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Lesson 08 – Similarity and Contrast

Welcome to the third to last lesson of the Design Principles class! I hope you’ve got your designer pants on, because these next two lessons are my absolute favorites! Download the PDF Lesson 08 – Similarity and Contrast Guide and keep it nearby as you go along. Everything you need is in that guide. :)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. If it’s urgent, you can always message me @waterfilterlove on twitter.

The Whiteboard Video

We have our trusty whiteboard here again to talk about similarity and contrast. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is the Lesson 08 PDF for you to download or print. Yippee!

The Tag Video

The tag video for this lesson includes one of my favorite Distress Ink techniques. You’re going to want to try this out on everything after you do it the first time. That’s how cool it is! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is a photo of the finished Lesson 08 tag:

Here’s a better peek at the finished texture of the stamping. Bonus part – the ink dries much faster because there’s water on it. Don’t ask me why, but a tag with watercolor distress ink on it dries almost twice as fast as a tag with “dry” distress ink on it. Who knew?!

Here’s a peek at the back, too. It’s a little Dexter-y, but it suits our purposes just fine. :)

The Cards

Card #1 is a fun, sophisticated card where we play with black, white and grey. This is a fabulous way to introduce yourself to the concept of contrast! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

I have to admit that I’m smitten with the way these stamps look together. Don’t they all look like they’re from the same set? The Bows and Holly present is one of my favorite Lawn Fawn stamps of all time, and paired with the banner from Bannerific and the “wedding wishes” from Sophie’s Sentiments, this is a match made for happily ever after. Plus, those Diamond stickles add the perfect amount of shine without being too glittery of over-the-top.

Card #2 helps remind us that there are other types of contrast other than color. We work with contrast of style and direction in this one. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

The star of this card is definitely that fab heart border from Belinda’s Backdrops colored in with a few of my favorite pink copic markers (R21, R22 and R85). The sentiment from Hero Arts’s XO set is the perfect fun touch to this card; its typography contrasts with the cartoony style of the border stamp, and this provides more emphasis for our diagonal strip.

Other Things

Giveaway! <–Now closed. Thank you for commenting!

You’ve been working so hard and being so lovely, that I can’t resist having another giveaway today! One lucky commenter will win a button set lovingly made by Chari Moss:

Leave a comment below about whatever you want, or answer the question: who’s your favorite musical artist? As you’ve probably noticed, music and physical art are very in sync when it comes to principles and elements of design, even though music is traditional listened to while physical art is seen or experienced. My current favorite artist is Weezer. I saw them live a year ago this week, and it was the best concert I’ve ever been to. They rock! Whenever I’m having a bad day, Weezer is there to console me. :) See you tomorrow for another lesson! <– comments are now closed. You can always tell me your thoughts on twitter @waterfilterlove!

Love,
Britta

P.S. Seriously, thank you so much for your moving tips. They’ve helped me a ton, and I’m already feeling a lot more zen about this whole process!

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Lesson 07 – Rhythm and Pattern

Hey there and welcome to the seventh lesson of Design Principles! Let’s get started with the next lesson. Today, we’re talking Rhythm and Pattern! Download the PDF Lesson 07- Rhythm and Pattern Guide and keep it nearby as you go along. Everything you need is in that guide. :)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. If it’s urgent, you can always message me @waterfilterlove on twitter.

The Whiteboard Video

Here’s the whiteboard video for today. Short, sweet and to the point. :) If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is the Lesson 07 PDF for you to download or print. Have fun! :)

The Tag Video

Now we’ll make the tag for this lesson. This is my favorite tag yet! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is a photo of the finished Lesson 07 tag:

The Cards

Card #1 beaks out some more of the fabulous Freckled Fawn washi tape to create some really great rhythm. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

I’m in love with all of this wonderful washi together. See the supply list below for links to the exact ones! The neutral sentiment (one of my very favorite stamps of all time from the LF set Year One) on Neenah Solar White cardstock combined with MossyMade buttons from the kit is the perfect finish to this vibrant card.

Card #2 focuses more on repetition and breaking it to add emphasis to our cute sentiment. This is a great way to use pattern! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

Chevron Backdrops is really great for this technique because of how easy it is to create the background and skip a space (plus, it’s super on-trend right now). I stamped the medium chevron in Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Bubble Gum. The cute sentiment is from Many Thanks, another Lawn Fawn set, and the tiny wood veener stars from Studio Calico are the perfect finishing touch for this simple but sassy card.

Guest Designer Card!

