Card Designer Highlight: E. Frances

The Card Designer Highlight is a collection that includes impartial 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!


E. Frances is a household enterprise, made up of three cousins- Ali, Pippi & Jenni. Their designs & card assortment are impressed out of their East Coast studio in Rhode Island. Whether or not sending their cute greeting playing cards or little notes, their stationery is motivated to thrill anybody of any age and help their continued aim of making significant private connections.



How did you start your card-making profession?
It was by no means a stretch to enter the world of stationery- my childhood soundtrack was one in every of
scissors, tape, and the crinkle of paper. Our mother and father have graciously lived by way of a long time of
selfmade every thing, particularly playing cards. I grew into the world of trend illustration, graphic
design, and finally my very own design enterprise, however I had at all times wished to personal a enterprise
with my sister Jenni, and in 2012, we determined that playing cards had been the proper match for my art work and
illustrations. We launched the corporate within the fall of 2013 with our cousin Pippi (we’re a
actual household biz!) and haven’t appeared again.


The place do you draw inspiration from? Meals? Pop Tradition? Timeless Motifs? Playful Puns?
All over the place- my children, what makes us chortle, sure youngsters’s books. I get obsessive about
sure colours. In the event you see me carrying head-to-toe ultramarine blue, you’re most likely going to see
that colour within the subsequent launch. If it’s puce inexperienced, inform me earlier than I take one other step. Although that’s
what’s nice about working with your loved ones…



What does your day appear to be as a card maker and designer?
It’s an actual dream come true to work day-after-day and run a enterprise along with your sister and cousin.
My days fluctuate widely- some days are sketching and portray, and a few days are all in entrance of the
pc or in conferences with our design and advertising group. Some days are awesomely
productive, and a few… a kazillion drawings of a frog in legwarmers that we by no means use.



What’s your most popular medium?



What does your artistic course of appear to be?
I’ve a billion sketchbooks in every single place and sketch on a regular basis. Just about all ideas in my
existence begin with, “might that be a card?”

After we are planning a launch, Jenni, Pippi and I sit and brainstorm concepts
collectively. Typically the phrases drive the concept, and generally it’s an illustration concept that begins
the cardboard design. There’s a whole lot of, “is a sweaty hen in a pot humorous?” after which I sketch the concepts
out and we do one other spherical of edits, after which the profitable concepts are hand-painted in
watercolor. There are various, many rounds of edits and plenty of work that go unused- we’re
all extraordinarily considerate and ultra-specific about what really makes it into our card
line. Many, many occasions we give you a card that actually solely the three of us will chortle at.
After we get clean stares from the remainder of the group, we gently transfer that concept to the facet.



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

I’m so so proud and honored to be a part of a enterprise that employs over twenty superb
individuals, and to have the ability to present as much as work in a cheerful, light-filled, inclusive atmosphere, the place
we work arduous to place a product out on the planet that actually does join individuals. Playing cards’ sole
function for current is to make individuals really feel good, and related. We expect not in regards to the
variety of playing cards we promote, however in regards to the variety of completely satisfied recipients that’s. It’s superior.



Any private tidbits? Particular abilities/enjoyable info?
Bueller Bueller … Ha, can’t consider something that individuals would really need to learn! However
thanks a lot for this highlight!


Discover E.Frances Playing cards and Observe units corresponding to Huge Coronary heart Little Notes, Teacup Child Card, and Lighthouse Right here For You Card at your native retailer or on-line at For extra inspiration and behind-the-scenes motion, observe @efrancespaper on IG