Tips for Creating Embellishment Clusters!

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Follow along with us, today, as we give you an inside scoop into our creative process for designing and creating embellishment clusters of your own!

Embellishment clusters are large, sometimes intricate, paper accent pieces that are capable of standing on their own but can also be incorporated into larger projects, like scrapbook layouts, cards, or gift bags. We call these accents embellishment clusters because we are essentially putting several individual embellishments together, in a cluster.

While there are no set rules on where to begin creating these clusters, and there is no right or wrong way to proceed, we do have a few guidelines and tips to get you get you started on a successful creative experience!

1. Stick to a Color Scheme

When you first start designing an embellishment cluster, we recommend that you stick to a specific color scheme and spice it up with a complementary color or more neutral shade here and there. When you work off of a set color palette, it’s easier to focus your creative energy more effectively, and you’re more likely to end up with an embellishment cluster you really love!

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This shaker window cluster is a great example of how to create around a color scheme. By focusing on cool shades of blue, throwing in a couple of green hues, and incorporating a few neutral tones, the elements of this embellishment cluster effectively harmonize with each other for a beautifully coordinated result!

2. Use a Variety of Paper and Cardstock Options

Incorporating different types of paper not only brings variety in patterns but in texture as well. Using our unique patterned papers next to our heavier, solid-colored cardstock helps to bring a nice variance to embellishment clusters.

If you’re looking to keep things a little simpler with the embellishment cluster itself, you can also consider saving more textured elements for the background.

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With the card shown above, we kept things a little simpler overall and created exclusively with cardstock. Rather than featuring textured elements on the embellishment cluster itself, we used a large Thin Cuts die and two coordinating cardstock colors to create a gorgeous textured backdrop for this simple embellishment cluster!

3. Layer, Layer, Layer!

A great embellishment cluster often includes a few layers and dimension. Even a simple embellishment cluster should have at least one layered element to make sure it stands out from whatever background you may end up putting it on.

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With this embellishment cluster, we made sure to create multiple layers so it will have some extra pop once it’s placed on a scrapbook page. (Using dimensional adhesives, like 3-D foam tape, are a great way to ensure that your embellishment clusters have added dimension, as well!)

4. Follow the Rule of Thirds

Incorporating this photography technique into your embellishment clusters is a great way to ensure that they remain balanced and can even help to simplify your design process. If you’re unfamiliar with what the rule of thirds entails, it’s basically the process of dividing your subject or scene into three distinct sections, making sure that each one is visually balanced with the others.

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With this embellishment cluster, imagine that there’s a 3″ x 3″ grid over it. With this imaginary grid applied, you’ll notice that the butterfly and floral accents are fairly close to intersection points on the grid, while the stamped “Bloom & GROW” title occupies the center square. By distributing the butterfly accent, stamped title, and floral accent in this way, it ensures that the entire cluster remains balanced. (Check out our photo composition blog post for a more in-depth explanation about the rule of thirds.)

5. Be Flexible

When it comes to crafting, you don’t always have to use crafting materials for their intended purpose. Take a look at this cute little cluster, for instance:

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The envelope you see here was actually created using a stitched hexagon Thin Cuts die, folding the sides of the cut hexagon shape into its center! Re-purposing die-cut shapes, incorporating paper scraps, and even trimming patterns or icons from other patterned papers for use in an embellishment cluster is an excellent way to make sure your work stays fresh, fun, and completely unique!

6. Work Smarter, Not Harder

Once you find a design, color combination, or shape pairing you love, stick with it for a few more embellishment clusters! This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to re-make the same identical embellishment cluster over and over again. Simply switching out a single element can make a huge difference!

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If a single, simple change isn’t doing enough, you can do a more drastic re-design while retaining the overall shape and combination of elements. These two shaker window clusters are a prime example of how different colors, patterns, and stamped images can be incorporated into a pre-existing design for a beautiful, brand-new result!

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Another way to work smarter is to think about future crafts and prepare for them while you’re in your creative zone! If you use a Thin Cuts metal die to cut an element for an embellishment cluster, cut a few more for future use! If you use a Cricut Design Space™ file to create your cluster, make sure to save it so you can return to it the next time you want to create a beautiful embellishment cluster!

