Friday, August 24, 2012

Paper Crafts Card Design Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in the Paper Crafts Magazine's blog hop for the Card Design Handbook. You should be coming from the super-talented Julia Stainton's blog. To start from the beginning, or if you get lost along the way, here's the order:

Jocelyn Olson <--You're here

I am so incredibly excited and humbled to be among these talented ladies!


We're each covering a design principle from the new Card Design Handbook, and my principle is LINE. We're showing how using the principle enhances a card. So, here is my "good" card that doesn't incorporate line:


My Mom Says I'm Awesome


I picked the principle of line because it's probably the principle I violate the most (i.e., I often don't ground my people/objects when I make graphic cards). Yes, I'm a crafting rebel. It made such a difference to use a line to ground the guitar player:


My Mom Says I'm Awesome


For this hybrid card, I used some digital Cosmo Cricket for the guitar player and cassette tapes (a little altered). I made the sentiment in Photoshop, but I can't take credit for it--the phrase is on a border strip part of the same Cosmo Cricket set. It cracks me up.

If you don't have the Card Design Handbook yet, I can't say enough good things about it. The issue is packed with fab projects and great design tips...it's like the coolest textbook ever.

You can win a copy of the Card Design Handbook by commenting on each of the designers' blogs. To enter, please leave a comment on this post (through August 28th) for a chance to win.

Next on the hop is the incredible Angeline. Be sure to hop all the way to the Paper Crafts' blog--I hear there are some terrific prizes!

Thanks for looking!


Supplies
Cardstock: (turquoise) Bazzill
Other Paper: (premium matte photo paper) Office Max
Patterned Paper: (from It's a Boy's Life) Echo Park
Digital elements: (guitar player, cassette tapes from Boyfriend Candy Candy) Cosmo Cricket
Font: (MGOpen Moderna)

162 comments:

  1. Great card!! I agree that your grounded card looks much better. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs, Joan

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  2. Yes, grounding him looks better.

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  3. Great card! Grounding did work better.

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  4. OK weird I like both cards equally and yet there's something about the first one that says, "this needs something". I would never have been able to put my finger on it without your discussion of line.

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  5. Thanks for your tips on grounding.

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  6. Soooooooooooo in love with these!!! That sentiment is the BEST and loving the wood grain!!!!

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  7. I absolutely adore those cassette tapes! this rocker is great in the wood grain! :)

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  8. Great card! It's much better with the line! Thanks for sharing that design principle!! :)

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  9. Here you are, lol! What'd I say?

    Love your card and the design principles behind it:) You're the best!

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  10. SUPER CARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE the little cassettes! :)

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  11. I like the colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the Card Design Handbook.

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  12. Awesome card for a teenager!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  13. Yep - grounding makes a big difference, and I LOVE what you grounded him with! SO cute!!!

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  14. You should totally continue to be a rebel, because you're awesome, therefore it's true!

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  15. Fab card! I always remember the grounding part when it's too late, definitely something I need to work on!

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  16. Love all your cards and this card is really cool. Thanks for the tips and advice on grounding!!!

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  17. Gorgeous Card Jocelyn...Thanks for the tips !!! You are awesome...

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  18. Super cute card! I love the sentiment!

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  19. Great card. Thanks for the tip.

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  20. Wonderful lesson thanks for sharing with us.

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  21. cute card! love the cassette tapes:)

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  22. Wow the "line" really does make a difference, thanks for sharing this tip.

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  23. The line really adds emphasis! Sweet!

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  24. I am enjoying the blog hop and thank for the tip! I love your card!

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  25. The grounding strip helped this card immensely!!! I love it!! I so want this issue for all of the tips & inspiration!!

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  26. Great, fun card! I love the sentiment, being a mom. :p

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  27. Great card! Thanks for the tip!

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  28. What a difference grounding makes!

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  29. Love learning about the different elements to card design. This is a new one to me. Thanks for the great example.

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  30. you really improved the card with the grounding stamping of the tapes.

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  31. Me, too. I often have floating images. It is important to have line, but I think the right line is hard to do as well as you have done it here. Stamp sets would be much more effective if they had "line items." Thank you for a great lesson.

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  32. FANTABULOUS CARD!!! love the woodgrain rocker and cassette border! You rocked this principle!

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  33. Amazing how this addition adds balance to the design.

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  34. Amazing what a difference a simple line makes, but you're right, the second one looks much better.

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  35. I love the line you have used & the color it brought into the card. It not only added needed color but it cheered the card up.

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  36. Oh I just love this phrase. I must send a card to my son who is a Freshman in college. Thank you for sharing this.

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  37. Now the guitarist isn't floating! Much better!

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  38. Yup, grounding helped! And choosing a line of music related border? Genius touch. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  39. How cool having the casettes for the line. Thanks for the great tip.

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  40. I think I must have trouble with the concept of grounding, too, as I thought the first card was fine -- until I saw the second one. Thanks for the lesson.

