It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design TeamCreative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum. This month, we were challenged with the following:
Show us your creative mind at work. Take us on a journey through a card-making session, start to finish.
How do you select colors, layout, embellishments, and overall design?
Share your creative process with us.
Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team.
I cannot wait to go visit all the MFT Designers who are taking part in this month's Creative Chat and see how they get that amazing mojo flowing!
I'm giving you a little glimpse of how I usually create a card from start to finish and I hope you enjoy the tour. Be prepared, this post is very long and photo-heavy, so you might want to grab a candy bar. I'll have one too - it's not right to let you eat a candy bar all by yourself now, is it?
The very first thing I do when I sit down to make a card is find a sketch to work off of. I cannot make a card without using a sketch from a challenge - I just sit there and look at my stamps and paper and nothing seems to click. I save all the sketches I like in a sketch folder on my computer, then when I need one, I just open it up and keep it on the side of my computer screen. Today I'm using the current MFTWSC. I also open up Netflix and stream a TV show or movie. What does this have to do with stamping? Well, nothing, it just keeps me from getting distracted by email and Facebook. For reals. Today it's Monk, season 1, episode 7.
Once I have my sketch picked out, I figure out which stamps and papers I want to use. Today I'm using the image from PI Make Mine a Double and a sentiment from PI My Balloon. The papers are Country Drive from Echo Park.
I know I'm going to cut this image out and pop it up over the circle on the sketch, so I stamped it on a narrow sheet of cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. At this stage in the game, I choose the patterned papers I want to use from the paper pack and then match Copic Marker colors. Let the coloring begin...
I always color the skin first.
Next is the hair (red-head today).
Then the clothing and heart barrette.
...the band on her dress.
Next is the ice cream.
...and finally, shoes and cone.
Now that my image is colored I can cut her out. I forgot to get a photo of it, but I'm betting you know what I'm talking about, haha!
I'm now moving on to the next episode of Monk....
This is the point where get all of my Die-namics cut out and ready to assemble on my card. This is one well-loved cutting plate.
I cut the patterned paper down to the size I need and then layer it to cardstock.
Now I'm ready to run the panels through my Janome Sew Mini for some of that stitching I've become so addicted to adding to my projects. I blame the MFT team for this one. Haha!
accessories: copic markers, open scallop doily duo die-namics (mft), little open scallop strip die-namics (mft), first place award ribbon die-namics (mft), dog tag die-namics (mft), so saffron grosgrain ribbon (su!), linen thread, sewing machine, thread, foam tape