Monday, July 1, 2013

When a Card Needs to Be Cropped

Today, I was playing around with my new set from Clearly Besotted called You Are and made this card.

I like it. But can you spot the problem? The more I looked, the more the placement bothered me. The cluster of image and sentiment is too close to the middle of the card vertically (of course they are far right horizontally, but I like that!). The focal point, that bright pink You Are, is too close to center rather than on the line of the bottom third of the card. Here's a case where centering doesn't work, and the rule of thirds does.

It just looks wrong.

So I cropped some off the bottom, and it sure looks better now.

The You Are hits the one-third line, that sweet spot.

Always remember that if you place something a little wrong, it's usually fixable. If it's a one-layer card, you can either crop the card or even cut the front off, crop it, and make a two- or more-layered card.

Speaking of which, I think I need this shirt:


stamps: Clearly Besotted You Are
ink: VersaColor Opera Pink, Memento Gray Flannel
paper: Papertrey Ink
accessories: large crystal, pink sharpie, glue dot


  1. I so wish I had your eye for design placement. I thought the first card was fine until I saw the second. Great lesson and card!

  2. I just made a similar adjustment on a card today, except I had to cut 1/4" off the right side. Actually, it was through your blog that I first learned about thirds! That was a big help, so thanks.

  3. I looked at the 1st card and felt something wasn't quite right but, of course, it took your explanation and a look at the doctored card to realize what it was. You're a great teacher. Now, if I just remembered the lessons and used them.... PS: I need that t-shirt, too.

  4. I love your "stamp lessons" -- so informative and helpful! I DID notice the "problem" this time - YAY for me! :)

  5. Very interesting! I probably would have added something, below "the best" ... maybe a short pink flag shape. Your cropping was an excellent solution!

  6. It's so easy to see it when you explain it, Susan! Thank you ... and it's lovely! Anita :)


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