I can’t believe it has been over a year since my last post. Not a day has gone by since then that I haven’t thought about this blog. I am not giving up on being creative, not by a long shot, just life sometimes takes over. During my time away I have been putting some thought into what I want to accomplish with my creativity. I would love to eventually have my own online store where I can sell handmade cards. So I’d like to reach out to readers and conduct some market research. I have brain stormed some questions that hopefully will aid me in the process of finding out who my target market is and what they look for in handmade goods. Below are my first two inquiries and I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Do you give or send cards to family and friends throughout the year?
If so, what holidays or special occasions do you find you give cards for?
In the meantime, I’d like to share a card I just recently made for my dad for Father’s Day. I have been putting thought into my card making process. I feel it is important to be able to create simple and beautiful cards within a manageable time frame. Especially, since I want to be able to produce large quantities to sell online. This has given me the opportunity to venture into some new stamps and techniques that create simple and easy cards.
While looking for inspiring ideas I came across several companies that have stamps that allow you to layer colors. This cute stamp set, Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish is so amazingly simple and fun to use. There are endless possibilities with this stamp set and it also has a coordinating die and ink set that is sold separately or as a bundle.
I used white cardstock cut slightly smaller than the card itself as my design area. Using a circle die cut, I created a peak-a-boo window and layered with embossed cardstick with a bubble texture for extra interest. Quick tip, use a white marker to highlight details on your embossed design to add more dimension. The key to working with the layering stamps is a Misti by My Sweet Petunia or the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform by Tonic Studios. You will want to be able to keep your image in one place and line up each of the stamp layers before you ink. I also experimented with different types of ink. Archival or permanent ink worked the best for me. To finish up, add your sentiment, fussy cut or die cut your stamped images and adhere with 3D foam tape for added effect.
- Vagabond by Sizzix
- Misti by My Sweet Petunia
- Card and paper stock of your choice
- Bubbles Embossing Folder by Darice (sorry no direct link)
- Hero Arts SB109 Color Layering Goldfish Bundle
- Studio 490 by Wendy Vecchi Cling Mount Stamp Set Art From Us SCS143by Stampers Anonymous
- Ranger Archival Ink
- 3D White Foam Squares by Therm O Web