A made quite a few cards last weekend – and had loads of fun doing it. Sometimes, though, the card you want to make isn’t completed in the first try. I often sit with a card until I’m 100% happy with it, but I didn’t wait around over the weekend. I glued my cards down, sat with them for a while and then decided they needed to change.
Today, I’m going to share three small changes that (I believe) make a big difference on the card. Since the original projects made it to the “photography phase” of the cards’ life cycles, I can show you the changes they underwent. Here’s the good news – I didn’t have to re-make the cards from scratch. I was able to remove select elements and make my updates. Yay!
Change One Color
For this week’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop, we were inspired by one word – GREEN. I knew I wanted to work with the fun Call Me Clover pattern from the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper. I went all-in with Call Me Clover, including the base, the top panel and the leaves on the sweet tree.
As I was out-and-about on Saturday (after I had photographed the card and started my write-up for the post), I decided my card needed another green. The best way to accomplish that change was to change the top panel from Call Me Clover to the bright Lemon Lime Twist.
That small change brightened this card up quite a bit. I kept the card base and next two layers in tact. I ran my scissors sideways between the Thick Whisper White (glued to the Call Me Clover) and snipped the Stampin’ Dimensionals to remove the panel. I did the same with the Thick Whisper White oval. With the right pressure, you can run your finger over the Stampin’ Dimensional to “roll” it off the necessary pieces. I cropped a new Lemon Lime Twist and Thick Whisper White panel and re-assembled the card.
Here’s the finished card (if you’d like to read the original post or join the GREEN blog hop, click on the photo):
Change the Card Size
The same thing happened to my project for this week’s Global Design Project – I glued it all down and then removed/edited some pieces after I had photographed the project. The panels of color on my finished card seemed to overwhelm the sweet fruit that are supposed to be the focus of my card. To change things up a bit, I simply changed the shape of the card base and background panel to give the card a brand new look:
I snipped away (using the same technique I described above) the citrus shapes on the front of my card. I also snipped away at the three-panel base of the card. I cleaned those up a bit by rolling off the Dimensionals with my finger and then cropped the colorful panel. Because the Whisper White square was glued to the panel, I had to whittle away at both sides to arrive at a 3-3/4″ square. Sometimes math is fun.
It was a lot easier to crop my Crumb Cake base to a 4-1/4″ square – I just had to cut the piece vertically at 4-1/4″. Yay! I re-assembled the card and was immediately happier with it.
Good news: while postage is higher on square envelopes, this card fits in a Medium Envelope, so…woo hoo!
Here’s the finished card (if you’d like to read the original post, click on the photo):
Make a Small Tweak
I may have lied a little bit in the last section because I made another small change on this card. When I was re-assembling my card, I decided to slightly tweak the placement of the citrus on the front panel. Did you see the difference in the samples above?
While the sentiment is stamped straight in the shape of the lemon, it bothered me a little bit that the lemon was slanted on the finished project. When I re-assembled, I move the lemon a snidge (that’s a word, right?) to ensure the sentiment was perpendicular to the card base.
I keep learning about card design and am excited to share what I learn with you. I hope this discussion is helpful to you as you continue to learn and design, too. If something feels “not right,” it’s not always necessary to scrap it all and start over. One small change can make a big difference.
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