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  41. Sweet card Jocelyn! I LOVE that sentiment :) Definitely love the second card better - amazing what a little line can do!

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  42. I violate this tip of grounding the elements on my cards sometimes. I try to always remember to do this but sometimes I forget!

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  43. Interesting. I never thought about it much, but it does make it nicer.

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  44. if Mom says it---it must be true!

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  45. Definitely see the difference...thanks for the tip!

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  46. Grounding the guitar player made a big difference. Your explaination is well illustrated.

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  47. Grounding the main image makes a big difference! Now I know.

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  48. What a difference the grounding made in the card. This is something I will remember when making my own creations. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Hmmm... so you have to add a line to ground your focal point? I have to give that a try. Nice cards.

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  50. Wow, I can really see the difference. The second card has the "wow factor". It does really help to ground your elements. Thanks for the lesson.

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  51. I do the same, forget about lines too.

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  52. I am the same way, I most often don't ground my images either =) Thanks for sharing your cards!

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  53. i really like the fun way you used lines on your card, very creative!
    Kristan
    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

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  54. The grounding does make a huge difference--thanks for showing us!

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  55. Love a card geared toward older kids! (clayandamy@sbcglobal.net)

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  56. 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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  57. Grounding does look better. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. I totally understand your illustration about line and see how well the cassette tapes ground that image. Great sentiment!

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  59. Gives a whole new meaning to "you're grounded"! Who knew??!! Thanks for a chance to win this issue!

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  60. Yes, that line to ground the image does really help!! I try and remember it, but don't always :-P thanks for the reminder!!

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  61. The grounding makes a big difference. He's not just floating any more! Great tip!

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  62. I can see how grounding objects really helps. Love your card!

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  63. I never would have guessed what a difference that makes but WOW.

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  64. Grounding - now I think I get it! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Great tip, and I love the card!

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  66. I always try to ground my picture when I'm making cards. I hate to see something hanging in mid-air. I'll even draw a line under the object so it has something to rest on. Cute card.

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  67. great tip of using line to ground the focal image. Love the paper you used for the image too.

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  68. Who would have thought that would make such a positive difference? Great card and great application of the concept.

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  69. I like a clean design, but the first one is just a little too plain. That color boost really makes a difference.

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  70. What a great example of the "line' principle! Grounding that guitar player really made the card pop! :D

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  71. Wow, that really gave the card what it was lacking!

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  72. I'm so excited that you're part of this hop, Jocelyn! I am quite amazed that the guitar player is digital -- until I noticed the white outline around it, I just assumed it was a veneer. Amazing! You should totally pick me (I mean, random should :P) -- I obviously NEED the lessons in this issue!

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  73. Funny that you said grounded because I looked at the first card and said to myself "I like it, but it's not grounded". Then I read your comment and used the same word!
    I love your card - the line of cassettes and the sentiment are awesome!

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  74. Not here to win, just to comment! Congrats on your cards in this issue, they were all grand!

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  75. Great projects! I always get such fun ideas from these blog hops!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

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  76. Thanks for the tutorial-this is one area I struggle with. Your card is so amazing and clever!

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  77. what a difference a line makes! if you colored around him does that ground him? love the cassette line.

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  78. how fun is this card...so creative and totally love that sentiment..

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  79. I agree, grounding is better.
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  80. That's your mom talking, right? Cause it's true!

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  81. It does look much better. Good job.

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  82. Love the LINE - it actually anchors the guitar player - but I do like it without the line too. It floats and is fun :)

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  83. Nice card! I often have trouble finding these publications in my area, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

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  84. Love the look of this with the image grounded on the cassettes!

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  85. I love the guitar player, the sentiment and the theory!!! thanks for sharing...

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  86. I love the row of tapes. I also love CC's sentiments so clever and funny.

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  87. I didnt know about line.I will definately remember this principle when designing my cards.

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  88. thanks for sharing how important grounding is to a card with graphics... I like to use graphics and don't always add ribbon or string or a line to ground it. Thanks for the tips!

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  89. I like both cards, but the second does seem more complete. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win.

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  90. Wow it's amazing how just that strip on the bottom really makes this card pop.

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  91. I like the improvement by adding a line.
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  92. A grounded card - a great concept. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation and thanks for the chance to win.

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  93. I LOVE that cassette tape border!

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  94. I agree the line made a big difference. Thanks for sharing this technique.

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  95. Finally... a tip I already incorporate. "Floating" things kinda bother me sometimes so I love this tip.

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  96. Great card. I really see how it grounds the picture. Thanks

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  97. Yea the first card was great it just looked like something was missing and the second card showed that it was.

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  98. That a fun card! Love the little cassette border - very cute!

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  99. LOVE a 'woodgrain' guitarist any which way.... who woulda thought!

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  100. You're right. The grounding does look better. Thanks for helping me to learn something new. Cheers.

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  101. Great tip! What a difference a line makes!

