Let’s try that againPosted: January 28, 2011
Today’s post is a little different to the usual. I have a card which I initially tossed aside followed by the new and improved version. I have posted both below with a little discussion of what didn’t work and how I fixed it.
Both cards feature warm colours ranging from light to dark. On the card above I made my darkest colour black, which is too stark against the white cardstock and there is too much of it. Below the darkest colour was a chocolate brown which against the ivory cardstock is not quite so overwhelming.
I also changed the width of the strip. I have been playing around with masks a lot as you know and I may still use narrow strips like the one above, however on the card above it is too narrow; I have not followed the rule of thirds, it is more like a quarter. The one below is a little more generous and draws the eye into the image panel.
The plants in the one below are bigger and lead the eye down toward the sentiment. The sentiment in the one above was the initial reason I didn’t like the card. I tried to link it by colour to the panel beside it but it is just not strong enough or big enough to give the card balance. I think a longer sentiment might have worked better there. Below I have used a small sentiment but it takes the eye to the edge of the card. (It doesn’t look quite so washed out in real life)
So there you have it: a little design discussion and a few suggestions as to what elements to consider when you have a card that doesn’t quite work but you are not sure why. Thanks for dropping in and thanks for the comments you leave which I thoroughly enjoy reading.
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Nature Silhouettes, Teensy Tiny Wishes, Tag Lines (Flourishes)
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Basic Black
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory and White