Friday, August 24, 2012

Card Design Handbook Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Paper Crafts Magazine Card Design Handbook blog hop. I believe you would have learn a lot this week from Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World blogs as they've posted heaps of the design elements and rules on how to create a WOW factor card :) 10 of us were invited to join this blog hop on sharing some of the rules found in this issue. For today post, I will be focusing on the rule of "Asymmetry" by showing good-to-great cards.
GOOD CARD: The first card I attempt using "focal point" to balance well with the birdie and sentiment...
GREAT CARD: The second card I try to stamp the leaves to the right side and the sentiment up and to the middle. By using "asymmetrical balance", it gives a little bit of fun twist as well as the white space added more balancing towards the card. Furthermore, instead of using normal colour card stock I have used cork texture paper to die cut the birdie in order to create some embellishment on it.
I hope you enjoy today post and hopefully get some inspiration out of it. Before you leave, please continue visit the following designers to get more inspire as well as increasing your chances in winning a copy of the Card Design Handbook.
Of course, by leaving a comment on this post, you will get a chance to win a copy of the magazine. All comments must be posted until Tuesday, August 28th and I will pick a winner to receive a copy of the magazine. The next stop, Paper Crafts Gallery Idol 2011 (Runner-Up) Jaclyn Miller. You can purchase the magazine here.


Supplies: I Miss You
Card stock: (White) Wplus9 Design Studio.
Stamps: (Beautiful Botanicals) Skipping Stones Design.
Ink: (Bark, Wheat, Jumbo Java, Canary) Tsukineko.
Tools: (Birds die) Impression Obsession.

144 comments:

Jay Gee said...

You are amazing Angeline and so are your cards. Love the soft colours and that cork bird is fantastic :)

JOAN said...

WOW!! Both cards are great!! Love the colors and the cute flowers. The second one is super fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs, Joan

Susie said...

Both cards are really beautiful.

Caryn S said...

That was very revealing! The second card makes the bird more visible and you really focus on the sentiment too.

mdoricheva said...

They look both gorgeous, the second one is a bit more balanced!

Jennifer Scull said...

you have such an amazing way with CAS. it truly takes my breath away. the cork bird is such a brill touch!

Marion said...

Both of your cards are awesome. Clever design and composition in both.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love that you showed the two of them next to each other... asymmetrical is not my go to agenda.

TLady said...

I like BOTH cards too! LOVE the little "window" it seems to be, in the first! ( I like it BEST!) lol Is there ANY HOPE for me? :)

Dana said...

Amazing cards!! I love both!!!

Houses Built of Cards said...

WOW! What a lovely card!!! LOVE how you changed up the design to make it better! Just beautiful!

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Renee said...

Absolutely beautiful card and stamping!!!

Die Cut Lady said...

Lovely card and wonderful lessons learned this week. Thanks for sharing with us.

Leanne said...

Both cards look good. But the second is better.

Jingle said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning!

Kailash said...

Gorgeous card, love the change in design to balance it all. Thanks for sharing!!

hopefulcrafter said...

Wow, I love both of the cards, but what a difference, you really notice the bird more in the second one. Thanks for the tip.

calamity jane said...

Both cards are so beautiful!!! I love the inspiration of today's hop and would love to have this issue.

Lee said...

I love the colors you used and design. I love the off center change! thank you!

Beastybunny said...

Both cards are lovely! The colors are so soft and sweet. I adore the asymmetry of the second. I really need to practice this more as I tens to be very symmetrical and boring in my designs.

Linda Callahan said...

I love asymmetrical designs! Beautiful!

Betty said...

I love asymmetry! Your card is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love your asymmetrical card - delightful to the eye!

Sandi said...

I like both cards.

naturecoastcrafter said...

Such a great card. I hope you don't mind that I pinned it. I gave you credit for your beautiful work and design. Thank you for showing me how much of a difference "assymmetrical balance" makes.

ParkNSlide said...

The second card looks more fresh and modern.

elizabeth said...

What a gorgeous card. I always tend to want to place my focals in the center. But you really show how gorgeous a card can look by moving things to other areas of your card. Lovely.

Bev E said...

I love both these cards!

k said...

Beautiful card! I never thought of using cork as an element-I will certainly try that as well as stamping off the page. thank you for sharing this.

k said...

Beautiful card! I never thought of using cork as an element but I will definitely try that as well as stamping off the page. thank you for sharing this.

fishydesign said...

I love BOTH cards!!!!

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Seriously, both cards are lovely, but I think the asymmetrical one is more appealing. Love the cork choice for a woodland feel. Thanks for the inspiration!

A Little Licht on the Subject... said...

Seriously, both cards are lovely, but I think the asymmetrical one is more appealing. Love the cork choice for a woodland feel. Thanks for the inspiration!

raquelmason.stampinup.net said...

What a pretty card & love the texture of the cork bird. Thanks for explaining the rules so well.

Lucy said...

Both cards are nice. I wouldn't feel badly about sending either one, and I'd certainly love to receive either. However, the second card is my favorite. Having the "lesson" side-by-side in demonstration really helps. Thanks!

lulu_ma said...

i hope i'll be the lucky one! thanks for the chance.

