The other day, I wondered what would happen if I took a single sketch--an old, reliable one--and tried to make a bunch of different-looking cards with it. I grabbed random sets, played around with colors, trashed several unsuccessful cards, and made these successful ones in a spirit of playful creativity. This was HUGE fun to do, and you can count on seeing more posts like this.
First up, I stamped Hero Arts Three Ferns in Hero Arts lime green on the left edge of a card and nestled a sentiment from Gina K's Hello Sunshine in Memento Cocoa. It looked a little plain, so I added three yellow half-pearls. Note how each fern points in a different direction, for a bit of natural randomness. The result is crisp, clean, unisex.
Next, I pulled out the Hero Arts Konnichiwa Lanterns set and a spectrum of yellow-orange-rust inks (also Hero Arts), and cascaded the lanterns down the left side of the card. The sentiment (Gina K again) was added in Memento cocoa. Note that the lanterns aren't exactly perfectly lined up...but they are very tidy-looking nevertheless.
Here in the third card, the hearts and rhinestone stars are placed completely randomly in a two-color scheme for lots of contrast. The shapes are scattered, with the straight-line stripes, angles, and curves all mixed together. Note how the largest heart is beside the sentiment and draws attention to it. I used Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments for the whole card, and Hero Arts inks as well (denim and the dark red whose name escapes me). The effect is fun, patriotic, and perfect for OWH.
Finally, I went all AR-OC and lined up the stylized feathers from Waltzingmouse's Funky Feathers set, paired with a sentiment from their Fine Feathers set. Shades of blue Hero Arts ink unify the design. I really like how different this one looks and feels from the others, although from a design standpoint, I think the looser ones actually work better.
Here's a shot of all four lined up so you can see the variations clearly!
Which is YOUR favorite and why?