Surveying the craft store aisles, home decor magazines and clothing stores, it’s easy to spot a growing design trend: angles. Angles aren’t just for graphic designs—you can find them almost anywhere—and with their clean lines and neutrality, they can be incorporated into almost any style.
Whether it’s larger angles and single shapes or mini shapes in repeating patterns, translating this trend to card making is fairly simple with a wide range of options.
The trend of using angles can be translated to card making in many ways. A popular one is simply layering a piece of cardstock or patterned paper over a card base at an angle. By just twisting the layout of a layer of paper, you’ve added a lot of visual interest to your card with no additional effort. On page 30 are two cards I created using the same products and overall design; by simply angling the top layer, I created a much more interesting effect for the second card. This is a quick and simple trick you can do for no additional cost.
Angles are also appearing in the paper crafting market on simple products that feature an angle of color. The tag on the Thinking of You card on page 32 came preprinted with the angled blue section; it provides a great line for the stamped sentiment.
When you begin to notice and create with angles, one of the first shapes you’ll start with is the triangle. Cut a big block in half with a diagonal line and you’ll have two triangles (Photo 1). Fill one with a pop of color for a modern, trendy look; this looks especially cool with a neutral tan or wood background when you add a bright, fluorescent hue.
In the craft world, not only do you see this large-scale design applied to patterned paper and embellishments, but you will also find more traditional triangular shapes in embellishments and patterned papers. From a small epoxy triangle embellishment to a triangle tag, these premade embellishments can be added to any project for a quick visual impact.
Triangles, or any basic shape for that matter, add more impact if repeated to create a band. You can also try mixing different sizes of triangles. With angles that match up perfectly, different-size triangles can be nestled together easily.
Try placing two triangles of the same size together to create a diamond or hourglass shape (Photo 2). You’ll find plenty of diamonds and hourglass shapes in patterned paper designs, some with that trendy pop of color in one or a few of the triangles.
There are two main types of triangles to know: equilateral and right. An equilateral triangle is where all three angles are 60 degrees and the sides are the same length (Photo 3). A right triangle has one 90-degree angle and two 45-degree angles. The right-angle sides are the same length and the third side is longer (Photo 4).
Here’s how to create your own triangles:
Start with a square. Mark the center of one side of the square. Cut from the center mark to one corner at an angle. Repeat from the center mark to the other corner. The result is one equilateral triangle. 1. Start with a square. 2. Cut the square in half at a diagonal from opposite corner to opposite corner. The result is two right angle triangles.
There are no rules saying that you can’t use other types of triangles in your designs, but these are the two most popular types.
Another quick and easy trend worth mentioning is arrows. You may already have arrow stickers or die cuts lying around; just clip off the heads of a few arrows and you have triangles to add to your creations. Arrows have been very popular over the last couple of years, and they seemed to appear in every embellishment pack or sticker sheet—this is a great way to use up some of them.
It’s time to bring out your inner artist or graphic designer. Play with different types and sizes of angles and triangles as well as patterned papers and embellishments to incorporate this trend into your next project.•