I spent the entire day yesterday working on cards. I decided that I was just flat out tired of not having the time or the card when I needed one. I decided I’d give you guys a couple of tips:
1) Start with a sketch
When you’re mentally fried or just can’t find your mojo, starting with a sketch is a great solution. You’ll be amazed at how different your cards look from each other, despite being all the same layout.
2) Go digital:
This one, features my adorable puppy, Bo. I CASED a card I saw on the TinyPrints.com website. I whipped it up in Photoshop and then printed it on Epson 8.5X11 Matte Premium Presentation Paper. This paper, recommended by Jessica Sprague, has changed my life. Unlike presentation paper that I’ve bought before, this is cardstock weight, but holds the ink in a wonderful way that makes it look “true” to what you saw on the screen. I strongly suspect that I’ll be making some birthday cards in a similar fashion that can just be printed in an emergency.
3) Work ahead:
The other thing I made yesterday was “card bases.” I took several mini decks and scraps of paper that I had laying around and made card fronts without the stamped image. They are completely blank. (see images below). This allowed me to pull out the sewing machine ONE time and add stitching and have a pile of prepared “bases” for when I just want to stamp. It’s the first time this idea has occurred to me and I’m really quite excited about it. I tried to be basic in my color pallette. I did several masculine bases, and then the others were a soft pallette that would work with any season or occassion.
The “cat” card, above, is Rob’s Valentine. He bought me this stamp as a stocking stuffer, and I thought it worked well for his card today. I just stamped it on a leftover Nestie cutout, colored it in, and popped it up on the card base! I told him he’s the “cat’s meow” because I’m hokey like that
Have a great day!