Today I'm happy to announce that I am ready to unveil my new store at Greeting Card Universe. I've received comments about some of my pieces being well suited for use as greeting cards, and I love them, so why not?
If for no other reason, I can buy my own and send out original cards. One day, I'd love to have a really nice printer so I can make my own prints, but for now I'll have to stick to print on demand sites like GCU and Fine Art America.
Just a quick note about how I created this image. I used Kim Klassen's Phoebe and Stained Linen textures, and the flag image behind the cutout of the dove is a photograph of one of the many flags that were waved at Lance Corporal Frankie Watson's funeral. For that reason, 100% of the proceeds from this card will go to the LCpl Franklin N. Watson Scholarship Fund.
As for my other cards, I researched this a bit and I've heard that once you get established GCU can create a pretty nice little revenue stream, so we'll see what happens. I would have spoken of this sooner except the approval process is pretty lengthy and I've had several of my cards returned for revisions before they could be sold. The powers that be at GCU say this is to make the cards more marketable and appealing to their buyers. I have also created a gallery on Fine Art America specifically for greeting cards, and I will offer them there as well.
I'm going to order a sample card from both places and will let you know what I think. I already know that the Fine Art America cards are very high quality and glossy, while the GCU cards are matte.
The cards are probably going to cost more at FAA, and I happen to know that GCU is running a 50% off sale until November 17th (tomorrow!) if you order ten or more cards. Both sites offer bulk pricing, but if you are interested in ordering Christmas cards, now may be the time! Just click on the image at left to go to this particular card or browse cards by other artists.