Not sure if everyone here knows, but I have a small photo card business. I don't get too many orders, so I'm trying something new. I've resisted creating templates, as I want each card to be unique. But I thought I'd try a template design for Valentine's day. I have two designed right now (not sure if I will do more or not, guess it depends on the response to this). My design fee for a regular card is $20, for the template I'd charge $10, as it's still time consuming (especially if I edit out the background, like I did on these two). The end result would be 4 wallet size Valentine cards on a 5x7. Costco prints 5x7 for 39 cents, so it's a good deal.
What do you think? I'm not marketing to you guys, I'm sure each of you already have plans for Valentine's cards. I'm looking to market to the elementary school parents for their class card exchanges - definitely a unique card, right?
While you're looking, what do you think of the Andrew card? I'm still tweaking it, something bugs me about it. I have two versions. Please give me your honest feedback, I think I've just been staring at the screen for too long with these.
Here's what the 5x7 would look like
I haven't done anything on my website about this, as I just did these today. But if you haven't been to my site, here's the link www.coolmamacards.com
Thanks in advance for the feedback. Now I gotta go to bed, I've been working on this for too long tonight!
Okay, here are a couple of versions with black - what do you think?
Last edited by coolmama72; 01-26-2009 at 03:09 PM.
just looking for feedback ...
I really like them. Not sure what suggestions to give because I do not do valentines with photos on them.
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I'm not sure exactly what it is in his card, but I'm thinking it may be all of the pink. I agree that there seems to be something "off" about it. It is not bad, just not as adorable as your second one. It may look better printed though. Maybe part of the problem is the light background which can look a little distorting when looking at a digital against another light background. Sorry, just train of thought.. not sure I'm much help.
I think your idea of templates is great. You may get more sales that way since sometimes people just want a quick and easy solution. It would be great if you could design some cartoon-types.
I like the 2nd Andrew card better!
I think the template you made is adorable and very reasonably priced.
I agree, it's harder to tell Andrew's background with the background here. but I didn't want to make his "too" pink because he's a boy. I wanted to design templates for either gender, if that makes sense. I could do a cool black background but I'm not sure about that for Valentine's day - what do you think?
and what do you mean by cartoon types? like with characters from popular shows like Dora? or more cartoon-like fonts and such?
and one of my friends suggested Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers to market to the pre-teens.
Love the 2nd one for him the paper clip looks out of place until you added the harts.
With Andrew's card the only thing that strikes me is the lack of contrast between the message heart and the background. I don't think the shadow does enough to make it pop. Also, maybe a different color option would be good because I don't see a lot of pink selling with boys. I love the idea for a girl though. IDK, it's way better than anything I could have come up with.
So you're charging $10/sheet for these or just for the designing fee? Then what would they cost per sheet? I think again, you're undercharging, but you can't really put a price on time.
The paperclip is definitely my favorite thing. I'm not one that's into cartoon characters so a template like the ones you designed appeal much more to me. They still have a kidsy look to them, so you can market to pre-teens and little children. I love the drop shadow (I think that's what it's called) on Andrew's card for the journaling heart box.
I hope you get lots of orders. Your prices are way fair. Really if I didnt' make cards, it'd be a steal to have something personalized and unique like that.
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