“I checked the mail after a hard day at work and it just had me smiling from ear to ear!”
This is why I do what I do.
Seriously, when Jessie posted this review in my Etsy shop it made me smile ear to ear too! I think the process of buying a greeting card should not only make the person you give the card to smile but is should make you feel special as well.
So what exactly can you expect when you make a purchase from AMTaylorART.
Where to start? How about I tell you a bit about my work first?
Everything I create in my shop starts out as a sketch or a doodle. I might be outside with my sketchbook while my kids play tag, sketching while on the sofa watching reality TV, or enjoying my morning coffee when an idea pops in my head that I have to jot down to come back to later. Only a small portion of my sketches make it to the next stage. I have quite a few in my sketchbook that I hope to make into something more one day but for now they are safely tucked away.
Once I have decided on a design from a sketch, I draw it out in black ink. I use many different sized pens and markers to get the line thicknesses just right. Sometimes I will add some extra shading and texture.
Then it is ready to be “digitized”. I photograph my work and upload it to some special computer software that smooths some of the edges and allows me to edit my drawings a bit. I try not to mess around too much with the original layout because I want to retain the hand drawn quality for the final product.
The software I use allows me to add colour to my black and white drawings in layers. This is how I get such consistent colours throughout my product line and am able to make some of my drawings seem like they might pop off the page! Recently I have been experimenting with adding patterns to the layers and I think it is turning out awesome.
Okay, so now my design is complete. I format it to fit on a greeting card, notepad, etc. and then the hard work begins of making it available to you on the website, Etsy, and social media. I would say 80% of my time on each product is spent doing this. This step takes the longest and quite frankly, there isn’t too much excitement to share in these processes until you get to see my work on your end.
So that brings me to the next thing you can expect. The buying process. There are actually a few different ways you can buy from me.
As I am sure you know, I have a shop on Etsy. For those of you who aren’t aware of what Etsy is, it is an online marketplace where small businesses can make their works available for the customer to purchase through Etsy’s secure checkout system. I compare Etsy to a shopping mall. You have all kinds of products, and shops under one roof. This is great for the buyer because they get to see what many artisans have to offer and great for the seller because they get the benefit of the “mall traffic”.
So what can you expect when buying from me on Etsy? Well first, head on over to my shop and browse through all I have in store. I have cards for every occasion and a few special giftable items too. When you find what you are looking for simply add it to your cart and checkout. Etsy just introduced Guest Checkout so you no longer have to create an account to buy. How awesome is that! Etsy is secure and is a great way to buy from me and other artists.
There is a slight caveat for my Canadian customers. My Etsy shop is priced in US dollars so you might notice my prices seem to be always changing slightly (a few cents here and there) with the shift of our dollar. That brings me to one of the reasons I created the second opportunity to purchase, my website.
For people buying in Canadian dollars, my prices are my prices and they will not change day to day. My shop currency is in Canadian dollars but international customers can view it in their currency as well. I am able to accept purchases from any customer worldwide who has a paypal account.
Like Etsy, you can trust that my website is secure. If you notice in the address bar, the little lock symbol means I have paid for extra security to keep all your info safe from those who might be trolling the internet looking for it. Unlike Etsy, my website is less “shopping mall” and more “boutique”. You have made a special trip just to see me and my work. Thank you for that!
What can you expect from my shop on my website? Feel free to browse my work, ask for custom order, or buy wholesale if you are a store owner all in one convenient place. Once you are ready to make a purchase, add your item to the cart and checkout with our secure checkout system via Paypal. It’s like double security! You get my security plus the security of the Paypal website.
You’ve Checked Out, Now What?
First of all, thank you so much! You’re awesome for supporting small business!
An email has been sent to me telling me what you bought. What did you buy? A card? Great! So it’s my turn to have some fun again. I will check to see if I have it all ready to go. Sometimes I do sometimes I don’t but you never have to wait. If I don’t have your card printed, I get to work right away. I print it on my printer in my studio at the highest quality setting on heavy 110 lb cardstock. I love that this paper is 30% recycled content and has such a smooth, white finish. Next I fold the card using my bone fold and a jig my husband made me and cut it to size. I used to cut them by hand with an Exacto blade, then graduated to a paper cutter/scorer that did one at a time, and now am totally in love with my newest toy that allows me to cut not only my cards, but my notepads too!
Your card is printed and cut. I give it a quick spray with an acrylic sealer. This helps keep the colours bright in case your giftee displays it on the window sill or tucks it in their keepsake box for years to come.
I gather up the rest of the supplies to make your order great. Of course your card comes with an envelope, and is packaged in a clear plastic sleeve to keep out any moisture while it takes its journey through the postal system. I also protect your card from bending by making a cardboard sleeve that fits perfectly in the mailing envelope. I also tuck a business card in your package so you don’t forget who made that card that made Mom cry (or laugh, or go gaga over). I address your package to you, stamp it and send it off.
Depending on where you are, you can expect it anywhere from a couple of days (if you are local) to a week for Canada and USA customers, and 2-6 weeks for overseas customers. I have shipped my work to the UK, Australia, France, and from coast to coast in Canada and the USA. My work has travelled further than I have! I had better get to work on my Bucket List.
The moment of truth. You have trusted me to create and send you something that you didn’t get to see in person. You are trusting the images online. You’ve been waiting days. Maybe wondered if the colours were right? Is the quality really what she said it would be? Did the post office damage it? I hope it was all you had hoped for! But here is what some of my other customers have said on arrival day:
“The card itself is perfect, and arrived it immaculate condition. I’m gifting this to my father and I know that he will find this just as incredible as I do. It’s a total treasure. Thank you again!” – Jessie
“As described. Thank you ! !” – Sarah
“I received the card a day earlier than expected! It looks exactly as seen on the screen.” – Karyn
“QUALITY CARD AND QUICK, SMOOTH TRANSACTION. RECOMMEND THIS SELLER” – Ronnie
“The card was beautifully made and delivered fast. It was also packaged very carefully, as to not arrive with any damage! Will definitely order more cards from here in the future. Thanks!” – Courtney
Oh, but don’t forget the last step! This card was a gift for someone. Share your smile with them, some fun and thoughtful words, and send it off to its next home.
There you have it. I am so glad I could share some smiles over that last couple of years with people across the globe. Are you ready to smile?
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