Saturday, April 2, 2016

Evolving cardmaking styles

The style of my cardmaking has evolved over the years.  As a beginner, I was making cards for specific people and considering each person's interests in the design.  Then, I began following trends and copying the styles of other cardmakers.  When I began making cards to send to strangers through Operation Write Home, I tried to guess what recipients may enjoy.  Now that OWH has ceased the mission, I'm getting back to creating cards for specific recipients.

I have a male family member who is very concerned with motorcycle safety.  He objects to black bikes with the bikers wearing all black clothing.  This makes them harder to see by drivers and can create opportunities for accidents.  Here is the card I made for his birthday.
I gold embossed the image from Stamper's Best onto the glossy blue cardstock oval.  Orange frames are also die cut from glossy orange cardstock.  The green stripes are to represent green areas along highways.  The sentiment is a glossy gold sticker.

Next, I had a female relative with an upcoming birthday.  She loves her flower garden.  I made her card with the watercolor lifting technique and iris rubber stamps from Stamp-A-Mania.  The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.
Photo - no flash

Photo with flash