Time to Get Your Santa On!

With Christmas only three days away, it’s definitely time to Get Your Santa On!  This Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up! makes me smile, and I thought I’d share a quick card that really shows off the images.

Get Your Santa On! from Stampin' Up!

Design tips: Remember the post on the Rule of Thirds?  You can use this link to view it:  Design Tips – Rule of Thirds.  There’s even a video in that post, so take a look if you haven’t seen it yet.

Can you see how the Rule of Thirds is utilized in this card?  Although the center of the banners is not quite on one of the thirds lines, it is close enough that it still gives that harmonious feeling.

Do you know what a motif is?  When an element of a design is repeated, that is a motif.  The repetition is a very effective design strategy, and is often very subtle.  Examples in the Santa card:  The stars in the Designer Series Paper repeat the stars that spell out the word “JOY,”  and the Cherry Cobbler banner repeats the color of the Santa suit.

Speaking of Designer Series Paper (DSP), you’ve probably read my posts on the challenges of using patterned paper effectively.  Use this link to re-visit one:  Designing Handmade Cards.  The biggest problem with DSP is that the focal point often gets lost because the pattern is too distracting.  I always look for designs that are subtle enough to stay in the background, like the small stars on green design.

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Have you tried Blendabilities yet?  They’re the best thing since sliced bread!  Don’t you just love how clean and smooth the coloring is?  That’s the joy of alcohol markers!  I used to get so frustrated trying to get the same effect from the water-based Stampin’ Write Markers.  My coloring always showed brush strokes, and I could never get the shading and contouring to look seamless.

Now I rarely use water-based markers for coloring unless I absolutely need a color that isn’t available in Blendabilities.  I still love having all the Marker colors, though.  I use them for writing in cards, and for putting more than one color on a stamp.

Good news:  The Spring Occasions Catalog has four new colors of Blendabilities.  Even better news: The Sale-a-Bration Catalog offers Blendabilities as a free item that you can earn.  For every $50 worth of merchandise you order during Sale-a-Bration, you can order one of the original 12 color assortments for FREE.

I’ll be sending out both the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs right after Christmas to my customers.  If you want to become a Stamping Madly customer and receive the catalogs for free, email me (sage@stampingmadly.com) with your name and phone number so I can contact you.  After a quick chat, I’ll put them in the mail for you.  Both catalogs will inspire you with their great assortment of cardmaking and paper crafting supplies and tools!

I hope these design tips have been helpful.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you like reading about designing cards.

Then remember, it’s time to Get Your Santa On and create your best Christmas yet!

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