Bethany Stellpflug said...

wow...this is so neat! I'm going to have to try doing my cards more like the second one! I love the little birdie! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Becky Dunham said...

Both of these cards are so cute! I can't decide which I like better. I never really thought of white space as balancing before but it really does do the trick!

Kathleen said...

I thought I really loved the circle... really unique! But then the other card blew me away!

{VICKI} said...

definately like the 2nd card best

Lynda said...

Wow, Angeline, the difference is amazing! Thanks for the visual!

Diana N. said...

You make an excellent point that the card is more interesting by having it only on one side and going off the egde of the page.

Mary Ann said...

By placing the elements in assymmetrically, the card looks more elegant. Love this idea!

Sandy said...

I think that both cards are lovely. I guess I see that the 2nd card is better... all I really see is that beautiful cork bird!

Judy said...

Really beautiful card . Couldn't see the first example.

Marie / Legojenta said...

Great cards, and such an improvement on the second card =) TFS!

Mary W. said...

Great example. Thanks.

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Both cards are very cool!! I love the second one just because it is so different!!
Kristan
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

bzyPTmom said...

These cards are gorgeous--but the asymmetrical one is better-thanks for sharing.

Laurie H. said...

I really like both cards, but I guess I can see how the second one is a better design. I think I really need a copy of this Card Design Handbook to help me learn better techniques. Thanks for the chance to win!

Chris said...

I like the look of the second one the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan said...

Wow -- what a super illustration of assymetry. Both are great cards, but I much prefer the second card. Love that cork bird!

Helen L said...

I love your second card and the asymmetrical balance (and the cute little cork bird!!)

Lillian Child said...

Love the "cork" bird! I actually like the circle of the first card, but it's amazing how you can take the same elements and make totally different effects! Thanks for sharing with us!

Barbara said...

I actually like both cards very much. The simplicity and the colors are fabulous! I think the second may be a wee bit more pleasing to the eye with the off center setting. Loved the cork bird!

Wendy said...

Great blog hop...I'm learning a lot! Love your cards.

Pamela Selinski said...

I sure have a lot to learn it isn't just plopping an image in the middle of the page. Thanks for the inspiration.

Scrapycandy said...

I am fascinated by that first version.

Becky said...

Love both of these cards! I do adore the second, moving the flowers to the side made a HUGE difference! Thanks for the great tip!

Annette J. said...

Wow, what a difference a little "Asymmetry" makes, the second card really is eye catching.

marylouh said...

Changing the placement of the design really makes a difference. It is much more striking in the second card.

Chunyuan said...

Thanks for sharing the lesson of asymmetrical balance. love the second card. the soft colored silhouette stamping is also my favorite of yours.

Cheryl said...

Very pretty card!

Noreen said...

It's amazing what a huge difference it makes to move the design from the center to an off center corner!

Noreen
http://craftyjournal.com

Deanna Cosgrove said...

That really made all the difference. Really make that card 'flow'.

Lindsey said...

I do like both cards (especially how you stamped the first one with a circle mask) but the second one does have that extra WOW factor. Beautiful colours and perfect cork bird, too.

cassie said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card!

Carol said...

Great projects! I always get such fun ideas from these blog hops!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

Michelle N. said...

Great card! I really get such inspiration from these blog hops and learn so much.

pcm said...

love!

Sharon Roselli said...

I think I'm starting to get it. looks much more balanced with it off to the side.

Cathy said...

To me, they are both beautiful!! thanks for a chance to win.
cathyplus5.blogspot.com

susan opel said...

Beautiful work, Angeline! xoxo

sharon g said...

I like one as much as the other....

Irene Grau said...

Wow, that design concept really made a difference! Nice card! I often have trouble finding these publications in my area, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

jengd said...

This looks great and I LOVE the cork bird!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Stunning cards, Angeline! Both are gorgeous, and I love how they show two principles. The asymmetry is such a fabulous example...it's one I really struggle with but your card is perfect!

Amber said...

Love love love the second version!!!

lee said...

I have to say I like both of these cards although on the first one, it may have been cute to curve the sentiment around the circle... thanks for sharing!!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I hate symmetrical layouts. They never look quite right to me so your second card seems much better. Very pretty.

Wendy Houston said...

Both cards are lovely. The second card gives a different feel with the asymmetry. Beautiful example!

Design Originals by KC said...

Thanks for explaining assymetry so well with your before and after pics... I tend to scrapbook assymetrically but I card make symetrically .. need to work on that! Need this book! Thanks for the chance!

Pat K said...

Love the love, your work is stunning!

Percilla Gurule said...

Oh WOW love how moving the items iand apply the asymmetrical rule made your card pop. This is the best blog hop ever. Thanks

Moosisk said...

Thanks for the great sample of asymmetry in card making. Loved it! :D

Sue D said...

I like how the sentiment stands out more on the second card.
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Cherri said...

