Monday, November 6, 2017

Banners For You Anniversary Cards

It’s Monday Peaches and you know what that means! It’s time for a brand new post! Today I wanted to share with you my thought process on how I create layering on my cards. It’s really an organic process for me and I love the results.

The first step for me is to chose a color scheme that I like. In previous blog posts I’ve explained my color choosing process in more detail, but for the sake of simplicity and the purpose of this post, I’ll just say that my color scheme is influenced by many factors. I may have seen a color combo in nature that catches my eye. I may have been inspired by an accidental arrangement of scraps from previous projects lying on my craft table, or I may find my color muse in fashion, as I did for today’s projects. I know this is going to sound funny but I saw this ansamble in a fashion show of bright lime greens and black and white and it was just so appealing to the eye, so I knew I had to try it. After I’ve got my color choices, I’m on to choosing my stamp set.

Most often I choose my stamp set by need or in preparation of an upcoming event, and that’s how I decided on the stamp set Banners For You. This set has TONS of sentiments as well as beautiful floral images, and of course, banners! The sentiments are designed to fit within the banners and some even curve to fit the more curvy banners! The other benefit of this stamp set and die set is that I get to use the banner elements for layering, so I reach for this set even when it’s not the original set I have planned to use for a project. I just can’t stop using it!

So now that I’ve got my colors and stamps chosen I’m ready for layering. I like to choose an array of shapes to layer on to each other. The purpose of this is to make the eye dance a little. Creating visual angles makes the eye move all ove the project and makes it very visually appealing. I also like to add different textures to my layering like crumpled paper, ribbon, or other trim. Just play with the different items you have to see what you like. The idea is to create different textures and angles and shapes to create eye-appealing variation.

This concept applies to my next layering aspect-the sentiment. Usually, the rule for me is that if you’ve got quite a bit of color or layers happening on your project, a simple white embossed sentiment on a black cardstock works best. This is because it’s quite bold and stands out easily on a project and matches with most color schemes. However, there are times when I just choose one of the colors that has minimal representation on my project and just simply stamp in that color onto my Whisper White Cardstock. Sometimes I just have to play with a few options before I get an idea of what works best.

As a final touch, I like to add sequins or some kind of bling. The rule of thumb is odd numbers of accents. On a more “busy” card, I generally don’t use more than 3 embellishments. However I’ve been know to break that “rule” when it comes to bling. I am a huge fan of all things sparkly so it’s hard for me to restrain myself, lol. As far as the arrangement of my elements, I like to create a visual triangle. For whatever reason, it’s is the most attractive configuration for the eye, so I like to use it often. However, I do like to change it up a bit, just for the sake of trying something new as you’ll see in my projects today.

Of course this is all just my opinion. Some crafters find this style too busy, so you must find what you like and what works for you. Hopefully you can take a few tips away from this post to or maybe it will help you to find your own creative process. I just wanted to share my process because I know that often I find myself curious about others’ processes. I hope this was helpful and I look forward to sharing again with you next post! See you on Wednesday!

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  1. These are both gorgeous! I liked reading about your creative process! It's interesting to see how someone else's brain works while they are creating; I think it helps open the mind up to new possibilities! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! Yes, I agree. It can be very helpful to see how others work through their creative process. I usually find new and helpful ways to do things.

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