March 20, 2017

Astronaut fan club

A customer wrote to me explaining that she was creating a space-themed birthday party for her son and wanted a cohesive look for the party. She ordered my astronaut party invitations and asked to purchase the usage rights to my astronaut image so she could screen print it on the cake. 


Astronaut Birthday Party Invite
One small step for a party invitation...

























I really appreciate her taking the time to reach out and get permission first. I told her that if she sent me a photo of the cake to post online, I would not charge a usage fee. She sent the photo and wrote back, "I wanted to thank you for allowing us to use your image. My (almost) 6 year old loves it. You do amazing work and we are so in love with that little astronaut!"



...One giant leap for a theme party! 



















Getting this kind of feedback is very rewarding to me. For those of you who are new to this blog, I have been selling my work on Zazzle since 2009. Sellers hardly ever get to hear from customers. So I've opened up my Flopsock Designs shop on Etsy and I'm re-working my best selling designs to sell as greeting cards and art prints.

As for this astronaut design, I simplified his balloon situation and added a hand lettered birthday message. These cute little cards are on sale now in my shop. They are A2 size (4.24"x5.5"), blank inside, and comes with a kraft paper envelope.



New astronaut birthday card design 
























I have more cards and art prints coming soon. For updates, follow me on Instagram.



February 20, 2017

Flopsock Cards

If you are new to this blog, you might not know that most all of the work I post here (aside from my children's book) is available on Zazzle.com as greeting cards, invitations, and gifts. I've had a top-ranked Zazzle shop since 2009.

The bacon & eggs mug here is a best seller on Zazzle.





















Selling on Zazzle is easy. They take care of the printing, shipping and billing. All I have to do is be a designer. But I want to grow my business and sell on a larger scale. Concentrating on greeting cards for now, I'm re-working some of my card designs, re-thinking the messages, and refining the overall look with hand-lettered text. Then I will get them printed to sell in my Flopsock Designs shop.

Below is a sample of my hand-lettering so far. Practice makes perfect with the help from some great online tutorials. It's nice to break-away from the computer for a change.  

Hand-lettering on grid paper with Micron pens.





















This is how it will look combined with the image. My lettering skills are far from perfect. But I'm liking the contrast created between my shaky hand lettering and the clean vector illustration.

Hand lettered message combined with vector illustration.




























I am working on several different card designs for my new line and will share more details here soon. Thanks for visiting my blog!