📚 Time to Hit the Books — Summer School 2020 Starts Today!

One of our favorite regular educational series is our set of Summer School classes. 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. Not only do you get to put your student hat on, your participation means you also are in the running to win an MFT shopping spree! Keep reading for today's lesson, and all the details for submitting homework for your chance to win.

Today’s Lesson: Visual Triangle

Creating a visual triangle within your card design provides an enjoyable experience for your recipient by creating a “path” for their eyes to travel. The idea of a visual triangle is that you use a trio of common elements or similar colors, placed as if at the points of a triangle, to direct the eyes around your card design.

Join Karolyn today to see how she created this stunning ink-blended trio of hummingbirds, precisely placed at the points of her visual triangle. You'll notice that she's integrated multiple triangles into her design, opting to include the design feature in the placement of her accent sequins as well.

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

Watch Summer School 2020 | Visual Triangle on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

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. Once you've completed all five lessons, don't forget to grab the graphic above to proclaim your graduation status!

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 14. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, August 15.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:

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 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 the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week.

We can't wait to see what you create!


Essential Sentiments
Happy Hummingbirds
Little Hello
Smooth White
Card Stock
Black Licorice
Prestige Card Stock
Razzle Berry
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Lemon Drop
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Summer Splash Premium Dye Ink Pad
Sweet Tooth
Pigment Ink Pad
Black Licorice
Hybrid Ink Pad

Please direct link to your card/project created for today's Summer School lesson from your blog, Instagram, or online gallery. All winners will be announced on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

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A wonderful card with the subtle ink blending on the cute little hummingbirds!! A great easy to follow instructions!! Take care! :)

Helen F August 06, 2020

Lovely day one and great to see what people are doing with this idea. Hugz

ionabunny August 05, 2020

This is going to be fun and always a good reminder for design tips.

Mary Webster August 05, 2020

I do try to use this on my cards, it makes the process a little easier!

Lisa Reber August 04, 2020

Thanks for the fun ‘homework’!! It’s great to focus on some papery fun!!

Joella Whitley August 04, 2020

Thank you for the great tip of visual triangle. I had never known this concept. I shall use it in designing my cards from now on.

Dhruvika August 04, 2020

Like the Summer Day 1 concept of the triangle. TY for sharing the technique.
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee August 02, 2020

Thank you for the creative tip! I will use the visual triangle often.

Cynthia O. August 02, 2020

Wonderful card design! Love this challenge!

Niki August 02, 2020

This is so much fun! Love the first lesson.

Anouk August 02, 2020

Wonderful instructions…..Thanks….

Pat Robinson August 02, 2020

Great card. Thanks for the Visual triangle lesson.

SueB August 01, 2020

I loved Camp Create last summer and was hoping you would have it again, so I was super excited when I saw Summer School! Looking forward to all the lessons 😀.

Zlatka Kabaivanova August 01, 2020

Woohoo! Love Summer School time as I look forward to it every year! I’ve been a subscriber for a very long time and look forward to trying out the visual triangle theory today!! Thank you for the fun ahead!

*Vicki* August 01, 2020

Gorgeous card! I heard about the visual triangle a few years abo and try to use it on every card I make. It works! I am looking forward to learning other valuable techniques and rules in this series. TFS

Linda Towill August 01, 2020

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