AECP: Three Spacing & Alignment Tools

Mar 26, 2019 | Encouragement Cards | 4 comments

AECP: Three Spacing & Alignment Tools

Mar 26, 2019 | Encouragement Cards | 4 comments

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Do you have a crooked eye?

If it seems like your elements end up crooked every time you glue something down, then stay tuned for today’s video! Even if you have a pretty good eye, I’ve got some tips that might help your alignment skills even more.

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Now, I have to say, this post isn’t all about my alignment tips – it’s also about my first Altenew Educator Certification LEVEL 2 project! I finished Level 1 over the weekend and am diving right into the next set of classes and assignments. So, let’s take a look at the class and my project, then we’ll get to all those crooked eyes out there.

Class #1: Polychromatic

The Polychromatic class is great if you struggle with color. For me, this was a nice review as I work with color every day as a graphic designer, and I’ve never really been afraid to experiment with different color combinations. But, if color is a struggle for you, this class will help give you some tools to build your confidence.

My Project

I looooove the monochrome look, and I’m also crazy for a pop of color, so, why not combine them?! I stretched my artistic skill by planning out this beautiful stamped background. It did take me a while because it’s not something I do often, but I’m finding that, more often than not, I’d rather take the time to do a spectacular background than rely on patterned papers. Don’t get me wrong – patterned papers are great, but I just don’t use them enough and really dislike having stashes of paper that I’ve bought and never used. So, I thought this might be more my thing.

The Technique & Design

Though the sentiment is incredibly meaningful and uplifting, it is pretty simple so that the rest of the background can shine. Using Altenew’s coordinating inks made it easy to find grays that would go together for the monochromatic look I wanted. I chose the Gentleman’s Gray color set accented with flicks of black and white from Ranger Distress Sprays (Picket Fence & Black Soot). I added some small details to the leaves – which I’m 50/50 on, but I think they add just a hint of detail instead of having the plain, solid leaves.

Of course, a stamp positioner was a key tool for stamping the background so I could be sure to get even, crisp stamping. But, I also used my stamp positioner to set up the sentiment lines to make it easy to cut them out into perfect 1/4″ strips.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Three tools I use for precision spacing and alignment are my stamp positioning tool, my paper trimmer and a clear t-square. Let’s take a look at my latest Crafter’s Toolbox video to see how they contribute to crafting success!

1 down, 9 to go!

Moving into AECP Level 2 I can see there are a lot of interesting classes to explore. I’m really excited to be continuing on this journey and expanding my toolbox! I hope you enjoyed getting a look into my monochromatic design and that your eye is feeling a little less crooked after checking out my tips video.

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