Hello all!

I am having a bit of trouble today with the blog. For some reason I am unable to write above the photo so I am starting below it. I usually start a card by planing out the general layout of the images and choose my base colors. For this standard A-2 card I am using a dark teal card base. On this I am adding a black layer one. I saw the card becoming dark and wanted to lighten it up. I decided to emboss in white some triangular trees from the Maker Forte set called ‘Peaks and Valleys’. I did this down the sides to brighten the edges.

The next step was to stamp and color the focal images. The adorable Yeti from the Maker Forte ‘Yeti or Not’ Stamp Set was colored with shades of teal to coordinate with the card base. Next I stamped the circular mountain scene from the ‘Peaks and Valleys’ Set. I colored it to look like it was either a sunrise or a sunset. Now to place all these images onto the card base in a pleasing design.

I placed the circle image upper center, I am a nut for the rule of thirds and compulsively follow the rule. I then placed the Yeti onto the card in the lower right of the circle to balance the card. The thought was this position would anchor the Yeti since the embossed trees are behind him.

The final element was the sentiment. This I stamped onto a thin white banner. I attached it with foam squares over the top third of the circle. To continue with the balance of the card I attached the Yeti with foam tape also. I added three clear sequins for a bit of sparkle and the card was complete.

I hope explaining my thought process helps you to understand why I use the colors and placement that I do. We all have our rules we follow and these just happen to be a few of mine. It is easy to create cards when you are working with quality products like these from Maker Forte. I hope this has inspired you to think about your process and why you do it the way you do. Have fun creating! Know there is no wrong way just your way! Enjoy