will give you step-by-step instructions on how do I come up with card ideas every single time, follow this process and you will see that card making gets easier and easier as you practice. 

  1. Select a set of products you want to work with. 
  2. Pick colors that go with the products you selected.
  3. Choose easy to follow sketches 
  4. Pair all the elements you chose by putting them together and see which ones you like better
  5. Make cards using the elements you liked best from the step 4 

How to come up with card ideas easy

The cards I show above I followed the process I outlined above, so let me share with you a few tips.

The Process in Action!

Here I will take you step by step on how I used the process above to make sure you see how this helps you when you are making cards. 

Choosing the products to use 

When I picked the products I wanted to use, I tried to stick to products that coordinate. This is even easier if you pick a suite from Stampin’ Up! And the reason is because then everything truly coordinates, the colors on the patterned paper will coordinate with the embellishments in the suite, with the card stock and the ink pads, and the images and die cuts will also coordinate beautifully with the patterned paper.  In this case I used the Forever Fern Suite from Stampin’ Up!

The Color Combination 

Because I use a suite, most likely there is a color combination that goes with it. So for instance in the Forever Fern Suite the color combination is this:

  • Shaded Spruce
  • Soft Sea foam
  • Pear Pizzas 
  • Just Jade
  • Garden Green 
  • Pretty Peacock 
  • Gold 
  • Whisper White  

If you ever wonder what color are included in a suite, you can refer to the back of the patterned paper a.k.a. designer series paper or DSP and it spells out which colors are included. 

You can pick all the colors on the paper, or just the ones that are included in the sheet you want to use. Additionally you can put sheets of card stock together and see which colors you want to use as your main color and which color you want to use for highlights. 

In the cards I made you can see that Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce are the main colors while all other greens are just highlights to enhance the desigs. 

The Sketches 

Once I have picked the colors and selected which ones are going to be the main colors and the highlights then I go ahead and look for sketches. Please note that it is easier to start with simpler sketches than the ones that have too many layers. Trust me! even when you feel the sketch is way too simple, you will see that your card turns out amazing! 

If you notice my sketches and my cards, you can see that the basic elements are there. I try to build from the basic elements up. So in this case, none of the sketches have leaves, and that is ok! as I can use these sketches over and over for other suites, and with other techniques.. 😉

Sketch and Card #1 

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For this card you can see I have the circle, the bow and three sections on the card front. I used the gold as and accent color (or highlight) as well as the garden green, pretty peacock and pear pizzas. 

You can see that while I changed from a basic circle to another fun die cut that has the shape of a circle but it adds a bit of personality. Also while this sketch does not call for leaves you can see that I added them to the left and the circle where the bow is and they look really nice. 

This is why I strongly recommend going with simpler sketches as you can always incorporate the elements from your products you want to use. 

If the sketch is too specific sometimes it bias your mind and do not want to add anything else that is not what the sketch calls for. 😉

I also want you to realize that any of the layers you see in a sketch can be changed to stamped background, patterned paper, or embossed background, so this opens a lot of possibilities as well. In this card the main part of the card base was stamped and embossed to add texture to the card. 

Sketch and Card #2

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this second card you can see that the banner is actually made with patterned paper, and the background was as well stamped and embossed. So you can see how you can be changing the elements that you see on the sketch. Same as in the previous sketch the leaves were not called for, however I added them where the circle is. 

You could also stamp the circle rather than adding the leaves, however I would not stamp then the background. So always play with elements and see how you can change things to get different looks. I think you will enjoy doing this! In fact I think this is a great challenge to come with as many looks from one single sketch! 

Sketch and Card #3 

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On this last card you can see how you can change the pieces with embossed paper and designer series paper following the sketch. I honestly like doing that all the time, as I mentioned before, this always helps you to come up with multiple ideas.   

And similarly as with the other cards you can see that though the sketch did not call for the leaves I added them to the circle area and it looks good. 

I really hope that this process has helped you see how to come up with card ideas in an easy way. I promise you the more you practice this and put in action these steps the easier it will get to make cards every single time.  

The Video Tutorial

Below you will see the Video Tutorial where I show you step by step how to make these cards, that way if you want to see exactly how I made them you can do so in this video. 

I also go over the measurements for each of the cards as I am making the cards.  Enjoy!

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 onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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