Have you ever given much thought to the style of cards you create?
Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut making the same kind of cards?
Would you like to branch out and try new things?
Today we are talking cardmaking style. Much like fashion, cooking or interior decorating, card making is an art that has it's own styles as well. Style can be defined as a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed. Most of us find the style that we enjoy, and are comfortable with, and rarely step outside of the box. I know I am guilty of this! My cardmaking style has remained fairly consistent throughout my 18 years of making cards, but lately I've become more interested in creating outside of my comfort zone. Thanks to the wonders of the internet and creative social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, we have the opportunity to explore from home (and at no cost!) with the simple click of a button.
You already have the tools and supplies in your craft room, HOW can you use them differently?
And more importantly, WHAT'S stopping you?
Let's begin by taking a look at some common cardmaking styles:
------------- Clean & Simple------------
Clean & Simple is often also recognized by it's acronym - CAS. CAS cards are usually quick and easy to recreate. You could
mass produce these cards in little time. They have very limited layers and embellishments and often feature lots of blank
or "white" space.
Here are some examples of Clean & Simple cards:
------------ Clean & Layered------------
Clean and Layered is taking Clean and Simple a few steps further. These cards may still feature clean lines and white space, but they have more layers, embellishments and accents. You might see additional components like embossing folders or elements of coloring (watercolor/alcohol ink markers, etc.) on this style of card.
Here are some examples of Clean & Layered cards:
------------ Classy/Elegant ------------
The easiest way to define Classy/Elegant cards would be to think of wedding invitations or stationery. This style is very polished and regal with sparkling embellishment and sophisticated sentiments. These cards are designed with layers of texture and are very impressive.
If Classy/Elegant is your style, I'd encourage you to check out The Ton Stamps.
Here are some examples of Classy/Elegant cards:
*Cards created by The Ton Stamps Design Team members. All Images from The Ton Stamps website.
------------- Cute & Fun --------------
Cute & Fun cards are just as the name implies. A variety of stamp companies like Lawn Fawn , My Favorite Things and many more are creating adorable little carrot cake sharing bunnies and cosmic astronauts to stamp, color and create with. These images are embellished with fun papers, bright colors and sentiments that will make you LOL!
Here are some examples of Cute & Fun cards by Lawn Fawn's Jenn Shurkus.
*Cards created by Creative Chick Jenn Shurkus.
----------- Shabby Chic/Vintage ----------
Shabby Chic/Vintage cards often feature distressed or sponged components, they contain multiple layers and often appear antiqued. Embellishments such as ribbon, lace, buttons, watch and other inexpensive aged components make these cards fashionably stylish.
If Shabby Chic/Vintage is your style, check out Graphic 45. Their high quality papers are a superior product for cardmaking.
Here are some examples of Shabby Chic/Vintage cards:
*Cards created by Graphic 45 Design Team members. All Images from the Graphic 45 website.
------------ Freestyle/Collage ------------
Freestyle/Collage is what I call "Artsy Fartsy" and is a style that I yearn to pull off! It could be characterized as "grunge" or eclectic. It is effortlessly chic with a random mish-mosh of patterns, textures and unrelated elements.
Here are some example of Freestyle/Collage cards:
------------ Mixed Media --------------
Mixed Media cards involve the use of typically two or more mediums (i.e. - inks, embossing powders, pencils, pastels, gesso, mica powder, etc). These cards can be a variety of styles as described above - Shabby Chic, Clean and Layered, Vintage, etc., but they are very texturized with 2D components to them.
If Mixed Media is your style, I'd encourage you to check out my dear friend Ginny Maxam's blog HERE, because she is the guru of all things mixed media. She has used everything from nail polish to recycled products when making her beautiful cards!
Here are some examples of Mixed Media cards from Ginny's website:
*Cards created by Ginny Maxam of Maxam Made Studio.
Thanks for visiting and I look forward to reading your responses and hopefully bringing you
a variety of NEW content and cardmaking styles in the near future!
Hi, I'm Crystal. . .
My Craft Room:
I am Crystal Komara, aka "Super Stamp Girl" and I am solely responsible for this blog.
All items on this site including text, photographs, concept design, works of original artwork and content shared on this blog are for your personal use, inspiration and enjoyment only and may not be copied for publication or contest submission.