Summer School – It’s Your Turn to Learn: Line

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Sharpen your pencils and take your seats! It’s time for another lesson in design. We hope you’ve been soaking in all of the good stuff we’ve shared this week. And better yet, we’d love to see what you’ve been learning!

Achieving Balance is essential to good design. Balance is the way the elements of a card (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) are arranged to create a feeling of stability; a pleasing or harmonious arrangement or proportion in a card design. We’ll round out the week with two lessons on keeping everything balanced! Today’s lesson is about the intentional use of Line in your designs. Horizontal lines can be calm and quiet or an anchor, while vertical lines can convey movement.

Lesson #4 – Balance: Line

Say hello to today’s instructor, My Favorite Things Design Team member Kay Miller. Kay has prepared an excellent lesson on achieving balance in your design by using Line.

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To begin with, Kay has some key points to remember about using line:

Lines are very important in graphic design and in card making. Lines can do many things to add visually interesting content to your design. Understanding how to use lines can help you communicate a certain feeling or idea in your work.

1. Lines draw the eye to the focal point.

2. Lines can divide  space and direct the viewers’ eyes.

3. Lines direct the flow of content.

4. Lines can help give emphasis to a specific area.

Lines can be created using so many different things. You can use strips of paper, stencils, line stamps, or dies. You can also watercolor lines or use text to create lines.

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Kay cut four lines and inlaid them into white card stock to make everything flat. Once that step was complete, she cut the entire panel with the stitched rectangle from Blueprints 20.

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These colorful horizontal lines become the perfect place to place a Focal Point as they ground the design.

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Pop up the Focal Point and accents with foam tape, and the design is complete. Notice, too, that the horizontal lines are placed on one of the imaginary line of thirds that Kimberly covered Monday in her lesson on the Rule of Thirds.

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And there you have it. A well balanced card with perfect composition! Thanks for a great lesson, Kay!

Better with Friends Card by Kay Miller Featuring the Laina Lamb Designs Tickled Pink stamp set and the Flower Medley and the Spring Garden Die-namics #mftstamps

To aid in your learning , we have created a My Favorite Things Summer School Study Guide. Download it HERE, and then print it. It will be a handy tool that you can refer to as you design!

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got two prizes per day and two ways to win. Using today’s lesson, we’d love for you to create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it to the link belowMaster the lesson and win a $50 voucher from My Favorite Things and be featured on the blog on June 30. Just by participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 voucher, so everyone has a chance!

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All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on June 26th. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday, June 30.

Here’s your homework for your chance to win:
  1. Create a project following the lesson you learned today.
  2. Be sure to link your project below for your chance to win!
Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more lessons in how to achieve Line in your projects.

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Now make sure to do your homework! Class dismissed.

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Comments (10)

  • Lynda

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    I’m really enjoying you summer school lessons. I didn’t discover them until session 2, so am now going back to take lesson 1.

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  • Shari Arbogast

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    This card is gorgeous! Thank you!!

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  • Yuki

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    Beautiful card and great tutorial! TFS Kay!

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  • Laurie

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    This is stunning. I just love those colors!!!

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  • Lisa

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    Terrific tutorial from Kay and such a pretty card!!

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  • Barb Ghig

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    Great lesson, for sure! And, Kay’s card is gorgeous! I love her composition and the lovely color palette she chose for this card…simply beautiful!!!

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  • Rob Keogh

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    Thanks for another great tutorial, I LOVE the colours used on this card.

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  • Dawn

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    Oh how fun. I loVe your cute card. I loVe how you did your inlaid strips. Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips. {My hand is cramping from taking notes. lol}
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn

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  • Susie

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    I’ve been a fan of MFTstamps for a very long time, as well as Kay Miller. Most companies or designers would charge for this valuable advice, which makes me admire MFTstamps even more. I’ve been playing along with The Daily Marker 30 Day 2 with Kathy Racoosin and didn’t see this until this morning. You can bet I’m going back through from the beginning because I don’t want to miss a single tidbit of information. Kudos to all for such a wonderful summer school session!

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