Focal Point on a Card

Hello stampers. Now that I have been stamping for a good long while I know how important it is to have a focal point on a card. You need something for the eye to be drawn towards otherwise your card loses its focus. People just look everywhere because the eye can’t find out what is the most important. Sometimes when I do a kids class or have a very excited adult beginner, they are having so much stamping that they just stamp everywhere there is a blank space! Now beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but having a focal point really helps you to have an eye-catching card. Today I am going to show you a card that has the exact same layout as a card I showed earlier this week and yet it looks completely different. I changed up the designer series paper that I used and I changed where I put the focal point. Let’s take a look.


The focal point is the sentiment with some pretty bling.


I designed this card for my Upon Request Club. The host wanted to use Climbing Roses on a simple card. It is also a “pocket shaped” card front but I moved the focal point up to the top right corner instead of by the point. The pretty metallic rose is from the Share What You Love embellishment kit which comes in that pretty box and the paper is Share What You Love as well. This paper is gorgeous with its pearlized finish. It is also more like cardstock so great for making boxes and bags, and yes, it is retiring!


The focal point is clean and simple to contrast with the busy paper from Share What You Love.


Here you can see the detail better. The roses are stamped tone on tone in the background. Tranquil tide is the colour of the cardstock and the ink. This amazing colour coordination is one of the main reasons I fell in love with Stampin’Up! 13 years ago. Tranquil Tide is also found in the patterned paper and this also makes the card visually appealing. The velvet ribbon and the scalloped circle are both rich razzleberry, also found in the patterned paper.


Look at the two cards side by side. They each have the same design and layout. The only difference is the placement of the focal point. What a difference! I first put the circular focal point in the same place as the teacup one, but it just didn’t work. It is such fun playing around and making it just right.


Note the different positions of the focal point in these two cards with the same design sketch.


I made a video to show you how to do the pocket shaped front on the card. You can also check this post for a diagram with the measurements. When you see the diagram you will see that this is a perfect card for the #loveitchopit method. The patterned paper piece measures 4″ by 4″. That means you will get nine pieces from each 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper. Trust me, when you chop your paper you make more cards and you get more inspiration. I challenge you to give it a try.



Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have some time to make a fun card like this. This Share What You Love paper is a perfect example of making sure you have the right supplies to coordinate with the retiring products you already have. Love tranquil tide? Then this paper is awesome to go with it. Just look in the catalog in our patterned paper section, it tells you exactly what colours are featured. I find that you use ink pads a lot more when you have coordinating patterned paper. Have a super day, I am off to pickleball.


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