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Title: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on January 11, 2017, 11:36:47 AM
I’m thinking of doing something along these lines and am wondering if anyone on the forum has tried it. If so, how did you go about it? :)
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 11, 2017, 11:40:58 AM
John, I use the company called Zazzle. I've used them for the last 3 years for my Christmas cards and also for note cards. It's all done digitally. You upload an image of your art and have the opportunity to add text to the interior of the card, if you wish. The image is a glossy finish, and the card stock is good quality.
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on January 11, 2017, 11:53:30 AM
Thanks for the info. Susan. I looked at the Shutterfly site today which does about what you use. They offer a card (4” x 6”) which is about a standard sized card. What I’m uncertain about would be the resolution and size requirements of my uploaded files.  How large were your files? :)
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 11, 2017, 01:28:31 PM
John, the largest file I've uploaded to Zazzle was 1.5 MB. Excellent resolution for the card.
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 12, 2017, 02:13:13 PM
I've done this a few times - first with VistaPrint and now with a local printer who gives me a really good price. It's fun to both sell these and to send notes on your own cards. Mind you, there's not a big profit margin when it comes to selling them, if that's your objective. You gotta go with volume...
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on January 13, 2017, 10:33:15 AM
I’m discovering that fitting your painting on a card presents all sorts of problems. For instance a painting size of 11” x 17” will not comfortably fit on a 5” x 7” greetings card even with necessary resizing. These online companies offer a limited number of card sizes for a good reason. Taking this into consideration and prior to painting something that you intend put on a greeting card would probably be a good idea. To get around cropping the 11” x 17” I’ll be forced to add borders to the width. The option of buying card stock, a very good photo printer and printing them yourself would get very expensive fast. :)
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 14, 2017, 04:54:45 AM
Yes, that can be annoying, John. My math is quite rusty, but if one could determine the height-width ratio of the completed card, I think it would be possible to extrapolate that so as to use the same ratio for a larger painting.
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 14, 2017, 07:38:59 AM
John,

I am not sure if this is a quick solution or not.  I use the RESIZE feature in Microsoft PAINT and it reduces the size by whatever percentage you enter.  I use it to resize all my paintings, then send them to Vistaprint to be made into postcards.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on January 14, 2017, 09:45:27 AM
The idea of putting some of my artwork on greeting cards came about after mulling over the cost of creating a children’s book. The cost of the greeting cards would be somewhere between $1.70 and $2.50 per greeting card whereas the book publishing project would be somewhere north of $2000.00. My thought is to monthly release in order each story episode to family and friends until the story is complete. The draw-back would be the demised size, but the plus would be the savings. I am wondering how to protect the copyright on my work, however. 
I found this very helpful resizing article on the web which contains a great little resizing and cropping estimator tool. (Link below)
 http://www.scantips.com/lights/resize.html (http://www.scantips.com/lights/resize.html)

Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 15, 2017, 04:37:11 AM
Self-publishing books with colored illustrations can, indeed, be costly. John, a few years ago my husband published a children's book. We had to hire an illustrator which, of course, you won't be doing. We then published it on Amazon, using their CreateSpace program. Here is a link to the costs:
 https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/Royalties.jsp (https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/Royalties.jsp)[url=http://

 :surrender: Hi Susan I fixed your link for you. Cheers, Val
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on January 15, 2017, 03:25:47 PM
Thanks for that information, Susan. The lady I illustrated for used the publisher Outskirts Press, and that’s the only publisher that I’m remotely familiar with. I had called them a couple of time about upload format and file size and they were very easy to deal with. If I had everything in place to publish a book I would probably look at them. They appear to be running a non-hardbound book (trade book) in color special at the moment for $1,700.00. I’m posting their link below for general information purposes. :)

http://outskirtspress.com/options/16608_full_color_publishing.html (http://outskirtspress.com/options/16608_full_color_publishing.html)
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 16, 2017, 05:39:36 AM
John, I am familiar with Outskirts Press. I used to teach writing classes and did a lot of investigation into self publishing for my students. Among the various print-on-demand publishers, Outskirts is one of the better ones. But they are all so expensive, especially when it comes to color printing. Most people have a hard time selling enough books to come close to earning back the fees. That's why my husband and I chose to use Create Space. I wish you well!
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on January 16, 2017, 08:52:20 AM
Thanks for the well wishes, Sue. Diving into a project of this sort with the desire of making money would be the proverbial pipe dream on my part.  I think we should all try and leave something of our better selves behind for those who care now, or might care in the future. :)

Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 16, 2017, 12:16:59 PM
So nicely put, John.  My thoughts exactly.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 16, 2017, 01:04:42 PM
Self-publishing books with colored illustrations can, indeed, be costly. John, a few years ago my husband published a children's book. We had to hire an illustrator which, of course, you won't be doing. We then published it on Amazon, using their CreateSpace program. Here is a link to the costs:
 [url]https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/Royalties.jsp[/url] ([url]https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/Royalties.jsp[/url])

Thanks, Val! Hi, yourself! Hope all is well.  :-* (http://

 :surrender: Hi Susan I fixed your link for you. Cheers, Val
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Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: BeaSue on January 16, 2017, 01:07:44 PM
Thanks for the well wishes, Sue. Diving into a project of this sort with the desire of making money would be the proverbial pipe dream on my part.  I think we should all try and leave something of our better selves behind for those who care now, or might care in the future. :)

John, I couldn't agree more. That's why I ended up (self) publishing my book about the years that my husband and I were missionaries in Africa. And why he also self-published his children's Christmas book and two volumes of meditations (he was a pastor).
Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: John Box on March 10, 2017, 11:13:19 AM
I thought I would give an update on the progress on my children’s book project. The clerical part of this project takes a lot of time and effort for someone who is not a trained secretary, and I am definitely not secretary material. This week I am mailing out episode #2 in the series. I included a clean copy of episode #1 in the envelopes along with episode #2 so the recipients can share with a friend or loved one. The 2 half fold cards in the envelope max out a forever postage stamp, but just make it. My data base is a little under 50 names and I need to bring it down to 35-40 so that I can better handle the time involved. Not everyone will want to be bothered with receiving the cards, and that is OK.  I’ve made some rubber character stamps that I use to enhance to cards interior along with the story line. It is work, but I am getting a lot of enjoyment, so that is my reward. :)

Title: Re: Your art turned into Greeting Cards?
Post by: Ai Ke on October 15, 2017, 11:51:03 AM
Love your passion John! Any updates since?

Ciao!