Welcome back to my “what I learned from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking designer” series. This week I’m reviewing Maria Fischer’s approach to card making.
I absolutely love Maria’s card making style. She’s got a great sense of design. Some of my favorite things she does are to add touches of graphic elements to an ultra feminine card, experimenting with different textures, and playing a theme throughout all elements on a card. Overall, I am struck by how consistent she is in creating contemporary looking and stylish cards.
Maria was a winner of the World Card Making Day contest from 2013, which was shown in the March 2014 issue.
Here’s what I learned from Maria:
Get creative with your sentiment. This card tugs at my heartstrings. Maria’s approach with this card is simply amazing. She personalizes the sentiment without getting too mushy and she supports the sentiment with elements like a map heart, arrows, and knotted twine to complete the overall card theme. This is the perfect masculine card you can give to your significant other.
Try it on acetate. I came across several published cards by Maria where she used acetate or vellum. She stamps, heat embosses, and applies modeling paste on acetate or vellum to create an extra layer that doesn’t take away from the overall design. I especially love how Maria stamped the posies in black on the acetate to add layers to this floral bouquet. Her decision to add the stitching and green triangle strip gives this card a decidedly modern twist. I love this card so much that I picked it for the From the Editor’s page of the June 2014 issue.
Create your sentiment and then walk away! Don’t be afraid to leave empty space on your card. Maria brilliantly uses die-cut letters in various colors to create a fun music-inspired sentiment without a lot of fuss. It’s not always easy for card makers to stop at just one element. Sometimes a simple design with lots of white space is just what you need in a card. This style is ideal for cards with creative sentiments.
Maria is a very talented designer with a fresh style that is all her own. You can see more of her projects on her blog at Rieslingmama.blogspot.com. I can’t wait to incorporate these things I learned from Maria into my own card making.
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