Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Witching You A Spooky Halloween

Here's another fairly simple card using mostly dollar stamps, but this one has a lot more design elements so it looks a lot nicer. It has all five of the traditional Halloween colors on it and it incorporates 5 different stamps. Another key design element is how the images manage the flow of your eye across the page. The witch takes you to the spider, the spider is going toward the start of the words and the bat and skeleton are headed toward the words as well. It wouldn't be nearly as interesting if the images had been arranged so they lead you off the page and away from the card. This is an important concept in scrapbooking and anytime you make a card like this with a bunch of different things on it that cause your eye to naturally follow them and see where they are headed.

As always click the image to go the instruction page on http://www.sharedcards.com for more information on the stamps, paper sizes or supplies used.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Big Step Up 2

Here's the same one dollar stamp from the simple card layouts you saw earlier but with a lot more elements in a different layout. The image is fussy cut out now and the black mat behind has become a strip that anchors it and directs your eye to it. I didn't have a good word stamp to use so I just printed out words. You don't really want to print them on white because there is no white and it would stand out too much. You could print them on orange but then that's it and you get a much simpler result. Here's one good use for vellum. It shows the color underneath but is muted and doesn't really stand out. As an added bonus, its hard to adhere without showing the adhesive, even with the so called invisible vellum adhesives, so it encourages you bring in another element to attach it or cover where you attached it.

Overall this is a big step up but in the grand scheme of things it's still a very simple card in reach of most people.

If you are really interested in this one, click on the card, there additional hints on the direction sheet.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Step Up Number One

How do you step the previous post? There are so many ways but for this one the answer is to use a second two dollar stamp. I kept the same basic assembly with a smaller black mat, rotated the card and added some words so it now has a second element to it.

Super Simple Halloween Card

You can't get much simpler and cleaner than this Halloween card. The stamp used only costs $2 so you won't get much cheaper either. You'll see it again in the upcoming posts in a series of cards that get increasing more complex and show different simple things you can do to evolve it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Simple Halloween Card

Here's a quick Halloween card I did a few years that I thought I would share with you all that might give you some ideas for how to make a quick and simple Halloween card with basic supplies.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Simple Paper Strip and Scallop Circle Card

Here's a simple card that combines glitter, ribbon, punches and patterned paper for a quick and elegant card front that's a step above. If you need more on how to make it, just click on it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Midwestern Birthday Card

Here's an interesting birthday card. The paper is very bright and colorful and it reminded me a lot of a midwestern theme. You'll probably either totally love it or totally hate it depending on your tastes.

It's fairly simple and made from a stamp I've used often when I need to take up a long vertical space with words. To make it more interesting, I used to colors from the pattern and came up with a unique way of arranging the paper.

Click on the card if you want to see the direction page on my website.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Deceptively Simple Male Birthday Card

Here's a deceptively simple male card I created. It's just rubber stamping and paper so it looks pretty easy to modify to just about any occasion but it's the little design choices that make it different. The center paper isn't just blue, it's patterned paper that I stamped on. The photo tabs only hide half of what's underneath and the center paper is smaller, which means all the colors come together in the photo tab and it ties the different elements together physically and visually. The background paper is also textured which helps it be a little more than just a simple paper card.

Click on the card for the website page if you want full directions and larger images.

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