Thursday, February 28, 2013

Card-Making 101: Fixing a Flawed Design

Have you ever had a great idea for a card or project that just didn't work out as planned? Sometimes the best ideas sound good in theory but don't work out so well in practice.

I'm going to share one of my not so successful designs and then show how it was re-designed to improve it.

Here's the not so good:

The Problem:
Too many balloons
Pattern on balloons is too busy
White embossed background is too bold
Sentiment stamped with light gray ink on patterned paper gets lost

Remade card:

The Solution:
Reduce the number of balloons
Stamp balloons on patterned paper
Stamp background on a smaller Kraft panel with white ink instead of embossing
Stamp sentiment in black ink on white panel, add small image to embellish sentiment strip

I think the remade card has better scale, is much cleaner and doesn't look so overdone. The balloons on the first card aren't a bad idea, they would just look better on a more simple background.

So there you have it, just because a design doesn't work the first time don't scrap the idea altogether. Reworking the original idea can give you the result you were looking for!

All of the products used in today's card are available at Stamp Fever!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Class Reminder- March 2

If you haven't made your plans for Saturday March 2 you may want include a fun card class!
Katie will be teaching a new technique card class at 2:00 at Stamp Fever this Saturday. It's a technique dubbed "velveteen stamping" by Shari Carroll because of the soft shadowy effects that resemble the variations in velvet.

Katie will show you how to add this lovely effect to your stamped projects as you make these pretty cards:

Class Info:
Cost: $15.00
Saturday March 2 at 2:00
For more details, please click HERE

For all classes at Stamp Fever we ask that you bring the Basic Stamping Kit.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Clear Scraps Inspiration with Katie

Katie has been playing with the new Clear Scraps products and she has made a couple of amazing cards!
Clear Scraps are acrylic products for card making and scrapbooking. The Clear Scraps blog is filled with creative ideas for using these versatile crafting products.

Katie created this first card using the Garden Acrylic Border

Katie added color to the border using alcohol  inks. The background is stamped using Hero Arts tweed pattern. The gems/pearls are also Hero arts. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Lunar lights and the patterned paper is Limeade from the Pink Lemonade collection from Lawn Fawn.

For the next card Katie used Clear Scraps 12 x 12 acrylic sheets for her card base!

She used an embossing folder to add the great texture to the card, then she layered on more great patterned papers from Pink Lemonade by Lawn Fawn. The butterfly is a ready-made embellie and the sentiment is from the Sophie's Sentiments set by Lawn Fawn.

You'll see a great selection of the new Clear Scraps acrylic products at Stamp Fever!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lawn Fawn: New Release is Here!

We have all the brand new Lawn Fawn stamps, dies, blocks and papers!! Don't miss out on these great new designs, they will be flying off the shelves.

Ten New Stamp Sets:

Happy Easter

Mother's Day

 Year Three

 Sharp Backdrops

 Riley's ABCs

So Much to Say

Summertime Charm

Critters on the Savanna

Good Fortune

Home Sweet Home

Brand New Product: Lawn Cuts Craft Dies! Dies that coordinate with your favorite stamp sets:

Coordinates with Blissful Botanicals

Coordinates with A Birdie Told Me

Coordinates with Bannerific

Coordinates with Critters in Forest

Coordinates with Flying By

Coordinates with Quinn's ABCs

Coordinates with Say Cheese

These coordinate with the brand new stamp sets:

Critters on the Savanna

Good Fortune

Home Sweet Home

Summertime Charm

And a sweet set of Heart Dies:

New Paper Collections:

Daphne's Closet 6x6 paper packs

Daphne's Closet Element Stickers and Narrator Stickers

Pink Lemonade 6x6 Paper Pack

 Pink Lemonade Element Stickers and Narrator Stickers

Brand New Lawn Trimmings Twine:

Pink Lemonade



Another Brand New Product...Acrylic Blocks!

7 blocks, each sold separately.

And now for some Lawn Fawn inspiration:

Stamp Fever has all of these fabulous new products in stock....hurry in for your Lawn Fawn fix!