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August Resolutions

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So can you make 'Resolutions' in August?

I see I have been a bit quiet on the Blog front. The Summer term was exceptionally busy with all sorts of shenanigans which I won't bore you with, except to say 'new school day' seems to be the IN thing at many schools this year.

Then we had our wonderful Grand Tour of Spain and France; the sun shone from start to finish (well,Holiday 2012 359 almost!), and we came back feeling refreshed and revitalised. So my August Resolution is to keep this Blog up to date, as well as adding lots of new designs to the website.

I have been working on Anniversary and Wedding cards, as well as a new range of Italian inspired greetings cards. A new category is 'Congratulations on passing your exam', for musicians and dancers. This allows you to send a card to mark success in, for instance, Grade 5 Trumpet, or Intermediate Ballet. These designs should be available from the end of next week.

I am doing the flowers for several weddings this summer -  you can visit our flower website at

so my kitchen table is currently out of action as it is surrounded by lilies, roses and gypsophilia among others! The theme this weekend is white and the church will be filled with flowers!

Of course, whether you are producing cards, arranging flowers, or revamping your living room, design principles are very similar. Colour, texture, and line all have to be considered in relation to each other, and the most important consideration is Balance, or in other words, the Proportion of one element to another. There are many books available on this subject, but I hope to give a few pointers over the next few weeks to illustrate how these principles are relevant to card makers.

Do you sketch out your ideas before you start, or do you just pick up a topper, find a backing that matches, add a greeting, job done? Do you think about the impact of introducing a complimentary colour? If so, in what quantity? Too much can look like poor taste, a little adds zing and vibrancy.

Do you centre the design, or offset it? Do you make sure that the background design is centred, like in dressmaking, or do you always cut from the outside of the sheet to save paper?! And what about those days when you lack inspiration and nothing seems to work? Home magazines are a good place to start; most of them these days show Mood Boards for each room, and these are invaluable for showing how to mix colour, pattern and trim. I love to look at catwalk pics in fashion mags; they show proportion and line better than anything. (You don't have to LIKE the clothes to use a colour combination!)

So there we are. All written down in black and white so now I'll have to do it!


Copy of Holiday 2012 163

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