Feb 19 2012
My niece is getting married this June and I attended her bridal shower yesterday. I wanted to create a special card for the occasion and using the colors from the invitation, I designed this one.
Deciding on the actual quilling is usually not a problem; however, it can take me quite awhile to come up with the actual card layout. If you suffer from this design malady too, then a card sketch may be just what the doctor ordered.
For those unfamiliar with sketches, they are drawings of cards with the various paper pieces and embellishment placements already decided. I belong to a Yahoo! Group called The Scrapbook Lounge. The moderator (hi, Diana) is starting up a monthly sketch challenge and I decided to use it for the layout of the shower card.
With sketches there are no rules and you can certainly move pieces around to fit your mood or the supplies you have on hand. I find them to be a wonderful design tool since the work is already done for you. And since sketches are a simple black and white, it is much easier to imagine your own colors and papers in the layout, rather than seeing a finished card and then trying to imagine it made from completely different supplies.
You can find sketches quite easily. A quick Google search will turn up quite a few. You can also find them in the back of magazines such as Card Maker, and there are some excellent professionally done sketch books you can purchase.
There are also quite a few blogs that sponsor sketch challenges (again, do a Google search). Participating in sketch challenges is an excellent way to practice your card making skills and show others the beauty of quilling.