Summer School 2018: Focal Point

Summer School 2018 is back for a second week and we couldn’t be more excited to share another week of lessons and challenges!

One of our perennial favorites around here is our Summer School series. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort. Over the course of the next five days, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles and incorporate them into your own crafting.

Today we’re talking about the idea of a focal point; a way to concentrate the recipients interest on the main element of the design. While we may sometimes be tempted to throw everything but the kitchen sink onto our cards (so many pretty things to play with!) sticking to a single point of emphasis helps prevent the mental fatigue of identifying a single landing spot for our eyes.

Handmade cards from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Today’s instructor is My Favorite Things Design Team member Karolyn Loncon. Click HERE or simply watch the video below to get learn more about creating a focal point.

Did you notice how Karolyn not only honed in on the idea of a focal point image but also, of enhancing the focal point with the addition of some simple shading? That beautiful blending provides contrast and defines the area.

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below.

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 26. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Monday, August 27.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:
  • To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.
  • To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.
  • To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School: Session 1 by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week!

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We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations!


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Comments (4)

  • Deborah Skluzak


    Getting ready to try this. Fabulous iea.


  • Lagene


    Awesome ideas for focal point spot lighting, thanks for the video!


  • Carol Jones


    Such pretty cards from the “students” and “teachers”!