I've been cleaning files off my computer lately, and came across a doozie of a file. These are some of the very FIRST cards I ever made when I became a CTMH consultant close to 4 years ago.
I wanted to share them with you all for a few reasons - the most important one being that we all improve with practice and time. If you feel that your stamping/card making skills aren't the best, don't give up! We all have to start somewhere.
Another reason to share? They are really funny/sad and it's good to laugh at oneself every now and then. So go ahead... point and laugh. I sure did when I stumbled upon them! =)
The last reason I shared these cards is because I'm often told that I have a "gift" for paper crafting. I'd like to correct that and say instead that I had a PASSION for it, and that passion fueled the desire to improve my skills.
In evaluating how my artwork differed from artists I wanted to emulate, I discovered three key areas that needed change. Hopefully these tips will help you in your card making as well.
1. Balance - there must be a clear focal point. All elements of the card need to be in balance with each other (note that balance does not necessarily mean symmetry).
2. Layering - the difference between a plain card and a masterpiece can be a few simple mats.
3. Embellishment - Adding small details like brads, ribbon, handmade elements, or even paper piercing can jazz up your artwork. Just be careful not to over do it.