Card Designer Highlight: Barely Stationery

The Card Designer Highlight is a collection that includes unbiased makers whose greeting playing cards you could find in Paper Supply shops.  Meet and be impressed by a brand new designer each month on our weblog!


Alicia Heater is the proud proprietor and designer of Barely Stationery. Her pure abilities and illustrations carry us a sassy assortment of playing cards and designs impressed by particular, significant moments in addition to her busy schedule. Based out of Portland Oregon by husband & spouse in 2014, they’re now celebrating a rising enterprise and workforce in sunny Oceanside, California. 


How did you start your card-making profession?

 I used to be doing a variety of freelance design work whereas I used to be working full-time, and it was a extremely wide selection of initiatives. Ultimately, I bought uninterested in spending numerous hours on a undertaking and making barely something on it (my very own fault for not charging what I ought to have) and determined to discover the world of designing one thing that might exist for lots longer than these one-time initiatives. I launched myself headfirst into designing playing cards with out figuring out a factor (my first assortment didn’t have even one birthday card.) It was not an immediate success, however I by no means seemed again!

The place do you draw inspiration from? Meals? Pop Tradition? Timeless Motifs? Playful Puns?

It’s an limitless checklist! For higher or worse, someplace at the back of my thoughts is at all times open to inspiration. Puns, meals, issues that make folks smile or chuckle, and the fantastic thing about nature are at all times on the checklist. Generally inspiration comes from a chapter of life that I’m going via and being extra conscious of what message for that season could also be. As an illustration, shortly after my son was born, I designed an entire lot of recent child/new father or mother playing cards that spoke effectively to that life-changing occasion. Regardless of the event or inspiration, it’s a delight to see how these playing cards resonate with others as soon as they’ve come to fruition.

What does your day seem like as a card maker and designer?

 Oftentimes it looks as if my designer function comes final, in any case the assorted hats of being a enterprise proprietor and the unending checklist of need-to-dos and should-dos and could-dos. I’m not complaining although, since I really love being a enterprise proprietor (more often than not!) Most of the time, my days are spent doing issues that aren’t design work, except I’m tremendous intentional about carving out time to do it. Generally it seems like placing on a film or present within the night and dealing on our new designs and illustrations whereas I watch (pay attention) to it.

What’s your most well-liked medium?

Lately, I do most of my work on my iPad. I used to color every little thing with gouache, then scan it, clear it up and make any changes on the pc. Generally I miss doing it that means and possibly will once more sometime – however on this chapter, my iPad has been a unbelievable instrument.

What does your artistic course of seem like?

More often than not, an thought will sit in my thought financial institution for some time earlier than it’s time for it. That timing is predicated on our launch schedule, which we attempt to be fairly organized and strategic about. When it’s time to carry it to life (if I nonetheless like the concept), I’ll make a extremely tough, preliminary sketch after which work on the colour palette for the actual piece. Then that sketch will get fleshed out in colour, after which it’s time so as to add shading and refined particulars – which is the longest half, however a variety of instances it’s essentially the most enjoyable, as a result of it’s the place you see it actually take form. Then we work on the lettering (and generally the phrasing will get edited within the course of) and lastly, get it able to put it right into a template for its given product, like a card.

What are you most happy with as a creator and card maker?

In broad strokes, I’m happy with how a lot I’ve realized and grown. Although I’d finished little bit of graphic design, I had zero illustration expertise once I determined it was a good suggestion to attempt to make and promote illustrated playing cards for a residing. There have been a variety of hours put in and a variety of revisions made as I figured issues out that will come extra naturally to others than to me however I’m proud to have caught with it and seen massive enhancements.

Any private tidbits? Particular skills/enjoyable details?

Sometime I’d like to do an illustrated recipe e-book on sauces, since I actually love sauce, and I prefer to suppose that I’m a fairly good sauce-maker, too. I hassle? astound? my husband and mates at eating places noting what sort of taste profile a dish may have after which dreaming up what I’d put in a sauce to take it to the subsequent degree. So, an illustrated sauce e-book and flowchart could actually mix my strengths!

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