Encouragement cards for your loved ones

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Have you been making Encouragement cards for your loved ones? With everything going on in the world I truly believe in the power of our cards and in the power they have when we mail them to our loved ones.. 

We never know what people are going thru, but just the thought of a card bringing joy or a smile in a heavy day is just priceless. 

You could be changing many people’s day just by letting them know you are thinking of them and that you loved them. So as I am writing this to you, I want to encourage you to make some cards just to let those special people know that you are thinking of them. 

And with this in mind, I want to share with you a few card ideas you can make. And even better, I am sharing with you a few tips for your card making. 

Also I want to make sure you know that today I am participating in a Blog hop with an amazing group of demonstrators around the world. Make sure you visit all participating blogs as you will get lots and lots of inspiration.  😉

So without further ado, let’s get started! 

Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

So for these encouragement cards I wanted to use the Dove of Hope Bundle as well as the Ridiculously Awesome Stamp set, which has my favorite sentiment in the whole catalog.. 

Yes, you are reading this well 😊 This sentiment has become my favorite sentiment ever since this stamp set got released with the annual catalog. Mainly because it goes so well for so many occasions that we are going thru.

For instance right now that the whole world is still shut down and not back to normal a lot of us can feel a bit down.. and this sentiment could let us get back Hope that everything will be fine.  

Or there are times you doubt yourself for anything or everything, and this sentiment could remind you that you can do anything if you let your Faith be bigger than your fears!

Like I said, I believe this sentiment has so much power that I knew I wanted to create a full set of cards just for this sentiment alone! And because to me this sentiment brings back Hope, I thought It would pair perfectly with the Dove of Hope bundle. Specifically the coordinated Detailed Dove Dies.. Don’t you think?

Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

 

The Color Combination

  For these cards, I wanted a color combination that would bring peace and comfort and not being too bright and cheerful. And when I though of the Dove of Hope I thought that having light shade colors would be perfect!  Don’t you agree?

So here you have it! 

 

The Sketches and Other Details 

On this section you will get the sketches and more details on how to make these beautiful Encouragement cards for your love ones!! And at the end I included the video tutorial as well. 

I am a visual person and know that sometimes it is easier to watch other how a card is made than reading instructions.. So hope this helps.

Handmade Card #1 

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As you can see on this card, I used a very simple sketch. However I feel like this type of sketches opens up to too many possibilities. Mainly because you can add anything you like! 

The white area just indicates a background and this is where you creativity gets in action. You could add:

  • Designer Series Paper a.k.a. patterned paper
  • A stamped background 
  • Watercolor background – like I did in this first card
  • An sponged background – like in my next card
  • Die cuts 
  • A Combination of any of these options! the list is endless 😉

So just let your creativity flow and see where it takes you. For me I knew I wanted to make a background and I decided to do a watercolor swoosh with the water painters.  You could see how I made this on the video tutorial below. 

One tip I would like to share with this card, is to add adhesive sheets on the whisper white from which you would cut the detailed wings. This will help you glue the wings super easy. You could also use the Fine Tip glue pen as well, but I think that the adhesive sheets would be way easier.

Also when you run the die for the detailed wings, do one with the adhesive sheet facing up, and one facing down. That way you can have the wings’s adhesive on the right side for this Dove. 

And finally for the sentiment, I colored the area I wanted to stamp with a marker, and stamp it, then I clean the stamp up and colored the next area I wanted to stamp. This trick will help you get even more looks on your sentiments. 

Also notice, that I did not stamp the word Faith, mainly because I wanted to highlight that word by die cutting it with the Playful Alphabet dies. I added a piece of Foam adhesive sheet to the pool party card stock and run it thru my die cut machine. This made the letters to have dimension and adhesive all at once!! Give it a try! you will love it!! 

Handmade Card #2

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For this second card, It is very similar to the previous card, however this time for the background I decided I wanted to stamp a cloudy sky.

This background used a template you can make with the Happy Dies! from the So much Happy Bundle! I have made several of these cloudy skies and I don’t get tired of it!! It looks really good.. And believe me it is super easy to make.. 

