Post # 1
FI and I have decided that our Thank You cards will be sent as postcards while we’re in France for our honeymoon. Only problem – I realized most post cards are ugly and wanted to get something pretty ahead of time while FI wanted to wing it. Since that post, I thought I could perhaps make a prettier looking postcard myself, have it professionally printed here, and then send it off while we’re in France. FI is OK with this option as he’s pretty much on my side as soon as I say “What about if I make it?”. 🙂 Now, this is my first draft and I would love if you could provide me with some feedback!
Is it too busy, I’m thinking particularly about the borders – I could paint something simpler or remove the lavender flowers I added. Does the colours look ok, or should I do something about them? Perhaps tweak the colour of France? Anything else I’ve not thought about?
Oh, and I should add that it looks a little blurry as I just did a super quick search for the toile fabric background. If we go with this idea I’ll most likely try to find something more high res.
Post # 3
I LOVE it! They look great 🙂
Post # 4
@eocenia: I like it, I might try and make the writing fit inside of France & not at an angle. Also without you mentioning it was France I didn’t get that it was the outline of the country…. But I am not sure how I would fix it? maybe put a little Paris with a star & the eiffel tower?? Sorry that’s not too helpful. LOVE the post card idea 🙂 hope you get some good replies
Post # 5
@candc13: Thank you! I like it, but I always question whether that’s just me!
@MrsHoneyC: Hm, I can see that it looks a little unbalanced now when I think about it – I’ll definitely play around more with the text! As for people getting that it’s France, the postcards are mostly going to people in Europe. They might be able to identify it quicker.
Any UK bee’s, did you recognize the outline of Britain?
Another option is to continue the outline all the way down to the bottom of the frame – that might make it more obvious?
Post # 6
The extra [half national borders] make France look odd, especially since France isn’t as distinct a shape as somewhere like Italy or Texas. So o agree, make the words fit inside, and I like the idea of a little Eiffel tower or something distinct from wherever yall are visiting.
Post # 7
@eocenia: I’m in the US but I got that it was France and the UK up there. 🙂
I like it. I think it’s very pretty and a great way to personalize your postcards!
Post # 8
@chasesgirl: The lines are not rivers but the land bound boarders of France, I’m not willing to remove them. However, I do think I need to work on the text placement – currently trying to come up with a new version!
@MexiPino: I’m glad, that never occurred to me as a potential problem. 🙂
And thanks! I really like personal touches and tying things together, so I re-used the same green boarders as I drew for our ice wine favor labels. Trying to keep it all as a part of the THANK YOU theme.
Post # 9
@suburbian: So I might have been able to pull the labels without your immediate feedback, but I’m hoping you could help me out with this one! Do you find the map element confusing and do you think it would be more obvious if I outlined more of the surrounding countries? I tried to keep it to a minimum to not make it too busy.
Post # 10
@eocenia: This looks very classy. I like it! But I agree that it looks a little unbalanced, and the text could be placed better. When trying to balance stuff, measure the “average” top line of an object and the “average” bottom line, then measure the spacing from the top line to the top of the page, and make it match the bottom. Then move it down just a touch, because things often look top-heavy when they are properly centred.
As for colour, I like the blue you’ve picked. It’s great that this element also fits with the design scheme you’ve used for all your other materiels. Well done!
From what I’ve read about your wedding, I doubt you’ll have anyone attending who doesn’t recognize France’s distinct outline. 🙂
On design, I would vote against having a little Eiffel tower or some identifying outline. You have a classy look already. No need to cheese it up. If there IS any doubt as to what is pictured, someone can read. If they can’t read, why would you send them a postcard in the first place?
@MexiPino: Thanks for being you! 🙂 Always encouraging to know there are people South of the border who remember that the rest of the world is not just an indistinct grey as so often seen on American maps! 🙂
Post # 11
it’s okay. honestly I don’t love it (i really liked what you had in your previous post).
This also look a little too much like the wine labels that (i hope it was) you were doing.
Post # 12
@H0LLY: I always use the rulers in Ai to try to get things centred, but the top heavy point is a good one! I think I tend to go super strict about it and just put it dead in the middle… 🙂 Here’s a new version with the text fitting within the margins of France:
@MsGinkgo: Sorry, could you clarify which one of the pre-made cards you preferred – the one with the Eiffel tower? And yes, the wine labels were me as well. I decided to re-use part of that design as I thought it would tie it together.
Post # 13
@eocenia: I liked the eiffel tower one.
I like the idea of this but there’s something about it that is throwing my eye – I feel like there’s too much going on with the background pattern & your border. To meet they feel like they’re competing.
(i’m a designer by profession, so I appologize if I come across as overly critical – I’m just trying to give you my personal opinion )
Post # 14
@MsGinkgo: I see what you mean about it looking like a wine label. Hadn’t thought of that. But that fact doesn’t bother me.
@eocenia: This looks better, but it does still seem to be a bit off. For example, there’s more “white space” to the left of France than to the right. And France is definitely lower-than-centre in the frame.
My $0.02 CAD
Post # 15
@eocenia: Totally realized that after the fact, I can’t think when I have seen France on a map that wasn’t all of Europe so it threw me a little. If your guests get that it is France I think it is fine. Though my thought would be a more complete map (extending the other borders so they look like more than squiggly lines to those of us who are somewhat geographicly challenged) and something less busy for the backround. While in theory the toile is nice, I think it is too much with everything but I really like the flowers that tie in with the other stuff I have seen from your wedding.
Post # 16
@eocenia: USe a color picker/eye dropper to get your light blue for your france overlay directly from the background flowers. The two blues are throwing off people I think.
I am usually a bit more modern in my designs so the cursive writing is not something I use regularly. Not to say you can’t use something romantic or cursive – but if you have handpainted the borders – why not work with a font that is a little more organic as well?
Honeyscript – a little popular – but it’s readable and gorgeous.
Simplesnails – A little less well known – but a little more flourish to it.
Ma Sexy – Silly name – its my fav of the three. I would use this one in a heartbeat for anything I was working with. Then again I am obsessed with Emiliy Lime and this rings of her work…
I do like the rest of it though. I kind of wish the country lines extended off the card – or completed the shape … I think it’s why most people thought they needed something.
I am also wondering how it would work with zero black…maybe try navy instead. The ‘romantic feel’ given by the background, the flowers and the font seems overshadowed by the heaviness of the black.
Let me know how it goes 🙂