Yesterday I posted my Christmas card for this year and I mentioned I had a number of designs which didn’t quite work for me. I thought I would share three of the “rejected” designs. They aren’t fully polished cards as I was just playing around with different elements to see how they would work but they aren’t hideous either. lol They actually have potential so I wanted to remember the designs so they could be further developed at another time.
Here’s card one…
For this card, I had decided I was going to use the cute Starburst Cover die from Mama Elephant. I love the look of the starry background but I was a little heavy handed when spritzing water onto the sky (not a great thing to do when you aren’t using water colour paper). The horizon line is too far up the card and makes it look a little odd. lol I’m thinking it might be better to trim the design into a smaller panel. I want the dog to be framed by the stars so wouldn’t like to drop him too far down. I actually really like the colours of the sock too (and I really only moved away from this colour combination to the red and green for my final Christmas card design at the last minute).
Here’s card number two…
The more I look at this card, the more I think it could have been my Christmas card and that it would have taken me a fraction of the time to create compared with the design I ended up going with…I better stop looking. lol I was still playing around with the above design and I felt that moving the sentiment to the bottom of the card helped with the spacing issue. It was at this point I decided the card needed a little more dimension so the sock and the puppy dogs head were popped up. I also added a few pale snowflakes from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day set to the greeting from Paper Smooches. I think this is such a nice touch and I carried this concept right through to my final card design.
Onto card three…
For the final card I decided I was overthinking things and decided to go simple! I did pop up the sock and head again to make it look a little less flat. Unfortunately, the card just looked a little too plain and not very Christmassy. It’s nice enough but plain. I think the colour choice of the sock was to blame.
After playing with the above three designs, I decided to try something completely different and I will share that card tomorrow.
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