You can watch the video tutorial to see how you can make this background if you are interested. 

For the sentiment, I pretty much did what I explained on the first card, however, I just change placement 😁

Handmade Card #3

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And for this final card, this follows as well a very simple sketch as well!

A few tips to share is to punch the pool party layer close to the right end of the card stock, as I was a bit challenging to fit the dove on the rest of the area, so I would suggest to layer the dove on top to see the space you need and then punch the circle.

Once you have punched out the circle, layer it on top of the Whisper White and stamp the sentiment where the Whisper White shows, that way you have perfect placement of the sentiment. 

As I have been mentioning, make sure you watch the video Tutorial below as you will see exactly how I made thee cards. I know this will help to clear some questions.. but if after seeing the tutorial, you still have questions, let me know. I will be happy to help you 😁

Christmas Card Class

And finally, if you have loved the Dove of Hope, then you might want to check out this card class!!

On this class you will learn how to make Christmas cards using the Dove of Hope Bundle! and start prepping for the holidays!  Cause you know it will be here before we know it. 

This Card Class is the first class out of a Five Christmas Card class series that I launched in August in an effort to help you get ready for the holidays without any overwhelm.  

Every 3 to 4 weeks I will be releasing a Christmas Class so that we all are done by the first week in December and be ready to mail all our cards!!! So keep checking my Tutorial PDF Store often, to see the classes available as I release them.  The second Christmas Card Class is being released next week and it is using the Poinsettia Place suite!! 

The Video Tutorial

As promised here is the video tutorial where I show you exactly how to make all these Encouragement cards!  You will see that all of them are super easy to complete! so give it a try!!!  

Also at the end of this post you will find the full supply list. So if you want to get any of the items I used in  this tutorial, you can click to any of the images on the supply list to go my online store.  As always I appreciate your support!!🥰🥰🥰

Finally I really want to ask you to make encouragement cards for your loved ones!! I know they will smile when they get a beautiful handmade card in their mail box! and who knows you might have brighten someone’s day!

The Blog Hop Line Up

As I mentioned before, this post is part of a blog hop with other demonstrators around the world! Make sure you visit all the blogs participating as you will get lots of inspiration from the awesome projects they are sharing today!

Below you can see the full line up for everyone that is participating in this Blog Hop.

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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Sponging techniques for handmade cards

Want to learn some sponging techniques for handmade cards? I thought so! This is why today I am sharing with you two techniques to add color to your handmade cards using sponges. 

I will be sharing as well a few tips that will surely make these techniques even easier. But most important you need to promise you will practice them!  Cause the more you use these techniques the easier it will be and the happier you will be with the results you get in your cards!

So let’s get started!

Two Sponging Techniques for Handmade Cards

Like I mentioned at the beginning, I will be sharing two techniques for sponging. The first technique will show you how to make a nice cloudy sky with a template and sponging. And the second technique will show you how to mix colors in the background to have a two tone background. 

Learn two sponging techniques for handmade cards

For these cards I used the new stamp set Ridiculously Awesome which have really big bold sentiments that will be great to showcase with the backgrounds I am making with the sponges. 

As far as the sponges, you can see in the video tutorial below that I use the circle sponges from Stampin Up! and I cut them in pieces. I also attach a piece of cardstock in the color I want to use to the sponge, that way I know which color I am using for each of the sponges. Typically  you can get about 6 pieces from one sponge and the pack comes with 3 round sponges. 

Details and Sketches on these cards 

Handmade Card #1 

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For the fist card I used the following color combo:

I made a cut out using the Happy dies from the “So Much Happy” Bundle and I used it as a template or stencil if you will. that way it will give me the curve edge of the clouds as I was sponging the background. On this post you can see two Birthday Cards using the same technique!  

The key thing is to move the template into multiple directions and to sponge or add color right before it crosses the color on another cloud. You can see this in more detail on the video tutorial below. 

Also when you are sponging, try to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and then tap a scratch paper with the sponge, to then start sponging the background piece of your handmade card. I would also recommend to do this on a circular motion, and with a light hand, so that the color is smooth. 

