Monday, October 24, 2011

Simplify - Day 1

My cardmaking style tends to lean towards 'over-the-top'.  The more glitter, embellishments, 3D pieces I can throw on a card, the better.  But there can be some problems with this train of thought.  For starters, it may take 40 minutes to make one card.  If you sell your cards, it may cost you more to make it than what you can get for it.  You may start to feel like the simple cards aren't good enough; never quite knowing when to stop. 

All of these problems have happened to me recently.  I guess I just wanted to make sure a customer felt like they were getting something worth paying $3.50 for.  However, it has definitely made me take note with regards to how much time I'm taking on a card.  It isn't to say that I can't have fun, fool around and take my time, and come up with an interesting card.  But there are also times where I need to pump out some cards - I don't exactly want to make $3.50 an hour, you know what I mean?

So this week I'm going to do my best to simplify - simple layouts, simple techniques, no 3492847 embellishments on one card - just enjoying the 'white space'.

Take a deep breath, it's going to be okay.

Today I'd like to share some super simple birthday cards.  Actually it's to celebrate Susanna Boyd's {of Paper Craft Planet} birthday!  These won't win any awards or anything, but who cares - I made them in 5-10 minutes!  Not to mention getting rid of some random embellishments that I've had since before Facebook existed!  [Shameless plug alert:  please feel free to "like" Pearl Gateway on FB!]

See?  I told you!  Nothing fancy here.  But as card makers, or any other crafters really, must keep in mind a comment I received the other day.  A kind commenter said that we should remember that non-crafty people have difficulty with even the simplest concepts such as layout.  They cannot do it themselves, so they buy it from us! 

Here's another super simple one.  Perfect for a woman who doesn't like a lot of fuss, but still appreciates a nice card.

So tell me, do you think these cards are too simple?  Are you a minimalist when it comes to your crafting, or are you a "more-is-more" kinda person?


  1. These are lovely :-) I am a new follower from crafty bloggers network :-) Elaine-xxx-

  2. they are def more simple than before .... well simple for you :P lol
    i have also seen some very simple cards with just a peace of ribbon and a button on brown paper. But, I know thats not your stile. ^_~ let your inner Razz out girl!

  3. @sparklingblackrose

    Hi Elaine, thanks for stopping by! Glad you like my work :-)

  4. @Autumn R W

    Hehehe yes they are more simple for me. It's actually harder to be simple lol!

  5. These are lovely - and the perfect balance of embelishments! Simple is great - keep it up :-) Thanks for playing at Wee Memories this week

  6. @Rachel Izakowicz

    Thanks Rachel, glad you enjoyed them! I think I might make more :)

  7. I just love these, so very pretty!
    Thanks so much for playing at Wee Memories.

  8. @Laurel

    Thanks Laurel, I love playing at Wee Memories!

  9. I love your beautiful cards, Kristina! I think they are perfect :)

  10. @Keely Yowler

    Thanks Keely, I'm so glad you like them! :-D


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