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Same same, but different

I've broken the mold!  I've done it!  I've wrapped up my showcase of 'rule of 3' cards - for the moment.  The funny thing is that even though the card I'm showing you today is very different - and much 'busier' than my recent cards, there is something about it that is still the same - but different.

As you can see, there is a lot more going on in this card.  There are layers, there are colours, there are embellishments, there is texture.  On the surface of it it looks very different to say this card.  However there are some techniques which are exactly the same.  
The repeated use of colours and shapes means that there is a certain symmetry to the card.  The layered circles are repeated in threes vertically across two rows and as two sizes layered on top of each other.  The use of embellishments like buttons and punched shapes is repeated, but alternately placed.  The colours are repeated in different designs of DSP.  Despite the 'busier' style…

Isn't it a hoot!

It's great when you get on a roll.  You know what I mean?  Those times when you're just so productive that it seems like no task is too difficult, no mountain is too high too climb, and life is just rainbows and unicorns.  It was like that for me with my crafting recently.  Not that I did anything super complicated.  Nor did I do anything super creative.  I just found my mojo and was in the zone - pumping out card after card in my series 'rule of three'.

Ok so maybe the rule of three is completely made up.  It did, however, provide me with a great opportunity to simplify my style and get creative with some basic elements.  As all good things do though, this run came to an end.  After being so quick and simple I couldn't help reverting to type and adding more layers and embellishments.

To the layers I added lace.  To the lace I added DSP.  To the DSP I added sponging.  And before long I had a card very different from my earlier version from a few weeks ago.  It…

Tea for two, and two for tea...

Wow it's been a while since I stuck on a theme and a stamp set.  I just couldn't help myself.  The images in the 'Morning Cup' set are just so cute.

I love having cards that you can use to send to a friend for any reason - but especially to say - hey lets catch up over coffee.  Continuing on my theme of using images in three (here and here), this time I've repeated themed images, but not identical ones.  Using cups of different sizes and shapes stamped in 3 places across the centre of my card you still maintain the balance that the rule of 3 gives, but offer an alternate way of showcasing it by using different images of the same theme.

After stamping and watercolouring the images I added some Crystal Effects to give it that glossy raised image.

What do you think?  Would you like to receive this card in the mail with an invitation to tea?


I'm a little tea pot...

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week - there's a striking simplicity in the number 3.  Using 3 repeated images in a project is simple, but catchy.  It looks balanced, but not boring.  It's something that just sits pleasing to the eye.... well at least for me it does.

Here's another little card I made using 3 repeated tea pot images from the 'Morning Cup' stamp set.  I simply stamped them in black and water coloured them in the same colours.

What do you think?  I like the simplicity of it.  If you're stuck for an idea when you're crafting this is a great technique to try.  Why not try it our yourself and leave a comment here with a link.  I'd love to see what you're creating.


The power of three

The rule of thirds in photography proposes that important elements in an image are placed in such away as to create more interest and energy in a photo rather than just simply centering the subject.  I think it's time to have a new rule of three for card making - repeating images in 3.

It's a very simple technique that can have quite striking results.  I'll be showcasing a few 'rule of 3' cards in the coming weeks to show you how easy it can be.  The first card I'm going to share with you is so simple - it didn't even take more than 3 minutes to make.  How good is that!

Three little owls all in a row.  Simply punched out with the Owl punch from Stampin' Up!  So simple yet so cute.  Anyone can do this.

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