The holidays are officially over and the new year has kicked off. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and loved ones and I wish you all the best for 2018. ⭐️ One of my New Year’s resolutions is to rekindle my love for card making. Because the past couple of months have been so busy I rarely had time to make cards. When I did have some time I would usually have to hurry up and rush. That’s not relaxing at all. So in 2018 I want to find my mojo again and make more time for card making. From experience I noticed it’s not always that simple to get your creative mojo back and keep it flowing.
Below, I’m listing some tips and tricks that are hopefully helpful to both me and other card makers.
CARD SKETCHES AND COLOR SCHEMES
Sometimes an eye-catching color scheme is enough to get your creative juices flowing. I have a Pinterest board filled with color combinations. In the past these combos have helped me when stamping a background or when coloring images. In addition to color schemes, card sketches can be a quick option. There are many card sketches out there. In fact, My Favorite Things has a fun challenge blog with both card sketches and color schemes.
I often read my favorite card makers’ blogs to see what they have been up to. These crafty ladies inspire me every time they post a project. Why not make a card inspired by your favorite card maker? You could incorporate their favorite techniques, colors or products. Another option is to CASE one of their cards. That means you “copy and share everything” from their original design. Make sure to give the original designer credit, though. 😄 By the way, you don’t have to necessarily copy the full design. When I CASE a card, I usually switch up the colors and products to make the design my own.
DON’T BE AFRAID
The most important thing to remember, card making should be fun and relaxing. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Like my dear friend Julia said on Instagram a couple of days ago, the cards you see on blogs and social media are the result of trial and error. Mistakes happen. Don’t judge yourself or compare yourself to others. So what if a card doesn’t turn out the way you’d planned? It’s just paper, stamps and ink. 🤔 Experiment with new techniques and products and don’t put pressure on yourself.
Writing these tips make me want to go to my craft room right now and make a card. That’s a good sign, right?
Do you have any tips on how to find your creative mojo? We’re here to support each other. 💡❤️