Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thoughts on Designing





Hello Everyone!

This particular stamp is beautiful but it is retired.  I love it and I was playing around with different card designs to build my stash of ready-to-go cards and to have cards to donate to my infusion center.  

Really what I wanted was a Gate Fold card that had the butterfly as panels on the front but I also wanted the card to remain A2 in size.  If you know this butterfly then you know it is very large.  You can only fit two solid stamps of this image on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper!  Anyway, I became rather frustrated with trying to keep ALL of the butterfly while staying to the standard card size.  I shelved this idea for now so that I would not destroy my craft room with frustration.

When designing or trying to grow an idea sometimes it is helpful to look at how other stamper's have incorporated the image into their designs.  "Casing" a card is completely acceptable but you should always give credit where it is due.  The card that I finally made with the large butterfly was not just derived from looking at one video.  I am not certain of where the ideas actually came from but in the end I took multiple ideas and tried to make them mine.  Places I visited were Frenchie Stamps, Dawn's Stamping Creations and many more.  Though I am not completely satisfied with the final card I can at least say I created something that I did mail.  Also, looking around for this card did finally help me come up with a design for the card that I plan to give to my infusion center, but that is for another post.

I guess what I am saying is don't get so frustrated trying to force a card or design to happen that you end up mad or feeling bad about your crafting time.  Crafting is supposed to be fun!  This is another of those lessons I have had to learn.  Having worked my entire life I feel I should always be productive when sitting at my craft table and that productivity should be AWESOME.  Sometimes we learn more from our mistakes or quiet times than we ever do when things seem to be running smoothly.

Arrgh!!
Shylo
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Shylo Dyche

Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is so rewarding. Not only do I get to be creative every day, I also get to be a creative coach, offering fresh project ideas and encouragement to my customers and friends.

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