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Browsing for ideas
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To kick start a few of my ideas, I had a look at mass market websites that sell a variety of gifts and cards for different occasions, to see what was popular:
For further ideas I looked at some specialist websites that inspired me:
During my searches I came across these images that I found inspirational:
To begin, I need to explore which occasions I would like to target and why. Below is a list of possible occasions I could experiment with:
Christmas | Easter | Valentines | New Home | Congratulations | Wedding
Good Luck | Engagement | Sympathy | Get Well Soon | Thank You | Anniversary
Mother’s Day | Father’s Day | Birthday | Baby
The highlighted 6 occasions are links to my pinterest boards relating to each occasion, that I used for inspiration.
printed wrapping paper
I have gathered a few helpful websites to guide the creation of my final pieces. These are as follows:
The above links have been useful to see what techniques I could use for my cards. Below are techniques I have considered and / or used:
I really like the idea of foiling text for my cards, however, purchasing a foiling machine is rather expensive and it can only work in reaction to having a laser printer.
Die-cutting (What is die-cutting?)
Again, I think die-cutting would be an interesting process to use for my cards as I love paper cuts I think this would add to my future skills-sets. However again the technology is quite expensive, but it is a process I would like to keep in mind.
Creating a greetings card in photoshop would be an interesting idea, as I’ve got photoshop already it’s something I will use. Especially as it will give my cards a ‘cleaner’ and more professional appearance (hopefully). I would also like to go over my hand-drawn elements in illustrator to enhance colours and straighten and smooth out any lines.
Some more tips, advice and ideas:
Beregszaszi’s beautifully designed cards are inspirational to me, I would love to create my own range of pop-up cards that work as effectively as these. I love Beregszaszi’s simple and clean cut designs, that manipulate light and colour in a vibrant and unique way.
Corrigan’s amusing and adorable illustrations work perfectly for her wonderfully humorous designs. They are superbly clever and have that simple, hand drawn feel, that is coveted in a lot of contemporary illustration. I’d like to make my designs as just as simple and hopefully just as effective as Corrigan’s.
Chadderton’s card designs also have a magnificent handmade feel with her brilliant brush strokes for text and illustrations. I especially love the font used on her cards as they tend to be the main focus. This has inspired my thought choice for the type and font that I will use on my final designs. It has also shown me how effective the colour choice and backgrounds can highlight the overlaying text.
Correll’s designs have a simple but ‘clean’ feel to them. The lines are carefully drawn, and a lot of thought and humour has gone into each fantastic piece. I also like the basic colour palette – using black and white mostly with only one or two other colours, I feel this compliments Correll’s style beautifully.
Finney’s designs also have a humorous aspect, using play on words to describe celebrities in an amusing light. I love her illustrations as they depict these celebs in very identifiable ways, yet the incorporate her play one words subsequently too. I really like the simple use of shading that has been used on her characters too as this makes each image stand out better.
Andreacchio’s illustrations are wonderfully vibrant and colourful. I really love the creatures and patterns that she uses, in her designs as I feel these are portrayed in a highly effective way. I especially like how the text on her designs isn’t the main feature, as it makes the overall design more intriguing. Despite this, I think I’d like to make my fonts more prominent on my final pieces, as I feel that type is a strength of mine.
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