Creating cards for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact you can make it as easy as 1, 2, 3. As a designer I often create a lot of different holiday cards but that’s not always an option for everyone. And really, who has the time to create a different card for every single person on your list. So let’s break it down on how to make the process a little easier.
Today’s card is one I created quickly with patterned paper, a sketch challenge and some fun product from MFT Stamps. The best thing about it is that I love it and it’s one of the simplest cards I’ve made in awhile. Don’t overthink your holiday cards so that you can get creating them and enjoy the process. Before I tell you about my process, here’s a little bit about today’s MFT Stamps sketch challenge…
If you love to create from sketches, be sure to check out this week’s MFT Stamps sketch, #MFTWSC354. Today’s sketch is pretty awesome and I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it.I’ve kept it fairly close to the original as for the most part, I tend to take sketches quite literally. That doesn’t have to be the case though and feel free to turn or flip or alter this sketch to make it work for you. I hope you’ll join in the challenge for some creative time! You can find all the details here on the MFT Challenge Blog. If you’ve never played along, it’s super fun and easy. Consider this your invitation to join us!
So back to holiday cards, 1, 2, 3. In fact you can use this formula on any card you create.
Easy 1, 2, 3 Card Design Formula
- Pick a color palette. This doesn’t have to be hard! I like to go with three colors but 2 or 4 will also work.
- Pick a sketch layout. Collect a bunch of sketch designs that work for you. They don’t have to be difficult or terribly unique but choosing a layout saves you a lot of time thinking about what should go where. Sketch challenges are a great source of sketches, make your own or look on Pinterest!
- Choose your products. This brings us to another trio. Sentiment, paper & accents. This can look like so many things but to keep things extra simple try a stamped sentiment, patterned paper and a couple tiny embellishments.
So how does this translate into my design?
- Color Palette: gray, pink, red
- Sketch Layout: MFT Sketch Challenge #354
- Products: stamped sentiment, patterned paper, two little rose embellishments
I’m loving the new Handwritten Holiday stamp set from MFT Stamps! These sentiments are big, gorgeous and you really don’t need much else to make a gorgeous card! Making the sentiment the focal point is a great trick for keeping cards quick and simplifying the process. If you want to take things up a notch, there’s plenty of techniques you can do with them to make them stand out even more. I used one of the simplest sentiment techniques ever on this card by simply stamping it twice. First stamp in the lighter ink and then offset slightly and stamp in the darker color. Easy peasy!
Dye Inks Used: Cherry Crisp, Pink Lemonade, Grout Gray
Paper Used: Pink Lemonade, Smooth White,
You’ll also notice I used a couple shape dies to make some of the layers on this card. Be Merry is a supporting sentiment and comes from the new Snow Globe Sentiments stamp set. I’ve stamped it onto the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics to mimic that element on the sketch design. The other die is from the new A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics and it holds the main focal point sentiment. I love how the stitching detail on it really makes it stand out from the other layers!
I hope you find some time to get sketchy!
Until next time…