MATS Part B Week 1 - Greeting Cards

I have been MIA for weeks on the blog and it isn't because I haven't been here working. In the past month I have finished a number of projects, a few I can't announce yet, but I am so thrilled to have worked with some great new clients and friends! So let me just say there is a lot going on behind the scenes. 

I also started part B of Make Art That Sells and I am dedicating time every week without fail to finish the projects. In part A last fall I had too much on my plate and had to let several of the projects just slide right by. I am not letting that happen this time around. 

Week one was all about the paper market, I have done a lot of work in the photo card industry so it was fun to approach it from more of a greeting card direction. The guidelines for the project were a gingerbread themed holiday card.

One thing I have learned in the past few projects I have been involved inis that I like to do the sketching and then translate that into an image on the computer. In the past I was really fond of making beautiful drawings and then inking them and using live trace to translate them on the computer.  On that note here is just one of my very rough, not very pretty sketches for the card for week one paper project in MATS.


After many changes and time spent perfecting the design this was the image I submitted which I am thrilled to say was selected by Lilla for review in the weekly roundup. I thought the design was very cute but I wasn't sold on all the blue in the background and that was the one thing Lilla said I could improve in the design so I have included the before and after of that below as well ( I am still not sold on it but had to move on to my pirates for last weeks homework). I'd love to hear from you if you have suggestions or thoughts as well!