I love the simplicity of your design, especially the asymmetrical one. Thanks for sharing this tip and for the chance to win.

homerjmo said...

Both cards are beautiful. In fact I pinned your first one, but you're right, the second card conveys the mood of the sentiment a little better.

Shalana said...

TFS very pretty cards and what a difference in the 2nd card.

Tami B. said...

Boy that really made a difference. I love the second card.

Benwah said...

Love cards with birds. Yours is very helpful. Thanks

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

Ohhh what a difference.. Your right card two is just that little bit different perfect.

Lin said...

WOW!! I LOVE the second card! Everything about it - the colors, the layout - thank you!!

Louise said...

Love both the cards. Thanks for sharing your tips. Very helpful indeed.

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, your second card is an absolute stunner ... and the cork bird is a cutie too!

Lynden Blossom said...

I love your techniques on This design element - and on all of the others shown on this page column! (and the Verse bookmarks!) ;-}
Lynden
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Nadège said...

They are both great! Love the cork bird.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Carole said...

Oh yes another excellent example for a visual lesson. Beautiful asymmetrical card. http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com/

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Love the cork bird, and that soft cluster of weeds...the second card is more powerful...

Patricia Alexander Drybala said...

Asymmetrical designs are my favorite! ... Patricia @ Stamped Sentiments

joy said...

I like both cards; but the second one is definitely more interesting.

Helen said...

I really like second card. What a great new look. It totally changed it for me.

Charo said...

great cards! I love how you made a good card into a fabulous one!

Darcy said...

I SOooooo need that book!

kern said...

Beautiful cards! I really like how you used the cork paper for the bird--very creative! Thank you for sharing.

cheryl (clee') said...

What a great idea for changing the 1st card into the 2nd card! Simple yet effective.

Emily said...

Nice examples, love the bird!

Gwen said...

These concepts are awesome! TFS!

bjmartin said...

The asymmetric card really is awesome! The changes make such a difference!

Wida said...

I am salivating at the ideas in this book!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is beautiful! I really like both cards, but that second one really does draw the eye! Thanks so much!

Helen F. said...

So beautiful Angeline! Love the cork bird and your CAS style :)

Jen W. said...

Your stamping and masking is always so amazing! Thanks for sharing your design tips! :)

frommycraftroom said...

Both great cards. But the second one is more balanced. Thanks.

diana said...

Lovely card! Thanks for these design tips! ;-)

Pam said...

I REALLY like the Asymmetrical card. It's so pretty! Thanks so much!

Kelly Griglione said...

Well I think they're both great!

ScrappinShawna said...

Beautiful colors! I love the cork bird!

Heather Maria said...

Oh my goodness Angeline, both of these cards are absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for the great lesson in asymmetry!

Inkyfingers said...

I love that second card - it really demonstrates what you mean. Thank you.

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

both are beautiful cards and super love the second one.

Ruby Craft said...

Love your cards. The sentiment on the second card really pops off the page. Excellent asymmetrical design! So glad you are part of the blog hop!

Sarah Biswabic said...

I like the second card better because, in the first one the saying gets lost. Very pretty card!!

Amanda Coleman said...

Lovely card! The changes you made had such a big impact!

Pamela Haskin said...

I see! The second card is much improved. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Carole RB said...

Great card

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Love the assymetry! Beautiful cards!

cjgusloff57 said...

I am learning so much, just hope I remember it all. I sure would love to win this magazine. Thanks.
Corrine Ann

Emily H said...

Wow! These are both amazing! You are so talented!

Victoria S. said...

I agree both cards are great, but i do love the 2nd one better! the cork is fun!

Angie said...

I just have to say GORGEOUS CARD!!! I am going to try to work more on this rule! What a difference in the 2 cards!

simplyhuffman said...

Lovely example cards. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carmen Nuland said...

Beautiful job! I like them both, but the second just has a little extra

Sheri said...

Love the cork bird, and the way it changes the whole design to put it in the corner.

Katherine said...

I really love your cork bird. This technique will be a challenge I'd like to try!

Larissa Heskett said...

Such AMAZING and FUN cards!! LOVE the tips and tricks!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Sassy P said...

I have a thing about birds! I love them, the real ones outside, and my paper ones (or your cork) inside. I love the design of stamping off the edge and asymetrical design. i love the color combo too. Love your card.

Vic Lau said...

I love both cards! Each has its unique difference :)

BethW said...

The colors,the texture from the cork,and the white space make bot of these exceptional.Everything I do is asymmetrical-your demonstrated perfectly.

jordanbev5 said...

Oh yeah, I really see the difference though the first isn't that bad at all.

tape said...

Beautiful card! I love asymmetry.

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Wow - that is one amazing example of asymmetry - thanks so much for illustrating so clearly! I need to give this a whirl pronto!

maria f. said...

Thanks for sharing this. Love the before/after shots. Your placement of the images on the second card is so perfect - right down to the yellow and red dots. Love how you do that.

Waseem said...

You are amazing Angeline and so are your cards. Love the soft colours and that cork bird is fantastic :)what if you use Gift Card envelopes for it.