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Are you thinking, “Isn’t Confetti Camera usually on Thursdays?” You are right, but we are introducing our January color challenge tomorrow so we are fast tracking Confetti Camera this week.
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We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!
In this weekly segment, one of the Confetti Crew designers will have the camera on both themselves, as a designer, and on their Reverse Confetti creations. For this round, you’ll get a dose of Reverse Confetti inspiration from a fun tip or technique from each of our designers. A couple of things to note:
1) This segment will not “air” if there is a different post scheduled for that day, such on Sketch for You to Try on the 1st of each month or on a hop or sneak peek day.
2) Each designer will answer the same set of questions/show a tip until we have featured every Confetti Crew Design Team Member (then it’s a new round with new questions/theme). To see previous Confetti Camera post, simply click on “Confetti Camera” under the categories link on our sidebar.
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Today the spotlight is on Confetti Crew member, AMY SHEFFER…
One thing I love to do in my card-making is to create little clusters or collages using a mix of different stamps, die-cuts, and embellishments. It’s a design concept that works with all sorts of different styles, from vintage to CAS.
To keep your cluster from looking like your scrap pile ended up on your card, here are a few tips that work for me:
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1. Mix up your shapes.
Here, I’ve got a large circle foundation, a few rectangle elements (including the arrow), a heart accent, and last, more circles for embellishments. The fishtail banner and the arrow tip also add triangles.
2. Add a vertical or horizontal element that extends beyond the cluster. My favorites are punched or die-cut border strips, ticket strips, a stamped border image, or just a card stock or patterned paper scrap.
3. Offset your elements for a loose carefree, more random-looking arrangement.
4. Mix up your materials. Think burlap, wood, felt, cork, vellum, acetate, etc.
5. Embellish in 3’s. Most of the time, with a collage/cluster design, small embellishments are going to work better in odd numbers, threes, fives, etc. Even if you’re using a lot of a really small embellishment (gems, sequins, rhinestones, etc.) arrange them in smaller trios.
6. Embrace the negative space. Empty corners are OK! But if you must (like me) do something, vellum, stitching, small gems, or misting are subtle ways to add a little something without competing with your focal point cluster.
Here are a few more clustering examples, using some of all of the above tips:
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