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Card Design Handbook Blog Hop

Hey there! Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be part of another Paper Crafts magazine Blog Hop today! We’re celebrating the release of the latest special issue to hit newsstands, Card Design Handbook. I have a lot of favorite issues from Paper Crafts over the years, but I have to say this is my absolute favorite to date. It really is a reference tool that you can look back at over and over for design principles, layout ideas plus loads of inspiration. The concept is genius, so you really must check it out. 🙂

The theme of today’s hop is “Good to Great.” So what we’re doing is taking a card with a design that is “good” and amping it up a notch using one of the design principles in Card Design Handbook. I chose the “Rule of Thirds” princple to show how dividing up elements on a card using an imaginary grid can help achieve a more focused design. First is my “good” card where I haven’t used the Rule of Thirds:

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And here’s the card I created using the Rule of Thirds to better divide up the space:

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And here are the two side by side. Both “work,” but the second card has more of a structure and focus. I used October Afternoon patterned paper and Paper Smooches stamps on these cards.

And what would a hop be without a prize at the end? Yep, one person from each designer’s blog will win a copy of Card Design Handbook! All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Tuesday, August 28th and I’ll choose a winner at random to get their own copy! In your comment, you can let me know what your favorite rule of design is or you can just say hi! 🙂 So get hoppin! From my blog, you’ll visit the lovely Julia Stainton. And in case you want to see all of the hop destinations here’s the order:

1.       Chan Vuong

2.       Kalyn Kepner (that’s me!)

3.       Julia Stainton

4.       Jocelyn Olson

5.       Angeline Yong Jeet Leen

6.       Jaclyn Miller

7.       Lorena Cantó Lavería

8.       Amy Wanford

9.       Emily Branch

10.   Vanessa Menhorn

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today and be sure to check out Card Design Handbook at your local Barnes & Noble or craft store! You can also order it online here.

Have an awesome weekend!

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157 Comments

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    JOAN FIGUEROA-JIMENEZ
    August 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Love the colors of the second card!! I agree, I love your makeover card. This issue is a must have for me. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs, Joan

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    SueB
    August 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

    The colors on the second card look much better. Very sweet image.

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    Maria Doricheva
    August 24, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I can see the difference, the second card has a better design. Thank you for explaining!

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    Caryn
    August 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I like them both but for some reason I am still drawn to the first card more.

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    Jennifer Scull
    August 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

    they are both such cute cards. I do like the variety of colors on the 2nd one though…. still trying so hard to learn all of these basics. 😉

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    Becky Green
    August 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I HAVE TO SAY, I ordered the Magazine! BUT, would LOVE to win another copy! This VERY Thirds Rule is something I’ve heard about, but seemed NO ONE could explain it! So, I look forward to receiving my copy! ( I plan on giving the extra copy away! 🙂 )

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    Alie
    August 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Love the stitching! What a beautiful design. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the Card Design Handbook.

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    Dana W
    August 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Cute card!! I love the colors!!

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    Heather - housesbuiltofcards
    August 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Adorable! And I can totally see the improvement on the second card! LOVE the colors!!!

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    Renee VanEpps
    August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Yep, I really liked the second card better and can see the difference! Thanks for the tip!

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    Barbara T
    August 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    HMMM. I like both but am drawn to the first version – maybe b/c I am a clean and simple girl. The rule is helpful for when i want to step out of my box

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    erin
    August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Love the mix of papers.

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    lee
    August 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Wonderful card! I love the dividing the space – perfect colors! thank you!

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    Leanne S
    August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

    What a difference these rules make.

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    Jingle
    August 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    LOVE the second card! Totally made the entire thing kick up a few notches!

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    Kailash
    August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Love your colors on the card. Such a difference these rules help to make on a card, I am trying to achieve good balance on my cards. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Donna Polley
    August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Dido to the comment above I love colors.Thanks for sharing.

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    Colleen
    August 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Wow, this tip is great. Both cards are good, but the second one really is better (great) than the first one. Thanks for this great tip.

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    Cat Craig
    August 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I like both cards…the second may just be a smidgen more eye catching.

