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    I noticed your website for your cards and they are beautiful! Do you use photoshop to create them? I really would like to create my own for my sons bday and my mom has the photoshop program.
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    No I use a program called Picture It 2002 by Microsoft. Bought it ages ago. But you could use photoshop to do the same thing. Let us know if you do, would love to see it!
    Gwen, Mommy to Andrew, Jordan, Natalie & Jack




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    Thanks! I def will let everyone know
    ~Amanda~


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    do you do discounts for your pals here at preg.org? lol
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    cool

    just curious.. but do you make your own graphics as well or do you buy them somewhere or? Just wondering
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    do I give discounts? um, not right now only because it is such a discounted rate (for my design fee anyway). I spent about 90 minutes on each custom card. I cringe when I think about what I made per hour when I worked.

    as far as the graphics, I actually have digital scrapbooking stuff with a commercial license that I use. I can't use any of the downloaded freebies, as they all come with terms of use that specifically say they can't be used for making cards or anything else that generates income. so I found that I had to go the commerical license route to do it the "right" way.
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    ahh good to know do you get alot of business? sorry if asking too many questions just sounds like something i'd be interested in doing some day. i'd have to look up all the legal stuff though which is overwhelming to me lol
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    no, business is slow. I have only gotten orders from friends right now. the people they are sending the cards to love them, but there have been no orders from those people. I do enjoy making them, and it's just a fun way to make a little extra cash, which I turn around and put into my camera (or plan to, anyway - I'm saving for a lens). most of the money I made at first went into paying for my domain name (my hosting site is freewebs so not paying for that - if business ever does pick up, then I will probably switch to a nicer paid hosting site) and my business cards. My cards came out neat, maybe I will add a few to the train to share. I just added the option for me to print and mail the cards with envelopes, but no one has ordered that way yet, everyone has chosen the design fee instead. I did buy a ton of envelopes, so I'm hoping one of these days they'll pay for the other way (and I will make more money that way since it's a per card charge but my labor doesn't really change, other than the trips to get the cards printed and shipping).

    as far as the legal stuff, there's the digital image copyrights. you can't use any logos. if you look on ebay, there a lot of similar vendors doing themed cards iwth Disney (Hannah Montana, etc) and characters (Elmo), but I really worry about the copyrights there. I did a Star Wars card invite, and used the Star Wars logo. Costco almost didn't print them due to copyright - that one I did for a friend, and it was the only order where I've taken care of the printing and envelopes (it was before I added that option online). So I'm glad I was the one dealing with Costco, instead of a customer. They cautioned me not to do it again.

    Anyhow, it's a learning process. Figuring out pricing was the hardest. I don't fel like I charge enough for my time, but I can't charge more if I want to get customers (at this point). A lot of similar sellers (non-ebay) do charge more but I don't feel like I've built up the gallery or customer base to do that.

    That was probably more than you wanted to know. But thanks for asking, I appreciate the interest, and I'm happy to pass along what I've learned to someone else who wants to do the same.
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    awesome thanks! I'll probably start out making them for free for people in the future but i kind of want to make my own graphics so that might take awhile i'm still learning .. so far i've managed to make my own flower in illustrator lol
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