While I’m sitting and waiting for a decent sale at our local art store (I need some supplies for three unfinished projects) – I thought I would dig through some of our old – and vintage – family photos, and instead of uploading them to say Zazzle or Cafe Press to sell as cards, I thought I would start putting some photos and digital backgrounds together to sell as sets in my ETSY store.
I basically combined the photographs, some backgrounds and text from Corel Painter 12, and also some embellishments from the Craft Artist range to add a little interest, while still leaving room for others to add more or put some text in – depending on what they would be used for.
The embellishment question had me going through every single Craft Artist ‘kit’ I had purchased, or was free, and I have 50 of them currently – to make sure anything I used was licensed for commercial use. I ended up with 14 kits I could use in a digital format, and the remainder CAN be used if you sell your creations as a physical item, and sell less than 200. I figure that’s a fair deal. As you can imagine though, the ones you can use aren’t exactly fabulous, but as I only wanted them for a bit of decoration I figured they would be fine.
I’m hoping to try doing some original ’embellishment designs’ at some stage, but one step at a time! I’ve got to look into how to get them designed and uploaded as a Portable Network Graphic (PNG) so that only the design itself shows up, and not the full background. I see some googling coming on soon! I love learning new things.
So here are a couple of them. One ‘listing’ completed, maybe a few more hundred to work on and get uploaded eh? Busy days ahead indeed.
Oh, and if you’ve noticed – I have a new layout. Not quite by choice. I was browsing through the templates this morning and found they had 191 free templates you could use. Now when I first started working on this blog page, I only thought there were a dozen or so. So this morning, sipping coffee and browsing, I accidentally clicked ‘save’ and ‘poof’ my old layout was replaced. I decided to take another look and found one a little more to my liking and decided to go with it. Maybe next year I will look at purchasing one that has more options, but for now, this will do.