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    calamityjane
    August 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I really like them both too! Love the patterns and colors!!!

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    betty lou
    August 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I am definitely needing a lesson in Rules of Thirds! Thanks for sharing your great cards!! I’m a visual learner, and it helped immensely placing them side by side!! Thanks again!!

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    Jennifer S.
    August 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Both cards are fantastic! I have trouble with the rule of thirds. I need to get my hands on this issue to learn more and apply it better to my designs.

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    Linda Callahan
    August 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

    What a difference between your cards! Love that background paper!

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    Sandi H
    August 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    That made a big difference.

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    Jean Cross
    August 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I think this should be a regular feature in the magazine. It really helps to have these examples. Great work and great lesson.

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    Paulette Akagi
    August 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Seeing the cards side by side really shows up the dramatic differences.

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    VikkiCH
    August 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    These two cards would be a good lesson in how to use a stamp for a masculine or feminine look!

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    Laura
    August 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Well done! I love the tasty colors!

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    Elizabeth Garcia
    August 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The second card really demonstrates the difference that the rule of thirds can make on your design. It’s great to see the comparison with the first card, which I thought was already very nice, until of course I saw the second one and thought, “Oh yeah, that’s much better.”

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    kae
    August 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I think I’m beginning to catch on and see how these rules will help improve my work. Thank you for sharing and for a chance to win a copy of Card Design Handbook

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    pamela
    August 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The second card’s balance is also much better!

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    BevE
    August 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Wow using the rule of thirds really made a big difference. The second card looks so much better. Thanks for the help.

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    Linda L
    August 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’m definitely a “rule of thirds” fan. Maybe because I have three boys? It sure made a difference in your makeover. Love the paper choices you used! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Raquel Mason
    August 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I liked both cards, but using the rule of thirds really makes the card fantastic. Thanks for explaining the rules.

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    Lucy
    August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’m loving these lessons. I wouldn’t have minded getting the first card, but the makeover would have really knocked my socks off!

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    Becky D
    August 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Oh my goodness Kalyn! I love this card – the improved one is so gorgeous! I am definitely going to try this rule of thirds 🙂 I need to make a birthday card today so this is perfect inspiration!

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    Beth
    August 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I really like how the use of the rule of thirds made the card look brighter and jump out at you! I think the rule of thirds is a wonderful technique for cards, scrapbooks and photos!

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    Kathleen R
    August 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I love when you makeover layouts or cards, etc. Such a learning opportunity. I think it’s going to be FUN learning how to play with the rules!

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    Donna
    August 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I was WOWed by the transformation. I just LOVE the second card. You really illustrated the point. TFS!

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    Diana Newman
    August 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Your cards a great examples of how using the rule of thirds can make a card more interesting.

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    {vicki}
    August 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I like your 2nd card best

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    Lynda Marquez
    August 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, just a simple change has a big impact! Thanks for the tip!

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    Bethany S.
    August 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I love what you did with those Paper Smooches Stamps! Super sweet! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Barbara Axmacher
    August 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The rule of thirds on the background really make a big difference. Thanks!

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    Mary Ann
    August 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    A great example for the use of the rule of thirds. This is one technique I am working on. Thanks for sharing a beautiful example of it.

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    Cindy Major
    August 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Oh, how adorable! I love the cutsy candy!! (and touch of glitter!)

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    Teresa Zuehls
    August 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Both cards are nice but the second one is much more interesting to the eye and is my favorite.

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    Sandy L
    August 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    The day I learned about the Rule Of Thirds was a very good day for my photos. I guess I didn’t think about applying it to cards…. thank you!

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    Judy Hartmann
    August 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I really like the color factor you added. Thanks for the tips.

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    Katiria
    August 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Luv it!

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    Marie / Legojenta
    August 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The card after the changes looks much better, I love the dividing of the space on the card =) TFS!

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    Kristan(Crazy4Christ)
    August 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I must say I really like the second card, the pop of colour really does wonders, i really love the rule of thirds makes so much sense!!

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    Mary W
    August 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the great examples. Very helpful.

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    Christine Coile
    August 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    You are right the second is much better. The book is a must have for me. I love your card so much I am going to make one myself.

