No, I haven’t given up art to become a master of shady card tricks (yet). Instead, I’ve discovered a new, more efficient way to create greeting cards from my art thanks to a custom order from a few folks who stopped by to gander at my art show last month.
Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time, I offered greeting cards and greeting card gift packs on my Etsy shop. Each card featured a high-quality print that I cut out by hand and pasted onto a blank greeting card. To make a few of these was no problem, but if an order had more than five cards I ended up spending hours piecing everything together.
The cards looked great, but I was losing far too much time and getting some serious hand cramps making them. I was suffering for my art, but not in the right way. So, once I ran out of my supply of blank greeting cards, I took the cards off my shop.
There’s Gotta Be A Better Way
I love buying other artists’ greeting cards since it’s an affordable way to say, “Hey, I like your stuff.” And even though I always hope there’s someone out there who wants to purchase my entire stock of original artwork, I’m sure most art-loving folks are like me and require more affordable ways to say, “Nice stuff!”
So, I really wanted to figure out a way to make greeting cards of my own work without suffering carpal tunnel syndrome and without losing half a work day to make a few cards.
While making the postcards for my art show, I had noticed the printer also offered greeting card printing. I looked a bit more. Hmmm….Load photo, add text, select finish, submit order. Could it be that simple? My hand and my time budget were already feeling better.
I played around creating a few mock up cards but, since I don’t have room for a stock pile of greeting cards in my house, I held off on ordering any.
Thankfully, my dad, stepmom, aunt, and uncle wanted to see my show. My stepmom mentioned a Version 1.0 Greeting Card I had sent them and asked about buying more. I said I wasn’t making that kind anymore, but (in cheesy-car-salesman-bait-and-switch manner) I asked if I could interest them in Version 2.0.
The suckers, I mean, the nice members of my family kindly agreed to be test subjects so I went home and got to work “making” some cards. In less than an hour I had fifty cards on the way and not a single hand cramp.
The cards arrived in about a week and they looked great. I don’t know why I was surprised, everything I’ve had done by this printer has turned out well, but I prefer to approach life from the pessimistic side of things.
Version 2.0 cards aren’t as fancy as Version 1.0, but I have to say I wouldn’t mind getting one of these in the mail. Oh wait, I just got fifty of them in the mail….
Besides being more efficient to produce, I also like that with Version 2.0 I can have the title of the artwork printed tidily on the back. Before, I had to handwrite the title, and let’s just say to make my handwriting legible takes A LOT of concentration on my part.
If these do prove popular, I may eventually look for a printer that has more options regarding paper and style, but for now I’m glad to have found a solution to my greeting card conundrum.
Almost all of my art can be made into a card, so If you’re interested in any of my work and have been itching to stock up on some stationery, simply contact me and together we can create a custom order to fit your needs.
The printer’s minimum order for each card design is ten, but I can work with smaller quantities (although I’ll be more inclined to offer discounts for larger orders).
Thanks for stopping by everyone and have a great weekend!!
PS – My art show ends next Thursday, so if you happen to be in the area over the next week, be sure to stop by before you miss it!
Red Soils Campus, Development Services Building, Entry Gallery, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon (gallery is open Monday to Thursday 7am to 5pm)