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. :)
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.
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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!
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!