Create a large card with a sewing theme in sepia colours.
- Makey Bakey Mice ‘Stitched with love’ stamp
- Middle Page
- Measuring Tape
Step One: Creating a framework for the card
When i am creating a card for specific purpose or against a specific brief like this one, i like to map out what i am intending to achieve and how i plan to get there(!) before i start. Most of my 18th birthday cards are created for the inside of the card to be as important as the front, so rather than just a pretty picture on the front with an insert, the whole is created as a running project which means knowing how the inside is going to inter-relate with the outside.
The theme for this one is sewing, so i am creating a sewing shop, with a window in the front through which the feature stamp will be seen. This means that i have to plan where the aperture will be and quite importantly how it will all layer together before i stick anything – for instance i plan to have an acetate window, therefore there is no point sticking the inside wallpaper to the card without having already cut the aperture and layered the acetate in place.
Sometimes i sketch (as do a great many others) but if i am going to be printing elements from my computer i quite like to use the serif program and do a complete mock as a computer project because this has the added advantage of helping to size the elements relative to the rest of the card before printing.
Step Two: Creating the elements
This is the fun and messy part; the idea is to create everything that will eventually be attached without committing to either a final layout or sticking anything down. This allows for flexibility in the design and also means that if i don’t like something i can put it aside for use with another project instead.
Step Three: Putting it together
So all of the elements are ready and I am happy with the layout and how it all fits together; I can now stick everything in place, which is usually the point at which I realise my plan had a flaw somewhere and now i am trying to stick in something behind something else that is already (quite solidly) stuck down….
Step Four: Ta Daa!
The Completed piece, so now all i need to do is make an envelope/box depending on how thick my card has ended up 🙂
Once the card is ready, I will add in a finished photo, however I will be separately blogging the elements as i do them.