Card Designer Highlight: Playing cards by Allie

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Playing cards By Allie is an ‘unapologetically corny’ and visually appetizing model that was constructed on inventive ardour, difficult one’s creativity and an expression of our card designer’s punny persona.

How did you start your card-making profession?

This story actually comes full circle and has so much to do with Paper Supply.

My grownup profession began by interning throughout New York Metropolis. My first internship was down the block from a Paper Supply…the primary I used to be ever in! I might stroll to and from work and cease in at the least as soon as per week simply to browse. I might acknowledge native New York Metropolis artists on the cabinets with envy.

Quick ahead about 3 years, I graduated school and landed my first full-time company job.  Each Vacation season, the corporate would host an in-house fundraising occasion. For the occasion, the inventive workers all donated hand-made items to promote in a ‘market’.  On the time, I used to be a ‘non-creative’ worker surrounded by a ton of expertise! I used to be insecure that my job title didn’t replicate my inventive ardour. I often sat on the sidelines for these occasions, however that yr determined I might doodle some greeting playing cards to place available in the market. Lengthy story brief, the playing cards have been nicely acquired by our workers, and I used to be hand-drawing the identical illustrations again and again…and again and again! After that, I posted them on Instagram and other people started requesting them in my DM’s. That’s once I realized I may be onto one thing!

My thoughts INSTANTLY went to Paper Supply. I knew if I have been going to see this via, my objective could be to promote my designs in Paper Supply. And that’s simply what I did.. Paper Supply was Playing cards By Allie’s first buyer!

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

Meals, clearly. Playing cards By Allie has a scrumptious card for each event! Moreover, I can’t make a card and not using a shameless pun. Playing cards By Allie represents my ardour for drawing and my unapologetically corny humorousness.

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

All the time totally different!

Some days are inventive. There are tables filled with paint, paper, and pens. Late nights drawing and unintentionally consuming paint water. Some weeks are intense with busy manufacturing traces. When Playing cards By Allie will get greater orders, it takes A LOT of labor to get them crammed. These weeks encompass lengthy hours, cramped palms, and towers of bins. In between creating and manufacturing, I’m busy formatting/modifying playing cards, reaching out to prospects, filling orders, checking stock, advertising, bookkeeping, and the whole lot in between! Small enterprise possession could be very BUSY, I’ve discovered a lot on this journey.


What’s your most popular medium?

MICRONS! I really like to attract with pen. I like to crosshatch and sketch. My consolation zone is in black and white. For the playing cards, I add watercolor along with my pen drawings. The juxtaposition actually helps the illustration to pop!

What does your inventive course of appear like?

I’ve a wall of inspiration Put up-It’s in my house, neatly aligned with very tough foolish sketches. At any time when I consider a pun, I write it down. Some days I look at that wall and provide you with an thought on how I need to illustrate a pun. On different days, I’ll scroll via Instagram and see a scrumptious sandwich, after which quickly sufficient I’m drawing a scrumptious sandwich! As soon as the drawing begins, I lose observe of time. This piece the method is like remedy! After the drawing is full, I scan the art work into the pc and format it for print!

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

I’m pleased with a lot. I by no means imagined I’d be capable to obtain constructing a small enterprise alone. Wanting again, I’m so proud I that I didn’t quit as a result of Playing cards By Allie brings me a lot pleasure. For a really very long time, I used to be scared to peruse artwork/creativity in a job. I used to be scared as a result of I assumed it will take the magic away and make it too critical. I used to be afraid of rejection and judgment. Card design provides me a secure area to create. Playing cards By Allie’s model id grants me permission to make unhealthy jokes and foolish drawings! I’m simply so completely happy I get to attract and that there are individuals who like what I’m making.

I additionally just lately designed a line of playing cards with my mother. She illustrated a mini-series for Playing cards By Allie known as “The Masters Sequence”. I couldn’t be prouder to share these moments with my mother!

Any private tidbits? Or particular abilities/enjoyable details that you simply want to share with us?

My Playing cards-By-Allie enjoyable reality: My boyfriend is a Chef and I run each illustration previous him earlier than sending them to print. I like to get his suggestions on how the meals illustrations look, he provides nice suggestions on coloration and texture!!

I might be remiss to not shout out my household and associates right here! Constructing this model has meant calling in a whole lot of favors from my family members. You all definitely know who you might be!!


Discover Playing cards by Allie’s Can not Resist You Love and Brie Mine Valentine’s Day Card at your native retailer or on-line at For extra inspiration and behind-the-scenes motion, observe @cardsbyallie on IG.