If you like learning about designs for handmade cards, I’ll share some tips on two cards with backgrounds made with Timeless Textures.
I made two different backgrounds for this card, because the first one didn’t work with the butterfly. (More details in this post: Timeless Textures Backgrounds.)
The background I didn’t use had splatters almost all the way up to the top of the card stock, and the little butterfly was overwhelmed. This background works, as the splatters are subtler and cover less of the design. The butterfly is clearly the focal point, with the background design providing plenty of interest for the eye to explore, without overwhelming it.
Do you ever reject an element for a card you’re designing, only to pick it up later and use it in a different way? That’s a great way to hone your design skills.
I kept looking at the rejected Timeless Textures background and liked it so much, I just had to make it into a card.
The background just needed a focal point that wouldn’t get overwhelmed by the background. The flowers from Everything Eleanor did the trick. They’re embossed with Clear Embossing Powder on Wisteria Wonder card stock, then cut by hand. The Mint Macaron in the background is repeated in the leaves (they’re cut from the Birthday Blooms stamp set). The design seemed to need something more to bring all the elements together, and the Crochet Trim “tails” help give the eye a path to follow so it doesn’t get stuck on those high splatters.
Where does your attention go in this card, and is there a harmonious path it follows? Leave a comment and let me know what you think of both versions of the card!
If you wonder what it means to “give the eye a path to follow,” or why the butterfly focal point got overwhelmed by the background, you’ll be glad to know that you can learn these principles and more in the class, The Art of Designing Cards Part 1.
Part 2 of The Art of Designing Cards will be available soon. It will take you through a step-by-step process for designing a card from start to finish. It will show you how to make each of the many decisions it takes to design a harmonious card, and how to apply the principles shown in Part 1.
If you’re not satisfied just copying other people’s designs, and you don’t know how to design your own, the The Art of Designing Cards will help you develop the skills you need. Click on this image to learn more:
I hope these design tips for handmade cards made with Timeless Textures will help you in your craft room!