Three Ways to Create Texture and Depth in Your Projects

Here is a new spring card I made using the Peace Within set.  Can you see all the ways I created texture in this project?

Peace Within from StampingMadly.com

Even before I added the ribbon, button, and tags, I used these three techniques that really give dimension and texture to my project:

  1. Layers, layers, layers!  I used two mats behind the image piece and one behind the background the image piece sits on. 
  2. Embossing:  Using one of my favorite ways to add texture and depth, I embossed the Peach Parfait layer with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
  3. Background stamping:  With this technique, I am striving for texture without pulling the attention away from my focal piece.  Using the same color ink as my card stock–So Saffron in this case–I stamped the floral flourish from Vintage Vogue.  
  4. Stampin' Dimensionals:  Using Dimensionals gives layers just a little lift and also adds to the sense of depth.

Detai--Peace Within from StampingMadly.com I know, I said "three ways," but I got carried away.

The four techniques I outlined above are well illustrated in this detail photo.  If you click on it, you will get an even larger version. You can see how I used the same background stamp technique on the tags, then stamped the words on top of the background.

What is your favorite way to add texture and depth to your projects?  Leave me a comment and let's see how many ideas you come up with!

Meanwhile, time to get off your computer and get your fingers inky.

Sagesiggyformailblue

5 Responses to Three Ways to Create Texture and Depth in Your Projects

  1. Sandi Dailey January 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I just love coming to your blog Sage!! Beautiful card — amazing how you created this with just one little stamp for the main focus image. I love your tips, love your projects, and love that you share!!

  2. Dale Morin January 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Beautiful card! TFS

  3. Patrice H January 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    I learn so much from your blog. You are the Hot Tip Queen!

  4. Sage Kimble January 29, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    The Hot Tip Queen? Can I put that in my resume? Thanks so much, Patrice.

    Sage Kimble
    The Mad Stamper
    sage@stampingmadly.com

  5. Flora Sankey August 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I loved all the cards samples and your video tutorials are great and very informative. Thank you so much for sharing
    your knowledge and make cardmaking fun….

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