My personalised greeting cards start with a painted illustration, I am usually thinking of an occasion, the example for today is Easter & I have painted an Easter Bunny. Easter is on April 1st this year... & thats not an early joke!!! : )
I always paint my pet portraits on a colourful grounds, so that they stand out sending a wonderful cheery greeting! I also consider where to leave space so I can later add text for personalisation.
Once I have painted the image I will scan into my computer & manipulate the image to suit the product I am designing for, this could be for anything from a card to a cushion. Once I am happy I will mock up product images & list them on my website.
I am so happy when I get a sale!! I love it that someone has chosen my artwork to send to their family or friends. I will print out the card along with the customers requested personalisation, thats the fun bit, people say such lovely things to one another, along with little 'in jokes' that I have no clue about!! : )
I then pack & post & have nice a walk down to the post office, where I get have a chat with humans!!... Its quite a simple operation which is great, I am free to do the bit I love the most which is painting & designing. .