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:
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
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!