Saturday, December 19, 2020

The nice list...

Hey there!
Today is my final Scenic Saturday post of 2020 over on the Bellarific blog. Time certainly has flown and it's the last weekend before Christmas. If you find yourself still making Christmas cards like I am it can be nice to take a break from the big scenes and instead go a more clean and simple route with our card design. I believe there are three things that can help you achieve eye catching yet quick cards every time... 

1. Go small with your stamp choices. This one is obvious, the less you have to color the faster it is to color up. There are a lot of great stamps available in the Stamping Bella shop that fit the bill, the penguins of course, but also the Squidgies, Wobbles and Littles all come to mind. 

2. Limit your color palette. By choosing to work with only a handful of color families you save time hemming and hawing over what markers you should pull next. Here I primarily went with a black, white, red and teal combo that is quite striking. 

3. Embrace white space with the rule of thirds. If you imagine your card front divided up into three strips, either horizontally or vertically depending on your design, and restrict the majority of your stamping to only one of those three areas leaving the other two areas open, this will be very pleasing to the eye. You can see on my card that I stamped the adorable Penguin Family all up in the top third of my card front and kept the little bit of snowy scene contained right around them as well. Then I found a slim sentiment in the Christmas Sentiments set and stamped it in red ink near the bottom of my card to tie back to and balance the red elements above.

Now, these are by no means the only way to create cute and quick scene cards but they are my tried and true formula for when I want to have fun stamping and coloring but don't have a lot of time to devote to creating a card. :)    


Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Penguin Family and Christmas Sentiments set
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Papertrey Ink pure poppy
Doodlebug Sprinkles
Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof white
Copic markers:
penguins- E40, BV20, E81, E50, 0, R00, N3, N5, N7, N9, YR31, Y38, YR27

beard/hat/presents- C00, C1, C2, C3, C4, 0, E40, E81, E42, R14, R27, R29, R89, G03, G05, G07, G09, G29
sky/snow- BG0000, BG01, BG02, BG45, BG49, B39