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Today I’m sharing a new video that shares a bit more about a basic element of card design: balance. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ve heard about my oft-referred-to Squinting Technique (I’ve patented this technique, so you have to send me a nickel every time you use it).
A balanced card is a peaceful and beautiful card. Whether it’s the size of an element, the depth of its color or its texture, every element on a card has weight. Large elements have more weight than small, dark elements have more weight than light. Counter intuitively, large blocks of white space can have more weight than anything (that’s why a white card with a small object in the lower, right corner can be perfectly balanced).
Elements on a card don’t have to be centered for a card to be balanced. That’s where The Squinting Technique comes in. Once elements are positioned on a card (but before they are glued down), I squint to see that everything is balanced the way I want it balanced. Squinting takes away the words and images and allows me to objectively look at the weight of the elements.
Here are some ways to add weight to a part of a card front after you’ve squinted (and sent me a nickel):
- Candy Dots. There are so many times when I turn to Candy Dots to add weight – three little candy dots in a row are a great resource for balancing a card front. Tip: if you need a teeny bit of weight, add candy dots that are the same color as the cardstock beneath them.
- Paper Piercing. A couple of punched holes adds balance when only a small, additional element is needed.
- Twine or Ribbon. There are so many ways to add weight with twine or ribbon. The texture of Linen Thread can add a wonderful element to a card front. Ribbon also adds a great pop of color when it’s needed.
- Abstract Elements. Need to lighten some white space? Add abstract speckles or abstract elements with a stamp set like Gorgeous Grunge.
I hope this video and blog post have been helpful.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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