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    Amy C.
    August 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Love your card and the colors you used!

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    Susan
    August 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I am really enjoying this blog hop and the wonderful illustrations you are giving of the design principles! Thanks for sharing your talents and for the chance to win a copy of this fabulous edition!

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    Laurie H.
    August 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I really like both cards, but I guess I can see how the second one is a better design. I think I really need a copy of this Card Design Handbook to help me learn better techniques. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Percilla G
    August 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I love this blog hop. It is really educating . It’s one think to hear about the rule of three and another to seeing it applied.
    Loved seeing how your card changed

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    Lillian Child
    August 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Kalyn, this hop sure has opened my eyes to my card creativity. Having three panels instead of one sure creative a TON more interest in that basic card. Oh I definitely need this book to pull me out of my creative comfort zone! WOW is all I can say to the difference a few changes can make!

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    Helen LeBrett
    August 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    You’re right: using the rule of thirds did give the card more focus and I think it gave it more interest too!! Thanks for the ideas!!

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    barbara lassiter
    August 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Love the colors on the second card and the third’s idea seems to be a good one!

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    Peggy B
    August 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Wow! Your post has really helped me see how to use the Rule of Thirds – thanks for sharing your cards!

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    Wendy Orme
    August 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Both cards are cute, but the second one really does look better. I’ll give this rule a shot on my cards!

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    Pam Selinski
    August 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I love the addition of two colors to an all ready good design.

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    Candy
    August 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Very interesting! Thank you!

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    Becky C.
    August 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for showing them side by side, it helped make the distinction between the two much easier! Although I like both of them, I can see how the second is better!

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    sue
    August 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love the sentiment and how the card looks in the ‘after’ photo. Great work!

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    MaryLouH
    August 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    The first card was blah. Adding more colors and the twine made a difference. Cute card.

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    Cheryl
    August 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Very cute cards! I love seeing how you applied the lesson.

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    Janet Sisk
    August 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I love your remake of your card. I try to remember the rule of thirds. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

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    Karen L
    August 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Love your tutorial on design. My favorite design tip is to always use an uneven number of embellishments to add interest, rather than an even number.

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    DeannaC
    August 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    What a difference. It was great to be able to compare them side by side, thanks!

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    Lindsey
    August 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I quite like both these cards!This is going to be such an instructive blog hop. I find the elements of balance are important to me in my work.

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    Cassie D
    August 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Stopped by to say hi. I’m honored to have my card next to yours in the Sept./Oct. issue of Paper Crafts (my first card was published)!
    This magazine would be a great resource. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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    Linda Deline
    August 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hi…I do like both cards, but I find I still like the first one best…still rule of 3…the sentiment is in the bottom 2/3’s of the card!
    God bless.

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    Carol B
    August 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Great projects! I always get such fun ideas from these blog hops!
    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

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    Michelle
    August 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Right on-great examples! Thanks for a chance to win! Otherwise, its off to the magazine racks.

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    Sharon Roselli
    August 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    ok I see now the rule of thirds. it really makes a difference. You made it so clear by showing the 2 cards with and without. I’m a little slow sometimes but I like this rule.

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    Cathy Derouche
    August 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love this blog. only 2 stops so far and i have learned a couple things already!! I love both cards.

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    susan r. opel
    August 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I DO love me some rule of thirds! Very cute, Kalyn.
    PS – fabby profile picture 🙂

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    sharon gullikson
    August 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    The first was cute, the second amazing!

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    Irene
    August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Nice card! I often have trouble finding these publications in my area, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

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    jengd
    August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Amazing what an improvement breaking up the background does for the overall look!

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    Wendy in MD
    August 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    It’s amazing what a difference it made to divide the background patterns into thirds! I love it!

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    Becky
    August 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    The rule of 3s really helps making a standard card truly memorable!

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    Jocelyn Olson
    August 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Is it okay to say I like both cards? ha ha I like how the candy is a great example of focal point in the first card. But, there you go again, mixing patterned papers like a pro….your second card is fantastic!

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    lee
    August 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Rule of thirds is a good one… thanks for sharing!!

