This week, I finished my card-making commission! I could show you all 21 cards, but instead, I took progress pictures of one, thinking it might be fun to see the process. Possibly I’m wrong, and it won’t be fun. Possibly these pictures will make your eyes fall out and roll around on the table like gymnasts gone wild. I CANNOT PREDICT THESE THINGS. Okay, not legally, at least. My degree in prognostication expired last month.
I’ve added comments to the pics, because I don’t know about your process, but my process involves stops and starts and ideas that seem really good at first, like having sex on the kitchen floor, but then they go bad, like when you’re having sex on the kitchen floor and you accidentally turn your head and see all the horrifying crap that’s under the oven. IT’S ALIVE! Or at the very least, it’s watching you have sex on the kitchen floor.
Okay anyway, this is kind of what it sounds like in my head while I work, except there is at least 49 per cent more swearing and no one has sex.
Starting concept: Little bird. As in, “a little bird told us.” Everyone likes birds, right? Admittedly, I haven’t met all the people on earth, but I have never heard anyone say, “I fucking hate birds.” I have heard people say they hate ice cream. But they were mostly Communists.
Hey, I wonder if now’s the time to use that card with the blue polka-dotted paper in the corner that I rejected for my last card? This paper looks good with blue!
My focal point is going to be small – because that’s how little birds roll – so maybe I’ll do an arrow element to direct the eye to the focal point.
Like that, yo.
Ruh-roh! Now the little bird is too little! Good thing I have two other bird stamps.
Oh boy. I wanted the brown so I could have a warm color playing off of the cool color palette, but this just looks drab and awful. (Five minutes of stubborn attempts to make the brown work. Okay,, 10.) FINE. I have been defeated by a decorative paper. Brown is out.
Oooooh! This new green makes an excellent backdrop for my other OTHER bird stamp! Except now the new green is fighting with old green. Dammit! Stop this bellicosity!
Hey, this has enough yellow in it to play nicely with the new green! PLAY DATE!
So lovely. What next?
A hint of a border, perhaps? Asymmetrical? And with a scalloped edge to repeat the circles of the background paper? Yes, please!
Speaking of circles, let’s have more! Like these! They need to be better integrated into the color scheme, though. And they could probably be used to marry the warms and the cools.
Now for text?
And . . . card!