non-photo holiday cards - Spread Cheer

Tags: non-photo holiday cards, holiday non-photo card, holiday, Christmas, New Years, cheer, jingle bells, bells, silver, shining, light, christmas tree, tree, typography, type, non-photo

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Erin Sadowski
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This hand-lettered non-photo holiday card celebrates the cheer bringers in your life.

tags:

non-photo holiday cards, holiday non-photo card, holiday, Christmas, New Years, cheer, jingle bells, bells, silver, shining, light, christmas tree, tree, typography, type, non-photo

colors shown:

Navy, white

fonts:

Mensch, Hand-lettering

design inspired by:

A7 Photo Card

submitted on:

May 22 2016

Edited on:

Jun 02 2016

average score:

1.89

comments:

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non-photo holiday cards - Spread Cheer by Erin Sadowski

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Anna Elder on Jun 6, 2016 at 8:19pm
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I love the changes!

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Dawn Jasper on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:13pm
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Love B!

Kelly Schmidt on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:46pm
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I like B! I think it complements your type without taking attention away from it :)

Shirley Lin Schneider on Jun 2, 2016 at 12:12am
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B...the simpler version so the type doesn't get lost.

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Erin Sadowski on May 31, 2016 at 6:01pm
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Border treatment? Please and thank you!

pandercraft on May 31, 2016 at 6:05pm
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Loving A, Erin!

Anupama on May 31, 2016 at 7:49pm
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I like A.

Ella Weaver on May 31, 2016 at 7:54pm
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A looks great.

CaroleeXpressions on May 31, 2016 at 9:19pm
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I choose B. There some breathing room on outside of border and not so crowded.

Basil Design Studio on Jun 1, 2016 at 5:17am
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I chose B. I like that the typography is the most prominent part of the design, with the border icons as accents. I would consider removing the little bells above the family name. I don't think that you need it and it clutters it up a little bit.

Dawn Jasper on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:22am
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I love B. If you have time I might try just one last version that puts the name vertically centered between the "so well" and the frame, then put the bells on either side of the name (they could be movable elements). This might also give you room to make the top and bottom margins the same as the sides.

Susan Moyal on Jun 1, 2016 at 7:46am
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A for me.. looks great!!

Shannon on Jun 1, 2016 at 8:06am
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B for me, I think you've resolved the space really well!

Kelly Schmidt on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:31am
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A for me, Erin!

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Erin Sadowski on May 25, 2016 at 6:25pm
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A new poll with updates from various feedback I received. Border or no border. I also added the shadow to make the lettering pop. Yay or nay on that? Thanks for all your help!!

Anna Elder on May 25, 2016 at 7:12pm
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I love the borders (A), but I don't think the decorative corners is working as well as the christmas trees. I would maybe try taking them out (just the corner decoration...the little gingerbread men).

Dawn Jasper on May 26, 2016 at 7:18am
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I'm not usually a border fan but I think it ties in the vintagey lettering feel really well. I think A could just be simplified a bit more. Maybe you don't need the corner detail? or maybe the corners could just be the dots? And maybe the trees smaller so they're not pulling the focus away from the lettering - or maybe you don't even need them? Just some things to try :) I might also move all the elements up so the border is even on the top and sides which would give the bottom more room for some extra negative space above the name - it's feeling just a little cramped down there.

Kayla Penner on May 26, 2016 at 9:59am
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Love the border of A

Shannon on May 26, 2016 at 10:29am
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I think your frame adds a lot to the design so I'm sticking with A – I think you just need to tweak the space at the bottom a bit :)

Christie Kelly on May 27, 2016 at 7:16pm
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Border! I like the idea of simplifying it a bit. Also maybe rework the name a bit. It feels a bit crammed down there. Best of luck!

chocomocacino on May 31, 2016 at 7:31am
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A

Shirley Lin Schneider on May 31, 2016 at 5:15pm
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I love the border in A. I would try to scale down the type a little so there is more breathing room between the type and border.

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Erin Sadowski on May 22, 2016 at 7:53am
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Non-foil or foil? Any other feedback appreciated, as well. Thanks for your help!

Anupama on May 22, 2016 at 7:57am
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I like B. Will keep a little gap between the outside text and the border!!!

Erin Niehenke on May 22, 2016 at 10:40am
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I love your lettering! I agree with Anupama - I'd leave a little space between the letters and border. I also wonder if you need the top text at all (each shining light...). Or the trees on the side. Or the bells in the corner. I say focus on the gorgeous lettering! Maybe move the family name inside the border as well and track it out/use a wider font to have it fill up a larger width. I do like the foil as well :-)

Rega on May 22, 2016 at 1:18pm
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I like B ..I love everything here but a bit I guess I maybe make the line thinner and not too close to the letters or maybe make the letter a bit smaller ?

Kim Bliss on May 22, 2016 at 2:48pm
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The white pops more.

Owl and Toad on May 22, 2016 at 3:43pm
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I like the foil version best. I didn't read the text at the very top or very bottom until I read the inside a couple times. I think you could make the smaller text a little larger and make it feel like it is part of the message.

Shannon on May 23, 2016 at 7:48am
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B for me, I don't know if you need the border on the top and the bottom? I like your silver bell corners, so I'd hate to see them go, but if there's a way you can resolve them without the horizontal parts of the frame you'll have more room for your copy (which seems a little squishy at the bottom right now).

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