I made a couple of cards this week with the aid of the Card Design Handbook. For the first card, I used the Handbook to guide me in trying to improve my work with specific techniques that I struggle with. I referred to the “Balance” principle sections on “Repetition” (p. 59) and “Quiet Space” (p.47) in designing a card that stretched my skills. These are two design principles that I have always struggled with. They never look right to me when I try to execute them. The result was this “Thank You” card:
Supplies | card: DCWV. Patterned paper: Echo Park Sweet Day (6×6 paper pad). Cardstock: Ranger Inkssentials (Specialty Stamping Paper). Embellishments: Pebbles Hip Hip Hooray (Stitched Dimensional Circles). Ink: Tim Holtz Distress (Picked Raspberry – Summer 2012 Seasonal). Stamps: Hero Arts (Everyday Sayings). Fiber: Doodlebug Design Doodle Twine (Bright Assortment). Other: sewing machine, thread.
I used the Pebbles stitched circles to play with the concept of repetition, and balanced that heavily embellished area with a large area of quiet space.