Saturday, February 7, 2015

Creating a bunch of Valentine Cards with a Card Sketch!

Hi Everyone!
Today I'm trying something new for me!  With Valentines day like Christmas it's an opportunity to create and share the 'love' with as many of your friends and family as possible.  I admit I struggle creating many cards quickly so I decided to try the card sketch approach.  Here's a look at the whole bunch - featuring our products and stamps from the Creative Cafe' Kit - Love the Most Wonderful Feeling!

There's a lot of card sketch sites out there available, but I wanted to try my hand at creating my own. Keeping in mind the paper elements and embellishments I was working with I came up with this one.

I am not a huge fan of continual duplication mainly because it bores me with the repetitive output.
But what I'm finding with the start of a card sketch the layout is there to get you started, while still allowing you the flexibility to switch it up - flip it, turn it, or whatever but the ability to cut your base components fairly consistent, the process can be freeing allowing for more creativity.

The size of these are a bit smaller, I did that thinking I could get more bang for my buck with the 6x6 pads.  So the finished size of these are 3x5* - for my card bases I took a package of card bases that I had in my stash, that were oddly 4 x 5 1/4, which I cut down for my 3x5 card bases and saved on my nice cardstock in the kit for decorative purposes.   
*hint - you can can do any size you want or even go smaller like ATC size, even keep them one sided, much like the small valentines we bought and sent as kids.

I backed all of my cuts in black -which I think gave a nice edge while popping the color in a way I really liked.

To begin, I pulled apart 1/2 of the pad, so I could take a look at all my print options - my end goal is to create as many cards as I can with this one pad!  

Next I took the 2 of the sheets that had the printed text squares and cut them all out.  There are square and rectangle paper cuts - the rectangle one reflected well at 2 x 3 with the rectangle element of my card sketch.    I used these a lot, with the option to flip to the print pattern on the other side if I chose.

The circle element I switched and used the 2 x 2 square element at times.  Some of my cards have stamped images and some do not.  These outline stamped images are great to work with particularly if you feel challenged in coloring, with all the color provided from the paper itself, you can leave as a black outline or paper piece either complimenting the bright reds and pinks very nicely.

Here's a closer look at some of my individual cards -


So give it try, use my card sketch or any of the others that are out there and go to town!  I had so much fun with this card sketch, I definitely want to do another, so watch for my next post where I'll feature my next sketch!

Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit for Feb; Love, the Most Wonderful Feeling featuring Doodlebugs' Love Bugs 6x6 Paper Pad
Ink:  Memento Espresso; Tuxedo Black
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe' - enamel puff hearts; ribbon all found in the kit
Tools:  Circle; scallop circle punches; flag punch, hearts and pawprint border punches; EK Success

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