I love a pretty stamped image – like this hibiscus from the Timeless Tropical stamp set. But I love a pretty stamped image even more when it’s part of a strong focal point. Focal point? What’s that? The focal point of a card is the place where your eye is drawn. And cards work best when the focal point is clear.
When a card front includes multiple images scattered around the page, the viewer’s eye isn’t sure where to pause, and the result is a general ‘eh’ feeling about the card. To avoid this unsettling feeling, it’s important for images, background and embellishments to come together so that the eye is always drawn back to the same point.
Know what I like even more than a strong focal point? It’s when Designer Series Paper is simple to cut and simple to use. If I’m not creating a project with a DSP Card Base, then my next go-to for paper cutting is 3″ x 4″. Either horizontal (like on the Timeless Tropical card here) or vertical (like on this Mountain Air card), the 3″ x 4″ size is ideal.
And the 3 x 4″ DSP layer is a great way to strengthen your focal point – I actually use this size a lot and you can check out other 3 x 4″ DSP examples on my blog.
Let me walk you through this card step by step, and I’ll talk a little bit about the Sponge Dauber technique, too.
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