Today, I am lucky enough to present our next guest designer to you! She’s my partner over at the Young Crafters Unite challenge blog and I’m happy to call her a friend of mine. Here’s a little bit about Marie Forberg:

Hello, my name is Marie Forberg. I am a pre school teacher in Norway, and I have a love for paper crafting. My favorite thing to do is to stamp and make cards, and I like to share what I make on my blog. You can check out my blog here. I also make videos showing hauls, techniques, tips&tricks as well as making cards from start to finish. You can find my videos on my youtube channel here. My favorite styles of cards and projects to make are fun, cute and CAS =) Oh, and I love color too. Bright, happy colors and great card design makes my world a happier place =)

I am so excited and honored to be asked to be a guest designer for Britta’s class =) Thanks for having me, Britta!

Here’s the card that Marie’s made to share with us for this lesson!

Marie created a wonderful rhythm with the neutral polka dots in the background – this creates emphasis for the focal point piece where the main images and sentiment are. The break in repetition comes with the smaller toadstool, and this is a fabulous way to draw the eye to the difference and make the sentiment “click” for the viewer. I love this! Wonderful job, Marie!

Thanks so much to Marie for joining us today. Make sure you check out her blog for more fabulous creations!

Leave a comment below about today’s lesson just for fun. I want to see what you’re thinking! Or, if you want to, answer this question: what’s your best tip for moving? I’m starting to pack up for moving houses on the 31st, and I can use all the help I can get! ;) <– comments are now closed. You can always tell me your thoughts on twitter @waterfilterlove!

Love,
Britta

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Lesson 06 – Movement

Welcome to lesson six of Design Principles! I hope you enjoy the lesson! Download the PDF Lesson 06 – Movement Guide and keep it nearby as you go along. Everything you need is in that guide. :)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. If it’s urgent, you can always message me @waterfilterlove on twitter.

The Whiteboard Video

Here’s our whiteboard for today. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is the Lesson 06 PDF for you to download or print. Enjoy!

The Tag Video

Here’s the tag video for this lesson. We have another tag this week with very little writing on the front, but I also made little notes on the back just incase you’d like to have them there. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is a photo of the finished Lesson 06 tag:

Here’s a look at the back of the card, too. It’s not super neat, but it’s a good reminder of what the ideas talk about. :)


The Cards

Card #1 fis about capturing a passing action and feeling that sense of adventure and movement. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

The Bon Voyage Lawn Fawn set is perfect for a card featuring movement. Planes naturally feel like they’re moving, so our sewn loop-de-loop plane trail fits right in here.

Card #2 shows instability in this cute little frog. The stars are the perfect touch to show you where the frog has been and imply where he’s going. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

The frog and stars are from Critters Ever After and the log is from Critters in the Forest. It’s a perfect jumping off point for the frog, and the customized stamp is made possible by the awesome Smitty’s ABCs. The video also features a few coloring tips with Prismacolor Pencils. They’re one of my favorite coloring mediums!

Guest Designer Card!

Today, I am happy to present another special guest designer to you! You’re going to be as in love with her card as I am. It’s stunning! :) Here’s a little bit about Chunyuan:

My name is Chunyuan Wu.  I am a researcher in public health science area.  I live with my husband and two preschoolers in suburban Seattle, WA.  I found out about the world of card making Feb 2011 when I decided to help my preschooler to make valentine cards for his class. I had a lot more fun than he did and never stopped since then.  I love the process of card making that helps bringing out my inner creative spirit.  I love all aspects of paper crafts – color, pattern, embellishments, and techniques.   Now, I have become a voracious reader of the online world of card making blogs. I feel so privileged to be part of this inspiring community!  I am honored to be a guest at Britta’s design principle class.
Blog:  http://dahliamemories.blogspot.com/
Flickr:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/dahliamemories/

Here’s the card that Chunyuan has made to share with us for this lesson!

WOW, right? Her butterflies seem to leap right off the card using the principle of movement. You can see both speed and passing event here, and you feel as though the butterflies are swarming right off the top of the card. It’s wonderful, and this is a great example of how to translate movement into cardmaking!

Giveaway! <–Now closed. Thank you for commenting!

Today, I’m giving away a gift certificate generously provided by Simon Says Stamp.  A big thanks goes out to Simon for helping sponsor this class. Make sure to check them out and send them some love!

Simon Says Stamp

Leave a comment below about whatever you want, or answer the question: what is your favorite drink to relax with? Lately, I am taking great pleasure in a beer to wind down at the end of each night. I’ve been known to be easily won over by a Caffeine-Free Pepsi, too, though. :) See you soon! <– comments are now closed. You can always tell me your thoughts on twitter @waterfilterlove!

Love,
Britta

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