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  102. Cute Card - Catchy sentiment - important 'element'! ;-}
    Lynden
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  103. I have the exact same problem, I never ground my main image. I will have to think about your tip on my next card.
    Thanks you

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  104. Excellent example of line...grounding kind of like dangling participles, left hanging. Fun card great sentiment.
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  105. Yes! I think it really strengthened the whole card to add that horizon line. Great card!

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  106. The second card is definitely more pleasing to the eye!

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  107. What a simple way to give a card a whole new look. Thanks.

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  108. This is a great rule, sometimes I think I am too aware of it but it provides stability to the design, great to have a name for what I do!Thank you!!

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  109. Never thought a "line" could make such a difference in how something looks. Great card and thanks for sharing!!

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  110. Wow, it's amazing how just adding one extra element can make such a big difference!

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  111. This is such a simple yet fabulous and helpful tip! TFS your fun card,Jocelyn :)

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  112. Great card! I like the second version with the line to ground the guitar player.
    DeniseB

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  113. This is a great concept! Your card is hilarious! Awesome to see you on this hop!

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  114. Hi! I really want to get this book! I love the ideas!

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  115. Another great tip - it really makes a difference! (Love the card - sentiment cracks me up too!)

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  116. This is so wonderful!!! I am so guilty of this too, and I never even think about it, but I will now! Thanks!

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  117. Lol! That sentiment is brilliant and I love how you used the cassettes to ground him. Can't wait to get my hands on this issue and see all your designs!

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  118. I don't even think of grounding my images. Thanks.

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  119. Great card! Thanks for these design tips! ;-)

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  120. Ahhhh, so THAT's the secret!!!

    Thanks! Your card is great!

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  121. You're so right, grounding the elements makes a big difference! I really need to remember that, thanks for the reminder : )

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  122. What a difference...have to remember to made sure I ground my elements!

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  123. What a fab card, Jocelyn! Love the woodgrain guitarist and fun sentiment! Thanks so much for explaining the line principle - the cassette tapes make the perfect line on your card! Yikes I just realised I broke the rule of line on a card I made yesterday!

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  124. This really illustrates the principle so I get what you mean. Thank you.

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  125. love the design on your second card with those colorful cassette tapes.

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  126. evidently I'm a rebel...I think they both are rockin' :)

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  127. I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw your card. I love this sentiment! I remember when my girls were young I told them they were beautiful. One of them told me "You have to say that You're our Mom" and the other said "Yeah!" I stood my ground. All parents deserve the right to tell their kids how awesome they are. Your card cannot be denied. The Kid who gets this card will definitely think They Rock! Your card does too! Thanks for brightening my day and sharing the rule of Line.

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  128. I was so excited to see your name in this blog hop lineup! Congrats! As usual, your card is impeccable and a lot of fun! I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  129. What a difference it does make to the card!

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  130. I see! The second card is much improved. Thanks for sharing.

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  131. Nice grounding...the second card is the winner! Thanks for the tip.
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  132. wow! that did make a difference. I love it!

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  133. Well, this is a design rule I really haven't read before. (I am a newbie) It's going ot make me look at all my cards differently from now on. I am going to have to go take a look at my stash and see if usually ground my elements!!

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  134. Thanks for the design tip -- but I like both of your cards equally well. Maybe I just need to see more examples. Guess I really need a copy of this magazine, pronto.

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  135. Wow - just that little bit makes your card really "pop"

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  136. It's amazing what a line will do. Love the guitar player. Would be great for my nephew.

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  137. Love how he looks when he's grounded! Thanks for showcasing this technique. I like to let my folks float, too. :)

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  138. Awesome card, Jocelyn! Love the colours, the row of cassettes and that woodgrained silhouette -- I had no idea Cosmo Cricket had digital stuff out there. I guess I'm more out of the loop than I thought -- ha! ;o)

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  139. I'm with you on "not grounding" my images. It's the diff between good and great. Love your cassettes.

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

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  141. I'm guilty! I forget this ALL the time - especially stamping small image. But when I see other people using their copics to color their own line or shadow around the image to "ground" it, I always realize how much better it is. This is very cool even when it's not a stamped image, you can still ground it with another image. thanks!

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  142. Love the fun card, and especially the sentiment! Grounded card is my pick

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  143. The line makes such a difference. I love the repeated different coloured cassettes!

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  144. Perfect demonstration of the principle-and one I finally understand.Thank you so much!

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  145. Great example and yay for hybrid!

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  146. Jocelyn, I don't often get the Papercrafts mag because it costs so much to ship over to me in the UK, but I got this one and I have to say you owned this issue lol. Your card designs are all just fab! I know someone famous ;o)

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  147. I'm grounded now! *smile* Love how you illustrated the grounding concept. Your card is fantastic!

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  148. Hmm, maybe I'm a little rebellious too but I kinda like it without the grounding. But the line is good too. I love that sentiment, gonna have to use it soon!

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  149. Love how you used the wood grain for the rocker!

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  150. Cool! Especially like the coloured cassettes on the second one!

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  151. this is rockin' awesome... I like the first one, but the added line does help it pop even more! who knew? ha.

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