How You Can Create a Show-Stopping Card

Did you know that there is a “rule” to consider when making a card? We spend so much time concentrating on our image, matching designer paper, and embellishments, that sometimes we neglect to consider one of the most important features of putting our cards together. The “rule” that I am talking about is the rule of thirds. This rule is one I learned in highschool art class, and one I forgot about until I attended my photography class last week. I was surprised to hear that we need to use the rule of thirds when taking photos, and thought that it was time to revisit this rule and share it with you.

While placing an image right in the middle of your card can work, it isn’t always the best spot to place the image. Let’s look at what we can do to create better placement.

As you can see in the photo, the surface has been sectioned into three areas, both horizontally and vertically. The most interesting areas are the areas where the lines intersect, and have been highlighted in red. Our eyes go immediately to these areas naturally, and is where the most important elements of the card should go. Have you noticed how many card designers place sentiments along one of the horizontal lines?

Sometimes it isn’t practical to put elements at the interesting lines. In this case, placement should be evenly distributed among the sections, or a little extra in the top third, or bottom third. Sketching out your design first will help you decide how to balance the elements out in a pleasing manner.

The next time you put your card together, remember the rule of thirds and see how interesting your card becomes.

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Posted on : Oct 06 2008
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5 People have left comments on this post

Oct 6, 2008 - 10:10:29
Kim H said:

Oh Beth, these are great tips! Thanks so much for the reminder!

Oct 6, 2008 - 03:10:26
Manna said:

Great tips, Thanks!

Oct 6, 2008 - 06:10:43

Thanks for the nice clear tutorial. And thanks for linking to my tutorial on Scraps Of Mind.

Oct 6, 2008 - 10:10:12

Awesome post Beth. For me this is the probably the only rule I follow (other than things often look better in odd numbers.) You did an amazing job explaining it and linking it up. You rock! :O)

Oct 7, 2008 - 03:10:47
Jany said:

I took classes of production for television and the rule applies to television too. And it is SOOOOO true. I haven’t noticed that usually I try to move my images around until they’re not centered. Of course, there are times that I feel in the center works better but then it is because I liked more the paper or certain embellishments I used around the card.

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