Trendy Tuesday – Arrows
by Katherine Elliot

 Looking for a new direction to go with your paper crafts?  I”ve got just the topic to guide you in the right direction – arrows!  These relatively simple shapes easily highlight a special word, feature, or image on your project, or stand out as a fun pattern or design on their own, like in Andrea”s unique die cut and stamped project shown here…

Card by Andrea Walford image source Simply Stamped Designs

 Andrea”s card used the Get to the Point stamp set and coordinating dies from Papertrey Ink.   Stamp sets are a versatile favorite for any trendy theme or shape.  Besides the Papertrey Ink set used on the first project highlighted today, check out other options that can help you create a straightforward design for your project.   Simon Says Stamp, Stampin” Up!, Technique Tuesday, and Unity Stamp Company are just a few brands that have some arrow stamp options for you to consider.

 *Simon Says Clear Stamps STAMPtember™ RAD Kelly Purkey Exclusive

Rad Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp

Card by Joy Taylor featuring Rad stamp set, image source Simon Says Stamp

Card featuring stamps from Stampin” Up! set, Sent with Love, image source Stampin” Up! blog

Beautiful by Ali Edwards

Ali Edwards Beautiful stamp set from Technique Tuesday

Funky Love Card

Card by Teri Anderson, image source Technique Tuesday

A Little Grunge Love 1

A Little Grunge Love stamp set from Unity Stamp Company

Arrows are easy to find in many forms.  One of the simplest to use are die cut stickers and embellishments.  Stephanie Severin”s project below used some cheerful stickers from Studio Calico.


Card by Stephanie Severin, image source Ingenious Inkling

 Snippets Printed Chipboard Arrows

Snippets Printed Chipboard Arrows from Studio Calico

For more dimension and to amp up the trend factor, wood veneer or vellum type embellishments in arrow shapes can also lead the way to a fresh new look.

Card by Maggie Holmes, image source Splitcoast Stampers


Studio Calico 34th Street Scrapbook Kit

 Scrapbook pages are perfect places to insert an arrow or two or three…  Use them to focus attention as well as decorate your pages.

Scrapbook page by Renee Aslette, stamps and image source from Unity Stamp Company

The arrow on your page could be subtle yet focused, as seen on the simple Take Note arrow shown here…

Scrapbook page by Melissa Elsner, image source Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery

A big statement with a large arrow can really get to the point.  Cut your own shape or find a fun die cut shape that coordinates with your project.

 Scrapbook page by Judith Mara, image source Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery

Scenic Route - Die Cut Shapes - Garden Grove - Click Image to Close

Scenic Route Die Cut shapes, image source Scrapbook Heaven

Patterned papers offer another choice for incorporating this trend in your cards or other projects.

Echo Park Note to Self scrapbook paper, image source Blue Moon Scrapbooking

Banner shapes can create arrow designs that may not be quite as literal, but get to the point all the same.  The shape works great with other pattern trends like chevrons.

Teresa Collins Arrows scrapbook paper, image source Two Peas in a Bucket

 A chevron pattern makes a geometric arrow shape that looks crisp and fresh on Maggie Holmes” card shown here…

 Card by Maggie Holmes, image source Creative Team Gallery at Studio Calico

Examples to share for paper craft trends are always at my fingertips when browsing Paper Crafters Library or Andrea”s various blog posts.  I”m pleased to showcase a couple of Andrea Walford”s cards in today”s article.  The last card I”ll share today was created a while ago, but I”ve kept as a favorite design for a long time.  The focal sentiment on the card is from the Stampin” Up! set, Word Play.

 Card by Andrea Walford featuring !, image source

Arrows obviously have some trend setting staying power.    Head your crafts in the right direction and you can”t go wrong.

Hope you enjoyed today”s showcase of projects and have been inspired.  Happy crafting, everyone!

2 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Arrows”

  1. Arrows is a trend I’ll gladly follow. I try to resist many of them, but the graphic quality of arrows just beckons for me to “follow the arrow.” Andrea’s card is my favorite among all of these. Talk about graphic quality. She’s got it goin’ on!

  2. Am in love with those wood veneer arrows but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Guess I need to get ordering soon or they’ll be OOS. Love all these projects and different ways to “point” to a focal image.

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