Stop Overthinking Your Designs

We’re all guilty of it – wondering ‘will they like it’; ‘should I add more’; ‘should I add less’. Yes, I’m just as guilty as the next person. We all need to take this advice – stop overthinking your designs! Obviously, we have to give thought to the layout and colours. It’s good to know the basic rules, and understand them, before you go breaking them. Where I find I have the MOST difficulty in overthinking my designs is sympathy cards. I seem to want to pour my heart & soul into every sympathy card. I want to convey how much I feel the person’s loss, and I respect their grieving. The most difficult is when you’re sending the card to a family member or friend. Closeness doesn’t always give you objectivity.


We all know the KISS principle, right? Keep It Simple, Sweetie! If you personally know the recipient, or the person who passed away, you may be able to incorporate their favourite colour, flower, hobby, etc. Otherwise, keep it generic, especially if you’re selling your cards. Not everyone knows a golfer who just passed, or a distance runner, for example.

Stop Overthinking Your Designs

There are some wonderful stamp sets out there that have amazing sentiments.  This sentiment is from one of my new favourites from Penny Black, aptly called Sympathy Sentiments.


You could make multiples of this card easily, for your card rack. Start with a panel of white cardstock. Set up your panel and stamp in your MISTI, or other stamp platform. Stamp the sentiment in the middle, with dark blue ink. Now, ink it again in Versarmark, and stamp on  top of the navy ink. Cover it with clear embossing powder, and heat set.  I chose Stampin’ Up!’s Night of Navy ink.

Next, use the floral image from the Stampin’ Up! set called Floral Phrases.  Stamp it once in the middle of the bottom, then flip the panel and stamp again in the middle of the top. I chose Gray Granite Stampin’ Up! ink for the flower, to keep it simple. You could repeat the navy ink, or use any other colour you wish.

Attach the front panel onto a card base of navy cardstock, and glue a white panel insert inside, for stamping & writing.

Stop Overthinking Your Designs


Simple doesn’t mean bland, or boring! There’s still lots of thought  put into these types of cards. If you’re like me, I find Clean and Simple (CAS) designs the most difficult to make. Just remember – stop overthinking your designs, and go with what works for you. Not sure – then keep it simple.

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Stop Overthinking Your Designs

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “Stop Overthinking Your Designs

    1. Ha ha! I just need to take my own advice more often, Buffy – I think your designs are wonderful!

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