Designs For Greeting Cards…Beat Crafters’ Block Today!
Has this ever happened to you….
You want to get started on making your own handmade greeting cards…Good on you! Sometimes you can find nice cards when you’re out and about, but sometimes they seem kind of generic. A close friend or family member is celebrating something big-time and just any old card won’t do!
We’re all at least somewhat guilty (myself included) of getting excited when we get a card in the mail…but a year later it ends up in, yep, the recycle bin. Making unique cards that are too cute to find their way there -sounds like a plan.
But then you run into something way worse than being confronted with a pile of generic greeting cards. You have no idea what you’re going to design. What now?
Need New Ideas For Making Greeting Cards?
Well there is some good news afoot (you knew I was going to say that…) You really can make cards that would blow away what you see at the drugstore, you just need to have a master plan. I’m going to tell you all about that plan right here! It’s this ebook guide I bought not too long ago with a main premise, which is numerous templates that you can apply to all your own ideas.
Come whatever holiday, I’ll be prepared, and so will you if you have this handy book of card layouts nearby!
This book is called 101 Creative Card Sketches. Inside the 138-page main book is a big collection of card layouts with which you can apply to subsequent cards. But I am getting ahead of myself here. Before you get started, you have to understand a few things about the elements of design.
If you ever saw a beautiful card somewhere and wondered how the artist got the inspiration, chances are the design elements were really “in sync” with each other.
Layout of the Card
I remember being in art class and hearing the discussion about a “focal point” “complementing” “contrasting”, all that stuff. This even applied to abstract art as well, but I stink at abstract art. However I got a lot of great takeaways. One of them is when you’re creating anything, you have to have a design that is the “focal point” so ultimately, the complete design will click.
Without it, peoples’ eyes wander, or they glaze over trying to figure out what the heck they’re taking in. In the first chapter of the book, this is explained. When you go over it, you’ll be sure to have that “I get it!” moment.
As the title states, there are 101 designs, all of them combining elements of design skillfully. Mainly they are comprised of a background, a focal point and small complementing elements.. Geometric shapes like circles, squares, and rectangles….not super elaborate.
The key is to use these sketch templates as a jump-off point for your own designs. They are all provided in the appropriate card size, so you could certainly print off a few that you need to make it easier. The respective dimensions are given too, so you’ll quit shooting in the dark when it comes to mastering new ideas for handmade greeting cards.
All 101 sketches include different dimensions: Vertical, horizontal, square and the really long or really tall shape (I always thought those odd shapes were cool) The left image is a taste of what level of detail to expect.
You will also see some of the author’s creations too which tell you she’s no slouch, and the various other tools used to make them look really good…things lilke scrapbook and gift wrap paper, among other things.
Do I need any particular supplies to make handmade cards?
First off, obviously- cardstock, but you’re going to want to have some handy embellishment tools as well. These suggestions include: Gift wrap paper, ribbons, buttons, fabric, tiny flatbed gemstones, and stickers, so you can bling it up a little-or a lot. As long as you follow the templates, you can get as creative as you want.
Special Bonuses Included
In addition to the main ebook, you will also receive 3 unique bonus guides too. They are, respectively, a guide to making envelopes, a guide about choosing the right adhesive, and a collection of money-saving hacks so your fun pastime doesn’t put you in the poorhouse.
Learn to Make Envelopes For Your Handmade Cards!
I’ll admit the envelope guide was intriguing. Something like that always struck me as hard – but when I check out the templates I have a better idea of how it’s done. There are several different shapes too, so if you want to make square envelopes you certainly can.
Choosing the Right Card Adhesive
No stone is left unturned here….The author, Gloria provides her take on glue and adhesive products, their pros, cons, cheap or expensive, and what can be expected from them all. This in and of itself will spare you a lot of headaches. I know from experience that choosing the right kind of craft glue is so important-the last thing you want on a beautiful card you plain to send to someone is to have glue bubbles or dark stains under some of the little elements like ribbons or scrap paper.
I am rather surprised the author didn’t mention washi tape – which I think would work great too to supplement your designs….I do want to mention that though to consider.
Save Money Making Your Cards
The money-saving bonus guide has lots of practical tips on getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to supplies and materials. Not just cardstock either-you will find actionable ways to trim the fat and still have lots of fun when it comes to things like die cutters, stamps, and gift wrap paper.
Not Just For Card Crafters..You Can Apply to Other Gift Ideas Too!
Scrapbook enthusiasts will also enjoy this guide as the sketches themselves can be further extended to include projects like scrapbooks, gift bags, gift tags, and more.
Never be set back by card crafters’ block anymore! The templates can be used over and over and you will probably have more that you know what to do with. Whether it’s birthdays, Christmas, congrats, it’s all here in 101 Creative Card Sketches.
Enjoy and have fun!