Monday, January 31, 2011

OWH Saturday Seminars #1: Focal points!

By sheer coincidence I had made this card a few days before the first OWH Saturday Seminar, in which Paula teaches us about creating a strong focal point. I wasn't thrilled with this card; although not completely awful, it struck me as rather ho-hum (although I had fun using my new Martha Stewart border punch, lol). After reading Paula's seminar lesson, I can see the problem is this card lacks a strong focal point. The eye doesn't know whether to travel to the flower, the sentiment, or the half pearls! So I made it my BEFORE card:


For my AFTER card, I used the same card base color and PP, but I changed the border lace to white because I thought the contrast is better. For the focal point, I decided to use the technique Paula discusses of grouping several images together, and I chose to make the focal point off center on the card. The cutout shapes are in a package from K&Co. that I found at Target. I'm much happier with this card.
Where is your eye drawn to on this card:

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9 comments:

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Great job Sherry! That was a great seminar - I have to go to work on my "after" card.
Doris :)

Yolanda said...

Much better. Great seminar. I like the white lace best too.

Velda said...

It really is helpful seeing the two cards together. Your new one has a much stronger focal point. The half pearls really do draw your eye away from the flowers. I never though of this before, so this class was really helpful.

Operation Write Home said...

My eye goes right to the little ribbon! Looks great Sherry :)

djsown said...

Great changes! I really like the scalloped oval behind the cut-outs which strengthens the whole focal point. I like the new card a lot.

Paula said...

Great to be able to see the "before and after" side-by-side. Grouping the elements really does create a solid focal point in your remake. Good job Sherry!

Ann said...

They are both really good cards, the focal point is much stronger on the second one. Great job!!

Cindy O said...

For me, the focal point is the little house, and then my eye goes to the bow and the flowers. I like the contrast of the white lace. And I didn't consciously notice the scalloped mat until I read the other comments, but it makes a big difference. Without the mat (in the first card) the embellishments kind of get lost in the patterned paper. A great example to learn from - thanks for sharing it!

helloholley said...

Great card 'makeover'!!!I like the before and after pic too!! I'm going to try to do this challenge as well....thanks for the inspiration!! ;)