3 Easy Steps to Transform Your Card


3 easy steps to transform your card | Thoughtfully Handmade

I started making cards when I was 15. Needless to say, they weren't the best...

Now, I know why my card designs weren't aesthetically pleasing, and it was because I forced my design and my creativity.

But, I digress. If you want a blog post about my struggles as a creator, comment down below so I know!

Anyways, onto the actual blog topic I'm covering today- transforming your old card designs.

This is what my old card looked like:

Before card transformation | 3 easy steps to transform your card | Thoughtfully Handmade

Every time I look at them, I cringe and think to myself, "Why, Yandy did you make these and think it would sell?" 

I knew I had to get rid of them, but I didn't want to waste a perfectly good card base. So, I decided to fix them. They turned out so well that I just had to share how I did it so other people can transform their old cards!

Without further ado, let's begin! Oh, and you have to see the dramatic difference in the end.

Step One: Clear

That's right, you have to take off everything and go straight to the card base. I even took off my beloved washi tape. 

It's easier to start fresh than to force yourself to make it work (but if you're up for a creative challenge, leave the background paper on and just take off the embellishments)!

Step Two: Cover

After clearing everything off, the next step is to cover it up!

covering up the old design | Step 2 of card transformation | 3 Easy Steps to Transform Your Card | Thoughtfully Handmade 

As you can see from the picture above, I decided to turn the ugly thank you card into an adorable baby shower card. I chose a cute baby elephant scrapbook paper to cover up the card.

But notice how I coordinated the scrapbook paper with my card base? That is what makes the design cohesive.

Step Three: Decorate

Okay, so decorating can be broken down into multiple, smaller steps and I urge you to make the card design your own. However, to give you a bit of inspiration, I'm going to share my creative process for my Baby Bird Tweets card (thanks Ingrid!). 

part 1 of decorating process | step 3 of transforming card | 3 easy steps to transform your card | Thoughtfully Handmade

I pulled some scrap scrapbook paper from my stash and tried to keep everything in the same colour family.

part 2 of decoration | step 3 of transformation | 3 steps to transforming your card | Thoughtfully Handmade

I played around with the layout and decided to cut out some banners. Initially, I was going to cut the brown cardstock into a banner as well, but I eventually decided that my banners needed to be on something neutral so they would stand out.

part 3 of decorating | step 3 of transformation | 3 easy steps to transform your card | Thoughtfully Handmade

To up the cuteness, I decided to use Lawnfawn's Chit Chat stamps with the "Congrats" sentiment.

3 steps to transform any old card | Thoughtfully Handmade

Psst! Feel free to pin this to your Pinterest boards so you'll always have a reference when you need to transform any old card from drab to fab (yes, I just wrote that). 

Final Result

Here is a look at the final result! This is definitely a vast improvement from the previous card.blue variant | baby bird tweets handmade baby shower card | Thoughtfully Handmade 

If you need a baby shower card and want to spread some positivity, this Baby Bird Tweets card design is up on the shop for purchase! Just a reminder that with every card or bookmark sold, 10 cents goes towards Seniors With Skills' operational costs. I wrote a blog post about it if you want more information!

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