TGI Friday, and a sweet, extra-long Bank Holiday weekend for some of us! :)
I'm here today to participate in a fantastic blog hop to celebrate the launch of Paper Craft's best ever special issue yet (IMHO!) the Card Design Handbook!
Seriously, if you haven't got this issue yet then you *need* it! It explains basic design principles that, if followed, can make your projects shine! (Though there's a lot to be said for breaking some rules in style too of course! *wink*)
I'm so honoured to be a part of this hop! You should have hopped across from my fellow European peep, Lorena Cantó Lavería. If you haven't, then be sure to start here and get the full blog hop deets!
We've been asked to produce a 'Good to Great' card for our blog hop project. There are fantastic examples of this in the actual issue so I had a lot of inspiration! I also decided to feature on the design principle of movement/flow; that is, allowing the eye to rest and follow a design, taking in all aspects of the card with ease.
So first up is my 'Good'
A very CAS card with an autumnal feel about it. What can I say? I adore autumn and I'm already getting a hint of it heading our way! :)
Nothing is exactly 'wrong' with this card but it's a little plain and lacking in energy. If I were to keep this design, I'd have to make the card smaller as I feel there's far too much space in proportion to my elements (I know, a CAS girl talking about too much space! Ha!) How about we add some autumnal leaves to this card to give it some oomph?
Ahhhh now this definitely has some more oomph! The leaves allow your eyes to take in the whole of that middle panel of card, without getting lost, as well as leading your eyes to the sentiment. The leaves also bring the design elements into proportion more, the card seems complete and actually looks smaller than the original 'good' card but I promise you they're the same size!
When the cards are side by side, you can get a real feel of the movement and energy those leaves give:
This card focuses on just one of the many design principles in the issue. This issue is like my design bible - it has pride of place on my
Before I dash I just want to thank Paper Crafts for not only publishing an amazing issue, but for inviting me to be a part of this amazing hop- thank you!
Now you've got some more hopping to do - remember to comment on each for a chance to win! Next on the hop is Emily Branch! If you're lost for any reason, you can find your way with the full list of participants:
Angeline Yong Jeet Leen
Lorena Cantó Lavería
Amy Wanford (you're here!)
Catch ya later!
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)/Sentiment from Extra Time (Uniko Studio)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Autumn Sky (Adirondack - Ranger)
Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Jute Ribbon Twine, Orange Button, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)