Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Comfort of Cards


The past few days I have been working hard on a custom order of over 100 cards with my painting of the chickadee on them. I'm very touched by the order as it came from a friend who needed them for a special family mailing.

So I feel like I've been a card manufacturer this week more than anything else. It's been oddly comforting work. I've mentioned before that I ran my own wholesale card company full-time for about 7 years. I still have some of my inventory downstairs. Running a card company was wonderful in many ways but in the end I painted less and less as the administrative side of of my business grew.  Doing this order brought me back to the things I loved about my card business. First of all, I adore paper. I've printed the cards this week on actual watercolour paper and it's been a pleasure handling it. When I did my big card runs, I relied on a commercial printer. This week, I cut the paper myself with a Fiscars paper trimmer I bought years ago at Costco, printed it on my Epson R1900, scored it with a Cutterpede Straight Edge Trimmer (a nifty tool I just purchased) and folded it with a bone folder. I didn't have my bone folder until late yesterday so I folded some of my first samples out of the printer with the end of a wooden spoon! (It worked.) I learned through trial and error to use the bone folder on the back of cards when I am folding them just in case there are burnishing marks on the paper which happen every now and then. (I've just read about teflon folders and may order one for future projects as they apparently don't leave any marks at all.)


I used to make jokes when my girls were little that they would show up at school knowing not only how to count to ten but to twelve--because they were always around me when I was counting out dozens of cards to send to my retail customers. I find the task of repetitive counting, sorting and packaging to be very soothing. It allows time for thinking.

One thing I've thought about this week:  I sit on the floor a lot! With many of the flat surfaces covered with equipment (computer, printer, etc.), I put my paper trimmer on the floor and have cut the paper there. It's funny, I've often done crafts on the floor in the past. (When I paint, however, I do sit at a table!) I can remember when Emma and Chloé were babies, I'd be down on the floor or playground surface playing with them and look over and notice that other parents were sitting on benches or standing and talking together. I'm sure that says something odd about me.

This week has made me think that I may introduce more cards to my shop, both from my previous inventory as well cards created from my newest work. I think the chickadee card could work very well as a holiday card.




15 comments:

  1. superb work kathleen! very neat as always!

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  2. What a sweet chicadee and congrats that 100 lovely people are going to receive 100 lovely chicadees.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words. :)

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  3. very very lovely work !!!

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  4. You´ll make 100 people happy, that is quite amazing! :-)

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    1. :-) (ha! I made one of your little guys.)

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  5. 100, well that's quite an amount, I'm very happy for you ! Yes, repetitive gesture is comforting & soothing (in a certain extent of course !), and the more you make something, the better at it you are as well.
    I agree, these cards would be pretty awesome for Christmas/holidays !
    xoxo

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    1. You are right. At a certain point, it might turn into something less soothing. :) They are ready to be delivered today. I'm happy to have them all ready to go.

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  6. Your little bird is a delight! I would love to see more of your cards!xx

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  7. Looks like a lovely theraputic thing to do making up those lovely cards. That is a sweet image and that little bird is popular all over! I keep losing you from my blog list for some reason? Will have to add you again. Glad you had a good week :)

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    1. I love chickadees. I occasionally have trouble with blogs disappearing from my reading list--no rhyme or reason to it.

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  8. Very sweet! I love your colour palette with this piece - very soothing.

    Hope all is well with you and yours!

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