Thanks for joining us for another day of Holiday Card Making! We've seen tons of inspiring cards from the Garden Girls and members so far - and we still have a handful of days left! Today's post is equally inspiring as Garden Girl Jill Sprott provides some fantastic insight for her card making process, as well as this stunning & cheerful card!
It's always apparent that Jill has a blast using her supplies, and it makes me eager to dig out my stash as well. Bring on the polka dots, chevrons, and text patterns! Have fun playing with a stamp - don't stop at one image, repeat it multiple times. :)
I always begin by lighting a (figurative) fire and sparking my crafty energy. The best place for me to begin any project is at Two Peas, actually, spending some time in the galleries, looking at what others have done with their cards. There are always so many wonderful ideas there, and idea leads to idea leads to...the inspiration for a card. Even layouts can inspire card ideas, and vice-versa.
Since there is so much repetition involved when I create cards in bulk, I think it's important to be surrounded with supplies that I love. That way I remain excited about working with the products from start to finish. I also make sure to plan ahead not just for the card design itself but for the entire process. If it takes thirty minutes to make each card, then I will likely not finish the task -- well, not until Valentine's Day. An assembly-line approach works best, with an efficient design concept and a streamlined process at the center of it all.
My favorite cards were those that I would make with my daughter when she was a toddler. A little handprint, a cute smudge, a crooked tree, or a crinkled star? Adorable, and perfect. I miss those days.
My corner-rounder and my bone folder are absolutely essential to me. My sewing machine is also crucial. It's so rare that I make anything without adding a few stitches to it.
Actually, I just tried it on this card. I had the idea of stamping an image over patterned paper, and then repeating the image on the card, using pop dots here and there to add dimension. I also love the idea of using non-holiday-specific paper to make holiday cards. I used the BasicGrey Picadilly line for the trees on this card. It's not a holiday line, but it's very merry here!
Thanks so much, Jill! Are you inspired yet? Get crafting! Don't forget our Unity holiday card challenge is still open. Enjoy!
Looking for more holiday card ideas? See previous posts