10 Diagonal Patterns and a Slanted Tutorial

It has been brought to my attention that I often design cards with a bold angle. Sometimes it stems from a sketch that inspires me, but sometimes it adds an interesting twist to the straight up-and-down designs I most frequently create. Either way, a diagonal slant often finds its way into my projects.

Today I’m sharing ten projects from the past two years that feature a diagonal cut and walking you through some tips for achieving this same look for yourself.

Designing with Diagonals

Let’s take a look at the ten projects I’m excited to re-share. You can click on any of the pictures to read more about each card:

Geared Up Garage, Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card

Fable Friends, Forever Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Birthday Cheer, Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Flourish Filigree, Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingWishing You Well, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Up & Away Thinlits Dies, En Route, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS287

Confetti Celebration, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingBest Birds, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP129

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Merry Cafe, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Sorry for Everything, Cat Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy cardWith all of that proof, it’s hard for me to say that my penchant for diagonal designs doesn’t exist. It’s definitely there – and I love it. ♥ Sometimes it’s front-and-center, and other times it hides in the background. It always adds sometime unexpected (even when it become expected).

Tips for Designing with Diagonals

Here are some tips for achieving great diagonals for yourself:

  • Glue and Snip. Most of the diagonal bands I add to cards create a fun background pattern that extends from one side of a panel (or card base) to the other. The Fable Friends bunny (designed with a Freshly Made Sketches layout) is a perfect example (also shown above):Fable Friends, Forever Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI simply cropped 3/4″ bands of cardstock and glued them to the base of Crumb Cake (before gluing the Crumb Cake to Basic Black). I then snipped the bands along the Crumb Cake edges. Here are some handy tips:
    • Before gluing anything down, lay down all the bands to get them positioned exactly where you want them. Once positioned, remove one and glue it down. Repeat until all are in place.
    • Be sure to push the cardstock for one band against the others for a seamless look.
    • Add glue to the cardstock base (vs. the bands) so that you don’t get glue all over the stamp space you are working on.
  • Angled Banner. Sometimes the angles are subtle. Several times, I cut a strip of cardstock and angle the banner ends. Here’s one example (shown above): Wishing You Well, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHere’s another (not shown above): Butterfly Gala, Garage Gears Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTo achieve this look:
    • Crop a strip of paper.
    • Cut one side at an angle.
    • Line up the angle against the lines on your Stampin’ Trimmer.
    • Cut the other side at the same angle.Tips for cutting even banner diagonals, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Cut, Cut, Glue. The banner doesn’t always cut across the center of the card. The card I shared on Wednesday starts with an angled base to which two strips are added for additional effect. Here’s a look at that card (also shown above): Geared Up Garage, Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardHere’s how I built the front panel of this card:
    • I cut a piece of cardstock and a piece of Designer Series Paper the same size.Tips for using diagonals on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
    • I cut the base of the Designer Series Paper at an angle. The angle can be measured along the side so the cardstock or eye-balled to the desired angle.Tips for using diagonals on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
    • I glued the Designer Series Paper to the cardstock.Tips for using diagonals on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
    • I added glue to the cardstock below the Designer Series Paper and glued down the 1″ strip with the sentiment on it.Tips for using diagonals on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
    • I trimmed along the edges of the yellow paper so it’s cut flush with the sides of the cardstock. I also added an additional strip from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper and cropped it the same as the yellow band.
    • Bonus! Depending on where you cut your diagonal, you can have a piece to line the bottom of another card front.Tips for using diagonals on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I hope you like my cards and find the tutorials I’ve shared helpful. Sometimes there’s just a little math that needs to happen to take your project from good to great.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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10 Diagonal Patterns and a Slanted Tutorial