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    Amber Kroening
    August 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I like em both! Great colors too!

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    Suzanne
    August 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    It is amazing how a small change can make such a huge difference. Both are gorgeous but the second one just pops.

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    Lucinda
    August 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Its amazing what the rule of thirds can do for your cards presentation.thanks for sharing.

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    Rebecca Ednie
    August 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Not only does the card improve by the addition of the pink panels, it also omits the distracting tricycle ad which helps you focus on the day old pastries and coffee ads that much better suit the card.

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    Kathi
    August 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Your before and after really show how the rule of 3rds is important to understand. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kim H
    August 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hi =) I really like both cards, but the Rule of Thirds has great color and design. Thank you for sharing and a chance to win.

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    Percilla gG
    August 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I am loving this blog and seeing the change from the 1st to the 2nd card based on the rule of three. I love the education I am gain by seeing and reading the blog posts.

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    Sue D
    August 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I like the improvement I see between the two cards.

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    Trinh
    August 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Both of these are so cute! My favorite principle is actually the rule of thirds.

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    Cherri Simon
    August 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Great card. I too love the October Afternoon line and the twine really added a lot too. Thanks for the great tips and a chance to win.

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    Shalana
    August 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I love the paper…I actually like both cards. TFS

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    Tami B
    August 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Seeing these before and after pics are great as are the subtle but striking changes/improvements.

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    Beneta
    August 25, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Very sweet card. Thanks for sharing your tip.

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    Kathy S.
    August 25, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Quite a difference! Thank you for sharing.

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    mary s. - aka Big Mamma
    August 25, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I understand the rule but both are awesome cards.

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    Sylvia
    August 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    really sweet card! love the patterned papers and colors you’ve used on the second one 🙂

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    Lin
    August 25, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I like both cards, but yes I see how simple changes can make a difference! Thanks!

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    Ashley N Newell
    August 25, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Super cute cards! I love the colors you used!

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    Therese
    August 25, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I’ve been trying to ‘improve’ on my rule of thirds.. thanks for the tip! Such great DP’s… you must have an awesome stash!

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    Lynden Blossom
    August 25, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Cute cards! I was just explaining this concept to someone this week! ;-}
    Lynden
    http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/An-Elegant-Touch-/162889457132788

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    Lynne in NI
    August 25, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Wow, I can’t believe the difference just using your rule of thirds makes! I’m definitely going to use this more!

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    Nadege
    August 25, 2012 at 4:50 am

    The first one is more classic but the second is brighter and catches the eye better. I think I’ll need time to fully understand that rule 😉

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    Carole
    August 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Great lessons. I still like both cards.

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    kathy/NorthCarolina
    August 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

    It’s great to see the two side by side…such an improvement in the second card…more visual interest, and the focal really stands out more. Thanks!

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    Patricia @ Stamped Sentiments
    August 25, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Love the twine. It’s my new favorite “ribbon!” …

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    joy
    August 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

    The second card is definitely more eye-catching than the first! The Handbook will be a great reference tool!!

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    Jennyfer L
    August 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I’m starting to get the message for the rule of thirds and thank you for sharing both cards! I’m more of a visual person and this really helped!

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    Helen Prohaska
    August 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Your second card has a whole new edge to it. Great new look.

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    C!haro Munoz
    August 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    rule of thirds is definitely one of my favorite design rules, it makes so much sense to balance your eye vie!

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    Jessica R
    August 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Cute card either way but I definitely prefer the 2nd one. Thanks for the opp! 😉

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    Missy
    August 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Loving this “rule of thirds” now that I understand it a little… I kinda “felt” this before, but this makes things so much more concrete – will hopefully save some time rearranging elements for them to “feel” right! Thanks!

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    Darcy
    August 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I SOooooo need that book!

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    www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawl1Aq1M-YlmT8xpJc-c29bZEDiFGvRa-kQ
    August 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for such a good example of the rule of thirds. It does make a difference. I do like both cards though. I sure could use this new magazine!
    Corrine Ann

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    kern
    August 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Very cute card. I really like the 3 different papers used on the 2nd card. It does make it much more interesting. Thank you for sharing the info!