Practice is your friend!

On thing I forgot to mention is that you can play with the sentiments and add die cut letters, like I did in this case. I love this sentiment the best and I wanted to highlight the word FAITH by adding die cut letters and popping them up with the new foam adhesive sheets!  I love how this looks!! 

If you are interested in learning how I made this card step by step, make sure you watch the video tutorial below!! 

Handmade Card #2

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For this second card I use the following color combo:

I decided to use the Dandelion Wishes stamp set for the image in the background, I actually heat embossed it with white emboss powder and then add the color with the sponges. I started first with the lighter color (Pool Party) on top of the embossed image and then apply the daffodil delight. 

Similarly as in the previous card you want to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and take some of the color by dabbing the sponge into a scratch paper. After that you can then start applying color to the background of the card in a circular motion and with a light hand, that way you get a smooth layer of color. 

Also when applying the second color, you would need to blend the area where both colors meet, that way it will have a nice transition from one to another. 

Handmade Card #3

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For this last card the color combo I used is the following: 

 This card is very similar to the last card, where I heat emboss an image from the dandelion wishes stamp set and then add color on top of the emboss image with sponges. However this time I change the sketch and the color combination!!! 

I love this technique a lot more as you can play with lots of color combinations, and be even more creative. For instance you can do a monochromatic background just by playing with shades of the same color.. Give it a try and I know you will enjoy it!  

So just play with it and make the same cards using different color combos!! would love to see what you create with this technique!

The Video Tutorial 

If you want to see step-by-step instructions on how to make these cards, friend! I have you covered! 

You can watch the video tutorial below so you can see exactly how I put together these cards, you will get so many tips just from watching 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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How to change sketches for card making

One Sketch, Three Different Cards!

Hi there, I am super excited with today’s cards that I will be sharing with you how to change your sketches for card making. In this post I am sharing the same card however each one is a step up from the previous one. I know you will enjoy seeing the progression on these cards. 

As I have been saying lately, I love using sketches to come up with ideas for my card making projects. It seriously helps me a ton when trying to get into my creative zone! If you want to read more about my process in using sketches make sure you read this post!

And for this post I wanted to share one simple sketch (which you know I LOVE!) and then pair it with using the same supplies and then show you how you can change them a little bit! This process is what brings my creative mojo back every single time!! so lets get started!

how to change sketches for card making

The Sketch 

The sketch I am using today is not a new one, in fact I shared it a few weeks ago with my Thank you cards!

sketches to play

You will see that I modified this sketch with every card that I made, but also I used the same elements on all cards so these cards look like a set. 

Please note that on this sketch, I added a focal point on the white rectangle of  this sketch. For two of the cards this is a bouquet of flowers and for one it is the coordinating designer series paper. So you can see how by changing elements on the focal point you come up with cards that look different, though you are using the same sketch and the same element. 

Additionally you will see that the first card is simple, while in the second card I incorporated a fun fold. The last card, though it looks the simplest of the three is actually a pop-up card! So make sure you watch the video tutorial to see this card in action. 

The Color Combination 

As usual I decided the use the color combination from the designer series paper which is honestly is the easiest way to come up with color combinations. 

Next you will see each the cars with some of the details and more information about what changed on the sketch for each of the cards that are shown on this post. 

Handmade card # 1 

how to change sketches for card making

For this fist card, I mainly modify the size of the rectangles, making the focal point smaller than the sketch. 

As mentioned before the bouquet of flowers are the main focal point, and I added designer series paper on the background. 

For the flowers, I colored them using alcohol markers  – stampin’ blends following the same color combination as the the designer series paper. After coloring the flowers, I cut out this image using scissors. 

And to embellish this card I added a bow to the base of the bouquet. 

 

Handmade Card # 2

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For this second card, I incorporated a fun fold, which as you can see it is an easy one. Same as with the last card I made a bouquet of flowers for the main focal point. I used the same designer series paper and colored the flowers exactly the same way as the previous one. 

