I am just very finicky about how I finish cards up. I want these cards to be complete pieces that can be used later in other works so I spent a lot of time trying out various focal images. It is one of the reasons I sort of despise collage. I find myself really dragging myself through the process. It just takes so damn long. I hate wasting time digging for the perfect image and worrying about copyright. I've never had a large collection of images to use in collage work so I always feel like I'm repeating myself. And yes, I know there's no rule that says I have to collage on my cards. I just wrestle an insistent internal voice that tells me that's the best way to finish off these backgrounds.
For this year's ICAD challenge, I have become very attracted to layering black and white images from Dover publications (copyright-free reproductions of vintage lithographs and etchings) onto all that colorful random painting. I love the contrast this technique creates. I also love all the layers in these cards. My goal is to have each card hint at a story or convey a message. Please know that if you read up on the guidelines for ICAD, there is no rule about how you make your cards. This is simply how I choose to approach the challenge and I realize right up front that this makes a little more work for me. As long as I don't get so far off into the weeds that I can't do other things, I'm OK with spending a day here and there immersed in index card art.