During Wednesday’s Pal Blog Hop, I shared a Bear Hugs & Kisses card I made with several items in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog. In case you missed it, you can read the entire post here. Here’s the card I shared with you during the hop:
Here’s what you didn’t know earlier this week – once I glued down all the elements of this card, I was not happy with it. The balance didn’t seem to be working when I squinted, and the images weren’t popping like I wanted. Instead of just “going with it” I reworked the whole thing – so much happier with the finished product. Today, I’m sharing a couple of design tips to show the changes I made and why.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Reworking the Layout. In the Landscape layout of this card, I wasn’t finding the balance I needed, so I made a couple of changes. Here are the two cards, side-by-side: The one on the left just wasn’t working for me – it doesn’t look so bad here, but you can see that it’s a bit off-balance. And here are the changes I made to the card between the two versions:
- Red Foil Sheets – what a Difference! In the first version, the hearts weren’t popping – they were just there. I switched out the Real Red strip for a strip of Red Foil Sheets. They still weren’t popping like I wanted, so I cropped the hearts with the Red Foil Sheets and glued them into the places where they had originally been cut from the Early Espresso strip. Ahhh! That’s what I wanted.
- Warm Color Combination. I kinda fell into this color combination – showcasing this candy cane striped paper and the brown bear, but I love the warmth of it. I tried Chocolate Chip (it has a lot of red in it), but I like the pure brown in Early Espresso so much more. If you also like this color combination, please feel free to save this:
Stamp Sets: Thankful Forest Friends, Six Sayings, Snow Place Papers: Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Red Foil Sheets Inks: Real Red, Early Espresso Accessories: Snow Friends Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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