These tweaking posts always yield interesting comments because what I consider an improvement, some of you inevitably consider a dis-improvement. Everyone is entitled to her (or his) opinion, which is why the world is such a fun place. Feel free to disagree with me, but I'm always right and you know it.
(Seriously, we need a sarcasm font!)
Anyway, here's the first card I made with my drop-dead gorgeous Hero Arts map stamp.
The ink is VersaMagic aloe vera, which is a nice, soft green, with charcoal VersaColor ink for the sentiment. It's not a bad card at all, but the sentiment seems a bit too dark, and the border around the map is so tiny that it makes the whole card feel a bit cramped.
So I re-made the card with a lighter inks, different colors, and bling instead of pearls. Oh, and a wider mat of white around it all. Much better! Well, at least it looks more like I made it.
As you can see, I trimmed almost all the border off the stamped panel to make the mat wider, and the whole thing feels so much less cramped as a result. The map is stamped in VersaMagic sea breeze, which is a lovely light blue, and I colored the bling to match with Sharpies. The sentiment works better in a warm brown than the charcoal of the first card. (This brown is VersaMagic jumbo java.) Brown and pastels always look nice together.
I gave this card to my darling husband. I bought this stamp, in fact, because he loves maps and I love him. But I digress.
So, do you disagree with me? Does the green one float your boat, or are you true blue in your sailing preference?
stamps: Hero Arts map background, Papertrey sentiment
ink: VersaColor and VersaMagic
accessories: pearls, rhinestones, dimensionals