Wake Up And Smell The Candles
Ever misplace your car keys? How about your glasses? Ever spend 20 minutes looking for your coffee cup, only to find it sitting in the microwave?? Good– join the club!
Occasionally I’ll discover a forgotten illustration in an odd folder on my computer. Take this birthday card design, for example. I found it by accident the other day.
The idea made me laugh, but I was embarrassed about my font choice and the smoke. The “Hey…” is almost unreadable, and the smoke looks very sloppy and unconvincing.
“I must clean this up and get it into my online store!” I cried. Yes, I’m subject to these occasional bursts of resolve… : )
Here’s the revision. The smoke looks more realistic, and the white-on-black text really catches the eye. I added a line of reflected light on the cake, and used the same font for the “wake up” pay-off line.
I know what you’re thinking: Shouldn’t the pay-off line go inside the card? You’re right.
So what’s it doing on the front of the card? Good question.
It’s like this: I’ll be selling the card in my online store. My fulfillment partner, Fine Art America, can only print it as a blank card. I didn’t want to lose the pay-off line, so I put it at the bottom. Not what I’d prefer, but the best I could do.
Here’s a detail image:
Do you buy blank cards at all?– or do you prefer inside captions?
Ever had a smoke detector go off while you were in bed?
Have you ever reprimanded a birthday cake for smoking in bed??
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