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Background vs. Foreground

Nov 05, 2020 Lydia Fiedler

One of the hardest art lessons I had to learn was the concept of light and dark for background and foreground images. For some reason, I always tended to reverse them, and make my backgrounds dark and my foregrounds light. But it you go to the park and look around, you'll notice that the trees that are farther away from you are lighter than the trees closer to you. So today's card is an illustration of that art lesson.

To start, I used the Woodland Forest Stencil and Soft Granite Ink to lightly ink blend my card panel. Then I stamped the tree, which I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT in Intense Black on top of that. This tree has a matching die, and I don't care if Halloween is in the rearview, I'm making some spooky cards with this. Finally, I stamped the fox from Winter Tree and Animals in Red Royal, die cut him, and in another way to manipulate perspective, I put him in front of the tree, and let his little tail hang out of the frame just a bit. Both the color, and this frame breaking enhance your perception that he is the closest to you.

I love that he's looking over his shoulder - like he heard something. It has a wintery, sort of wistful feel to me and I could not love it more. The sentiment is from Winter Tree and Animals as well.

I hope you are safe and happy as we head into the holidays. 


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1 Responses

Henriëtte M.

Henriëtte M.

November 07, 2020

It’s such a gorgeous card Lydia. I also thought for a long time that the background was darker than the foreground.
Thank you so much for sharing this beauty and how you made it, I love the awesome background.
Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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