business holiday cards - Outside the Box

Tags: business holiday cards, modern, joy, box, packing peanuts, outside the box, type, minimal

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comments from Kim:

Send greetings that are "outside the box" this holiday season.

tags:

business holiday cards, modern, joy, box, packing peanuts, outside the box, type, minimal

colors shown:

red, brown, mint green, white, gray

fonts:

Futura, Adobe Caslon Pro

design inspired by:

Square Non-Photo Card

submitted on:

Mar 29 2012

Edited on:

Apr 02 2012

average score:

2.86

comments:

8

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business holiday cards - Outside the Box by Kim Dietrich Elam

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Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:11pm
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Thanks for the nice comments, and thanks for that link, Olivia! Is this enough? I don't want it to be too dark and overwhelm the rest of the illustration. Does it need to be darker? Feedback appreciated!

Sandra Picco Design on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:15pm
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awesome, Kim! I wouldn't make the shadow any darker. It's spot on!

Olivia Raufman on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:22pm
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Looking good, I don't think it needs to be darker.

Wendy McClure on Mar 30, 2012 at 4:52pm
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Too cute, Kim ~ Love it!

Stacey Meacham on Mar 30, 2012 at 4:53pm
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Perfect Kim.

Maria Gromek on Apr 3, 2012 at 4:18pm
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Lovely! And I agree, the packing peanuts are adorable. :)

Wendy Van Ryn on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:56pm
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very nice Kim :-)

Anna Elder on Apr 18, 2012 at 5:56pm
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So cute!

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Olivia Raufman on Mar 30, 2012 at 12:00pm
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Hey Kim! Here's a little tutorial on vector shadows: vectips.com/tutorials/create-non-raster-drop-shadows/.

Dreaming Inspirations on Mar 30, 2012 at 12:46pm
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Kim your popping out some really awesome designs!!! love this one too!

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Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 30, 2012 at 9:49am
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added a shadow under the box - is it too dark? comments appreciated!

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Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 30, 2012 at 5:48am
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added some shading to the box...

Olivia Raufman on Mar 30, 2012 at 8:12am
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Ok, I had one more thought: how about some sort of very subtle shadow beneath the box so it's a bit more grounded?

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Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:00am
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increased leading slightly between name and year

24th and Dune on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:36am
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YES!!! love this.

Susie Allen on Mar 29, 2012 at 1:23pm
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Those packing peanuts are darling. Makes me smile.

Samantha Venator on Mar 29, 2012 at 2:09pm
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haha this is so cute fantastic job!

Serenity Avenue on Mar 30, 2012 at 1:04am
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This makes me happy. :) And great progress.

Ana Gonzalez on Mar 30, 2012 at 4:37am
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Super adorable!!!

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Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 29, 2012 at 8:30am
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better?

Olivia Raufman on Mar 29, 2012 at 9:08am
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Yes, so fun!

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Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 29, 2012 at 8:03am
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Thanks for the great feedback! I've added some packing peanuts - better?

24th and Dune on Mar 29, 2012 at 8:06am
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ahhh too cute!!! i love how think outside the box (no pun intended!). I like the peanuts but still think joy could use some movement.

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Olivia Raufman on Mar 29, 2012 at 7:04am
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Oh, cool concept! I kind of want the letters to have some movement to them (so they feel like they're jumping out of the box). Or maybe leave as is, and do some sort of delicate confetti-type graphics around them?

Carol Fazio on Mar 29, 2012 at 7:18am
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I think this is great, Kim! I am a simple girl, but I agree with olivia about maybe some bits of confetti filler paper coming out of the box or something to give it some whimsy and movement. Not tacky or anything like that - just a couple of swirls. But great concept!!

Kimberly Morgan on Mar 29, 2012 at 7:25am
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I agree with Olivia and Carol. Nice concept!