Crafter’s Q&A

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Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Contents - Natalie Chittell, Ilk­ley

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I tend to overem­bel­lish my cards. Do you have any tips on how to make sure I get just the right amount of em­bel­lish­ments?

Jo says: I love clean and sim­ple cards but they are dif­fi­cult to make, es­pe­cially when you have been used to lots of em­bel­lish­ments. I find that lay­er­ing pat­tered pa­pers adds di­men­sion and in­ter­est to a card with­out the need to use too many em­bel­lish­ments. Use the main im­age as the fo­cus. When I make a card, I de­cide on the lay­out of the pa­pers first and then place the im­ages onto the base card. I choose just a few em­bel­lish­ments and lay th­ese out too, mak­ing sure there aren’t too many. When the card looks right, I fix it all to­gether. For ideas, take a look on­line at some clean and sim­ple card sketches. You can also buy match­ing em­bel­lish­ments that co­or­di­nate with pat­terned pa­pers, which can con­sist of die-cuts, dec­o­ra­tive brads, puffy stick­ers etc. Stick­ing with th­ese will en­sure you don’t overem­bel­lish.

Ap­ply the brakes when it comes to em­bel­lish­ing

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