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.
Rad Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp
Card by Joy Taylor featuring Rad stamp set, image source Simon Says Stamp
Ali Edwards Beautiful stamp set from Technique Tuesday
Card by Teri Anderson, image source Technique Tuesday
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 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
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, 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!