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New Penguin Birthday Cards Available Now

photo of a bunch of penguin birthday cards all stacked on top of each other.

These cards have been in my shop for a little while now and I wrote this blog post a couple of weeks ago about them but soon after, the UK went into lock down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it didn’t feel appropriate to shout about a collection of cards that I’d worked really hard on and a lot of things were uncertain for a while. They still are uncertain but for now at least, my shops remain open and I’ve added a banner on the home page, so that I can keep you updated if anything changes. For now though, I’ve written about my new collection of cards and outlined a little of the process that went into creating them.

I am pleased to finally announce that I have some new card designs in the shop!

These have been on the cards (no pun intended!) for a while now and I have had many requests from you guys, for some more Birthday cards suitable children and they are finally here!

There are cards for ages 1-6 in my usual square size, each with a big colourful number and the respective number of Penguins hiding, balancing or dancing around each card. I have only created ages 1-6 for now, but if these go well, I’ll create ages 7-9, please let me know what you think.

There is also a new size of card for my collection, with five mischievous Penguins all balanced on each other, holding cakes and gifts and each wearing a party hat.

These have been so fun to design and I hope they are a colourful and cute addition to my shop for you.

The process

I thought I’d share a little of the process of designing one of these cards. I had been facing a bit of creative block at the start of the year, so I started by writing a list of everything that I wanted to potentially create this year. I reviewed that list and decided to start working on the thing that most stood out to me as something I already had an idea for or thought it might be the easiest thing to get started with.

I chose these cards!

I started these by sketching the design out on Procreate on my iPad. I don’t always start with sketching on the ipad, sometimes the sketch could be on paper or in my sketchbook. It depends how I feel and what feels best at the time. I do like sketching ideas on the ipad though because I can undo easily or turn a layer off, if something doesn’t seem to be working, try it a different way but then that layer is always there if I need it again. I like to use the pencil “brush” in Procreate, it reminds me that this is just a sketch and it doesn’t have to be the perfected final version. 

Once I’m mostly happy with the sketch, whether on paper or iPad, I’ll photograph or send that sketch to my computer, where I work on it in Adobe Illustrator. Each part is drawn again using vector illustration (for nice crisp lines that can be resized to any size without losing their quality) I’ll usually move things around and adapt the design slightly, because sometimes it doesn’t always work exactly like the sketch. I then add colour, outlines and the details before refining it all and then sending to print.

I have made it sound a lot easier than it actually is and the video below is a timelapse of the sketch part of just one of the designs, to give you an idea, this sketch actually took about 40 minutes to create and then drawing the final version took me a few hours. 

You can find out more and purchase these cards from my shop or by clicking through below. 

Sian Shrimpton Beautiful floral Valentine's Card - Illustrated & Hand-lettered Card

New Greeting Cards in the shop

Sian Shrimpton Beautiful floral Valentine's Card - Illustrated & Hand-lettered Card

Today I’m pleased to share my new greeting card designs with you. A lot of you have requested birthday cards when I’ve been at craft fairs over Christmas and earlier last year, so you requested and here they are!

First up, we have Penguin having a bit of a birthday party with cake, candles, party hats and you can’t forget the presents! He’s even having a little dance too, to celebrate! I know that I’m biased but it’s just the cutest!

This card is printed on a beautifully smooth card stock and comes with a textured kraft envelope.

A FEW SPECIFICS

  • 148 x 148mm square Birthday card
  • Printed on a quality 300gsm TruCard stock
  • Blank inside for your message
  • Printed at a local printer in London
  • Kraft envelope is included
  • Packaged in a pretty paper bag and sent in a board backed envelope to ensure safe delivery

Available to buy on my Etsy Store

Sian Shrimpton Cute Penguin Birthday Card - Illustrated Birthday Card

Next up, especially for Valentine’s Day but could be used for any occasion where you need to send a little love into the world, to cheer up a friend or just because. We have Penguin holding a heart garland that he’s made. It matches my Penguin enamel pin perfectly (so ideal to be bought together!) and also matches the February Calendar page and desktop wallpaper that will be coming later this week (Sorry for the spoiler!)

A FEW SPECIFICS

  • 148 x 148mm square Valentine’s card
  • Printed on a quality 300gsm TruCard stock
  • Blank inside for your message
  • Printed at a local printer in London
  • Kraft envelope is included
  • Packaged in a pretty paper bag and sent in a board backed envelope to ensure safe delivery.

Available to buy on my Etsy Store

Sian Shrimpton Cute Penguin Valentine's Card - Illustrated Valentine's or Love Card

Then to start off a different collection of designs that I’ve been working on, I’ve created this floral beauty with hand-lettered “love” in the centre. Again, this can be for Valentine’s Day or for any other time of year when you need to send a little love into the world. I’ve chosen a beautifully textured gesso card stock for these cards, which give them a gorgeous watercolour paper style feel, they’re quite luxurious.

A FEW SPECIFICS

  • 148 x 148mm square Valentine’s card
  • Printed on a quality 250gsm gesso stock (which has a gorgeous watercolour paper style texture!)
  • Blank inside for your message
  • Printed at a local printer in London
  • Kraft envelope is included
  • Packaged in a pretty paper bag and sent in a board backed envelope to ensure safe delivery.

Now available in my Etsy Store

Sian Shrimpton Beautiful floral Valentine's Card - Illustrated & Hand-lettered Card

Last but not least is a 30th Birthday card. Someone around here is turning the big 3-0 this year (hint: she’s the one typing this right now!) and so are a lot of my friends and so I thought it was a good place to start with a collection of birthday card designs to celebrate the occasion. I’ve introduced this sunflower design into the mix and I absolutely love this colour scheme! This card also uses the same gesso card stock, which gives it a watercolour paper style feel and gives it a totally luxurious feel.

A FEW SPECIFICS
– 148 x 148mm square Birthday card
– Printed on a quality 250gsm gesso stock (which has a gorgeous watercolour paper style texture!)
– Blank inside for your message
– Printed at a local printer in London
– Kraft envelope is included
– Packaged in a pretty paper bag and sent in a board backed envelope to ensure safe delivery.

Now available in my Etsy Store

Sian Shrimpton Beautiful Sunflower floral 30th Birthday Card - Illustrated & Hand-lettered Birthday Card

So that concludes my four new designs that I’ve recently added to my Etsy shop. I’ve decided to print my new designs in small batches like this because I have a long long list of design ideas that I would love to launch into the world, but I think printing and launching them at a slower and steady pace is probably better than printing a huge bulk of designs and feeling overwhelmed as a result.

So, what do you think? What should I work on next? Do you have any requests or special occasions that I could design for next?

Remember that I have a 10% off sale happening in my Etsy Shop at the moment, it ends midnight GMT on Wednesday 31st January so make sure you get in quick. I’m afraid that the sale isn’t on the new card designs but on Penguin Calendars, Christmas Cards, Pins, Gift Sets and Notecards. You don’t even need a code, the discount will be applied to your basket automatically. Just go to SianShrimpton.Etsy.com

I also have plenty of spaces for any Design, Illustration or Wedding Stationery work starting in February or March, so please get in touch if you’d like to work together on something lovely. Just head over to my Contact Page, and your message will go straight to my email inbox.