Today’s post looks at how to create movement across a clean and simple card. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
- Thinking Of You Heart die
- Distress Oxides – Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Seedless Preserves
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- Take a piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb card and using blender brushes apply Distress Oxides over the panel. I used Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Seedless Preserves. Splatter with white gouache, shimmer spritz and Perfect Pearls solution
- Trim the panel to be smaller than an A2 card base cut and scored from Neenah Solar White 110lb and adhere with foam adhesive
- Die-cut the Thinking Of You Heart die from Neenah Solar White card and add tiny pieces of foam adhesive to the back. Adhere to the pink panel offset to the top left
- Create a sense of movement by adding sequins, pearls, enamel dots and Nuvo droplets in a diagonal line across the panel
I love my watercolours, but sometimes it is good to shake things up and pull out some different supplies. When I do so, Distress Inks and Distress Oxides are the ones that immediately come to mind. When I think of Distress Oxides, I always turn to Kristina Werner’s Distress Oxide Blending Combinations, and I used a combo from the first post she did for this card.
This card has a clean and simple design, a pop of colour, one die-cut and a few embellishments. To create a more dynamic design, I like to cluster the elements on a smaller focal point by cutting the ink-blended panel down, leaving less space for the lone die-cut to become lost within. Reducing the size of the ink-blended panel also leaves a wider white border of the card base to frame the colour and help contain it. Lots of colour isn’t always a good thing! Well, not for me at any rate, a bold but limited splash of colour goes a long way and looks more thought out than letting the colour fill and overwhelm the whole space.
Next, let’s talk about movement. The focal point draws the eye, but a static focal point isn’t interesting, you want to draw the eye around the card, letting it settle and look at points along the way. With this aim, I went for a sprinkling of embellishments at a diagonal leading to the die-cut.
When I was thinking of further examples, I remembered this card. Not only does it have a similar design of white die-cut from the Detailed Leaf Cluster die over colourful panel, but it also has that diagonal movement too. You can find the original post here.
Here’s another example of that same diagonal movement using the Sweet Birthday set. You can find the original post here.
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I enjoyed following along with one of the calligraphy courses in the bundle. I got out my pointed pen and my Great Uncle’s ink well and had a go! It was fun and brings me a step closer to mastering a skill I have long wanted to have. My first Instagram post back in 2014 was of my desire to learn calligraphy. Let’s just say it’s been slow progress! However, I certainly learnt a lot in the course by Holly Stavness included in the Creative Bundle, most importantly how to hold the pen to achieve better strokes, especially the upstrokes.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Absolutely beautiful, Debby – I am going to try this. Thank you :-)
What a great background for a pretty die.
I love this simple card design!
Gorgeous cards, although the second one was an earlier post it is still my favorite, so beautiful.
Great informative post also.
When I saw your poined pen memories came up, I learned to write at school with such a pen but
we didn’t had such a stunning ink well as your Great Uncle’s ink well, what a beauty!
Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a great weekend.
I just love how you explain concepts. It really helps me improve my design style ^__^ Thank you for sharing some past projects, too! Happy crafting ~
The blue card is my absolute favourite! I love that die, and that background is such a perfect accent to the card. Thanks for all the tips and how to draw the eye.