How to Layer Elements on Handmade Cards

By | October 2, 2017

Do you struggle with knowing how to layer elements on your card projects?  Well, today I’m going to share some tips about how to layer elements on handmade cards.  The card projects I’m sharing use the Pick A Pumpkin Bundle (Wood 146024, Clear 146025) from the current Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  This is a great bundle to use for fall themed cards…Halloween, Thanksgiving, thinking of you, birthdays…you get the idea.

How to layer elements on handmade cards:

  • Layering is exactly what it sounds like – placing different card elements on top of each other to achieved a “layered” look.
  • Layering adds texture and depth to your handmade cards without requiring any special tools or supplies.
  • Layering helps direct the eye towards the focal point of your project.  It also contributes to the overall project theme.
  • On the projects I’m sharing today, I used a clustering technique – layering the elements together in one area to create a focal point.
  • Overlapping the card elements creates the feeling of depth and dimension.

Here’s my first card project.

How to Layer Elements on Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Colors: Pumpkin Pie and Tranquil Tide
  • Sentiment stamp: Labels to Love (Wood 144970, Clear 144967)
  • Border: Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim (141672)
  • I used the Leaf Punch (144667) to make the Tranquil Tide leaves.
  • Dimensions of focal piece: Very Vanilla 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″; Tranquil Tide 4″ x 2 1/2″
  • LAYERING TIP: Decide where sentiment will be placed in relation to the layered elements.  On this card the elements fit from top to bottom, so the logical place for the sentiment is on the right.  Notice where I placed the sentiments on my other cards.

 

My second card project uses a circle for the focal piece instead of a rectangle.

How to Layer Elements on Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Colors: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
  • Sentiment: Window Shopping (Wood 142920, Clear 143265)
  • Background Designer Paper: Painted Autumn (144613)
  • Used for the circles: Layering Circles Framelits (141705) and Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372).
  • LAYERING TIP: Decide which images will be in front and which will be in back.  Usually the larger, taller elements are in the back.  Notice how some of the elements extend beyond the edge of the circle.  This adds interest and movement.

 

Here’s the third card project.

How to Layer Elements on Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive
  • Sentiment: Basket of Wishes stamp set (142200)
  • Background strip: Painted Autumn Designer Paper (same as above card)
  • Dimensions of focal piece: Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ x 3″ ; Old Olive 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • LAYERING TIP: An image stamped on the background piece can also be used as part of the layering cluster.  

 

Here’s my final project for today.

How to Layer Elements on Handmade Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
  • Sentiment: Best Birds stamp set (141525)
  • Dimensions of focal piece: Very Vanilla 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″; Pumpkin Pie 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • LAYERING TIP: Make sure to use some solid color cardstock die cut pieces along with the stamped images.  The dies in the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies set (144670) are perfect for adding interest to the layered cluster!!

 

One last thing to notice about today’s projects is that they are all different from one another even though each  used many of the same elements and color combinations. I hope you can see how you can use just one stamp set to create many different cards!!  After all, we want to get the greatest value from the stamp sets we invest in!!

 

Did you learn anything new about how to layer elements on handmade cards?  I hope so.  My sincere desire is that this blog can be a resource that helps you to become a better card maker.  If this post was helpful, please help me out by sharing it on social media using one of the buttons below this post.  Thanks!

 

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