Wednesday, August 24, 2022

How do you design a handmade card?


How do you design a handmade card?  Personally, I almost always start with a sketch, like the one below from Sunday Stamps' Challenge #290.  Sketch Challenges are a great place to start when trying to decide how to start creating a card.  Another great place to find sketches is Stampin' Up!'s catalogs.  They don't have sketches, exactly, but you can look at any card and get a basic layout idea and go from there. That's how I usually design my cards for my Tuesday Card from the Catalog YouTube Videos

The next step, for me, is usually to figure out what colors combination I want to use.  If I'm creating for a specific person, I like to start with colors I know they like.  For instance, yesterday's card was inspired by my daughter, her love of sunflowers and the colors she chose to decorate her dorm room with. 

For today's card, I knew I wanted it to be a bit more masculine but wasn't sure about the exact color combination.  I looked through my Designer Series Paper and decided on this beautiful Rustic Harvest DSP.  The colors in it are perfect to use with Celebrate Sunflowers (my Stamp Set of the Week) and can be pretty masculine.  

Of course, another way I choose colors is to flip through my catalog and get inspiration from the colors used together in projects, page layouts and the Designer Series Papers in it.  

And, in a pinch, Pinterest is always a great place to go for inspiration! 

For the inside of the card, I often add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White (or Very Vanilla) cardstock and a narrow strip of the DSP I used on the front of the card.  Other times I stamp a small stamp in the corner of the inside layer.  Occasionally I will do something else, but those are my go to insides for most of my cards. 

Card Base ~ Basic Black Cardstock ~ 11" x 4-1/4", score at 5-1/2"
Layer 1 ~ Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper ~ 4" x 4" & 1" x 4"
Layer 2 ~ Rustic Harvest DSP ~ 2" x 4-3/4"
Sunflower Bottom Layer ~ Crushed Curry Cardstock ~ 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Sunflower Top Layer ~ Cajun Craze Cardstock ~ 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Sunflower Center ~ Merry Merlot Cardstock ~ 1"  x 1"
Sentiment ~ Basic Black Cardstock ~ scrap at least 2" x 1"

Thanks for looking at my blog today.
Happy Stamping!

It's that time again! Time for SALE-a-bration!  During SAB, which runs July 1 - August 31, 2022, choose 1 FREE SAB for every $50 or $100 in purchased Stampin' Up! Product! There's no limit to how many freebies you can earn.

Click on any of the photos below to go straight to that item in my online store.
During the month of August 2022, please use Host Code N9FS9B7J on orders under $150.  Thank you!


  1. So gorgeous, Judith, such a perfect showcase of this set! Such a glorious sunflower! Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

  2. Sunflowers!! One of my favorite flowers!! And girl, you rocked it!! Thanks for playing along with our "stencil" challenge over at Sunday Stamps!!

  3. The sunflower is the perfect choice for this sketch. I love all the beautiful details of the flower, and background paper offsets it beautifully. Thank you for sharing on Sunday Stamps this week.

    1. Thanks Heidi! This is such a great sketch to play with

  4. I love this big, gorgeous sunflower! SO perfect for the end of summer! Thank you for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

  5. So beautiful! That sunflower is stunning and the colors are all so pretty together! Thank you for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

    1. Thanks Erin! They aren't my typical colors, but I'm really happy with how they all came together! :)