Trying to be more 'green' this Christmas...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Nicolecat, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a

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    I thought I could put my design skills to use, and put together gourmet cocoa & coffees baskets for my family and friends.

    Coffee mugs, homemade cocoas & coffees, peppermint sticks, chocolate dipped spoons & and a small personal momento.

    Here's what I have so far for the cocoa labels.
    (I found the recipes online...so I'm trying them out this weekend, before I make them in bulk.)

    Thoughts?

    Oh, yeah...My father's side of the family has italian heritage (thus the italian flair). From what I could find the quote roughly means, "Life is too beautiful to think it is granted." (Anotherwords, "Don't take life for granted).
     

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  2. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    The first one feels really moroccan. The shapes and the red and gold are are like stereotypical moroccan stuff (just looking on google I found this which has the same main shape http://www.yogitea.com/Photos/OurTeas/MoroccanOrangeSpice.gif which they use a lot). The fringe could be seen as a henna design too.

    I would avoid the red and stick with brown, I get more of a 50's vibe from those rather than moroccan.
     
  3. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    I agree with stainlessliquid in that to me atleast they're not italian, they seemed to give off an indian (curry) type vibe when I looked at them.
    Personally speaking italy always say cream green and deep red to me but I suppose you could argue thats the stereotypical colours which we become accustomed to.
     
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  5. Nicolecat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose I didn't fully explain...
    I wanted the italian verbage with a christmas feel...The shape in the background is a retro ornament. The warm colors were supposed to make you think of the cocoa/coffee drink mix flavor.

    Am I still off?
     
  6. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    In my opinion even with what you have said it still is off in my opinion.

    The background image doesn't look like a christmas ornament to me and the colours really don't make me think of coffee/cocoa either - sorry
     
  7. Whimsy macrumors member

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    I didn't think that they were THAT off/bad. I actually think they're pretty nice and coffee-esque. :) And besides, it's a gift for family and friends. I don't think they're going to be critically analyzing the cultural correlation of the design. I like it.
     
  8. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Like I said, the brown ones gave me a 50's vibe, which is what youre going for. The red ones are off, theres just too much moroccan/middle eastern stuff. I would stick with different shades of brown if you want to keep that shape.
     
  9. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    Italian or Morrocan, I really like them they look nice.
     
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    I agree with some of the earlier posts questioning how well the old Christmas decoration in the center matched the overall feel of the piece.

    I think the sharp angles on it don't easily give off the Christmas vibe in this day and age. Perhaps something more soft shaped would help.

    I do like the geometric trees and the stripes in the background. That is a good start. Perhaps going to a more contrasting, red, green, and gold (or perhaps silver) color scheme would bring out the Christmas time feel more.
     
  12. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    Could we possibly persuade you to post the recipes? :)

    I was mocking up what I thought would be cool, and I realized it was totally my aesthetic and that I actually really liked this idea. I have a friend who, a couple of years ago, made their own little package of delicious goodies and had printed on the package a special label noting the gift-givers' faux brand, as well as how they had been "made with love... and a terrifying amount of butter." LOL.
     
  13. Nicolecat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sure... But you have to post what you've done...it's only fair. :)
    (For each of these...the serving directions are 2 spoonfulls to one cup of hot water)
    Raspberry Cocoa
    3 Cups of favorite cocoa mix
    1 pkg. of Unsweetened Kool-Aid
    (Flavor or Choice)
    Mix in blender until it becomes a fine powder.

    Cinnamon-N-Spice
    2/3 Cups of instant coffee
    1 1/3 Cup Sugar
    1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
    1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
    1/2 Tsp. Allspice
    Mix in blender until it becomes a fine powder.

    Cafe Mocha
    2/3 Cup Instant Coffee
    3 TBS. Unsweetened Cocoa
    1 1/3 Cup Sugar
    1 Cup Nondairy Creamer
    1/4 Cup Nonfat Dry Milk
    Mix in blender until it becomes a fine powder.

    Cafe L'Orange
    2/3 Cup Instant Coffee
    1 Cup Sugar
    1 Tsp. Dried Crushed Orange Peel
    1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
    Mix in blender until it becomes a fine powder.

    I'm trying to remember where I found these...
    Here it is...
    www.thriftyfun.com
    There's more ideas there...the recipes are about 3/4 of the way down the list.

    I actually found a great idea on how to package recipe cards with the homemade goodies as well...
    From Martha Stewart...Go Figure.

    Have Fun!:D
     
  14. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet, thanks! :)

    They're just color variants on this... I'm not sure if I'm going to make all 4 yet. Thanks for this awesome idea!

    Also, eww, the thumbnail looks nasty. Click for larger.
     

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  15. Harmush macrumors 6502a

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    i like that but am not sure if i prefer the original. the one above is very cool however but am just not sure it makes me think Christmas. it would be perfect for like a girls bath type present however. but Italian coffee....

    i m goin to try one of those recipes now lol. they look bloody nice!!!
     
  16. nidserz macrumors 6502a

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    I like the desings. They do give off a christmassy vibe, but especially seem tea bag/coffeish.

    Im a fan, great idea!
     
  17. robbie198x macrumors newbie

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    I agree. The 2nd attempt is def lots better. but while it does have more depth to it, im not sure if it makes me thing christmas... looks more like a cook book cover. Maybe some x'masy elements?

    Looking good tho!! Please do share any other versions u come up with :D
     

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