The Design Process

Designing a card can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  I scour the internet for ideas and techniques when I need to design a card.  I look on Pinterest, SplitcoastStampers, and Facebook most of the time.  I even have one Pinterest account dedicated to nothing but card ideas!
Next, I take out my sketch book.  My sketch book is a Happy Planner Notebook with blank pages.  I sketch out what I see in my head.  This includes the card base, cut pieces, embellishments, and sometimes word placements.  Now, I am no artist by any means!  If someone looked at my sketches, they would be sitting there scratching their heads to make heads or tails of it, hahaha.  There are arrows, like those football sketches you see on TV, with notes of color ideas, folds, textures, and whatever else I think up.  It is a very relaxing process.  
Sometimes my color combos don’t work out, but that’s OK.  That is a whole other process.  Luckily, I can always find Stampin’ Up! color combos other stampers have used online.  I typically have one color I really want to use for the project and work from there.  It also helps to already have the main stamp set chosen before I start to sketch. 

With this card, I knew I wanted to use the new Beautiful World stamp set and World Map Dies that will be released by Stampin’ Up! on June 3rd, 2020.  In my sketch book I sketched out a basket weave on the spine of the card and then the layers of papers.  I was not quite sure which Designer Series Papers I wanted to use so I did not get that specific on the sketch.  I knew I wanted to use a die cut of the globe on the front, so I added a ball on a stick to my sketch.  Word stamp placement is hard for me to put on the sketch.  I have to see the rest of the card put together before I decide where I’ll put the words, if there are any.  Once I am done with the card, I take a picture of the completed card to post here on my blog.  I also print a small color copy of the card to put next to the sketch I drew.  If a card is for a swap, like this one was, I will also add a copy of the ingredient list that I place in each swap card envelope to my sketch.  This will help to recreate the card if I really like it enough to make more copies to sell or give away.  
I love sending happy mail!  If you know someone who is need of a “SMILE” please send me an email at and I will send that person a handmade card with a special note inside from Let It Snow Stamping.  If you would like to purchase any of these cards to mail out yourself, please reach out to me.

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