Lines love curves and curves love lines – find out why!
There’s an expression “angles love curves” and today we are going to take a peek at how you can never really go wrong using a lines and curves design on your cards. When our brains look at curves, our emotions are activated and offer the perception of softness, safety and comfort. Straight lines and angles offer stability, order and strength. When you combine the two, our brains are super satisfied because they are able to perceive all of the benefits of both elements. Fascinating, isn’t it?
When we saw this card from Melinda, we knew it would be a great example to share this fun science of design. Let’s take a look at how she created it so we can try out this design principle with our own goodies.
For her beautiful structured linear element, Melinda cut some light gray card stock with our Mini Slimline Window Cover die and adhered it right to her mini slimline card base. She saved the center panel from the die cuts, saving the other piece with her die for quick access for another project.
Then she moved on to her florals for her curved elements. Melinda said she likes to stamp a whole sheet in case she changes her mind when coloring. SAVE THE EXTRAS! She stamped the flowers from our Always On My Mind set and colored them with her Copic markers using shades R20, R22, RV14 and RV25 for the blossoms and and G21, YG45, YG67, G85 for the stems and leaves. When she was all done with the coloring she colored over the flowers and leaves with Y11 to add more texture, dimension and light. PRO TIP: you can build curves into your coloring, too, emphasizing that lovely shaping. She then cut out the flowers with our coordinating die. She also cut out some light green patterned paper with our Leaf Group die.
Now Melinda stamped the sentiment from our Birthday Vase set onto that reserved gray die cut, stamping slightly to the right of the center to leave space for her curvylicious flowers to drape over it. She added this to the center of the window die cut with some dimensional adhesive.
Melinda then arranged her die cut flowers to her liking, forming a crescent to create another curve.
PRO TIP: Melinda used some Press ‘n’ Seal wrap and pressed it down over all the die cuts, then lifted it and flipped it over to apply varying thicknesses of dimensional adhesive to her elements. Then she flipped this back over and pressed the flowers into place and finally peeled off the wrap. This allows you to keep your arrangement exactly in place without fiddling!
To fill any little gaps and to emphasize the lushness of her floral element, Melinda tucked a few pieces of her patterned paper greenery here and there in among the flowers, tacking them in with liquid glue. Last, for just a touch of glam, Melinda added some glitter pen details to a few of the flowers and leaves.
Isn’t it fun to learn how a lines and curves design is scientifically appealing? We know we love the look of a nice tidy framework with pretty flowers and now we know why!