- When using a border punch, start in the MIDDLE of the paper and move outward. This will ensure that your punched areas end up at the same place on both ends. This is especially important when using a scalloped border punch. If you have a full scallop on one end and a half scallop on the other end, it will draw your eye away from the flow of the card.
Of course, this only applies when it is POSSIBLE to start in the middle. The SU spiral punch is designed to start at the end and move only in one direction. It is PERFECT for lining up, but not so perfect for centering the punched area. There is a new notebook punch by EK Success that is a true border punch and will allow you to center and then punch. A friend bought it for me and is bringing it to the next class! YAY! If you are looking for an easy way to center things, there is a centering ruler sold at Michaels for about $3. I use it all the time!
The next layer up is stamped with a grid background stamp in white craft. The sketch came from an SCS sketch challenge. The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. My blue shadow went a bit wild, but what else can you expect from a digital girl who says "Byte Me"? LOL
Have you noticed I often use Versamark or white craft for my background layers? When working on your background layers, you want them to be interesting so that as the eye moves around, you find new and exciting parts to the card, but you don't want it to SCREAM "look at me instead of the Byte Me Digital Girl". KWIM? If I had stamped the background stamps in dark brown, it would look obnoxious. Let's make that a rule, although it is a loose one. SOMETIMES it's ok to use a dark background, but I would say 80% of the time, you should go subdued.
- When working with background layers, go subtle with your stamping. Use Versamark or white craft to make it interesting, yet not over-powering. Of course, as with everything else, if you try something dark and it looks good, roll with it. :) The focus of this rule is: keep your focal point on your focal image. The background should look good, but not be the first thing you are drawn to.
I finished it off with a fun corduroy button from SU. See that pink button with the linen thread tie in it? That was an invention of necessity. AFTER I had tied on the button, I realized it had SILVER holes. UGH! I had already used copper brads and mixing metals is a NO NO. SO... I had to find a tiny enough button to layer in there and cover the silver holes. :) Yes, I am serious, and YES I am uptight. It is what it is, KWIM? But, again it IS a Jody Rule:
- Avoid mixing metals on your card. If you use copper brads, you DON'T want to use a corduroy button that has silver holes. IF you do... cover up said silver holes with a mini button. :) OH and don't forget to THREAD the button with something. :)
I hope you all are having a GREAT week!
See you back soon!
Stamps: digital girl (currently sold out), SU background, CHF BG, Twisted Too
Ink: white craft, palette brown
Paper: white, chocolate, creamy caramel, pretty in pink
Accessories: ribbon, copper brads, buttons, linen thread, word window punch, Prismacolor pencils, odorless mineral spirits, blending stumps, red line dimensionals, spiral punch