c h r i s t i n a k o b e r d e s i g n s

it begins with a twinkle in your eye and butterflies in your tummy. you wish for it, you need it, you have to have it. it’s a little splurge that satisfies your craving. it’s something so perfect, you can’t live without it. it’s not just something for your neck, ears, fingers or wrists. it’s an expression of who you are that adds a sparkle that is only you. it’s your signature necklace you wear every day. it’s the delectable ring you wear for an extraordinary night.

its christina kober designs

28 August 2009

it's a happy friday...

It seems that everything in my life is an event. I can't just get something done on my first try, there are fiery hoops I have to jump through to get something done. Needless to say this has been a long time coming. The cards I put my jewelry on in my gift boxes have been a pain in my rear since I came up with the idea. However, I love them.

It is a really long process to make these little cards, I start with the bronze metallic card stock in 8 1/2 x 11 and I cut the paper into 6 - 3 3/8" squares. Then, I use a custom made rubber stamp. Sprinkle gold embossing powder, heat it up and voila beautiful cards! Like the old adage, beauty is pain. It was getting to be rediculous though, I was spending more time making my cards, than actually making jewelry! (I will post pictures later tonight of my card-making process).

I have spent many hours brainstorming other ways to make this easier on me. I have tried printing them myself. But the card stock is so heavy I broke a printer...oops! I have contacted numerous printing companies. But the response has been horrid and truly makes me wonder about customer service:
  • one company told me they wouldn't work with a small company.
  • another made a meeting with me and then when i got there she wasn't there.
  • the third and last company scheduled a meeting, spent 2 hours with me and then never got back to me with a quote. even after numerous emails from me, to which I started to feel like a stalker. hmph!
I found one company, Imagers, that was very helpful and was working with me but they didn't have the capabilities to do thermal printing which was what I really wanted. So, I went to Sam Flax. I ordered my first business cards with them and was super happy with them, plus I have been purchasing the bronze metallic paper from them. The only thing that kept me from going to them first was the cost. I broke down and set up a meeting with the Paperie, which is Sam Flax's wedding invitation and paper department. It was a wonderful experience. I was told with normal printing methods I could not print on the color card stock I had been using, but they offered to help me find something that works better. They brought me paper samples and we figured out something that I was really happy with.

Yesterday, I got an email saying they were ready. hello. i love you.

I have to say these turned out better than I even expected. They are beautiful. I can't wait to ship off the order I am working on with this new packaging!

3 comments:

  1. Wow! They look great! Is that like an artist's statement on the little cards? They really do look nice!

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  2. thanks!
    the cards read:
    it begins with a twinkle in your eye and butterflies in your tummy. you wish for it, you need it, you have to have it. it’s a little splurge that satisfies your craving. it’s something so perfect, you can’t live without it. it’s not just something for your neck, ears, fingers or wrists. it’s an expression of who you are that adds a sparkle that is only you. it’s your signature necklace you wear every day. it’s the delectable ring you wear for an extraordinary night.

    its christina kober designs

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