Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Good Save

More with Winter Moon coming soon, but we're shifting gears today....

Every now and then, I feel compelled to take pictures of unsuccessful cards to share with you...because it's sometimes helpful to see how things go wrong and then, of course, how to fix them. Today's post is one of those posts.

First of all, the cards today use several lovely stamps from Hero Arts: Pen & Ink Christmas Tree, Cross-Hatch Reindeer, and an old, discontinued sentiment. My original plan was to stamp the reindeer, mask his butt, stamp the tree, and add the sentiment. Here's the first effort:

Can you spot the problem?  The whole design is shifted unattractively toward the lower right corner. See how uneven the border around the main design is? That's because I stamped the reindeer too far down to start.

This problem is incredibly easy to fix. It's just a placement problem, so I cropped the card front using a couple of L-shaped pieces of cardboard to determine where to crop.

Then, using a quilting ruler and craft knife, I cut out the balanced design and made a white-on-white card with it, embellished with a bit of twine because it looked a bit plain.

Now, that's a nice, balanced card!

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Memento pistachio, espresso truffle; Hero Arts wet cement
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals, twine


  1. success! love the twine addition

  2. Awesome save!!! Thanks for this fun tip. Your card is still wonderfully CAS but is much more appealing this way.

  3. The placement is perfect. Thanks for sharing your save.

  4. Good save. Love the card. I was thinking a couple of dimensional snowflakes in that upper left part might bring the balance back. Love the pen and ink elements in this card. Soothing and woodsy. I'd probably try a bit of red twine--to add a pop of color and contrast to the other elements. Although it might not look good at all. With me it's all trial and error.

  5. That IS a nice, balanced card! Great job, and thanks for sharing the process.

  6. love it a really good save -love the L cards you used to re balance it all .Happy Christmas to you all from Scotland
    debbie x


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