Artwork, design, Drawings, Freelance Work, Graphic Design, Greeting Cards, Uncategorized

Save the Dates

I was asked to design Save the Dates for digital distribution (the bride-to-be wanted to email them to friends and loved ones so that she can spend more money on the wedding invitations). After a few sketches, she approved this design and layout:

 

I created this design that features Peonies, a favorite flower of the couple.

The design was created using original floral illustrations and existing fonts.

Artwork, design, Graphic Design, Greeting Cards, Typography

Share the Love (in Technicolor)

Let someone know you love them with a cute, colorful illustration. I always like looking for (and making) unique takes on the traditional Valentines card.

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This drawing was done with pen, ink, Sharpies, and Copic Markers. If you haven’t tried out Copic Markers, you really ought to give them a try. They’re a little pricy from the get-go, but you can refill them…so they’re more cost effective in the long run (and more eco friendly!)

This is available as a card and as a print in my Etsy shop.

Artwork, design, Typography

Letterpress Class at the Book Arts Center

I found a new favorite place in town: The Western New York Book Arts Center. They are a non-profit that focuses in sharing the age-old traditions of letterpress printing, screen printing, and other traditional printing methods. They also have bookbinding classes and oh so much more!

I signed up to take their Letterpress I class the other day.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Even their bathroom had some great artwork and typography! Check out this great print with all of the letters and glyphs for Morgans font.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Check out their lovely wooden type. Can you see the variations in the letters? The different wood types? Beautiful.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Above are some of their glyphs and symbols in lead type. These are for letterpress, and are made from lead. They are delicate and, apparently, can be dented if dropped…so you have to be very careful with them! Obviously they have an abundance of fonts in various shapes and sizes. But it is so overwhelming to see all of the parts and pieces that go into making a printed piece.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

The even have many, many vintage books and supplies nestled comfortably on their shelves.

design, Graphic Design

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with GUACAMOLE

Today I am doing something new! Here is a downloadable recipe card that I designed for Guacamole!

I made a big, big bowl of GUAC today and here is the recipe I used. Feel free to up-size or down-size to fit your needs (or your appetite). Add spices that you enjoy like pepper, cumin, chili peppers, etc.

Get your “Cinco” celebration on with homemade Guacamole.

Recipe card for Guacamole!

Serve with chips and a good beer or margarita (or two)!

Click on the image to enlarge.

design, etsy shop, Greeting Cards

Photographing Artwork for Improved Branding

Birthday CatsWhat a great set of Birthday Cards! Sprinkles not included.

I am taking steps to make my dream of selling my cards online AND locally a reality. It’s been a lot of hard work bringing Pink Toe Press to where it is today, but I am very proud of my work. Thank you to those of you who have been with me on my journey so far. Your support really means a lot to me.

While I am creating new and amazing artwork, (more on that in upcoming posts!) I am also in the process of taking old designs and making them look lovely and more like “part of a series”. I’d have to say that is one thing that I’ve been putting off for too long now. This week I’ve been rephotographing some of my favorite “older” designs to improve the look of my online shop and bring a cohesive look to my Pink Toe Press Brand.

Unicorn PostcardsNew listing photographs for Pink Toe Press.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe old photograph.

What do you think of these new photographs? Many, many more to come. Many listings in my Etsy shop have been updated with these new photographs. There are also new Shop Sections and better descriptions for all items listed. Huzzah!