While I sat at my desk, in the beginning stages of creating this card, I though I would document my thought process. I have lots of friends make comments about not know where to start and “I can’t think of anything.” So, I thought I would show you all today what steps I take when creating a card.
Here is the finished product… But, let’s back up a little…. I rarely create a card from scratch, or with out some kind of inspiration. That is difficult for me. I need some direction. So, I have lots of challenge web sights that I check to get new color or sketch ideas. Today’s card was created using the colors from Color Q and the sketch from Inkspirations.
Once I choose my direction, I pull out the ink in the colors I am going to use. Now, if I don’t have a challenge for the colors, I pull out my color coach and flip through till I see a combo I like. I lay my ink out and see which one I like the most. Or which one I think should be the “Daddy.”
I explained a little bit last week about the “Family” concept my mother, The Artist, taught me. When creating a piece of art, you should have a Daddy, a Mommy and the rest should be babies. The Daddy is my color I will use the most. Here, I chose Cajun Craze. For the Mommy, or secondary color, I chose Peach Prfait. The babies then are Rich Razzleberryand Crumb Cake.
Once I have my color set, I focus on design. One rule of thumb I find is the more layers the better. I think a card with lots of layers always looks more exciting. So, I added several layers here rather than the simple squares. I added the circles in the same color to give it some texture. I forgot to mention my card size. I use 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ most of the time because this is a piece of 8X11 cardstock cut in half!
Now, I use lots of scraps. I have a very hard time throwing away paper. You can see the paper that went into creating this card has been used many times! I stamped the puppy on white and then again on Peach Parfait. I cut the second one out and glued it to the first. This is called paper piecing.
Now, for fun, I want to show you my work space. I have a huge table, but I always seem to work in a 6 ” square! Ha! I hate when my desk looks like this, which is most of the time! You can see I have the computer right next to me so I can look at the sketch.
Oh, and don’t forget the TV… LOL. Gotta have my TV going….
Once I’m done, I take my card out to the front porch for better light. It sits on a little red stool against the brick wall. Look how dirty that stool is!
And there you have it! Pretty simple. I have lots of comments on my bows, and I owe it all to a great tutorial I found HERE.
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