Trend Watch – Year in Review

We’ve seen a lot of great trends on the blogs this year. And the subjects of the trend watches are very different each week. But when I look back on the trends from this year I can see a lot of trends that are still very popular. In this post I picked ten trends from the past trend watches that are still trendy. I’ll show you a picture from our trend watch this year and a new example of the trend in use!

1. Gold
Especially in December gold is a really hot topic. It’s just really sophisticated to use on your Christmas cards, but also works for a lot of other cards. Personally I like to use the warm golden colors on ‘thank you’ cards.

Last year we started the year with a lot of gold in our trend watch. So in this year in review I’ll start with it too. This gold tipped feather from Donna Mikasa is still very beautiful!

gold-tipped-feather-jan2014Gold tipped feather card by Donna Mikasa image source 3 umbrellas

On the next card Tasnim from Altenew used a beautiful emobssing powder on her stamp to get this amazing gold color on her card.

gold-lacy-scrolls1-altenewCongratulations card by Tasnim, image source Altenew

2. Shaker Cards
I’ve never seen so many shaker cards as I have this year. And I have to admit: I love them too. It’s just great to have a little ‘interactive’ element on your cards and who doesn’t love to shake it.

shaker-jjbolton_lovequotes1Card by JJ Bolton, image source Ribbon Girls

And while we’re talking about shaker cards I don’t think I can skip Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh. She organized a huge blog hop all about shaker cards this year. And this great Christmas shaker is also made by Paulina.

shaker-PPP-mamaelephant1aMerry and Bright by Paulina, image source Pretty Pink Posh

3. Liquid Texture
A lot of great stencils have been released this year and when you love to use embossing/texture paste that’s a great way to add a little bit of depth to your card.

texture-yellow-flowers-289x300Card by Charlene Bopp, image source Charlene’s Studio Ink

Jennifer McGuire has shared some amazing texture paste techniques throughout the year. She also has great ways to add color to the paste.

texture-090414-Crafty6-Jennifer-McGuire-InkCrafty friends by Jennifer McGuire, image source Jennifer McGuire Ink

4. Transparencies
The transparencies are a part of the shaker cards, but you can use them in many other ways. A very versatile product that can create a beautiful effect.

vellum-Natalie-Strand-Vegatablog-Vellum-CardRainbow Ombre Birthday Wishes card by Natalie Strand, image source Vegatablog

Vellum is still very popular and gives a nice muted look to your background, but it’s also good to give your text message a little accent.

vellum-laura-IMG_4433Seasons Greeting’s by Laura Sterckx, image source Making cards is fun

5. Watercolor
Watercolors are great for creating backgrounds or coloring your images. It’s a technique that has gained a lot of popularity this year. But why would you expect different? It’s just great to play around with some colors and you can create lots an lots of different effects with it.

watercolor-Newton Challenge_ChrissieCard by Chrissie Tobas featuring stamps from Newton’s Nook Designs, image source Harvest Moon Papiere

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Oak Leaves by Eva Dobilas, image source For the love of Life

6. Coffee
Coffee is a subject that was pretty popular this year. There are a lot of new stamps with beautiful coffee images. And it’s even a great subject to play with some sentiments.

coffee-13940092522_7b5e9647d8_kCard by Amy Kolling, featuring stamps from Clearly Whimsy Stamps, image source Stamp-n-Paradise

And there are even some fun coffee dies!

coffee-Shari-Carroll-Oct-CKLatte Thanks by Shari Carrol, image source Shari Carrol

7. Cute Clips
These clips are great to add little accents to your card. There are a lot of different shapes which go from clean and simple to pretty and intricate.

clips-youreperfectcard by Jules Hollis, image source Inspired Jules

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My friend card by Inge Groot, image source Stampin’ Cards and Memories

8. Sequins
We’ve seen a lot of sequins in the shaker cards but they’re also great to use as little sparkling accents on your projects.

sequins-rainbowCard by Elise C., image source Whimsipost

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Happy Birthday by Leigh Penner, image source To the Full

9. Stencils
A great way to get your hands dirty, but also a great way to create backgrounds! You can use them with texture pastes but they work great with ink too.

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Card by Pam Sparks, image source Expressions with Heart

stencil-15661714411_cc222c0bdd_bMerry Christmas by Heather Pulvirenti, image source Witty Title Hereā€¦

10. Focal Point Greetings
Last but not least; focal point greetings. Great for CAS-cards and even one sentiment can give you a lot of options! Use different colors, heat embossing or add a little image and you can make a completely different card.

FPG-julia-altermanA Friend by Julia Altermann, image source Just One More Card

Even if you only have one word to say:

FPG-yana-smakula-2014-hero-arts-cheers-2swCheers by Yana Smakula, image source Hero Arts

I hope you enjoyed this little year in review! – Lucinde

8 replies on “Trend Watch – Year in Review”

  1. Lovely review. I have enjoyed so many of the trends, and for me some of them will become a permanent part of my designing. By the way I received my package from Cut @ Home and everything is wonderful. Thank you to you and Cut @ Home again, I am very grateful.

  2. So many awesome trends this year!! I am so glad that the stupid mustache trend seems to have faded!! If I never see another mustache again I will die happy!! LOL

  3. Thanks for showing us so many wonderful ideas to use on our cards! I really enjoyed this look back at previous trends. I must have missed those cute shaped clips…thanks for the review. Happy New Year!

  4. Hi Lucinde! What a fabulous wrap-up for the year… I was thrilled to have been a contributor this year – thank you again for inviting me! What an honor…
    =] Michele

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