Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tweaking a Design

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.

Yeah, right.

(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
paper: Papertrey
accessories: pearls, rhinestones, dimensionals


  1. I love both, but somehow that green "speaks" to me ( I tend to like brighter colors...that could be my eye problem--LOL)! Glad to see you are having fun with this stamp. I am sure your hubby love this/you to pieces!

  2. You make the most beautiful CAS cards :)

  3. Totally agree with you. The border, the colours and the bling works better for me too!

  4. Both cards are great! I hybrid of sorts is peaking my interest. I think I'd go with the blue card because of the bling and the brown, but the map I would stamp in the green ink. Thanks for all of your insight. I truly enjoy both of your blogs.

  5. Both cards are lovely but the second is far better .Fantastic - keep up the good work on your blog your chat ALWAYS makes me smile

    debbie (bonny cold bright Scotland )

  6. I am really surprised at the impact the larger border makes! I know the color changes make a difference too, but the take away for me is the larger border of white! Thanks for this lesson; I will certainly use it in my card making! I so appreciate your use of design principles to make the most lovely cards.

  7. I think I like the green one better though both are always. And I like the card from yesterday, too. I have a few of those pads...may have to drag them out of the cabinet...wonder if they're too dry?? We shall see.

  8. Your 2nd version is my favorite for all the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for showing both!

  9. Both are beautiful but I love the second. The extra white space is wonderful.

  10. I like the remake better.

    One of my friends once asked me why I was so stuck on the A2-sized card base. So many stamps work on a larger base, and I wasn't giving it a fair shot. She challenged me to go for 5x7 or larger. I almost died, though I do now own some 5x7 envelopes.

    I think you should try the whole stamp on a larger base. I'll give you an envelope for it. :)

  11. I like the green colored map better, the brown sentiment and the bigger matting. How's that for a mish mash answer? I read what Leslie above wrote. I have several larger stamps that would look better on a larger card... but those larger cards make me anxious. I don't know why. I have plenty of big envelopes, so that's not it.

  12. I totally agree with you. The change in matting makes a world of difference.

  13. I'm loving that green, but I hear what you're saying about the greeting looking too dark, and the crowding.

    I like how you cut the second map down a bit smaller, but the downside is,you lose the border around it. I'd be tempted to add a blue mat underneath, just 1/8" or so of blue to maintain the nice white matting around the outside edge.

    Love brown for the sentiment. It would pair well with either color.

  14. I like the second better, Susan. It just looks better to me.

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