I think you should use fewer greytones. I guess this isn't an absolute rule but one recommendatin that I've gotten while working in greyscale is to stick to 4 shades- Black, white, light grey and dark grey.
I have to say that I unfortunately love the Donkey kong cartoon. This is a show that I started watching ironically but i just cant help it, it has started to grow on me. Don't get me wrong, it's awful, but there is clearly some effort there (They were willing to be experimental with the animation and write a lot of songs)
And speaking of the songs, I know more of them by heart than I want to admit...
My great-great granma was the daughter of a relatively wealthy farmer, living in rural sweden. She fell in love with a farmhand, and she accidentally got pregnant. This was, of course, a big scandal. She and the farmhand gathered up some money and emigrated to america, where they lived in Idaho or Iowa (Can't remember which) working on a farm for ten years until her father wrote to her and said that everything was forgiven and asked her to move back home.
Yup! I have made a number of different labels by this point. I've mostly made them in an art nouveau style but for this one, I tried to go more for an art deco-look. (And for my meads, I've made runestone-looking labels)