Summer School Day 3: Symmetry

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.

During this series, 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: Symmetry

Symmetry refers to positioning your elements mirrored across an imaginary line that divides your project into even segments. It’s a great method for achieving balance in your design and is a reliable means of laying out your card elements when you don’t have a lot of planning time to spare.

This masculine look from Stephanie is an incredibly cool example of symmetry. The modern color palette and simple pen-line touches elevate a primarily die-cut design, adding interest and dimension in all the right ways. Be sure to watch today's video to learn more about the decision-making process she employed to execute the concept of symmetry in her look today.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch Summer School 2020 | Symmetry 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!


    Best Friends in the Universe
    Blast Off
    Skinny Stripes — Vertical Die-namics
    Jellybean Green
    Card Stock
    Tropical Teal
    Prestige Card Stock
    Gravel Gray
    Prestige Card Stock
    Steel Grey
    Card Stock

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    Andrea P August 10, 2020

    This class was great! I am not great at creating symmetry on my cards, so this is really helpful for me!

    Anouk August 10, 2020

    Thanks for the tips on using symmetry. I like your card very much. I will be able to apply the same techniques even w/o a die-cutting machine and I just got a Sharpie white pen as well as another brand of white gel pen. Have a great weekend and remember to take care of yourself!

    Lori Spitzer August 07, 2020

    I really like your method for making sure the horizontal strips were perfectly placed! Great tip and a daring card!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Jeanine Gonzalez August 06, 2020

    A super fun card! Love the idea of symmetry on the card! Wonderful easy to follow instructions! Take care! :)

    Helen F August 06, 2020

    Symmetry can be a bit tricky at times if it does not exactly mirror image but came close in my entry.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

    Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee August 05, 2020

    Great tutorial, thank you! (and I always struggle with my white gel pens so thanks for the Sharpie tip!)

    Lisa Reber August 04, 2020

    Nice looking masculine card. Using a white pen for details really added a punch. Thanks for the tips.

    Barb Woods-Miazza August 04, 2020

    Really enjoying summer school

    Jill Pletcher August 04, 2020

    I don’t often think of symmetrical…but it sure makes for a quick and easy card…

    Pat Robinson August 03, 2020

    Another great class!

    SueB August 03, 2020

    I LOVE THIS CLASS! This is really getting me to think, create and have FUN! Big thank you for coming up with this. Can’t wait to find out what is next.

    Rebecca August 03, 2020

    Thank you for the new challenge – enjoying the summer school challenges

    Gail Scott August 03, 2020

    I just realized that many of my cards are symmetrical! In fact, I purposefully try to “off set” my images sometimes just to challenge myself because projects I see from other crafters look so nice that way. Thanks for the lesson!

    Jeanne Jordan August 03, 2020

    Love the tutorial, colors and highlights!

    Pat J August 03, 2020

    love how the white gel pen create such wonderful highlights – thanks for the ideas:)

    Dee Earnshaw August 03, 2020

    Great class challenge and your card is perfectly symmetrical 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    Anita Trippi August 03, 2020

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