Thursday, February 28, 2013

Card-Making 101: Fixing a Flawed Design

Have you ever had a great idea for a card or project that just didn't work out as planned? Sometimes the best ideas sound good in theory but don't work out so well in practice.

I'm going to share one of my not so successful designs and then show how it was re-designed to improve it.

Here's the not so good:

The Problem:
Too many balloons
Pattern on balloons is too busy
White embossed background is too bold
Sentiment stamped with light gray ink on patterned paper gets lost

Remade card:

The Solution:
Reduce the number of balloons
Stamp balloons on patterned paper
Stamp background on a smaller Kraft panel with white ink instead of embossing
Stamp sentiment in black ink on white panel, add small image to embellish sentiment strip

I think the remade card has better scale, is much cleaner and doesn't look so overdone. The balloons on the first card aren't a bad idea, they would just look better on a more simple background.

So there you have it, just because a design doesn't work the first time don't scrap the idea altogether. Reworking the original idea can give you the result you were looking for!

All of the products used in today's card are available at Stamp Fever!


Katie said...

Very cute! I love that Lawn Fawn paper!

Natalie said...

Thanks for sharing the tips.

Cat Craig said...

Definite improvement, great post.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Great tips! Love the remade card!

Barbara said...

Thanks for the great tips on how to fix a not so perfect design. I'm inclined to toss them instead of remaking them, but should try for fixing them up a little! Yours was a definite improvement and made a really nice card.

Dawn Turley said...

Yes, the remake is definitely more palatable to the eye Nancy. Great card

Dorothy C. said...

Definitely prefer the make over. Thanks for the helpful tips.