5 Ways to Gain Inspiration From Your Craft Embellishments

by Altenew

Are you looking to add a new spark to your crafting projects? Look no further than your craft embellishments! You can use these small decorations and accents in various ways to add interest and inspiration to your creations. From using them as a starting point for a project to incorporating them into a larger design, there are many ways to let your craft embellishments guide your creative endeavors. 

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In this blog post, we will explore five ways to gain inspiration from your craft embellishments and take your cardmaking projects to the next level. Whether it's colorful sequins, wide washi tape, or intricate die cuts – these items can give you endless ideas for beautiful handmade cards. 

Plus, if you want to get more inspiration for your cards using embellishments, go check out our Extraordinary Embellishments Blog Hop. So get your trusty embellishments, and let’s get crafting!

1. Use Enamel Dots to Choose Your Card’s Color Palette

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Enamel dots are available in various fun and beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes. Because these embellishments come in color-coordinated packets, it's easier to craft a harmonious color palette for your card. While small, enamel dots can significantly affect the overall allure of your design, transforming it from mundane to creative with minimal work. Just stick them, work your designs according to their gradient colors, and have fun!

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You can also play around with different combinations and shades to see which best conveys the feeling you're hoping to capture. Embrace the power of this tiny tool when crafting your cards – you won't be disappointed!

2. Decorate Your Cards With Ephemera Designs

Ephemera are premade die-cuts that come in beautiful designs. They are commonly used for scrapbooking and journaling, but did you know that you can also use them to decorate your card fronts? When you want a quick and easy card, ephemera pieces are a great material to use! Not only will your card's receiver be pleased with the stylish and unique design, but you will get to express your creativity by creating layouts on a card instead of a scrapbook. 

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With various die-cut sentiments, florals, photo mats, and different journaling cards, you can create the perfect design for any occasion! With exciting possibilities for customization, decorating your cards with ephemera will surely make your cardmaking projects memorable and unique.

3. Make Scenes With Stickers and Stamps 

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Have you ever looked at a sticker and thought that it'd be a great pair with some of your stamp designs? Combining sticker designs with your stamps allows you to create different one-of-a-kind scenes on your card. Whether it's a garden filled with butterfly stickers and floral stamps or a vase stamp image with foliage stickers, your creativity is the limit! 

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4. Play With Textures and Layers on Your Cards 

Last but certainly not least, textures and layers can add a whole new dimension to your designs. By using a variety of craft embellishments, you can add exciting depth and interest to your cards in a way that flat, one-layered designs cannot. Experimenting with different types of craft embellishments such as ribbons, buttons, beads, sequins, and even wood veneers can help you add a striking touch to your cards. For example, when making shaker cards, you can use sequins and beads to fill your window. You can use metallic threads as ribbons to make your birthday cards look like gift boxes! 

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Another way to add dimension is to use foam tape to lift your embellishments off the card, creating a 3D effect. You can also layer multiple embellishments in different sizes and colors to create a sense of movement and depth. Overall, there are many ways to play with textures and layers on your cards, so let your imagination run wild and have fun trying different combinations!

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5. Think of Creative Placements for Your Embellishments

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This goes without saying, but how you place your embellishments can have a significant impact on your card's overall feel and look. When you first create your card, visualize where you want the embellishments to be placed and what role they can play with regard to the design and theme of your card. 

Make the most out of your embellishments, and try thinking outside the box for creative places to add them. Will they serve as a background pattern? An accent to your flower petals? Or perhaps they will be the focal points of your card, set against a soft watercolor wash? Will you use enamel dots to serve as the stars in a night sky card design? Be creative and have fun with it – try out new placements and angles you wouldn't usually consider!

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Have Your Cards Look Their Best With Embellishments!

Have we convinced you to start using more embellishments to inspire your creations? If you want to learn more about the different types of embellishments for crafts we have at Altenew, take a look at this video:

We hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Hopefully, you’ll use these five tips in your next cardmaking project – we can’t wait to see what you create! 

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