Monday 19 August 2013

Carol Quance Project #2 Card Design Elements ....

"I’ve never had any artistic training -  just learnt what works for me as the years have gone by but I think there are certain things that I’ve become aware of that help produce a cohesive piece of art/craft and not a collection of elements just lumped together on a piece of card that make you wonder why they’re there. I’ll try and explain some of them as I go through making this card along with some general hints and tips. This is more a case of feeling what’s right for me rather than the design reason so apologies to anyone who knows the correct way to express all of this"!

Although I never have a design in mind, I generally start with a stamped image.This one is from the LPC010 set.

    I fussy cut this because I felt this would add extra interest.  Then I coloured it in. 

Once that was done I chose my card colours.

I’ve always loved layering up card, going through my stash and finding colours that work together.  Make sure you’re in natural daylight because if you do this at night in an area that’s not well lit you will find that in the day time the colours look quite different and won’t work together.  

Once you’ve chosen your card colours, look for elements in your stash that you think will work with your project such as matching ribbon, matching ink colours, embellishments (such as the Eclectica ones I’ve used here), beads, charms etc. I then spend quite a long time trying out the different colours/layers, together.  I try the dimensional elements in lots of different positions until I like what I see.  I’ve learnt that it doesn’t look right if you just plonk an element on to your card.  It looks better if you have your items slightly offset (not level), and I always try and attach the elements to the central image so that they are all connected together and the whole thing feels more complete.

I stamped up some Eclectica shapes ES03 with Mini 61.

 I then stamped the shapes with the matching stamps from ELB01

 I find it easier to take the stamp to the Eclectica shape.

 and then put another acrylic block over the top to add pressure.

 {Note that I’ve stamped the writing so that it will be horizontal when the card is finished}. 

I stamped a tulip from ELB01, die cut it (PA tulip #1) and painted it with Blood Orange which is translucent and allows the stamping to show through.  You might wonder, having chosen blue and green coloured background card why I chose red for my flower. 

You can see from this pic that there are elements of red in my gelli plate background which added a splash of interest in a different colour.

Now all my elements are ready to go. 

I have a useful tool when which I use when I’m trying to work out the size of my card/piece of artwork.  I cut 2 strips of mountboard about 2 inches (5 cm) wide and glued them together in an “L” shape.  Do the same again and you can then use these as a frame round your work to give an idea of what it will look like.

If I use any card with a white core I always edge it in black or a dark matching colour with a marker pen.  This makes the layer look more grounded/attached to your work.

If I’ve used coloured card as the base on the front of my work, to save wasting my precious colours unnecessarily on the front of the card, I always cut a matching piece in white for the back.  I cut the front slightly larger so that I can score a “tab” down the side in order to attach the front to the back. 

Once I’ve spent some time (hours sometimes!) organising my elements to my liking.  They can all be attached in place.

TIP: Don’t cut the different layers of card with the same amount of border  - vary it for added interest.

As you will see in the final image, although the sentiment in the top right corner is not joined to the central image, it is still connected to the whole by layering it up with the same card that I used to mount the main image on.

Leandra Says: Fantastic tips Carol. I love the eclectic shapes with script and the image. I discovered a tip the other day re those too. If you lay the clean stamp directly onto the chipboard shape (ez mount up), you can move the leaves to match the shape perfectly, and then slap the acrylic block onto the exposed EZ mount, your image will perfectly match the shape of the dies cut chipboard.

Gillian Says: I love how you have brought so many different elements together to produce this wonderful card. The splash of red incorporated into the tulip and on the background really makes an impact. Fab composition Carol.

Don't forget that if you want to join Carol in this week's challenge, then please why not have a go re-creating, or twisting-any-idea Carol has presented this week, and link your creativity here. Winners get to choose an A5 stamp set from PaperArtsy of their choice. We love to see how our designers inspire you! So please, feel free to join the fun!


ionabunny said...

Lovely that you went through your design process. I always wonder if people have a clear idea of the finished piece before they start or if, like me, it usually only becomes clear once the elements are together. Thanks for sharing and all the little tips.

sam21ski said...

Oooh love that image, need some of those chipboard pieces and of course absolutely love your colour combo!!

Sam xx

Unknown said...

Looks great! Love the script in the leaves. xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oooh, some wonderful design ideas and tips here, Carol. Thank you! I have just got my first LB set and have several LP sets so I haven't combined them yet - you have encouraged me to have a go (when I've made the pencil case for my shrink bracelet obviously .....!),

Lucy x

Alison said...

Those are great tips sound much more organised than me!
Your card is beautifully laid out...I love it!
Alison xxx

Anonymous said...

Very useful information, thank you Carol. The finished card is beautiful.

Helen said...

I love this - the overall look is just gorgeous. Thanks for all the tips - some I've seen before (and promptly forget when I make cards..) so it's been a really helpful post.

Kazkrafts said...

gorgeous card, amazing how different the colours are from day to night! love that main image too. :)

Lin said...

Carol this is gorgeous..from the lovely colours to the design!! great tips as well...we must all remember no plonking!!!

Karin said...

Fabulous card Carol and some great tips too, the difference between day and night colours are amazing!

craftimamma said...

Fabulous card Carol and lots of handy tips in your fab post. Thanks for sharing. I nearly always start with a particular image but no idea of where it's going till it gets underway, lol!

Lesley Xx

Unknown said...

Great card Carol, I tend to spend ages dry fitting and more hours faffing than the actual arty bits of my creation have taken. Lol

Unknown said...

Lovely card, these are stamps I would like.

Kezzy said...

Wow this card is gorgeous, the geli print background is lush and I love all the stamping. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :-) Kezzy xxx

Julie Lee said...

Terrific tips! This is a post to 'cut out and keep' definitely! Thank you so much for sharing your creative process. Really enjoyed this one. Julie Ann xx

Sid said...

A really gorgeous creation !!

Words and Pictures said...

Lovely tutorial, Carol - great seeing all those elements coming together.
Alison x

Sue said...

This is fabulous Carol, and great to see how it all came together x

Dawn Louise said...

Great card and walk through, I too spend more time placing elements than making sometimes glad I'm not alone lol x