Yesterday was serendipitous. After countless experiments I was finally able to print blank message art cards on my own, on good paper, instead of just relying on a separate supplier in another country. I cannot do bulk printing (yet), but I can start churning out pieces.
And here are what make these cards just a little bit more special: after printing, I layer on the printed art additional colours in ink by hand. Often metallic colours to make certain elements really pop out. Thus even with the same prints, the added hand-drawn layers will vary, and therefore no two cards will be exactly the same.
You know how handmade this first batch is? Aside from having made the original painting, scanning the original, cleaning up the scan, and laying it out on a printing template, I also feed the paper one piece at a time to the printer so the printer won't snag on the thicker-than-usual sheets. I hand-fold each card. I cut each card to size using a paper-cutter -- please do not expect machine exactness as I adjust the trimming depending on how the design lays out on the card. Let's just say the cards are within the 4 x 6 inch range, give or take a few centimeters. I used my current stock of envelopes so they will vary in colour per card. I think I want to have different coloured envelopes that will complement the card design, so that again no card will be exactly the same.
Check them out at my Etsy shop!