Monday, 12 March 2012

Card of the Week: 'His' & 'Hers'

This weekend my family gathered at a local Chinese restaurant to celebrate my Oma’s and Opa’s birthdays.  Their birthdays are only days apart (so sweet!) so we celebrate them together.    
   
To mark the occasion, I made them ‘his’ and ‘hers’ birthday cards.
Card Base: Recollections; Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Rub-On: American Crafts; Border Punch: Fiskars; Button, Floss: my craft stash; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives, Glue Dots 

Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: Echo Park; Rub-On: American Crafts; Border Punch: Fiskars; Flower: Prima; Button: my craft stash; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives, Glue Dots

The design is identical for these cards, but by simply changing the paper and the embellishments, I had one perfect card to give my Opa and another perfect card to give my Oma. 

I often use this simple trick when I am making cards – use the same design for multiple cards, but change the details: the color pallet, the patterned paper, the embellishments, the script of the sentiment.

This way I can create one design that I love and simply change the embellishment from a flower to a button, or the patterned paper from floral to stripes, in order to tailor the card I am making to the occasion and to the person it is intended for. 

This approach makes things easier and quicker when I have a slew of cards to make. 

I am sure that other card makers do the same thing, especially if they are looking at sketches. 

Do you ever create one design and reuse it over and over, simply changing the details each time to create an entirely new card?

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