June 2018

I LOVE greeting cards! On the highstreet and even in the supermarket, there are so many great designs on offer. It’s easy to find something just right for that someone special. That’s why I was delighted when I was asked by Paperless Post to try out their site for free.

Paperless Post are an online, New York based stationery company that specialise in greeting card and invitations that can be personalised and emailed to the recipients. They have partnered with many great illustrators and designer including Jonathan Adler, Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Co, Hello Lucky, Petit Collage, Little Cube, and Red Cap Cards. That’s just a few of the great list of names I could have put here!

Let’s move onto the shopping side of things. I have a new baby coming into the family in the summer, so I thought I would find a super cute card for that.
In August, one of my best friends is getting married in Greece (I’m a bridesmaid!), so I really need a celebratory card for this occasion.
Then it’s birthdays. I need grown up ones, and a kids one for my niece who turns 5 this October!
Using the Paperless Post site is very easy. The website is clear to use, and is very pleasing on the eye.
Categories are split into the following
  1. Flyer
  2. Birthday
  3. Wedding
  4. Parties
  5. Professional
  6. Cards
Using the search bar tool was useful, as I couldn’t see any New Baby cards, only Baby Shower invitations. After searching for New Baby cards though, I was left with a delightful collection of pretty designs. Here are a few of my favourites:
Under the Wedding category I found some really cute designs that will be perfect for my bestie and her new husband.
Here’s a couple of great designs that caught my eye:
I think my favourite category of card to shop for is always kids birthday. As a children’s illustrator I am drawn naturally to fun characters so picking something for my niece will be fun. I like these LOADS!
Lastly, I just want to share some general birthday cards that are great for adults. There are quite a few really beautiful and simple designs. I picked these two as an example:
Another great thing about the site is the option to customise at every stage from the message on the back of the card, to the envelope liner, and even the stamps! LOOK AT THESE!
Hopefully, I’ll have enough coins left for Christmas cards this year.

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the AOI World Illustration Awards in London. As I walked around with my friends, I was struck by the number of simple but effective animated illustations on show and this prompted me into looking at how I could achieve something similar with little effect. My mind always buzzes when I get to see world class illustration and makes me adore the industry that I work within.

Finding this tutorial on Skillshare, I was able to learn the basic principals of using the Puppet warp tool in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. I think this tool is only available in this version, so you will have to upgrade to try it out.

This is not a tutorial for you today, as it would be too complicated for me to explain. I just wanted to share the result of my first attempt at this simple and easy to understand form of animation. Jamie Bartlett, who teaches the class on skillshare, runs through a few different techniques too, including

  • tweening and duplication
  • frame by frame.

I hope to give these techniques a try soon too.

I used an original, old illustration from illustrator and I copied and pasted each element over into a new file in photoshop. This was convenient as I tend not to work in Photoshop for my artwork. My final animated illustration is on a very basic loop, and is a little jerky, but effective.

I have linked below my referral  link for those of you that want to try out skillshare classes like this one for a trial period.

SKILLSHARE REFERAL LINK

See the original illustration in my portfolio HERE.