An­gles &

CardMaker - - Tips It Trends - By Kim­ber McGray

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.•

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