Here’s a simple handmade Christmas Card featuring the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog. If you like designing your own cards, you’ll want to read the design notes below.
You may have read some of my posts on the challenges of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) on cards. I love the beautiful patterns on many of Stampin’ Up!’s papers, but they’re often so bold and busy that they detract from the focal point of a card. Here’s an older post you can refer to: Designing Cards with DSP.
The DSP on this card is from the All is Calm set, and is subtle enough to work well as a background. In fact there are several designs in this set that make good backgrounds.
The Frosted Sequins add some bling and interest to the card, but it is still obvious what the focal point is supposed to be. I think of a focal point in a design as where the eye comes to rest. The eye may travel to other areas of the card, like the sentiment, the background, and embellishments, but it’s important than none of the other elements competes for attention with the focal point.
An effective strategy in a card design is to make use of diagonal lines. The sequins take the eye’s attention along a diagonal line down to the bottom right corner. Then the eye might notice the sentiment. Since it is stamped with Basic Gray Ink, it is soft enough that it doesn’t detract from the pine bough and ornament focal point. So the eye has a path to explore, but the attention will always return to the focal point, which has the most “weight” in the design.
Sequins and other embellishments can be tricky. It’s easy for them to be equally dominant in a design and pull the eye away from where you want it to focus. This can even be quite subtle, as seen in the first version I made of this card. Notice what happens to your attention with the large silver sequin.
Do you see how that large sequin traps the attention and ends up competing with the focal point? Instead of the eye wandering along the path of sequins and then back to the focal point, it gets stuck on the big sequin, and doesn’t quite get back to the focal point. At least that’s how my eye looks at this card!
Leave a comment to let me know how YOUR eye looks at this card, and whether you want to see more posts with design tips!
Use these design tips to create beautiful handmade Christmas Cards using the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set.