I’m sure you will agree…a card focal point is one of the most important elements of card design. Sometimes, instead of a stamped image, we like to use a sentiment as the focal point. Let’s learn some ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments in card making.
Last week I shared a post with suggestions to vary up the focal point when there aren’t too many creative ways to use a stamp image. You can apply many of those same suggestions when you use sentiment stamps used as the focal point. (Find that post here.)
Here are some easy ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments:
- Change the color combinations used.
- Matte the sentiment on color cardstock.
- Create a textured or stamped background.
- Create an eye-catching border.
- Use a die cut shape to cut out the sentiment.
- Use the Marker to Stamp Technique to omit part of the sentiment.
- Stamp the sentiment, then use a scissor to cut up the words and attach on the card randomly.
- Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the focal point and add depth to the focal image.
I used many of these suggestions (but not all of them) on the cards I’m sharing today. I’ll note the ones I chose to use.
Here’s my first card using the Just Add Text stamp set.
This card showcases the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177). I created borders at the top and bottom of the card front using designer paper scraps. I used the Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910) to create the easel focal point. (Stamp on the back of the designer paper you’d like to use, then cut out the easel with a scissor.) This cards uses techniques 2 and 4 from my list above.
Here’s another card using this same sentiment and designer paper. See how different it looks with a change of color and card design?
I created a stamped border on this card by stamping the Playful Backgrounds stamp set (141920) around just the edges of the cardstock. The border draws your eye to the the center where the you see the sentiment focal point. I used a scrap piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack to create a center matte. The stamped sentiment is cut out using the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281), then mounted on Crushed Curry cardstock to make it stand out. Techniques 2, 4, and 5 were used on this card.
Let’s look at another card that uses the Playful Background stamp set.
The same Playful Backgrounds stamp image used in the second card was also used to create a stamped background for the sentiment focal point. Changing the color combination gives this card an entirely different feel from the last one I shared. The focal point is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). The stamped sentiment is punched into a shape using the Pretty Label punch (143715), then mounted on a scallop oval. The oval was cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706). The techniques from the list that I used on this card are 1, 2, 3, 5, 8
I’ve already shared my next card on a blog post about the Eastern Palace Product Suite (you can see it here). But I wanted to share it again today while we are discussing ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments because it shows another way to highlight focal points.
I stamped a border around the edge of the sentiment focal point. The stamped sentiment is matted with cardstock. I also added a designer paper border to balance the card. Techniques 2 and 4 were used on this card sample.
I shared one more card using the Just Add Text stamp set on Monday this week. Here’s that blog post. This cards used techniques 2, 3, and 4. (The ribbon “counts” as a border element.)
I hope this post was helpful and you found at least a couple new ways to vary the focal point when using sentiments on your cards. If this blog post helped you, I’m asking if you’d share it by using one of the social sharing buttons below. Thanks!