holiday photo cards - Merry & Bright

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Jen Wagner
  • Minted Nov 17, 2015
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This simple yet beautiful Holiday card features foil lettering and watercolor ampersand in a variety of color choices.


holiday photo cards, simple, minimal, wedding, love, holiday, christmas, carol

colors shown:

gold, red, rose


Baskerville, Lovepen

design inspired by:

Holiday Photo Card

submitted on:

Apr 06 2016

Edited on:

May 03 2016

average score:




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holiday photo cards - Merry & Bright by Jen Wagner


Jen Wagner on Apr 6, 2016 at 1:01pm
Jen Wagner
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I'd really love any feedback you may have! :)


Version 1 - submitted on Apr 06 2016 - hide

Mansi on Apr 6, 2016 at 1:03pm
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I feel the ampersand is a little too big and overwhelming! You could try it as a gold accent, or try spelling it out in a sans serif font and in a small uppercase size! Hope this helps!

Joey Crisostomo-Wynne on Apr 6, 2016 at 1:19pm
Joey Crisostomo-Wynne
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I like the variety of watercolor and gold! and i agree with Mansi--the ampersand is too big. But the composition of the overall design is great, and I think it works really well with this wedding photo.

Debb W on Apr 6, 2016 at 1:52pm
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The design is lovely and that is a favorite ampersand. I agree with Mansi on trying it a bit smaller. The pink year gets lost on the white transparency with the black suit behind. Perfect photo choice.

Dawn Jasper on Apr 6, 2016 at 7:07pm
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This is really pretty! I don't think you need the ampersand to be quite that big though. And maybe try the ampersand from the script face? or even just spelling out and? Or maybe you just don't need the white bar and the pink letters could be a tiny bit bolder to tie the ampersand together with the rest of the piece a little better (i'd still make it smaller though)

Ellis on Apr 7, 2016 at 9:37pm
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Agree about scaling down the ampersand and maybe trying it in foil as well. If you can remove the transparent bar behind the family name and year, I might do that. It chops the design up a bit as is.

Itsy Belle Studio on Apr 8, 2016 at 7:04pm
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I'd consider moving down the entire design to cover less of the photo as well - it gives customers more photo options. Best of luck

Ilze Lucero on Apr 9, 2016 at 11:30am
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Love the watercolor texture, but the ampersand seems a bit out of balance with the rest of the design, maybe smaller

lulablu on Apr 9, 2016 at 4:16pm
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very elegant and pretty...nice

Chelsea McCollum.Hilsabeck on Apr 10, 2016 at 5:36pm
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beautiful! I love the size of the ampersand...I think it subtly contributes to the "newly married" theme and adds a dramatic flair to the design!

Kayla Penner on Apr 11, 2016 at 10:24am
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I love the pink in this! The 2016 is a little hard to read

Rhonda Kinahan on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:25pm
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Beautiful photo, great font choice! In design, the group consensus is the ampersand needs to be reduced in size and the white transparent bar is breaking up the photo a bit. My thought is to reduce the ampersand size, change the bar to a circle, or other shape, and move the "merry & bright" down a bit to float partially over the transparent shape, keeping the ampersand the visual anchor. However, still keep the name and year in the shape but stacked instead of side by side. The "2016" does get a bit lost but with different color variations that will clear up. Love the use of foil!!