On an Angle

by Katherine Elliot

Many trends are not just fun doo-dads or new products we find to buy and add to our projects.  Trends often come straight from the wonderful imagination and creative abilities found in the wide world of paper crafting.    Searching card sketches and scrapbook layouts are great places to find such creative trends.   Today our focus is all about the design, and a simple one, setting your design on an angle.  Take a look at today’s featured projects that wonderfully avoid keeping all things straight…

Card by Lindsay Amrhein, image source Note to Self

White space makes a big impact on many of the angled projects featured today.  Clean and modern, white space frames colorful, graphic designs set on the diagonal on very attractive CAS cards.


Card by Karen Walker, image source Random Reflections

A bold, straightened sentiment can also be accentuated when set on top some colorful lines that are artfully askew.

Card by Sabrina Alery, featuring stamps from Papertrey Ink, image source The Honor Roll

Card by Alice Wertz, featuring sentiment stamp from Kelly Purkey, image source Alice’s {Little} Wonderland

Stencil designs used with a diagonal layout have been very popular in recent on line challenges and classes, too.

Stenciled card by Cornelia, image source Stempel Spass

Your favorite image or any graphic stamps repeatedly inked or colored in a beautiful palette are great building blocks for an angled layout.

Card by Kathy Racoosin, featuring stamps from Mama Elephant,  image source The Daily Marker

Card by Emily Frasier, featuring stamps from The Alley Way Stamps, image source Pieces By Emily

Simply taking a layer and setting it at an unexpected angle adds more interest to your layout, too.  A clever, intentionally crooked card looks artful and casual at the same time.

Card by Chrissie Tobas, featuring stamps from The Alley Way Stamps, image source Harvest Moon Papiere 

Of course, there are always a few things we can find to buy to help us create some of the latest trendy designs.  Diagonal stripe stencils, dies and cover plates provide you with tools to perfect that angled background.Bold Birthday Card

Card by Nichole Heady, featuring Papertrey Ink Diagonal Stripes Cover Plate, image source Capture the Moment

Stitches and Stripes Cover Up Die, image source Lil Inker Designs


Card by Laura Pryor, image source Lil Inker Designs blog

 Scrapbook layouts cannot be ignored in this easy going design trend.  Capture eye catching movement on a page with a slanted design then add a few trendy embellishments, like arrows, flair, washi tape and ink splatters and your trendy page is complete.

Scrapbook page by Krissy Clark McKee, image source These Boots Were Made for Blogging

Strippy Stripes scrapbook layout and digital images by Zoliofrope, image source Sweet Shoppe Designs

Take one of the main elements on your project, set it at an angle and it seems to come right into focus.  Framed sentiments demonstrated on these next cards are terrifically slanted.  These next projects also feature some of our recent favorite trends, shiny metallic gold, fun sequins and ink splatter.  Check ’em out…

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Card by Justin Krieger, featuring stamp, dies and products from Stampin’ Up!, image source JK Cards

Card by Bridget Finlay, image source Bridget’s Paper Blessings

Isn’t it wonderful when something doesn’t have to be perfectly centered and straight to look amazing?   Popular sketches and layouts seem to start a trend of their own and it’s been fun finding some terrifically angled designs to share with you.  Go ahead, avoid the straight and narrow today. Happy crafting, everyone!

7 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – On an Angle”

  1. “Shake your tail feathers” just made me giggle! This is an interesting feature. Sometimes an angle is comfortable on a card or LO, but other times it just looks wrong and grates me the wrong way. My most favorite is the black and white diagonal stripe with the 2 red circle flowers…definitely inspired by Mary E. and all her lovely work.

  2. I love the inspiration! I am heading down to the basement to craft. I think I will try to stencil at an angle. Super fun!

  3. It is amazing what a simple idea can do to restart our creative juices. Thanks for the variety of examples. Guess I know how I will change up my April birthday cards!

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