As usual, it’s been a while, but here I am at last. The summer is never my best time of year as I’m not a fan of the heat but this year I have tried completely reversing my sleep pattern and getting up around 6am so that I can work when it is much cooler. I think it has helped quite a bit although I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep it up!
Summer can be a good time for making those “behind the scenes” decisions though and one of the ones I made recently was to close down my digital wall art shop on Etsy. Sales have not been great but it was mainly because I have some exciting plans for a new Etsy shop and I wanted to clear the decks, as it were.
My new shop will still be stocking digital downloads or “printables” as they are often called but they won’t just be wall art this time. I’m planning on offering digital craft supplies such as toppers, embellishments, card fronts, background papers etc that I have designed myself, as well as stationery including party invitations, calendars, notepaper and greetings cards. All of these will be available to download instantly and print out (as many times as you like) in the comfort of your own home on the medium of your choice. It will be a new challenge for me but one that I’m really looking forward to.
To whet your appetite for what is to come, here are three of my designs that I hope will be on sale in my new Etsy shop very soon.
The first one is a sheet of embellishments that are intended for use in craft projects such as greetings cards, scrapbooking or home décor. The artwork is based on some photos I took of the roses in my back garden when I first acquired a digital camera several years ago and which I have used many times on various projects.
To put together the images, I created a heart digital punch in CraftArtist 2 Professional from a CC vector graphic and used it to punch out of a small section of different photos. Then it was just a matter of playing around with a few different colours, blends and effects to make each embellishment different from the next.
The party invitation below is my second design and it will be available in a 5x7 format with two designs to an A4 sheet. Although many of the printable party invitations available on Etsy are customisable, there are some that you fill in yourself such as this one. I love the artwork which is from a digikit called On Trend by the American company Crate Paper. It has a mixture of pretty, contemporary and vintage elements which is the perfect combination as far as I’m concerned. I used a template for the text that I designed for a previous invitation, so all I had to do was copy/paste the text and then put the new artwork around it.
My third design is a piece of A4 wall art which would look great in a frame. I actually created this in an 8x8 orientation originally as that was the format I was using for my previous Etsy shop. This time round, I’ve decided to offer A4 wall art instead as I think it is probably more “user-friendly”, although obviously I’d be happy to offer a square layout if the customer wanted it.
The lovely pink flamingo comes from a really great graphics website that I discovered recently called The Hungry JPEG. They do some fantastic graphics at really affordable prices and all their products come complete with a very workable and free commercial license.
The rest of the design elements are from one of my favourite DaisyTrail digikits called Butterfly Paradise. It is one of the very first digikits I ever bought (I now have over 200!) and I always enjoy going back to it as the artwork is so bright and colourful to work with.
To keep up to speed on when my new Etsy shop is open for business, do keep an eye on my social media links as I'll be posting regular updates there.
In the meantime, enjoy the summer and stay cool!