how to add dimension to your cards

How to Add Dimension to Your Cards

12th March 2019

In this tutorial we’ll be sharing how to add dimension to your cards. Incorporating these tips in your card making doesn’t take much time, but they do make a difference, and add a nice touch to your makes. By giving the illusion of depth and shadow you can create interest and take your card making to the next level. Plus these tips are perfect for beginners!

Also we felt this was perfect timing to share these tips because the Spring Scenes gift set included in Simply Cards & Papercraft 189 (on sale March 21st) is great for practicing these techniques.

How to Add Dimension to Your Cards

  1. Inking the edges of your die-cuts give the illusion of depth and shadow. You can ink the edges with inks. We love using Distress Inks because there’s a range of colours and you can match them to your cardstock.
  2. Die-cutting multiple times and layering your die-cuts create thickness which will in turn create shadows and dimension. You can also slightly offset your die-cuts as you’re layering them to add even more interest.
  3. You can create shadows around your stamped images with a light grey marker. By colouring shadows around your stamped images, they appear more realistic. If you’re going to use an alcohol marker to create your shadows make sure to use Memento or Nuvo Hybrid inks so that your stamped image doesn’t smear.
  4. Use foam tape to glue your elements to your page. Foam tape comes in varying thicknesses and shapes and it literally lifts the elements off of your card. To get really creative you can use tape of different thicknesses for different elements creating a range of depths.
  5. Creating a realistic scene with your stamps is easy if you remember this key tip! When you create a scene, make sure it has a background and foreground by keeping your larger elements in your foreground (bottom of card) and smaller elements in the background (top of card) to denote distance. This gives the illusion of distance and depth and can help you create realistic scenes for your cards.

Take a look at the video tutorial to see these tips in action! And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft 189 on sale on March 21st.

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4 Replies to “How to Add Dimension to Your Cards”

  • Could you advise please what the cost of postage delivery with a subscription to Queensland Australia would be please (total cost subscription + delivery)
    Many thanks
    Christine Moyse

  • Simple shading makes all the difference.

  • A great tutorial. Can’t wait for this issue. Thank you

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