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#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:43:42 AM(UTC)
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Here is the new version. You can't really make it out, but the star is stickled. All edges are inked with Chestnut Roan. The phrase stamp I think looks odd, it almost looks like it has an "s" after Holy, or maybe its just me... So, what do you think now?

OK, I know its not really Cricut, Blushing but I am behind, and havent started my Christmas cards yet, and am looking for advice! I made this "prototype" (as you can see, not neatly, but you get the idea).... I am so not in love with thisGlare .... Please let me know if you have any input, or ideas to make this better... maybe I dont like the colors? I just don't know.
Thanks so much!!Love

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:58:08 AM(UTC)
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I think you did a GREAT job on it, love the concept of it!
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:16:55 AM(UTC)
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I think your card is adorable. Simple, but says a lot!
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:32:09 AM(UTC)
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Thanks ladies, maybe I'm extra critical because its so different from anything I've done, usually my Christmas cards are bright, sparkly, and colorful.... definately stepped out of my box here!
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:59:10 AM(UTC)
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I think your card is nice also keep it as it is
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:03:10 AM(UTC)
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You could add a little sparkle to the star if you wanted, but I like it as is.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:05:07 AM(UTC)
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I like the design. Simple cards are great. How about adding some stickles or bling to the star? I do like how you gave it dimension.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:30:10 AM(UTC)
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I would finish coloring in the stamp. And Ink the edges of the white.

Maybe add a sentiment tag of some sort ( pop dotted of course)

I know what you mean about "something" being off. I can't pinpoint it either... its nice the way it is but it could go up a notch with just the right LITTLE addition or change.

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#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:32:32 AM(UTC)
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I agree with the ladies about adding sparkle to the star and also finish coloring the image. And of course INKING edges. But everyone knows I am a compulsive inker! LOL
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:37:53 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for all the suggestions! For inking, what color should I ink the edge of the off-white? Also, should I ink the edges of the mats? I will stickle the star!
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:38:13 AM(UTC)
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I agree! The card looks great as is, but if you wanted to 'bump it up' a notch then I think inking the edges of the white, and just a little more color to the image would make a big difference. What a simple and beautiful card!
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 8:18:35 AM(UTC)
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It's lovely.BigGrin
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 8:32:23 AM(UTC)
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I think I figured part of it out...

Stamp the image in brown, not black. then ink the edges with the same brown. And if you want to take it a step further... emboss the image before coloring.

And... ( hate me yet?), the star is the wrong tone of yellow for the rest of the colors. Soften it up a bit ( more banana than lemon).

~M

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#14 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 9:01:12 AM(UTC)
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I really like the card shape, is that a Cricut cut?

I agree about stamping the image in dark brown.

IMO the image can be stamped higher on the card, then the twine can be moved up too, so it doesn't look like it's falling off.

I really like its simplicity. Good luck! Laugh
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:28:05 AM(UTC)
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I love this image! I agree with everyone, stamp the image in a different color-like the brown, ink the edges and color your image-maybe using Gamasole and Prisma pencils, and stickle the star. I think that will give you the wow factor you are looking for and make for a beautiful Christmas card!
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:17:30 AM(UTC)
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Sparkly ribbon instead of the jute?

Stamp the word "peace" / matt then pop somewhere over it?

It all depends on how much you put on your regular cards where your "eyes" might feel like they are not getting enough.

It's a very cute card!

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#17 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:20:20 PM(UTC)
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Wow! Thanks everyone! I am going to go and re-create it, and post it again. So much great advice!!!
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#18 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:41:45 PM(UTC)
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I like your card! If you've seen anything I've done you know that I like simplicity and clean lines.

My first reaction was that there is too much blank smooth space surrounding the stamp. But I do not want you to think I'm critizing the card at all!

Have you thought about making the size of the white area closer to the size of the stamped image and mounting it onto some patterned or embossed paper? Or would that make the card too busy?

What about embossing the white background then stamping and coloring your image on another piece of the same paper, cut it out and pop dot it onto the embossed white background? That would definitely make the image stand out more and add some interest to the background.

Inking the edges will definitely soften the transition between papers. And IMHO you should finish coloring in the stamped image.

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#19 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:45:56 PM(UTC)
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ConstanceShortel wrote:
You could add a little sparkle to the star if you wanted, but I like it as is.


I like it, but if you need a wee bit of bling, I agree that you could put some on the star....but really, its great the way you have it.
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#20 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:11:43 PM(UTC)
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Updated with new picture, bumpingBigGrin
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#21 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:32:23 PM(UTC)
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your changes make a huge difference! such a simple lovely card! what kind of stamp is that? i mean the company. lol
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#22 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:32:47 PM(UTC)
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love it
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#23 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:48:33 PM(UTC)
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~talulah~ wrote:
your changes make a huge difference! such a simple lovely card! what kind of stamp is that? i mean the company. lol


Its made by Stampendous, picked it up at Michaels
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#24 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:22:42 PM(UTC)
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I like your second card much better. Having the sentiment on it helps to take up some of the empty space around your image, the glittery star stands out better and moving the stamped image up makes it look more balanced.

Just those small changes made a lot of difference, didn't they?
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#25 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:45:34 PM(UTC)
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My first reaction was that there is too much blank smooth space surrounding the stamp. But I do not want you to think I'm critizing the card at all!

Have you thought about making the size of the white area closer to the size of the stamped image and mounting it onto some patterned or embossed paper? Or would that make the card too busy?

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This was my first thought too, although I didn't trust my instincts to say it!
I was thinking making the white layer with the stamped image smaller and maybe embossing the second layer.
I do like your revised version a ton more though with the changes you made!
I did take a second look at the "holy" as well - it kind of looks like an s on the end to me too.
Great job!
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#26 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:28:51 AM(UTC)
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Thanks everyone! I am going to look for a different stamp today, because it really bothers me that it looks like it says "Holys" lol.... Would it be too much if I were to cut out the stamped image,(with the baby) and put it on an embossed layer the same color? Hmm... maybe I should just try!!
The funniest thing is, I still have to come up with a design for my Christmas party invites!!! Why oh why do I not do this in the summer??BigGrin BigGrin BigGrin
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#27 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:40:13 AM(UTC)
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I do see what you mean about the almost-s on "Holy." Would you consider taking a craft knife (like an Exacto) to your stamp and trimming the flourish a bit? I don't mean trimming the stamped image after you've stamped, I mean trimming the actual rubber. I alter stamps frequently (usually separating words from the image so I can place things where I want).

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#28 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:49:24 AM(UTC)
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Ooohh... thats a good idea!! I had not thought of that! If I can't find a stamp that will work, I will try that! (I may lose a finger in the process lol)
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#29 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2010 7:07:44 AM(UTC)
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I agree with the squiggle at the end of Holy, but I really like the card, even as is.
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#30 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2010 7:20:10 AM(UTC)
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I LOVE the second version. :D

I see the "s" too. But I do think you were right with a simple sentiment.

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