Thursday, August 11, 2011

Meet the Artist: Star from Vreeland Design

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Star from Vreeland Design. Star has graciously agreed to offer one lucky winner of the Family Tree Giveaway a set of her beautiful Gingko thank you cards!

Ginkgo screen printed thank you card on eco friendly papers
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Star's stationery is not your run-of-the-mill stationery; quality papers are impressed with rich, gorgeous screen printed images she designed herself. 

Star sent me a sample pack of these designs:

Nature motif screen-printed blue and white wedding Invitation
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I love the contrast of the white stem flower against the blue. The navy cardstock has a luxurious texture, and really compliments the lighter shade of blue.

Nature print silkscreened Save the Date card
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I appreciate the simplicity of the green tea Save the Date. It has an earthy, natural feel to it.

Four little birds screen-printed in metallic gold save the date card
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I'm especially fond of the delicate fonts used on Vreeland Design. And I just cannot get over the shimmer of the metallic gold ink! I took a close up so you can see the effect when the ink meets the grain of the paper.

Both the timber green and eggplant papers go well with the metallic gold artwork. 

Four little birds screen-printed in metallic gold wedding Invitation
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Star sent a thank you card with her lavender artwork on speckled paper. The purple ink of the flowers really brings out the specks in the paper. 

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Let's see what Star had to say about herself and her Vreeland Design:

Q: How did you get started on Etsy?
A: The second I discovered Etsy I knew we were going to be a perfect match! At the time, I was a new mom looking for a way to be a stay at home mom to my little baby boy. I first started selling notecards and then it developed into block print wedding invitations. My little business grew to where I was screen-printing invitations, save the dates, and thank you cards. I've now been selling on Etsy for four years and I love it! I've been lucky to work with some really great Etsy brides.

Q: What is your favorite item in your shop, and why?
A: My favorite pieces are the custom designed invitations I've created for my Etsy Brides. They have graciously allowed me to resell the designs in my shop and have become some of my top sellers!

Q: Do you have any hidden talents (not showcased in your shop)?
A: I actually do! I can sew!! I've been sewing handbags for a couple of years (I love handbags!) and I've been working on screen-printing my own fabric and making those cute metal frame clutches, soon I will be selling them on my shop.

Q: What inspires you (objects, people, other crafters, shops on Etsy, etc.)?
A: Finding inspiration throughout the day can be somewhat of a challenge when chasing around the little guys. What inspires me the most in my work is nature, color, the great illustrations I find in children's storybooks, bold and simple designs, fashion, fonts (yes, I'm a total font geek) and my husband and three children inspire me everyday.

Q: Do you have any advice for new sellers?
A: Have great customer service and good communication with your buyers, I treat my customers the way I would like to be treated when buying something on Etsy.

Q: What are your future plans for your craft, shop, etc?
A: I'm expanding my shop to include more ready made items such as the metal frame clutches, bridal accessories, and fill-in party invitations. And, I have about three more invitation designs I'm working on to add for the next season.

Q: Just for fun, what's the last thing you bought on Etsy?
A: I purchased a pdf pattern (from Uberdomestic) for making my own cloth diapers.

I asked Star to share a picture, isn't it sweet?

Star and I got to know each other through the Etsymom team. If you haven't joined yet, I highly recommend it. You can also find Vreeland designs on Facebook.

Star is offering an exclusive coupon code for her Vreeland Design during the Family Tree Giveaway. Enter the code MODERN10 at checkout for 10% off your entire purchase!

Thanks for taking the time to write and send some spectacular work Star, it's been a blast to work with you! Hopefully we can do it again soon :)


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