I have been designing cards, scrapbook pages and crafts for 3 years. It is the third anniversary of me starting this blog. I want to share what I learned in that time. There are SO many things to consider! Here are just a few tips. But first, some memories from the past three years. Click on the pictures below to enlarge them.
What I Learned Lesson 1: Know Your Audience
What I Learned Lesson 2: Chose Colors That Work Well Together
Certian holidays have the color scheme obvious, red and green for Christmas, black and orange for Halloween, etc. But what about get well cards or scrapbook pages or other projects? Color Choice is very important. I have a document in the reference library for helping to choose the right colors called “Coloring Your Designs.” It teaches the basics of the color wheel.
What I Learned Lesson 3: Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere
Inspiration can truly come from anything. Need is the mother of invention and can inspire. Pinterest, Instagram or TV programs like HSN Craft Day are some of my big inspirations. I see a card and think “I can make that.” Find projects you really like and make it your own.
Watching HSN Craft Day inspired this slider anniversary card. I get lots of inspiration by watching the crafters do different projects there. But warning, it can get expensive to watch because I want to buy everything!
Pinterest is a wonderful inspiration! I have a folder of Pinterest ideas that I look at whenever I am stuck for a new idea. I don’t steal other peoples ideas but someone posted a circle lever type card and that inspired this star shaped lever card for Independence Day.
What I Learned Lesson 4: Design Elements Can Change the Whole Project
Pop Ups and movement in a card can add so much interest. This 3D flower card made my mother call raving about this Christmas card! I do a lot of pop ups and movement cards. BTW the foiling on the flowers is impressive.
Little design elements add a lot. A little washi tape in the birthday card or a fill in font on the Halloween treat box add interest. Layering the overlays in the Halloween Step card make it more appealing. Sometimes cutting out letters in the Halloween Card or Father’s Day Card is more impressive than just drawing them. And card bands serve two purposes, they keep the card closed and add interest to the card.
What I Learned In Conclusion
Size is important. If you make an image too small it may not cut out properly. But always remember, if it doesn’t work at first, try something different. Many of my projects start out one way and end up being completely different because I needed to change an image or color or paper weight.
Washi Tape, as I mentioned before, can add to the design. It is great for filling in empty spaces on any project. Most of the cards I make, I add washi tape to between the post and actually sending them.
I learned a lot more in three years. Once someone gets homemade gift or card, they will expect one the next time. Just a warning.