I finally had time to sit down and finish the last 8 cards for Kendra’s Card Challenge! In early July, I created a video to share the cutting templates and first 8 cards that I created from half of the card sketches.
Today I am sharing the last 8 cards with the final 8 sketches.
These are cards 1-4. Sketch 1 and 2 called for using any shape. The sketch showed circles, but I used square just to keep it simple!
To keep the card making simpler I did a few things:
- Used minimal colored cardstock mats.
- Used beautiful sentiments without any other images.
- When I used images, they are small and colored simply.
- I did not spend a lot of time coloring! I used one or two colors and didn’t work to blend them or fill in the entire image.
- I worked in stages. First I did all the paper cutting for the card bases and patterned paper. Then I attached the patterned papers to the card bases. My final step included cutting down my white and colored cardstock scraps to use for sentiments or simple images.
- I added no embellishments.
For card sketches 5-8, I flipped sketches 5 and 7 and made them vertical because my heart papers were directional. I didn’t want the hearts to be sideways! I also did not use the pennants in sketch 8. I continued to turn circles into squares as well.
I believe the simple sentiments and the simple, graphic images that I colored simply allow that patterned paper to shine. It’s very whimsical paper, so the style of coloring and keeping the stamping minimal works with the style of paper.
Sketches 9-12 are shown in the photo above. Sketch 9 was flipped to create a horizontal card, again due to using directional paper. I also turned the pennant shapes on the sketch to plain rectangles on my card. For sketch 12 I used a square instead of a circle and didn’t create the banners. Instead I did a simple sentiment and image with easy coloring.
I shared cards 13-16 in early July. For card 13, I eliminated the banners. The other sketches I used as they were shown.
I like to use card sketches for inspiration, but I generally change a few details, shapes, or orientation to make the cards work for the papers and stamps I’m using. I also want them to feel like my creations and I want to include some of my own design elements in them as well.
Links to the challenge:
Find all the rules and prize information at Cards by Kendra.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the video!