So when you are using sketches see how you can incorporate to a fun fold, you will see that the card looks totally different just by doing that.  

To learn how to make this fun fold make sure you watch the video tutorial on this post. 

Handmade card # 3 

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For this last card, you can see that the card front follows best the sketch, not many changes other than adding a bow. However, the inside of this card is the one that would add the WOW factor as it is a pop up card!

This pop up card is an easy one to make! and you can see I added the same bouquet of flowers as the pop up element. 

You can see how to construct this pop up card on the video tutorial below. I promise you will want to make a lot of this type of cards, there are not fancy dies involved, you just need scissors and that is it!  

The Video Tutorial 

As mentioned before, below is the video tutorial where I will share with you how to color the flowers using alcohol markers, as well as how to make the fun fold and the pop up card! I promise you, both of these cards are extremely easy and you will be able to make them without any problem.  

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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Easy cards using Memories and More sets!

Let me share with you how to make easy cards using Memories and More sets!!  If you ever have been running around only to find out that you need a card and are in a time crunch, then make sure you check this post! 

Also today I am participating in the blog hop with the amazing Stampin Around the World team! All the ladies participating in this hop are very talented. So make sure you stop by all the blogs participating. I know you will love seeing all their designs! So lets get started! 

Easy Cards using Memories and More sets!! 

As I was mentioning before, making cards can be super easy when you use the cards that come in the Memories and More sets. If you don’t know what I am talking about, these are the inserts that you use for pocket scrapbooking. These packs come with 6″ x 4″ and 4″ x 3″ cards, so you can easily adapt to your card making projects.

And when you pair these packs with the coordinating card base sets you will see that the process gets even easier. Stampin’ Up! has released new card bases which are large enough to fit these cards. 

Below you will see both the card pack and the cards and envelope set. 

Flowers for all seasons Memories and More card pack         Memories and More card and envelopes

You can see that both of these products coordinate beautifully, and they feature the brand NEW in-colors!! 

  • Misty Moonlight
  • Magenta Madness
  • Just Jade
  • Cinnamon Cider 
  • Bumblebee

Card samples

In this section I will be sharing with you how to put together different cards using a few embellishments and the card bases as well as the inserts from the Memories and More Collection. 

 

Memories and More Card #1

Easy cards using Memories and More sets!As you can see in this card I used the Magenta Madness card and envelope paired with one of the smaller cards. 

The smaller card fits perfectly in the white polka dot rectangle printed on the card base. 

I then added Wink of Stella on the flowers and then added a bow to highlight the card. I also stamped the sentiment and added the enamel dots and added a small flower sticker, which comes in the card pack as well. 

So you can see how easy it is to put the card. 

 

Memories and More Card # 2

how to make easy cards with memories and moreFor this card I use the card base and envelope in Cinnamon Cider, and I paired it with one of the larger cards.

I loved that the cards color coordinate really nice with the in-color card base. 

In this card I decided to add labels from the Tasteful labels dies and a banner under them to pop the bumble bee (yellow) flowers on the card 

If you noticed I added the sentiment on the top label as well as a flower from the Lovely You stamp set. 

And to finish off this card I added Wink of Stella on some of the shadows of the flowers, and added a bow with the Cinnamon Cider ribbon. 

 

Memories and More Card #3

And here is my final card. This one as well uses a small card that coordinates beautifully with the Just Jade card base and envelope. 

For this card I added a sentiment that I stamped on Misty Moonlight card stock.

Similar to the other cards, I added Wink of Stella on some of the flowers, to add a shimmery look on them

And to finish this card, I added a a bow using the Misty Moonlight ribbon to the bouquet of flowers.   

 

So hopefully I have sparked your creativity and help you realize that making cards with these sets is extremely easy. As you can see the stamping is very simple, and you just need to add a few embellishments to the card to make it pop!. 

The Blog Hop Line Up

As I mentioned before, make sure you visit all the blogs participating in this blog hop, I know you will enjoy seeing all he projects and I am sure you will get lots of inspiration! You can see below 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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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 

Sketches to play      How to come up with card ideas easy

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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