Christmas – making a start with card designs for both my ranges

Recently I’ve begun to think Christmas – a little late but better than never.

I have a shop on notonthehighstreet.com and while I didn’t make their deadline for the look book last week, realising that there was such a thing and just how early they need images makes me determined to meet the next deadline in early June with some new things.

I’ll be adding to what worked well for me last year too:

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I designed two cards in this style a year or so ago and  I’m working on some more to go with these and a few other items too – gift tags and postcards. These will all be part of my Gabriella Buckingham range available in my Etsy shop and in Moobaacluck on notonthehighstreet.com too.

Over the weekend I got my paints out and jumped on the owl bandwagon ( they’ve been everywhere for a few years) for a woodland animal inspired set of 4 cards I am doing for Moobaacluck. On Sunday I had an idea based on the thought of presents that aren’t exactly ideal for recipients – a bit odd but it made me laugh to think that a squirrel might be given a spade for Christmas.

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Anyone less likely to need a spade is hard to find. I wonder whether anyone would get the joke at all!? I suppose someone might… I need to work on the wording here though.. perhaps “Huh?” or ” I’d rather have socks”. What do you think? If you can come up with some pithy words that suit the design that I actually end up using I will send you a pack of four of the final cards once they are done. Just leave a comment on my blog or facebook page and if I use your idea I promise to send you some. The next two will feature a badger and rabbit and a deer and birds.

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I thought you might like to see how the images started out. I painted in acrylic on wood ( which then was impossible to scan of course as the sheet was too big)). I took photographs and uploaded them into photoshop to finish the designs off. I had started by doing some excersises in Lilla Rogers new book ” Make Art that Sells”  – you can just see the collage with flowers on the left. I wasn’t surprised to find that I am drawn to bright complimentary colours like pink and orange and citrus yellow.

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What do you think of these cards? I am hoping they will appeal to adults who like the cute and quirky –  the ideal Moobaacluck customer!

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Breaking the blog lock with a giveaway . . .#nationalstationeryweek read down to the bottom ;

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It’s been over a month since I have blogged. I feel like I am at an AA meeting… only it’s a BB one.

I’ve had much on my plate as I have been taking a course on Illustrator with Nicoles classes, had a fair amount of work to do, a bit of a social life with friends to stay and actually going to a dinner party!! as well as adding and revamping my Etsy shop GabriellaBuckingham. Alongside family life. Am I making too many excuses?

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There’s also a burgeoning idea I have which I am mulling over  and aim to use the last week of the illustrator class to do the graphics for  the simple packaging it will involve. Then I will have to do the hard bit: costings and market research.

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During the course of adding finalised designs and some original canvases to my Etsy shop I had to ask myself a lot of questions about positioning, scale of image – all the usual things when you’re designing. It was very helpful to place some designs onto my Facebook page and ask for opinions. As a result of all the printing out and reconsidering I have a lot of cards that aren’t quite there but are still lovely.. some only have round corners where I then decided squared off would be better.

G I V E A W A Y !

As a thank you for all your help I am going to give away some sets of cards, a mixture of final designs and the ones that didn’t make the cut..( of my chomper!) or did but shouldn’t have. All you have to do is : visit my Etsy shop, look at both pages and tell me which are your favourite two cards of the whole selection (there are several different looks) and which is your favourite canvas – if any! Then either go to my Facebook page, (like it if you do but this isn’t essential) and leave your answers under the post I will be doing shortly about this competition or come back here and comment here instead. I will choose 4 winners (2 from the Facebook page, 2 from here) in two weeks time to send a bundle of cards which will include at least one of your favourites. Easy! Really look forward to hearing your thoughts. All comments welcome.

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I’m taking part in a school fete on Saturday and it will be the first time I will be showing a small selection of “inkpaintpaper” cards , postcards and wrap.

This is one of the cards that I have just finished. I haven’t mastered the ability to print edge to edge on the computer with these cards. I know how to do it for postcards as there seems to be the perfect format for those ( 2L) but not 12.5 cm square cards so white borders or floating images it has to be!

Here’s a favourite of mine that went down very well with a male friend last week:

©Gabriella Buckingham 2012