So, today's blog hop focuses on how to make your design go from okay to SUPER SNAZZILICIOUS. I decided that I wanted to focus on how to achieve balance in your designs using hard and soft elements. According to the Card Design Handbook glossary, " For every hard line or edge you place on a card, the design is balanced by some softness, whether it be from a texture (like a ribbon) or a shape (like a circle); too much hard or soft might not work." With this knowledge in mind, here is my "GOOD" card:
Hard elements are found in the lines on the patterned paper and the washi tape. The tape has been trimmed with decorative scissors that also create a hard line. Other hard elements are the pearls and embossed detail. While this card has some pretty, soft flowers, it does seem "unbalanced" according to the hard vs. soft rule.
Balance is achieved in the "GREAT" version of this design. By adding some soft polka dot ribbon trim and adding some stamped leaves to the card, the design finally feels like it's achieved balance and has gone from good to GREAT!
Make sure to stop by the wonderful ladies' blogs who are participating in this hop, and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Card Design Handbook. I will pick a winner on Tuesday, August 28th, so leave your comment on my blog before then!
Your next stop is the lovely, Vanessa Menhorn. She creates such elegant projects, so you're in for a treat!