Cardmaking Design Tip: Focal Point and Background Elements

Here is a sweet Easter card from my upline, Mary Sue Osborn.  I really like it, and thought I would share it with you with some thoughts on its design. 

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IMG_3638 I love the little tulips she made with the wings from the 2-Step Bird Punch, don't you?

In looking at the design, and how it works for my eye, I see that the lattice pattern in the background is repeated in the Sweet and Sour Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It is sometimes tricky using DSP with a bold pattern like this as a background because it can compete with the focal point of a card. 

Mary Sue did a great job with this, and I think positioning the flowers so that they extend beyond the DSP is very effective at keeping the eye knowing where it can come to rest in the design. 

How does this design work for your eye?  I know that we each see things a little differently, have preferences in design, shape, colors, etc.  As we look at projects it is helpful to determine why something appeals to you, and why something else doesn't.  Exploring the elements of design is an exciting and integral part of papercrafting.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think–of this card, or thoughts or questions you have about design.

Now go get your fingers inky!!

1sagesiggy
Sage Kimble
aka The Mad Stamper
sage@stampingmadly.com
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