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    Lady Di
    August 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Love the changes you’ve made to your card. Would love to win a coy of the Card Design Handbook

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    Cheryl R
    August 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Both great cards – I think the second one is just different. The first card also follows the rule of thirds because the horizontal space is divided that way. My favorite rule of design is repetition – it works in card design interior design, architecture, even writing and speaking 🙂

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    Emily
    August 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Cute cards! I love the colors and that background paper

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    Helen F.
    August 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    How adorable is your card, Kalyn?! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this issue of Card Design Handbook!

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    Denise Bryant
    August 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Both are cute but I prefer the second one. I like the combination of the background papers.
    DeniseB

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    Gwen
    August 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I love the changes in your card! The gallon, quart, pint rule is fascinating…want to go back and look at cards I’ve made!

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    Amy R
    August 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hi! I really waqnt to get this book! I love the ideas!

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    Barbara M.
    August 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    These tips are so amazing. It is great to see the before and after examples – they really help me to understand how to analyze my own cards to make them better. Thanks!

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    Lisa L. ( Lisa's Creative Niche)
    August 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    This is such a wonderful hop I am learning so much already!!! I love the way the second one works and it is really cool to see what one design principle can do.

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    Ruby C
    August 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Great examples of the rule of 3rds. My favorite is Asymetrical. Loved the example in the glossary. Can’t wait to see the whole book. Maybe I’ll be lucky and win one! Love your sweet card.

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    Jen W.
    August 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Amazing what a difference such simple changes can make. Thanks for sharing your examples with us! 🙂

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    Vicki
    August 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Wow. This really does make a difference. TFS.

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    Pam deWolfe
    August 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I really liked the design of your cards, but I see how the Rule of Thirds really made it shine!
    Thanks so much!

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    diana
    August 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Great card! Thanks for these design tips! 😉

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    Victoria in OHio
    August 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Love your cards… i like the rule of thirds actually!

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    Kelly Griglione
    August 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing your makeover … love your 2nd card!

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    Shawna J
    August 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Love it! So simple…just follow the “rules”!

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    Beth W
    August 26, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I have so much to learn!I like both cards but I can see how well the rule works in the 2nd one.I think will have to work long and hard on composition.

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    Heather Maria
    August 26, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Kalyn, I think both of your cards are adorable! Thanks so much for explaining and showing how to use the rule of thirds:) I’m new to all these rules of design so I haven’t got a favourite yet but I’m looking forward to using them!

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    luanne
    August 26, 2012 at 6:36 am

    love the second card and pretty papers combined

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    Sarah Biswabic
    August 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    You are so right, the second card is much better.What a cute card and a great tip!

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    Amanda Coleman
    August 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Love the changes. A couple of changes can make a big difference!

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    Emily h
    August 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! That is super cool!

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    AngieB
    August 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I just love seeing the cards side by side! Thanks for showing us this rule in action!!!!

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    R. Huffman
    August 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for such a great example of the rule of thirds — even I understand this concept now!

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    Carmen
    August 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Your first card looks good – but the remake is awesome!

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    Sheri E.
    August 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow! What a difference between the two. I don’t use the rule of thirds very often but need to.

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    Katherine S.
    August 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Wow! Love your example of the rule of thirds- and that stamp set! 🙂

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    Gina
    August 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Because I understand the “rule of thirds” design principle most, I guess I’d have to say that one is my favorite. 🙂 I’m learning! And you’re right, both cards do work but your 2nd one has a little more “oomph” good to see them side-by-side. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    Larissa Heskett =)
    August 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Such AMAZING and FUN cards!! LOVE the tips and tricks!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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    Cheryl Powers
    August 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    wow, such a big difference for such a simple change/rule. TFS your cute card!

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    KimP
    August 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi, I think there must be something wrong with me because I like them both. Do like the addition of colors in the second one, though.

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    Victoria
    August 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Wow! What a difference! I like both cards though-just depends how you want it 🙂

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    tape
    August 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Wow, the difference is amazing!

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    Beverly Jordan
    August 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Lovely cards and I see what you mean!! TFS!

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    Sandy
    August 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Cute Card!

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