I love making cards! From the very beginning, I’ve gravitated toward bright and cheery papers, cute stamps, and fun embellishments. Most of my cards seem to share the same personality.
The new Card Design Handbook has an entire section devoted to the different styles of card making: Fun & Cute, Clean & Graphic, Classy & Elegant, and Shabby Chic & Vintage. It is full of great tips on how to remain true to your project’s overall intended style.
I now understand why my cards all seem to have the same feel. My style has a name—a personality of its own—and it feels good to finally be “diagnosed.”
My card style is Fun & Cute.
But what happens when you want to make a card for someone who doesn’t share your personality? Maybe your best friend is completely mod and glamorous, and your shabby-chic style just won’t do?
The Card Design Handbook is such a great resource because it clearly defines the four main card styles and explains what basic elements are needed to give your cards a new personality.
I decided to put my newly found information to the test! I created thank you cards in each of the four card styles using the same stamp set throughout.
Fun & Cute
- Happy color scheme
- Uncomplicated design
- Sweet sentiment
- Whimsical font, cartoons, or doodles
- Friendly patterns (like polka dots & gingham)
Clean & Graphic
- Utilization of white space
- Clean lines
- Modern & hip
- Minimally embellished
- Simple text
Classy & Elegant
- Sparkling embellishments
- Rich color scheme
- Shiny finish
- Sophisticated Sentiment
Shabby Chic & Vintage
- Ribbon & Lace
- Inking & Distressing
- Old images, found items
I loved trying out some new techniques, and I hope you will too! What style of card do you typically make? Do you gravitate to one particular style, or do you like to mix things up a bit? Leave me a comment by Friday, August 24th at 5 pm MDT, and I’ll enter you to win a copy of the new Card Design Handbook and the Three Silhouettes stamp set by Hero Arts!
Make sure to visit Cath at the Moxie Fab World for more on the Card Design Handbook!
Julie Campbell, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal