Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Getting Punchy with a Side of Artistic Tension

While poking around at Marco's Paper the other day, I came across a bunch of Tim Holtz punches that were new to me.

Punch Heaven!!!

A few leaped into my basket, and one found immediate use when I got home. This card combines the Holtz branch punch with a Martha Stewart hydrangea punch.

Here's a little close-up.

The contrast of the delicate--yet bold lime green!--branch and the solid, dense hydrangea blossom makes me so happy! Those subtle contrasts can enhance the visual interest of a card by creating tension...based on the theory that opposites attract.

In this case, they certainly do. Yet the result is harmonious and balanced. It feels like magic, but it's actually the result of color balance and line. Honestly, I rarely get the balance this right, so I did a happy dance when this card came together!

Take a look at your punches or dies and play around with ways you can create this sort of tension in a card of your own. It's fun!

stamps: Hero Arts Acts of Kindness
ink: Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white, assorted colored card stock
accessories: Martha Stewart hydrangea punch, Tim Holtz branch punch, glue pen, rhinestone


  1. I do love punches, and the 3-dimensional effect of the petals and leaves make ME so happy!

  2. I am a big flower girl so this card appeals to me on many levels. The colors, style, and simple beauty make this an incredibly wonderful creation! Due to all the snow we are getting, I may have to hunker down in my stamp room and pull out some punches!!

  3. I love pink and green together! Great card.

  4. Simple and perfect. Love those shades of pink and green together.

  5. If only all tension was this beautiful, the world would be a much better place!


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