Simple changes will enhance your card design. As a crafter, your collection of supplies and stamps will gradually grow over time. In the beginning, all you need is a stamp set, a couple colors of ink and paper, a punch, some sponges and a few embellishments.
As your collection of crafting supplies and tools grow, your designs will be further enhanced with specialty papers, coloring tools, stamping accessories, punches and dies.
And with time, you learn new techniques –– some will be quick and simple favorites (like sponging), others require special supplies and tools (heat embossing with VersaMark ink and heat embossing powders), while other techniques are more labor intensive, but so worth the time and effort!
Here are three card designs using the same stamp set, Magical Mermaid.
Each design is unique and special. And because it is homemade for someone special, that special someone will absolute love receiving any one of these card designs.
It is only when you compare all three designs side-by-side that you see the differences.
Simple Stamping and Sponging: Design elements include: (1) Double and triple matting; (2) circle punch; (3) Sponging; and (4) Dazzling Diamonds specialty paper.
Stepping up the simple design: Combines elements of the previous design with (1) dimensionals to pop-up the sentiment; (2) Die cutting with Stitched Shape framelit dies; and (3) heat embossing with clear embossing powder.
Stepping it up again: Combines elements of the previous design with (1) the huff technique using different colored markers to create the sentiment; and, (2) dry embossing with the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder.
Closing Thoughts: IF you have time to create a card, there is nothing more FUN and REWARDING than creating something you set your mind to make…. Then again, there is nothing more frustrating than to try to make an amazing, over the top, work of art! Always remember that when that special person opens the mailbox and discovers some happy mail, and when they open the envelop — they are going to absolutely love the card! They are going to TREASURE IT because YOU MADE IT! And, that has absolutely nothing to do with the design.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!