UPDATE: pic of final print, scroll down
Well, I’ve taken too long already and it’s got to go off to the printers (AFAIK, about 1000~1500 will be printed), so here’s the image that I finally ended up with:
(a little post-proc in photoshop)
While of course there are always things that could be improved, I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out, and hopefully it’s recipients will enjoy it too I’ve still got to lay it out in Illustrator with some text on the front of the card, and the message inside as well (might as well post it as an addendum to this thread when I do that), but as for the blended component, it’s done. Thanks for the comments in this thread, it helped immensely and I’m sure the final product’s a better one because of them.