March 11, 2007

Revised Card

Remember I said that I had sought and found a "comment buddy?" Well, here is the card on which I sought comment (the ingredients are just a post or two below): I liked the card but thought it was bland. The comment that I received (and I'm paraphrasing) was that the card needed a boost -- perhaps 3 gold brads, some gold cording or some mellow moss -- something to separate the layers and add a little umph. So, I took the advice and here's version #2: How I changed the card: I added several layers of SU Brushed Gold Cardstock, colored in the leaves with a Sakura Clear Gold Glitter Pen, stamped "Thank You" with Cranberry Crisp on some torn SU Cardstock Vellum, and adhered with SU Gold brads. It's hard to see in the picture, but I also took some Encore Gold ink and pressed it onto to the Recollections patterned paper just to add a bit more gold. To be honest, I think the photograph of the second picture is nicer, which adds to its brightness, but next to each other, the second card is clearly better. Thanks, comment buddy! I could keep going and improve this card further, but after re-working it once, I need to move on (I guess I'm easily bored!!).

15 comments:

  1. Fantastic. Love the makeover.

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  2. Awesome card (of course, I loved the original too!)...

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  3. Don't shoot me, but I much prefer the classiness of the first card!!

    Donna

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  4. Great cards!! I love your blog!

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  5. I think the added layers of gold cardstock to offset the solid and patterned burgundy? makes the second card stand out, although the first one is nice, too. It is wonderful that you found someone that can give constructive feedback. Good for you for taking the risk. You always have the choice not to take their advice, but hearing a fresh perspective makes us think outside the box and our own perspective. A very valuable teaching/growing tool. Question: how is SU vellum cardstock different than "regular vellum"? I notice most stampers use "vellum cardstock" and I want to order some, but was wondering how it is different. Thanks for sharing the before and after cards!

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  6. Fantastic changes, I thought it looked great before - but, what do I know? I just know when I like something. The differences make it greater. I hope that I am learning something from this. TFS.

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  7. OMG! This card is awesome, I absolutely love it. I liked the first card, but I completely love the second card, it has so much more dimension!

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  8. JMHO, but I liked the first card as good as if not more than the second one. I think the backdrop for the second card is what makes it look prettier. Again, this is JMHO

    vivian

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  9. I love both the before and the revised Joan. They are both very beautiful.

    Mary

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  10. I am glad that you like the second card better since you worked so hard on it.

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  11. Well, I am not one with a trained eye, but honestly I like the original better than the remake. Could be that my computer doesn't "see" the second one clearly, because I cannot really see the gold. I look forward to visiting your blog to start my day.
    SuzyQue

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  12. great changes! Thanks for posting both cards, I know it might be hard to do, especially if you dont really want lots of other opinions on it. (hence the reason for a buddy). But I love seeing the difference between the two. I think it will help me learn to see things from a different perspective on my own designs. Thanks Joan! Adelle

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  13. I think the addition of the cardstock vellum works really well in version 2.

    My 2 cents (Cdn)!
    barb

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  14. I really like the second card but thought the first one was terrific too!

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  15. Hi Joan!

    I really like the added gold touches to the second version. I'm not usually a gold lover, but it's perfect with the other colors here. I love the greeting on vellum, too. Makes it stand out a bit more -- on the first card it just blended with th background to my eye.

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