As I design cards for the E-News, I'll be referring to these notes in hopes of helping with your card designs.
The card below took me a long time to collage, so don't be in a hurry if you have lots of pieces! This card has it all...large and small elements, texture, glitter, pearl paint, etc. There are actually 8 diecuts on this card front which drove me crazy! I took off the sentiment, but felt I liked it on. To make the pieces an uneven number, I ended up adding 3 gems on the leaves. Now that's better!
By Lyn Bernatovich/Lynspaperpetunia.com
A process of combining found, prepared or printed papers, fabrics, pigments and natural objects onto a background. Color, composition and texture all have vital roles in collage.
Ephemera: Magazines, sketches, paintings, junk mail, catalogues, newspapers, ticket stubs, receipts, photos, flyers, brochures, exotic and handmade papers.
Eye catching paper needs only a few images. Plain paper can be mostly covered up.
A CENTRAL FOCAL IMAGE
A central image pulls you into the composition. The focus of your collage is a centerpiece image larger than the rest. It grabs your eye. Can be a magazine cutting, stamped image, a large bit of colored paper, a sticker or a photo.
Related images or supporting fare adds a visual mix. Use smaller and less dominant pieces to work in harmony with main image. Could be coordinating color, shape, or theme. Do not jumble too many images into chaos.
Cascade – Big to little or little to big. Horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
Focal on Left – Smaller grouped on right. Remove or add one or move around till you like it.
Tilting – Adds interest.
Cropping background may be necessary after you’ve positioned elements.
Is one area too bare?
Does one color overwhelm others and needs an opposite?
Is the visual flow from one image to next too abrupt?
RULE OF THIRDS
Use the ‘rule of thirds’. This is a technique by which you divide your paper into three rows and three columns. The points at which the vertical and horizontal lines meet, are where the focal points of your collage should be. TIP: Make a template from acetate and a Sharpie and lay it over the card front to aid in layout of elements.
It can be confusing after all the pieces of your well-placed collage are dumped in a pile before gluing them down!
I'd love to see your card creations using Collage Rules!