There’s no hard-fast way to create embellishment clusters, but by holding yourself to a few basic guidelines like these, you can fast-track your creativity and make absolutely gorgeous embellishments that are completely unique to you!

How have you been using embellishment clusters? If this a brand-new concept to you, what’s the first thing you want to create with an embellishment cluster?


Recipes:

5″ x 3″ Party Time Shaker Window
Z3931 Kitchen Gnomes Stamp + Thin Cuts, C1867 My Acrylix® Best Wishes All Around Stamp Set, C1886 My Acrylix® Cheers My Dears Stamp Set, X7267B Eat Play Love Paper Packet, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, X7267E Eat Play Love Wood Shapes, Z3875 Black Bursts, Z3784 Bright Bitty Beads, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z2900 Silver Star Confetti, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2515 Earth Brown Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2479 Gold Brown TriBlend™ Marker, Z2510 Ice Grey Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2512 Muted Brown TriBlend™ Marker, Z2498 True Black Marker, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Hello Lovely Card (Vertical)
C1889 My Acrylix® Cherry Blossoms Stamp Set, X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3825 Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3639 Scalloped Circle Thin Cuts, Z3693 Floral Background Thin Cuts, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2512 Muted Brown TriBlend™ Marker, Z2496 Pale Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z2530 Pale Pink Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3¾” x 3¾” Welcome Spring Embellishment
D1998 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—March Stamp Set, X7267B Eat Play Love Paper Packet, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X5958 Peacock Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3830 Mustard Seed Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3688 Stitched Scalloped Brackets Thin Cuts, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3874 Springtime Flower Sequins, Z2524 Aqua Blue TriBlend™ Marker, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2520 Yellow Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3¾” x 3¾” Easter Egg Hunt Embellishment
D1999 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—April Stamp Set, X7267B Eat Play Love Paper Packet, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5958 Peacock Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3825 Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3874 Springtime Flower Sequins, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z3688 Stitched Scalloped Brackets Thin Cuts, Z3562 Silver Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2518 Coral Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
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12″ x 12″ You Make Me Smile Page
Z3932 Daisy Meadows Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3765 So Happy Together Stamps + Thin Cuts, D1988 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—March Stamp Set, C1889 My Acrylix® Cherry Blossoms Stamp Set, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3686 Stitched Fancy Brackets, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z2496 Pale Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2530 Pale Pink Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2520 Yellow Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Sewing Machine

2″ x 3⅜” Bloom & Grow Tag
D1999 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—April Stamp Set, D1998 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—March Stamp Set, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, X7266E Daisy Meadows Dots, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z3869 Wood Hearts, Z3726 Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2518 Coral Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2487 Jade Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2477 Tan TriBlend™ Marker, Z2525 Vintage Blue TriBlend™ Marker, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, ¼” Hole Punch

3½” x 3″ Oh Happy Day Envelope

Z3939 Besties—Lucy Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3937 Besties—Olivia Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1998 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—March Stamp Set, D1999 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—April Stamp Set, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3678 Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts, Z2489 Blue Turquoise TriBlend™ Marker, Z2523 Blue Turquoise Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2518 Coral Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2476 Fair Skin TriBlend™ Marker, Z2479 Gold Brown TriBlend™ Marker, Z2516 Gold Brown Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2487 Jade Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3½” Sunny Days Ahead Shaker Window

B1734 My Acrylix® Sunny Days Ahead Stamp Set, D1998 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—March Stamp Set, D2009 My Acrylix® Be the Good Stamp Set, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Set, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z3677 Gold Star Confetti, Z3784 Bright Bitty Beads, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2418 Coral Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2488 Green Turquoise TriBlend™ Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

3½” You’re My Lucky Charm Shaker Window
Z3929 Be the Good Stamp + Thin Cuts, C1867 My Acrylix® Best Wishes All Around Stamp Set, D1998 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—March Stamp Set, X9026 Mix-in Paper Packet (March–April), 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3783 Bold Bitty Beads, Z3677 Gold Star Confetti, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2481 Coral TriBlend™ Marker, Z2518 Coral Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2487 Jade Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Cricut® Basic Shapes

Cricut® Shape:
Basic Shapes
#M369879

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