3 quick steps to make your cards turn heads! Use these tips with any coloring medium and any card elements, not just florals!
Learn 3 quick and easy steps to make your cards turn heads in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with your crafty friends!
Make Your Cards Turn Heads Tip #1
Use Complimentary Colors
One tried and true way to make eye-catching cards is to use complementary colors. These are colors opposite of each other on the color wheel.
Here I used orange and blue, but red and green, and yellow and purple are fabulous choices too. There are so many options! Of course, bright vibrant colors are the most attention-getting but experiment with shade, tint, and saturation to see what you like best.
As you can see in the color charts above Dual Complementary colors and Triadic colors can be equally as striking. Check out some of the samples below. Add a black sentiment and maybe some splatter and you’ve got a head-turner for sure.
Make Your Cards Turn Heads Tip #2
Design with Black
Designing with black is one of my favorite ways to add high contrast to a card. High contrast is an immediate attention grabber. Whenever I design with black, I prefer to use it in at least three places.
As you can see, I used black for the off-set mat, the fine-liner stamen details, and sentiment. Using black in only one place can be less effective and sometimes it looks out of place.
Design With Black
Be bold and break the rules. There’s no reason your florals can’t be black.
Learn more tips for designing with black in this post/video.
Make Your Cards Turn Heads Tip #3
Use Lots of White Space
Just like designing with black, leaving a lot of white space on your card adds contrast and draws the eye towards the colored elements. The white tips on the black stamens make you zero in on the centers of these flowers.
Need more white space? Consider using a slimline card design to automatically generate more real estate on your card. Use just a few elements in the upper or lower third of the card leaving tons of white space.
As you can see in the graphics above, white space doesn’t have to be white. White space refers to open space free of other elements. In the graphics above, the the pink and blue backgrounds act as white space.
More Eye-Catching Card Options
All the details to watercolor these gorgeous Christmas Roses are in the video. Of course, you don’t have to watercolor. If that’s not your jam, choose your favorite coloring medium. Why not try a colored cardstock background with complimentary colored die-cut elements?
And for that matter, you don’t need to use florals. Try this same technique with critters, characters, or even alphabet stamps and dies.
Well that’s all for today. I hope these quick and easy tips inspire you to make your next show stopper cards! Happy crafting. If you loved this post, show your appreciation by sharing it with friends and give me a thumbs up over on YouTube.
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