Happy Monday crafty friends, it’s Tracy here, and I am taking over the YNS blog today to share a little bit about my design process.
Someone recently asked me how long it takes to make a card. I really found that question difficult to answer. Being a busy mom of two young girls and working full time, it’s rare that I can work on a card from start to finish all at once. My crafting is usually done in pieces and I squeeze in creative time whenever (and wherever) I can get it. That means I may sketch out a card during my breaks at work, colour my images during my daughter’s dance lesson and jot down ideas for cards – well that may happen at any time so I always carry a note book with me.
Here is a little bit about my creative process:
Selecting my Image:
This is always my starting point. When I am deciding on a stamp, I like to flip through the images I have and pull out two or three stamps/dies that I could use for my project. I try not to waste too much time and will generally go with the stamp that excites my creativity the most. I find that my entire project comes together a lot easier when I am excited about the image/die that I am using.
I do keep my stamps together by manufacture, however I also have a “create with” basket on my desk. This basket holds those images that I want to work into future projects. There is a mixture of new and older images in this basket and they are ones that I will use when I am not working on a DT project.
Selecting my Paper:
Once I have my image, I will then select the paper I want to use. I work with 6×6 paper pads, so at this stage in the process, I am just selecting the collection that I think will work best for the image and project I want to create. The 6×6 collections are great because I know that everything coordinates together. While I am selecting my pattern paper, I will also be thinking about the colour of card stock I will use to mat my images and pattern paper.
Similar to my selection process for the stamp, depending on my project theme I like to pick the paper that inspires me the most.
Colouring My Image:
I stamp out my image (Copic Xpress It paper) using Memento Tuxedo black ink. When I am stamping out my image I like to have an idea of how I plan to display the image on my project (i.e. fussy cut, die cut, special background). This will help me decide if I need to leave space around my image. If I am not sure, I will always leave enough space to decide later.
When I start to colour my image I like to have a few essentials around me:
- Copic markers (that’s obvious)
- Copic colouring chart
- Pattern paper and
- Scrap paper (for testing out blending, colour combos or just practice something before I colour)
This is not always a step I do. However, I find it really helps reduce the time spent starting at my supplies, wishing everything to magically place itself on my card. Most times I will draw my own card sketch, but I do have a collection of sketches from various resources if I am in a creative slump. While I am sketching, I like to make notes on dies, embellishments or techniques I may want to use.
Here is my little crafty corner which is located in the basement of the house. It’s in desperate need of organization, which when I have “time” will get done. Once I am ready to start creating, I will pull together all of my tools and supplies for my project including:
- Coloured image
- Card base: most of my cards are 5 x 6.25 however I do work occasional with 5.5 square or for smaller cards 4.25 x 5.5. The size of card will depend on my image and my plan for layers and embellishments.
- Paper: now is when I will pull out the pattern paper from the collection I would have selected earlier. I will also select my coordinating card stock. Based on my typical sketch, I will use 3 or 4 pattern papers on my cards. I try to select the patterns that go best together, often a simple design for the background then 2 or more complementing patterns that work well together (i.e. dots, stripes, floral)
- Other: embellishments, dies, gumdrops, brads, flowers, punches………etc.
When I start to cut and layout my paper, I will put everything in place before sticking it all down. This gives me a chance to move and adjust or add layers (which I love to do).
As a final part of my creative process I like to finish the inside of my card. My inside decorations usually include an image stamped in a coordinating colour, sentiment and pattern paper. The decorated inside is a nice additional creative surprise for the card recipient.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope that you found something helpful and inspiring in my creative process. Come back again next Monday because Deborah will be sharing with you her creative process.
Happy crafting friends!