Are you looking for ways to add dimension to your scenes? EH Ambassador Jess is here today to show you three different ways you can add dimension to your cards and help your scenes come to life!
I just love the Backyard Bird Friends set from Brandi Kinkaid and thought I’d try to create a common scene in our house these days…our indoor tuxedo kitty, Havok, staring out the windows at the backyard birds. And for some reason cardinals really seem to aggravate him more than any of the other birds. I think it might partially be because they tend to be the loudest birds and they sing in front of him without a care in the world. Ha!
So to start I blended my background panel using the Lawn Fawn Brick stencil and hickory smoke distress oxide ink. My first tip for creating dimension in a scene is to vary the amount of ink you use when stenciling scenes. I concentrated the color on the top right and bottom left of the panel leaving a bit of a faded diagonal line through the center. You can still see the brick clearly but it gives the impression of light hitting the bricks and changing how clearly you see them. Just as if you were staring at the side of a brick house…depending on how the sun was shining the bricks would look like they were slightly different shades. Next I die-cut the Essential Squares from dark grey cardstock and white cardstock. I kept the frame of dark grey cardstock and the inside square of white cardstock. I blended a little tumbled glass distress oxide ink around the top right and bottom left corners of the white square to resemble the shading of the bricks and then added a few accents with a white gel pen to give it the look of glass. Finally I stamped the sentiment from In the Weeds with versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.
Next I stamped the cardinal and a bunch of branches from Backyard Bird Friends and the kitty from Cat Lady with versafine and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder. I colored them with copic markers and then die-cut them with the coordinating dies. I have to say…it’s nice to finally have a pet that’s a bit easier to color than our merle dogs and tortie cat! 😉 And my second tip for adding dimension to your scenes is to play with perspective. Of course the cardinal is much larger than the cat in real life but by adding the window and the branches you can give the appearance that you are closer to the bird and the cat is further away.
Next it was time to assemble my card. First I decided to add a roof. My initial thought was to just add one with copic coloring but then I decided adding a little texture to the card would be fun! So I took a piece of the same dark grey cardstock I used for the window frame and roughly cut “shingles” varying the length and width of each one just slightly. Then I applied lines of adhesive to the top of my brick panel about an inch and a half from the top and carefully laid my shingles. I started from the bottom left and overlapped them as I worked right and up. Once I reached the top of the panel I trimmed off the excess and was left with a passable (though not terribly accurate) shingling job! 😉 From there I adhered most of the elements with regular adhesive and liquid adhesive. But I used foam mounting tape for the cardinal and two branches to give the card even more dimension. And my final tip for adding dimension to your cards is to literally add dimension…use foam tape like my cardinal or layers like my shingles. It all help to gives the appearance of more dimension and depth!
And that’s it for me! I hope this gives you some tips and tricks for adding dimension to your scenes and I can’t wait to see what you’ll create! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have an amazing day!