This past week I shared a sweet-and-simple card that I was very proud to share. The card was designed for the sketch over at the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. The card I shared, though, was a “second draft” of the original card. Today I’m going to share my first draft and talk you through some of the design decisions I made while making this card and some of the changes I made to the original card.
Let’s start with the sketch this week (you’ve already seen in here because you read my blog every day, which I totally appreciate). Here’s the sketch for this week’s challenge that inspired my card:
I love Michele’s sketch and knew that I wanted to fill the space above the sentiment with an explosion of happy hearts (thanks, Heart Happiness). I also knew I’d use the “I Just Love You” sentiment and die from the Petal Passion bundle. Yay! I love aqua and red together, so I knew I’d focus on those colors on my card.
Over the weekend, I finished my card and uploaded it to the CAS(E) This Sketch design team blog – I was done. Yay! Here’s the card I uploaded:
Not terrible. I was half-happy with it but couldn’t pinpoint what needed to change. Again, though, I was done so I let it go. Overnight, though, I tossed and turned, trying to figure out how I needed to change this card. Perhaps I needed to change the base of the card to Crumb Cake – would that tone down the clash of the Real Red and Bermuda Bay? Maybe, but there was still something missing.
Here’s what I didn’t like about my card:
- There was an emptiness in the space above the sentiment – just a bunch of hearts. Perhaps I could add more hearts in different colors? Perhaps I could add a branch of leaves or a flower in the splash of hearts?
- I felt like there was too much red. Perhaps I could add a third color to tone down the red? Perhaps I could change the base of the card to tone down the red.
In the end I filled the emptiness with another big heart. Oddly, the heart added MORE red, but it seemed to work. I snipped the sentiment off (just slid my scissors under the panel and snipped the Stampin’ Dimensionals in half) and added a new one stamped in black. The addition of black made all the difference in the world. Here’s a look at the finished card:
Those two changes made all the difference in the world, don’t you think? I went from “content” with my card to “happy” with my card. 🙂 Here’s a graphic to show these cards side-by-side, along with the simple changes I made to upgrade the card:
What do you think? Do you think these small changes made a difference between the first draft of the card and the second draft of the card? It’s the exact same card without these two changes – and I love the difference.
Bundle: Sure Do Love You Bundle, Petal Palette Bundle Stamp Sets: Sure Do Love You, Heart Happiness, Petal Palette Papers: Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White Inks: Real Red, Archival Basic Black Accessories: Shimmer Ribbon Pack (Sale-a-Bration), Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, Petals & More Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope it’s helpful to see my design process. I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!
In April, Stampin’ Up! is hosting OnStage Local events for demonstrators all over the world. One of the local events will be local to me – here in Atlanta, Georgia! I’m hosting a Spring stamping event the day before OnStage – and I’m calling it Brian’s Spring Stamp-Along. This event will be Friday, April 6 at Cobb Galleria Centre. I’d love for you to join us!
Registration for the Spring Event will open today to a limited number of demonstrators – and the day will be FILLED with fun. I can promise some inspiring presentations, super-fun games, a high-quality swap and make-and-takes like nothing you’ve ever seen. The event will mirror the World Card Making Day events we’ve hosted the last five years.
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