CAS Challenge | Background Technique

Zoe - Make it Crafty May 3, 2015 4
CAS Challenge | Background Technique
Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our very first Clean & Simple challenge. The idea behind these challenges is to keep your cards simple, elegant and make the image the main focus, removing all the clutter. To achieve this concentrate on nice clean lines, positioning your elements straight, keeping matted frames even around the edge, allowing for ‘white space’ to draw the eye towards the main focus.

What is White/Negative Space?

White Space is a term used in graphic design, describing the ‘negative space’ on a page that isn’t filled with clutter pushing your eyes to focus on what is important. It doesn’t necessarily mean the ‘space’ needs to be white. It refers to leaving enough space around your main elements so they don’t feel cluttered.

If you place your character in the bottom left corner of your card, it’s OK to have nothing in the top right (that would become your negative space) and it helps allow the eyes to focus on the character rather than competing with a group of flowers in the top corner. 🙂 There is of course a balance between positive and negative space and it will come with practise.

Throughout these challenges, I challenge you to try reducing the elements you would normally add to a card and experiment with your positive and negative spaces.

Clean & Simple Challenge | Background Techniques

For our first challenge we would like you to experiment with different types of backgrounds! Watercolour, stamped, embossed – anything!

You must include something Make it Crafty – that can be a digital or rubber stamp OR chipboard. Just as long as you’ve added something from Make it Crafty you’re good to go.

Enter your projects by the end of the month and then a random Winner & Top 3 will be announced next challenge.

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Images used in these projects:

Beautiful Leia Digi Stamp

Felicity Digi Stamp

Sarah Rubber Stamp

Mushroom House digi stamp

Siren of Pearls Digi Stamp

Melody Rubber Stamp



THEME: Background Techniques

RANDOM WINNER PRIZE: $15 Make it Crafty Gift Voucher

Top 3 as voted by Design Team

Clean & Simple design using at least ONE Make it Crafty product.
You are welcome to enter more than once, but each project must be new.


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  1. beru May 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Congratulation to the new DT 🙂 Your inspiration are amazing…

  2. Samantha :0) May 15, 2015 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Hi ya,
    I just entered my card and then realised that I needed to use a make it crafty product, DOH!
    I havent so sorry you will have to delete my card 🙁

    • Zoe May 20, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

      No Worries Samantha. I hope you will pop back and share a MIC card with us! <3

  3. Samantha :0) May 15, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    ps I have removed it from my blog too 🙁

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