Actually Printing the Cards
Today is World Peace Day! Here is the link to learn more about this great day on the winter/summer solstice. This is to encourage each of us to spend some time today in prayer and meditation for world peace. A great idea to my mind!!!
Plum Sky, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
In this journey of printing cards to get to licensing my artwork, I have now chosen Modern Postcard as my printer. If you want to see more of this odyssey, it is in the last several posts. The size of the cards was a decision I needed to make. They had a very reasonable price for cards that are 4.25 x 6.” Their prices (at that time anyway) were very high for 5 x 7″ cards. There are printing concerns regarding the initial paper size each printer uses. For Modern Postcard, they waste a lot of paper with the 5 x 7″ size card. So that made my decision about the size!
Given that I like control and input in how I do things, I wanted to make the file up myself and not use one of their templates. I bet you can guess that I spent some real time choosing the font that I used. A font (especially a decorative font) is another representation of oneself to the world. I eventually chose the Parisian font. It is delicate and elegant … and I love it and it makes my heart sing! And I think it looks great with my work. You can see this font on the images I created lately with words as part of the painting. That is Parisian.
Now for the images. Of course, printing each painting on a card is expensive (at least to me). “They” suggest printing cards in series. I had a buyer already who was kind enough to take a risk on my work and he had already agreed to buy some cards. I was not the first local artist he had done this for either. He outs his values into action!! Dick McLeester of VisionWorks is a great person and sells progressive and uplifting magnets, books, cards and bumper stickers. You may want to check him out.
I decided to choose 6 images that are some of my most distinctive and unusual paintings. You can see what I chose here … and these cards are still for sale. I prepped the images and got the sizes correct and make sure the dpi was right. And I put it all together into a file in a graphic design program for each painting. I used Quark then but now I would use InDesign. You can also do this by uploading your image into their templates …
So I took a deep breath and went to the next step. One can print (or at least back then) in steps of 500. I decided to take a leap of faith and print 1000 of each of the 6 images. So I put them all on a disk and sent them off. Nowadays one would just upload them. Now we will wait to get them back from the printer!
~ Diane Clancy
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Nice post and great picture. I love how you use colors and can’t wait for you to join us. Looking forward to it and have a happy holiday season.
These images are so uplifting to be put on greetings cards. Literally so, with the floating bubbles and the luminous colours. I love your painting ‘Reflections in Blue’. It reminds me a little of the sculpture ‘The Thinker’ with the women thinking, but this is such a woman-centred card, celebrating women’s form and the fact they can think as well!
the card is beautiful and the cards sound like a great deal! good luck with your new adventure. And merry Christmas and happy Peace day.
An exciting post it is about the card printing. I am holding my breath about the outcome. I hope it all turns out wonderfully well.
Thanks for posting on my blog– I thought I should stop by and check yours out! I really like your bubble-scape art. Quite impressive! I think they will make lovely cards.
Happy Holidays, and see you ’round the blog-o-sphere!
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Hi World Gallery, I am so excited you want me to be part of your site!! Thank you!
Hi Beverly, I never heard anyone else say that about The Thinker, but that is how I think of the Reflections in Blue also. I am eager to see if there is a desire for cards with these bubbles! Thank you,
Hi Debra Ann, Thank you so much!
Hi Irene, Thank you so much for caring about me and my art and my business!!
Hi Allison, I am delighted you like my bubblescapes!
~ Diane Clancy
I’ve had a wonderful time looking at your postcards and meandering on to the Vision Works site. You are a good fit with them and I wish you both success in your partnership. Exciting. Exciting. Exciting.
Hi Debi, Thank you so so much!! ~ Diane
Maybe it can get a little complicated if used in a different way.