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10-19-2004, 07:13 PM
I don't know if this is the right forum to post this in, and usually I lurk, but I am delurking...
I wanted to make some notecards from some of my botanical illustrations that I have done. Mainly I want to use them for gifts but I also want to make enough to use at a charity sale that is coming up. Does anyone knwo whet the best way to do that is?
I figure I would scan them in, but then what is a cost effective way to make them into notecards? I don't have a very good printer so that may not be an option unless I decide it is worth it to get a good photo printer.
ANy suggestions? Has anyone done this, and if so, then what did you do?
10-19-2004, 07:28 PM
Hi...glad you are unlurked
Doug (yorky) has made some BEAUTIFUL notecards from his paintings....if he doesn't wander in her in a minute...PM him
and let us see what you do!
10-19-2004, 08:54 PM
Welcome Jacqueline :wave:
Glad you came out of Lurkdom :)
I make notecards using Avery Textured Notecards. they look like water colour paper and the paintings look very, very good on them. I use the small ones so you get two cards per sheet. About $14.00 canadian for 30 cards.
I print them on my own printer HP 7150 using the regular print normal mode, no need to use photo quality.
I printed out about 100 for two art festivals this summer and sold most of them and didn't use up the ink cartridge.
I have a couple left. If you want, PM me with your postal address and I can mail a couple out to you so you have a better idea of the card and the quality.
10-19-2004, 11:16 PM
You can use Microsoft Publisher as well. Use the blank notecard page.
10-20-2004, 03:24 AM
Hi, caught up with this thread :)
I don't know where you live, Jacqueline (hint please add a few more details in your profile ;) ), but look at this thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=221412&highlight=notelets) where I gave details of www.craftcreations.com who supply all kinds of card blanks and materials and examples of cards that I make.
I use MS Publisher in the A5 single fold card setting and they turn out fine on my Canon i850 inkjet printer although I have to lay them out separately to allow the ink to dry and prevent smudging in the printer.
I encourage you to try this, people will pay £3 for a pack of notelets when they won't spend £30 on a painting. I also sell notecards to people whose house portraits I paint and they come back for repeat orders.
10-20-2004, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the info. I think I will try to print up my own. And I will update my profile and post some of my work.
I went to an art show with a friend of mine recentle and she bought someones notecards which is how I came up with the idea.
10-20-2004, 08:58 PM
I just started a thread here in the General Forum called "Note Card Sample" with a pic of one of my note cards. You may find it helpful.
10-21-2004, 11:29 AM
If you would rather not print them yourself, you can go to Kinkos (they have online ordering too) or anyone who does picture greeting cards and have them printed. I did Christmas cards this way with one of my paintings. I don't remember the exact price but it wasn't too expensive. They probably would be a little larger than standard note card size though. Just another option for consideration.
10-21-2004, 11:52 AM
I scan my watercolors with an Epson Perfection 3170 and print them on to Avery Textured Notecards using an HP PhotoSmart P1000 (a fairly "old" printer, about 7 years old now, but still very satisfactory). I buy the notecards in packs of 50 for around $10 at local office supply stores (Office Depot seems to ususally beat the others by a few pennies) so that works out to 50 cents per card, plus ink which is a little more difficult to work out the price for since ink usage varies depending on the image being printed. If I had to wager a guess I'd say I print around 200-300 cards before running out of ink, but honestly I've never kept track. I sell a lot of cards for charity plus to friends and family. The quality is quite good and people seem to like them. I've thought about getting cards done professionally by a printing house, but the cost is prohibitive and I don't want to risk having to order hundreds of cards with one image when I might not be able to recoup my expenses. I like having the freedom of just printing out exactly what I need when I need it.
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