Well, of course they can! But it can be tough to maximize white space. An easy solution is to run the large image off the edge of a card...like this:
This tree from Papertrey's Mighty Oak set is huge, so I took it as far to the right as possible, which gives plenty of room for the sentiment in the upper left "sweet spot." After stamping the tree, leaves, and sentiment, I still felt the card needed a little something, so red berries it was! Red is the complement of green, so the combo adds energy to the design.
Of course, you can always go left, like Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory. *hee hee*
I had to make a card with the large ginkgo branch from Papertrey's Harvest Berries set, which gives such lovely vertical curves on the left of the design, doesn't it? I like how that contrasts with the strong, straight horizontal line of the sentiment, but it made me want to add the single rounded corner on the right.
Search your stash for big stamps, and see if you can make some CAS cards by letting the image slide off the edge.
"I'm a donkey on the edge!"
My son is in his high school musical Shrek. Performances start later this week. That is apropos of nothing, I suppose, except to say that my son can both sing and dance, while I can do neither. Sometimes the apple does roll away from the tree. Or the ginkgo berry gets carried away by the donkey.
I'm sorry. I'll shut up now.
ink: Memento Luxe, VersaMagic, Impress Fresh Ink
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: corner rounder