Wednesday 23 March 2011

Shadow play

It's no secret that I love to use richly coloured backgrounds for my quilling. Lately, however, I've been reminded just how fabulous quilling can look when mounted on a plain white background - so I decided to try a new approach for this card.

I've used just a tiny bit of digital 'trickery' to create a frame for the design: a white oval inside a white rectangle which, of course, when printed on a white card are both invisible - except that I've added shadows to try and create the illusion of a recessed 3D effect. It makes me think of a cornice on an ornate ceiling, or piping on the brilliant white icing of a wedding cake: you can only actually see it because of the shadow, which itself creates the illusion of depth.

Anyway, I decided to use this as the background for a floral design quilled in the vibrant colours which I love so much. And I've realised that there are many more framing effects like this that I can create using Photoshop ... I wonder where this will lead me next?


  1. I love your "digital trickery" and this card is stunning!! I really like the bright colors and the central flower!
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  2. Beautiful your card!!!
    Groetjes Baukje

  3. Beautiful. It really highlights the quilling.

  4. Замечательная открытка!

  5. That is gorgeous. You had a fabulous idea there and it worked out perfectly.

  6. Remarkable work!
    Love the colours!


  7. Your shadow effect is really awesome. Your quilled elements brightens up the card. I would also like to see what you would do with this technique.

  8. I am so glad you all like this idea - it's wonderful to receive such encouraging comments. I am going to try and develop this approach ... just wish there were a few more hours in the day!!



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