Rule of Thirds Trio — FMS351

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to be the hostess.  I focused my sketch on the rule of thirds — a photography technique where the focal image isn’t centered, but is off to one side.   Just picture a tic-tac-toe frame, and place the focal image on one of the red intersection dots.  This helps draw the viewer’s eye to the composition of the card instead of just glancing at the center.  It’s pleasing to the eye.  However, as with most artistic rules, it’s a rule that doesn’t have to be followed.  Sometimes, centered is better.

Well, enough of that.  Here’s the sketch:

Not only did I consider the rule of thirds for the sketch, but I made the focal image a cluster of three — another composition trick that is pleasing to the eye.  I decided to use images from the Tropical Chic set.

I started this one by adhering a piece of Tropical Escape dsp to the card base.  I then embossed the sentiment on a slightly smaller piece of vellum card stock and adhered it on top of the dsp.  A strip of dsp from the Brights dsp stack was placed on the vellum, and the focal images were arranged on it as well.

Each image was stamped using two different ink colors.  I stamped the whole image with the lighter color, and then used a sponge dauber to add a little darker ink around the edges.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  I can’t wait to see how everyone uses the rule of thirds this week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tropical Chic Squared — FMS348

August has arrived, and it has hit me that Summer is almost over in our household.  The girls go back to school in less than two weeks now, and my oldest goes back to his university in just a little over two weeks.  And I was just getting used to our Summer routine!  Well, time flies in the stamping world too.  It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  She has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I still had the Tropical Escape suite of products out on my desk from my last card, and while I was putting it away I thought that one of the dies would work with the sketch.  However it is ONE large square die, while the sketch has four.  But the one square has four leaves in it, so I thought I could take some creative liberties with the sketch.

I started by running five pieces of card stock through the Big Shot — one each of Shaded Spruce, Pineapple Punch, Lemon Lime Twist, Mango Melody, and Whisper White.  I then cut out the individual leaves with my paper snips and glued them onto the white die-cut.

A piece of Whisper White was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder (love that thing!) to add a linen-like look.  The sentiment was stamped with Shaded Spruce ink, which I had never used before and I have to say I really like this color.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your work as we browse the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tropical Birthday — Monday Montage #121

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I set out to make a masculine birthday card with products from the Tropical Escape suite, but I couldn’t quite keep on track.  My first misstep was the dsp.  I just really wanted to use a pink pattern because I wanted a contrast with the green leaves.    Then when I had it all together, I couldn’t resist adding a flower.  While the end result isn’t overly feminine, it didn’t quite meet my goal of masculine either.  Oh, well!  It gave me an excuse to stay in my craft room a little longer to make another card.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing.

 

 

 

If you should happen to get lost in the blog hop links, here is a list of all of those participating:

Amy O’Neill  —> you are here
Breelin Renwick
Cathy Casey
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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