First Effort: Meh
Two problems with this card. 1) The shell stamp is a bit too transparent and lets the text show through too much. Note that the inspiration focal images are dense enough to stand out better on the text background. My shell...not so much. 2) Both the focal point and text are stamped with tuxedo black, which further keeps the shell from standing out.
Second Effort: Better
I like this one much better (not least because there's so much glorious white space!), but it's not really in keeping with the inspiration photos because of that. Both the butterfly and text are stamped in espresso truffle, and while the photo editing made the butterfly look darker, it's not in real life.
BTW, there's a misspelling on this thanks stamp from Hero Arts, and I made sure the body of the butterfly covers it up. Yes, I was an English major.
Third Time's the Charm:
Not only is the third card truer to the gorgeous inspiration photos, the balance of inks is perfect. The text is still strong in espresso truffle, but the butterfly stands out perfectly in tuxedo black.
So the moral of the story...you can never have enough colors of ink. Nev. Er.
stamps: Hero Arts (Dictionary Greetings, Antique Engravings)
ink: Memento Luxe tuxedo black, espresso truffle
paper: Papertrey white