Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 1)

Ed’s note: Kerry-Jean gave us so many beautiful creations that we wanted to show her off a little more. Look out for Part 2 on Friday!

01.1The card: a little bit of art you can give to someone special. I love making cards and all of them are different except for a general style that can be found in them all. The thing that I find amazing is there are so many different card styles, that really you can never get bored. Stumped yes, but not bored.

One of my favourite card styles is the easel card — and it is so simple. The best thing about this style of card is it is designed to display itself. How awesome is that? I think one of the keys to making great cards is the sparing use of vibrant colour and textures. I try and use 2 or 3 different patterned papers and no more, otherwise it gets a little crowded or busy.

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‘She Is’ by Anguree Jansen van Rensburg

Ed’s note: You may recognise this layout–it was originally published in issue 102 of our mag as part of the Design Diva finalist gallery. We couldn’t fit all the materials in the mag, so while I wanted to share the full list, I also thought that we could get Anguree to tell us how she made her wonderfully intricate layout.

She Is

A layout by Anguree Jansen Van Rensburg

Materials

Cardstock: Tim Holtz & Ranger Core’dinations, Creative Pearlised; Paper: Tim Holtz, white copy paper; Other: Scrap Matrix chipboard, Scrap Matrix trinkets, Prima trinkets, Finnabair trinkets, Kaszazz trinkets, Genuine Heritage Craft Products clock hands, Finnabair ribbon, Scrap Matrix ribbon, Tim Holtz ribbon, Kaszazz brads, Prima marketing brads, Passion 4 Paper flowers, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, KCK Craft alphabet letters, wire, gesso (white and black), Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Ranger glossy accents, transparency, Tim Holtz Alterations (Rays & Retro, Circle Set Texture embossing folders), Sizzix (Clock Set embossing folder), Courture Creations (Time Piece embossing folder), Sizzix Big Shot, Tim Holtz washi tape, Ranger archival ink, Ranger distress ink, Ranger distress stain, Rock Candy distress crackle, Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks, Lindy’s Stamp Gang starburst spray, Tattered Angels spray, Amaco Rubb ‘n Buff, Patina Vintaj inks, Martha Stewart border punches, Prima stamps, Kaisercraft stamps, Kaszazz stamps, Graphic 45 stamps

Design Tip

Use the “gaps” in your chipboard pieces for journalling boxes. That way you can play and decorate without having to worry about leaving space for telling the story behind your layout. Continue reading