Ni’s Sharing Thoughts: How To Make Your Own Greeting Card Using Your Illustrations!

©Ni Carnahan 2014. All Rights Reserved.版權所有© 妮·康納漢- 保留所有版權權利!!  Ni's very first set of greeting card with my illustrations-Asian Button Girls-Happiness 2014!!!

©Ni Carnahan 2014. All Rights Reserved.版權所有© 妮·康納漢- 保留所有版權權利!! Ni’s very first set of greeting card with my illustrations-Asian Button Girls-Happiness 2014!!!

Please click on “Illustration Today” to go to the website to see my post of how I DIY my greeting cards in Mandarin or you can read it in English below!!

Finally, I finished my Asian Button Girls greeting card project!!!!!

I have an opportunity to sell my greeting cards to a shop owner locally. It was a great chance to get my illustration out there. So, I decided to make my own greeting card using my illustrations for this project. So, the learning process went on!!!

So, I would like to share the simple process of how I made this set of greeting card with my friends’ help.

First, I illustrated this set of 6 Asian Button Girl illustrations using mixed media with real buttons. I have learned from this project that I should always scan the black and white illustrations and scan the final works before I put real buttons on them. It took me FOREVER to carefully remove the buttons before the next process. Lesson learned indeed!!!!

Secondly, I scanned  and fixed all my hand-drawn illustration and store them on my computer.  This process takes lots of effort to make sure that my illustrations would look almost the same as the real ones,especially colors. I often find it is hard to have the exact colors when I scan unless you have a really fine scanner or pay to have your images scanned. I have my dear friend Neely helped me to scan my images. They turned out well.   I usually save my files with 300 dpi.  I then use Photoshop to fix the images until I am satisfied with colors,and put them on the format that I want with my business and website information.  I used Photoshop to create 5 x 7 template with front and back with my kind art friends.

Next, it is the printing process.  First, I went to local paper store to look for my paper, and I decided to use 130lb Howard Linen bright white paper for this set. It was pretty thick as I tried to cut the cards after the printing process. So, I think that I will go for lightwight card stock next time. Anyway, Linen paper stock is pretty common paper to use for printing your own greeting card. I like textured papers,so this was a great fit for my first set greeting cards. You should also purchase the matching envelopes and clear sleeves to come with this set. You should search Etsy, Ebay,and other online sources to get a better deal for these or purchase them during stores’ sale days or using coupons.

This time, I have my dearest friend-Neely Wang at Neely Wang Photography and design – to help me print the image from her printer as well. They all turned out to be much better then what I had expected. Before you invest your money to buy a nice printer for your illustration. Do some research online and see what other artists use for their owns. That will give you some idea of what you want to buy before you invest. The best place to turn to will be Etsy where there are so many artists selling their prints on their shop.

©Ni Carnahan 2014. All Rights Reserved.版權所有© 妮·康納漢- 保留所有版權權利!!  Ni's very first set of greeting card with my illustrations-Asian Button Girls2014

©Ni Carnahan 2014. All Rights Reserved.版權所有© 妮·康納漢- 保留所有版權權利!! Ni’s very first set of greeting card with my illustrations-Asian Button Girls2014. Photo by Neely Wang.

Finally, I cut all images, and put real buttons and paper flowers on them!! Here they are-my final product—-set of 6 Asian Button Girls greeting cards!

I must said that this was a great challenge for me. Again, without my art group support and unconditional helps, I really could not have finished this project. Thank you all!! Also, this is another reason why you need a support group to keep you going and help each other !!

My goal is to sell my greeting cards on my Etsy shop in the future or license my illustrations to companies. Either way, I am just simply happy that I finished this project!!!

Happy creating!!

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