I have a few posts to catch up on all the cards I have been doing. I will hold off on posting my steampunk Christmas design for now, but I am pretty happy with it so far. I need to make a few adjustments and I think add a contrasting coloured ink, but other than that I think this design (a variation of the one I was going to do last year but the stamps didn’t arrive in time) is a go.
I also have a design in mind for my New Years cards, which I give / send out to those I don’t see at Christmas time. I found a perfect text / sentiment stamp in a bargain bin at a craft show last weekend. I wasn’t looking for something like that but as soon as I saw it I knew it would be great. And then I was looking at a craft magazine this week and saw a design I really like, with a similar sized text panel on the front. I will need to adapt it a little but I have a good idea of what I want to do, I just need to play around a bit.
Anyway in the mean time I had the idea of posting up a few cards I have done that I like but for some reason I don’t think they quite work. I know some people who see these posts do their own artwork and have a good eye for colour and design, so perhaps there will be some good suggestions as to what might make improvements.
First up: One sighted / Illusion
I am not quite sure why this doesn’t work. I love the colours together – Adirondak Lettuce and Raisin inks for the main image (“One Sighted” by Stampers Anonymous). I have mirrored those colours in the layering papers. I love the stamp in the background – “Life is an illusion ~ Mata Hari” by Studio Astate (stamped in Antique Linen distress ink), and think it suits the image stamp.
However for some reason I don’t think the whole thing works together. Is there too much white space on the card? Do I perhaps need to edge the card in ink? Do I need to stamp another image on the background of the card, perhaps in the green or burgundy?
Interested in suggestions because I think these elements *should* work, but they don’t quite.