29 Mar 2013

Stepping Your Card Making Up a Notch

Hi There.  Today I wanted to show you two things; The first -Christmas Papers aren't just for Christmas! And the second - Easy ways to step your carding making up a notch.
Do you recognise these Papers? They're from the Christmas Paper Set 'Candlelight Christmas.'  These two cards started out because I wanted to use my Christmas Papers up, and you definitely wouldn't know they were intended for Christmas!
STEP YOUR CARD MAKING UP A NOTCH.
* Add Little Extras - The first card is a pretty card in itself but just by adding the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Butterfly's, as I've done with the card below, gives more visual interest and makes the card 'pop' as they say!
* Label Layering - Label Layering is a good way of showing off the main attractions and filling space on a card.
* Too much pattern is sometimes not a good thing - In these cards, the embossing of the labels works because it ties in with the pattern on the right hand side of the card and actually brings the whole card together.
* Balancing your card is really important - In both cards I've placed the label layering in two opposite corners to give balance, and in the second card, I have the butterflies flying in opposite directions on both sides of the card. That way, the card is balanced and it draws your eye all around the card.
* Pulling the whole card together - Adding the twine over the seam binding pulls both halves together instead of seeing two segmented sections. And in the second card, gives you visually one whole card instead of seeing four different sections, which would be, the two butterfly sections, and the two label sections.
Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to create these two cards:
Rubber Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals
Papers: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Papers
Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Early Espresso Twine.
Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Scallop and Large Oval.
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
I hope I've helped stepping your card making up a notch and have given you inspiration to pull out your Christmas Papers and get creative with them! Until next time, thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

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