Design 12: Kimono card


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Kimono notecard (change/personalize the text)

My Notecard as shown at Zazzle (this is my latest one after I lightened it 10%)

The image I uploaded

Doing things a little out of order as the t-shirt I designed before this one hasn’t arrived yet.  The card arrived first so I’m going with that.

my scan, darkened just a tad to show you what I see. Scan shows up lighter than what I see.

I did two versions of the card: one with no text and one with personalizable text.

I like the way I did the card but when it came back it looked like it printed dark which I found I also liked because it has this effect of making her look as if she is emerging out of the darkness, like a moon emerging from behind clouds.  I looked at it indoors and in a cafe.

The strange thing is when I scanned the card, the scan looked much brighter, close to what I see in photoshop and the file I uploaded but with the human eye it looks darker.  So it might be a reflectivity thing and how the human eye perceives colors under different lighting.  I’ll have to check it out in bright sunlight.  My house lights are on the dim side because I use standing lamp in the living room and environmental lights in the other rooms.   I may experiment with seeing how my cards look in different lighting settings like outdoors and a store during the day. I’ve already looked at them at home, in the library and in a cafe.

I showed the card to a few people (not my computer image) and pretty much everyone liked it.  We were at a cafe — it’s part of a writing group.   They thought it was a little dark but they liked it.  I am printing it 10% lighter just the same to see how that goes.  Still I’m pretty happy with my image.


Links to the card in my Cactus Dreams Zazzle shop by country
USA store
UK store
English Canada store
Australia store
New Zealand store
Japan store
Netherlands store


disclaimer: as a designer of the cards, Zazzle gives me a royalty if anyone buys anything with my design. As an associate, I may earn a commission if someone buys something by clicking links on this page whether or not I’m the designer.


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