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Old 03-03-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Do you start with a colour,a design paper,a stamped image, some pretty ribbon or some other type of inspiration? This is apart from the obvious challenges of course. I most often work my design around a stamped image,but i don't colour it in until i've chosen which design paper i'm going to use so it will tie in with the colours.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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I start my planning with Who will be receiving the card and for what occasion. That way I can decide the image(s) and colors.

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:16 PM   #3
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I start with the stamped image, and try to think what colors would look good on it. When I have that in mind, I find the papers to coordinate, usually a pattern and a solid cardstock. Ever so often, I start with the paper, especially if it's new and I love it. Then I find the image and colors to go with the paper first.

I stamp the image and color it, then decide how to mat it, i.e. with a Nestabilities shape, or just plain borders around the image.

Then I get a layout figured out. The last thing I do is add embellishments to the mix. I've accumulated enough of those, like ribbons, buttons,dew drops, bling, etc. that I usually have what I need to coordinate.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:21 PM   #4
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Sometimes I choose my card stock and paper first, then pick the image to use with them. Other times I find a stamp I really like, then pick the cardstock and paper. Once I have that much of the card figured out I decide on embellishments.
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If I know who I am making it for I start by thinking about the things I know about them. If am just playing I start with the stamp set.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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This is a GREAT thread.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:37 PM   #7
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I have to look at card sketches. Once I find a card sketch I like, it becomes a lot easier for me to come up with ideas. I also use the color combos from previous challenges.
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It depends. Usually I start by thinking about the person and what they would like. Sometimes it's a stamp that I really want to use and then I try to be creative with colors.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:27 PM   #9
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I, too, start with the person (I find it very hard to make a card without someone in mind), then the stamps, then usually layout. After that paper and ribbon/brads. I usually base my colors on the paper I choose, so I do that before I color in the image.
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the reason or theme is first for me

then i work from a sketch/layout that will work with the image i have in mind
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:47 PM   #11
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Thanks for the ideas. Great for a newbie
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Once I know who the card is for and what the occasion is, I start with either a stamp set I want to use or I pick my colors first.
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For some reason, it's actually harder for me to create a card with a specific person/occasion in mind. I think it's because I put so much pressure on myself to make that particular person a super-fabulous card, that I don't really enjoy the process - I just end up stressing, getting creative block, and running out of time. Lately I've been having way more fun by making cards just to make them - usually by starting with a stamp I really like, and letting it flow from there. My creative process seems to work much better this way, and as a result I'm building a stash of cards that I feel good about and that will fit a variety of people/occasions!
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I start with an image, then decide what colors to use. Sometimes I have a specific designer paper in mind, then I color my image according to the paper.
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Depends...If I get a new stamp then everything revolves around that. If I went shopping and found some cute DP the I work around that.
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You don't want to do what I do. ha Last week I was working on cards for our card club. I chose designer paper and solid, I cut it to size, enough to make six cards, and didn't like it at all. So...back to step one...this time I chose an image, stamped it, colored it, then had a heck of a time coming up with papers that would compliment what I had done. Finally finished a card I liked. My process needs tweeking!
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I start my planning with Who will be receiving the card and for what occasion. That way I can decide the image(s) and colors.

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This is how I start: Who is getting the card, and what is the occasion?

Then I choose the stamp image, followed by colors.
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For some reason, it's actually harder for me to create a card with a specific person/occasion in mind. I think it's because I put so much pressure on myself to make that particular person a super-fabulous card, that I don't really enjoy the process - I just end up stressing, getting creative block, and running out of time. Lately I've been having way more fun by making cards just to make them - usually by starting with a stamp I really like, and letting it flow from there. My creative process seems to work much better this way, and as a result I'm building a stash of cards that I feel good about and that will fit a variety of people/occasions!

This is exactly how i feel.
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It really depends on my mood for they day. Sometimes it's the image and sometimes it's paper. A lot of the time it will depend on what medium I am wanting to work with. Some images work better (for me) with pencils or watercolors and some I prefer to color with Copics. I like to play along with challenges and depending on the type of challenge, that's where I start.
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Depends on why I am creating that particular card. If it is for someone, I think about who they are to me and why I am making this card for them. Then I put together images and cardstock, and color appropriately. If it is just to put in my card box, I start with the image or set, and go from there. But occasionally I will discover a beautiful ribbon or something at my LSS, and use that for inspiration. I also cruise the galleries regularly, especially those of my favorite sets.
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I have different ways of starting depending on my mood....Sometimes I look through my papers to get an idea, sometimes start looking through stamp sets, sometimes just looking through drawers I have not opened in awhile will give me an idea. I just love to create...blessings.
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