(this is my second post for today. For my CAS-ual Fridays post, please scroll down).
Hello, hello again friends! Today I am lucky and honored to be part of a super special blog hop that marks the end of a whole week dedicated to celebrate the release of Card Design Handbook, the latest special issue by Paper Crafts Magazine. - If you arrived here from the fabulous Jaclyn Miller's blog, you're on the right track! If not, you can start hopping at the lovely Chan Vuong's blog.-
I can honestly say that this is my favorite Paper Crafts special issue to the date. It is the definitive resource for cardmakers, or as I told Creative Editor Susan Opel some months ago while designers were working on contributions for this issue, "an amazing compendium of knowledge". Boy, did I learn about the principles of design while creating for this publication!
You can find out more about it both in the Paper Crafts Connection blog and in the Moxie Fab World, where it has been celebrated all week long and there are also some great challenges going on. Of course, you can buy your copy here. It owns a permanent place near my crafting desk :)
So today, 10 contributing designers that appear in Card Design Handbook are showcasing samples of 10 of the principles of design reviewed in the issue, and how that principles can magically bring a card from good to great.
I chose to work with the Colour cathegory, particularly with adding a pop of color to a black and white design (you can find more about this in pages 67-70).
Here's my first card. It is pure black and white, and while it has a nice and balanced graphic design, and even some texture added with the woodgrain debossed polaroid frame and the twine bow, I still find it needs a little something...
... a little something called color! Tadaaaa!!!
So? Doesn't it make a huge difference? While the black blooms and leaves gave a coll graphic look to the card, I find that stamping them with red and green inks simply brings the card to life.
And now, let's keep hopping! This is the whole list of designers, and your next stop is no other than the amazing Amy Wanford!
1. 1. Chan Vuong
2. 2. Kalyn Kepner
3. 3. Julia Stainton
4. 4. Jocelyn Olson
5. 5. Angeline Yong Jeet Leen
6. 6. Jaclyn Miller
8. 8. Amy Wanford
9. 9. Emily Branch
10 10. Vanessa Menhorn
Now, what about a prize? The lovely Paper Crafts Magazine team is letting each of us give away a copy of this amazing issue. Just leave me a comment before Tuesday August 28th and I'll pick a winner and post it on Wednesday. Oh, and when you're done hopping, head over to the Paper Crafts Connection blog because a little birdie told me there's an awesome prize up for grabs there too!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a lovely weekend!
Supplies: Cardstock: Canson; Stamps: (blooms and leaves) Lawn Fawn, (polka dots) PTI; Ink: (black) Versafine, (red, green) PTI; Dies: (polaroid, alphabet) PTI; Debossing plate: (woodgrain) PTI; Twine: The Twinery.