holiday photo cards - All Things Merry and Bright

Tags: holiday photo cards, lettering, hand-lettering, "hand-drawn type", chalk, chalkboard, nostagic, type, retro, vintage, flourished, warm, merry, bright, "old style",

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Laura Bolter Design
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A warm and whimsical message in a hand-lettered, chalkboard styling.

tags:

holiday photo cards, lettering, hand-lettering, "hand-drawn type", chalk, chalkboard, nostagic, type, retro, vintage, flourished, warm, merry, bright, "old style",

colors shown:

red, white, aqua, pine

fonts:

charcuterie

design inspired by:

Holiday Photo Card

submitted on:

May 28 2015

Edited on:

Jun 03 2015

average score:

2.82

comments:

2

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holiday photo cards - All Things Merry and Bright by Laura Bolter Design

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Jenna Pennell on Jun 9, 2015 at 6:31am
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Lovely illustration! I would buy this one in a heartbeat. :)

Lea Delaveris on Jun 17, 2015 at 10:36am
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Love how this turned out! I enjoyed scrolling through and seeing how it evolved!

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Naomi Ernest on May 29, 2015 at 12:20pm
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Oh, I like this new photo a lot, Laura! :)

pandercraft on May 29, 2015 at 1:48pm
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Wow! revised version is perfection, Laura.

Stellax Creative on May 29, 2015 at 3:03pm
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Very nice! I really wouldn't change anything :)

Jan Shepherd on Jun 1, 2015 at 9:02am
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Lovely - you are an inspiration :)

2birdstone on Jun 2, 2015 at 8:31pm
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You are such a master letterer! I have one little critique, I'd try removing the shadow effect on the "wishing you" text -- the name text feels insubstantial in comparison to the weight of all the rest because of the drop shadow effect. I'd try removing the shadow from the "wishing you" text and see if it helps balance with the name text. Or not, it's gorgeous already :)

Debb W on Jun 2, 2015 at 9:21pm
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Laura, this is so fun! You really captured the spirit of the season with this design.

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Howdy Honey on May 28, 2015 at 2:43pm
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Option B gives more contrast! Easier to read

Kim Dietrich Elam on May 28, 2015 at 2:44pm
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A for me!

Erin Deegan on May 28, 2015 at 2:57pm
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I prefer the darker background. Beautiful design Laura!

Kelly Schmidt on May 28, 2015 at 3:01pm
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I voted for A! My eye first went to B because it's a little lighter and brighter, but taking a second look, I really love A. It has a bit of a retro feel to it and I feel like the background colour really works well with the design in A. Beautiful work!!

blackberry graphics on May 28, 2015 at 3:24pm
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The darker background of A helps the text to stand out!

Chris Griffith on May 28, 2015 at 3:31pm
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Definitely like the contrast the darker background of A and how it makes the type really pop. GORGEOUS design!!!!!

kbecca on May 28, 2015 at 3:32pm
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Another A vote here! I do like the lighter feel of B but think that the color and overall look of A is a bit more festive. I also want to give a shout out to Version 1 with the more traditional green background. Fantastic design!

Naomi Ernest on May 28, 2015 at 4:32pm
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I like the colors in A... I might see if another photo works better with it, but really beautiful!

Erin Niehenke on May 28, 2015 at 4:56pm
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I like the brighter B!

Paper Dahlia on May 28, 2015 at 5:21pm
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B for me!

Kimberly Morgan on May 28, 2015 at 5:38pm
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A! I like the contrast better with the darker background.

Eric Clegg on May 28, 2015 at 5:55pm
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I lean towards B. It's got a lighter feel and I think there's still enough contrast to read the white type. Good luck. Can't go wrong with either you choose.

Anupama on May 28, 2015 at 6:38pm
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I like dark Aqua background

Susan Asbill on May 28, 2015 at 6:46pm
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B, love!!!

Laura Bolter Design on May 28, 2015 at 7:37pm
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Another option! Which do you like best? (This is rough and needs cleaning up, but you get the idea)

Susan Asbill on May 28, 2015 at 7:42pm
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I'm sticking with B

Design Lotus on May 28, 2015 at 7:59pm
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B with the brighter teal in c?

Laura Bolter Design on May 28, 2015 at 8:09pm
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Lighter aqua with white lettering. Not enough contrast for readability?

Laura Bolter Design on May 28, 2015 at 8:21pm
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One MORE color!

Jill Means on May 28, 2015 at 8:25pm
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B. And I know it probably looks even more amazing at full size.

Anne Holmquist on May 28, 2015 at 9:34pm
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So beautiful Laura! I love the darker background in A. I think it feels richer if that makes sense.

Debb W on May 28, 2015 at 9:34pm
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Laura, this is so appealing! love it! I like A, the background color supports your beautiful design. I also like the darker text on the light blue background. Winner!

Simona Cavallaro on May 29, 2015 at 12:02am
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I like A or the dark blue option that you added in the comments. Very pretty!

carly reed walker on May 29, 2015 at 8:25am
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I like B!

Abby Munn on May 29, 2015 at 8:53am
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been loving the changes & tweaks you've been making on this one Laura. i like the brighter ... thinking it always prints a little darker anyways. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Olivia Raufman on May 29, 2015 at 10:47am
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I think B pops a bit more. Gorgeous lettering!

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Paper and Parcel on May 28, 2015 at 2:38pm
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Beautiful!

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Joanne Williams on May 28, 2015 at 10:24am
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excellent! love the background on this! A

Susan Asbill on May 28, 2015 at 11:32am
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A for me, but I like both.

Susan Asbill on May 28, 2015 at 11:33am
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I'd like for the legibility on "MERRY" to be increased some... maybe more white? But otherwise, this is perfection. You are so talented!

Jennifer Postorino on May 28, 2015 at 11:56am
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i like the contrast in A :)

Kimberly Morgan on May 28, 2015 at 12:33pm
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I like the grey!

Design Lotus on May 28, 2015 at 12:44pm
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love the design itself. Not sold on either bg colors. I'm wanting a lighted brighter, more cheery color for the bg. pink would be fun but a soft aqua be pretty.

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