Saturday, August 13, 2016

Using Line to Create Movement

Oh, lawsy daisy!

That's what my very southern grandmother used to say when she really wanted to say something else but couldn't in front of her two granddaughters.

Oh, lawsy daisy!

After ruining a lot of expensive paper and much exclaiming of lawsy daisy, I decided to make my mother-in-law a get-well card. A kind muse whispered in my ear, "Create movement with line."

That muse could have showed up sooner, is all I'm sayin'.

Then this card happened.

The branch comes from Papertrey's Turning a New Leaf and has a gently curving stem that was perfect to illustrate the point of line creating movement: your eye follows the line that flows under the sentiment. The branch is stamped twice, with the awkward intersection covered by the raised panel.

I positioned the branches to move up and to the right in order to portray moving from sick to well as a rising action. It's saying my mother-in-law has a hill to climb after surgery, but she can do it! The sentiment is positioned to the right also to emphasize the rising, optimistic movement.

The focal-point sentiment is static, level, stable. The line of the branch shows growth, movement, progress. The tension between the two is nice, I think. I particularly like how clean this is...just paper, ink, two colors, two white layers, great pop of color.

Why, oh, why didn't that muse show up sooner?


stamps: Papertrey 
ink: Ancient Page amethyst, Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: glue, craft foam


  1. Upward movement is definitely a good thing for a get well card!

  2. I enjoy reading your thought process in creating your layout!

  3. Elegant and beautiful! Curse your muse for letting you waste so much paper getting there. ;-)

  4. Perfection! Love that amethyst color.

  5. Only goes to prove that we should pay attention to what our muse is saying, be it ever so softly. Hope your MIL will be on the mend soon.

  6. Love the way the card turned out, but even more I love how your observations help me think about elements and how you use them to translate your ideas. Thanks always! Blessings on you and yours. hugs, Sherry

  7. Turning a New Leaf is one of my favorite stamp sets! Love how you used it here for its graceful line.


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