A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Straight Up or Offset? Which Do You Prefer?

This week's Merry Monday challenge is to include berries on a Christmas card. 

I chose the lovely Festive Florals stamp as it reminded me of the image on the challenge.

I wanted to compare using my Zig brush markers on watercolour paper and cs. I used watercolour paper for this version.

I kept my panel centred and balanced the way I usually - totally my comfort zone.  I bordered the panel with a subtle dotted dp and mounted on a cream cardbase.

The second version uses cream cs for the image.

I like the results with the Zigs on both kinds of paper.  But I used the Zigs more as markers than as watercolour paints so it might not have been the best test.

When I cut out this panel with my stitched rectangle, I got the cs a bit crooked and slightly cut off one of the corners. So, given that I'm trying to be a little less rigid about mounting everything square and balanced, I angled it to compensate for the cut-off corner.

I'm curious - which do you prefer?


Stamps: Penny Black Festive Florals, Rubber Soul sentiment
Paper: cream cs, red cs, watercolour paper, red dotted dp
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Distress Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Zig brush markers, Lil Inker stitched rectangle, clear glitter, gold stickles, red ribbon


  1. Two lovely cards - I like both designs - but perhaps the angled one slightly more! I think having the plain red background on that one also highlights the pretty stampings better!

  2. I love the classic Christmas colors you chose! The offset background is my favorite as well. It inspires me to be more experimental with my placement.

  3. I have no problem with cards that are off center. I think they add an element of fun! Both of these are beautiful. I like the way the Zigs colored on the watercolor paper best. But you know how I love watercolor! Thanks for sharing these with us at Merry Monday!

  4. I have to say that I'm more of straight, lined up images and panels, but I like the offset version better. Maybe because there's more red and less layers?? Both are beautifully coloured. Great job with the Zigs. I just wrote a post comparing different markers ... we are on the same wavelength. Will be posting soon. xx

  5. Both cards look really nice! Thanks for showing both. I just got a couple Zig pens for the first time and haven't really used them yet. I am with you on straight and centered. I have a hard time tilting things. So I prefer the more lined up card but I think you are clever to work with cutting off the corner by mistake.

  6. Susan, your cards are just gorgeous and colored so beautifully! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Merry Monday!

  7. Both of the cards are just beautiful! I think I like the interest of the offset one just a little better, which surprises me since I tend to be a straight and evenly spaced card maker. Great job on both of them though...really lovely cards!! :0)

  8. I love the first card, watercoloured and straight on the base. You did an awesome job with the Zigs. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.


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