Friday, October 08, 2010

Flash Back Friday/ My Greeting Card Days

© rebecca lansdowne

Back in the mid 90's I worked as an independent hand made greeting card designer. The other day I found a stack of my old cards. For about 5 years I created a wide range of lines, working in a huge variety of themes. Each season we had to come up with new designs and new offerings for the Stationery show in New York.  That early business taught me a lot about production, I bought my first computer back then and I learned how to promote my work. I think my ability to work quickly with new ideas and design a dozen or more cards in one sitting has helped me with both my pet portraiture and my mosaic work. 

Sometimes I miss my card days, and when I think back it is more the camaraderie I had with other card designers that I miss most. My best friend at the time was a local card designer and we had a lot of fun working on our own lines with each other's help and support.  It was a friendship based on competition, mutual respect and constant support.
I have been following a terrific blog by a handmade card artist named Kate Harper. She has great advice for card artists and artists in general. Check out Kate Harper's blog.


cbmosaics said...

Ahhhh, I see you have always liked bugs :)

Rebecca Collins said...

Lol, yep. I had a whole line of bug cards. My best friend use to give me grief about them. They were not my best sellers, but that is ok with me. I always had safe bet subjects and things I would take risks on.

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