Photoshop Textures

Design Reviver Blog has some great Photoshop Textures. Here's a few samples. Check out the rest.

wood texture

wood texture

dark wood

Kate's Greeting Card Designer Booklets on Amazon

You can support this blog by ordering e-Booklets that are a compilation of different articles on this blog starting at only .99 cents! They can be read on your kindle, ipad, ipod, cellphone, or your computer. Free samples and lending options available.


Booklet on 20 Steps to Art Licensing that is a list of suggested steps to to take for getting into art licensing. How to license your art to companies that publish greeting cards, and manufacture coffee mugs, magnets, wall hangings, kitchen items, and dozens of other gift items. This booklet covers 20 basic steps from how to prepare your art, to what companies to contact. It includes topics on: How to find agents, classes and what trade shows to attend. There are extensive resources on social media, licensing community groups, and lists of interviews with professional designers (5,200 words).


Booklet on Unusual Ways To Market Greeting Cards, and 22 places to get your designs featured. A 20 page booklet on how to get your cards noticed in non-traditional ways. Everything from why you should send cards to your dentist, to how to get special features in national publications. Great tips for designers who are starting out and want to get their cards into the hands of people beyond friends and family. Special Section: Submissions guidelines and contacts for 22 Gift Industry publications and professional gift industry blogs that seek out new greeting card designs to feature for free. (5,000 Words and 17 greeting card images included)


Booklet on 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make A list of 7 things to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers.

Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, articles, card samples and other current resources. 20-page booklet and 2,300 words and 8 Pages of Card Samples.


Get Your Greeting Cards into Stores: How to find and work with Greeting Card Sales Reps

If you already make your own greeting cards, this book explains how to get your cards into stores and sell them sell nationwide. Included are guidelines on: how to price your cards for a profit, how to get professional feedback, where to find a sales representative and and what industry standards you should follow. All the information is also applicable to gift items, such as magnets, journals, calendars, collectibles, etc.


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Kathy Davis, card designer, in More Magazine

I ran across this article about Kathy Davis and her $15 million licensing business. Here's an excerpt and link to the article:
"Former teacher Kathy Davis didn't think she could cut it as an artist. Then she ditched her doubts and took a a chance on greeting cards. Now she's a millionaire..."

Customers Shifting to Photo and New Years Cards?

Article this week in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Free Teleconference Today: Art Licensing Agents

Ask Suzanne Cruise your questions about art licensing and get the agents perspecitve.  Part of the series of monthly 'Ask' calls.

Tara Reed will be hosting Suzanne Cruise, an art licensing agent, and will be answering your questions today (5:30 pm PST / 8:30 pm EST). For more information, see

Register for seminar


500 Kinds of Free Christmas Vector Art


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*Always check copyright guidelines on digital art for reproduction rights.

Free Teleconference on the Art Licensing Career

Ariane All speakers

Do you ever wonder if your art is right for licensing?

Listen in as Ariane talks with
Jeanette Smith, the art licensing guru,
about industry Insider Information:

* What skill sets do you need, as an artist, to get into the art licensing business in the first place?
* Once you’re in, what does it take to create a profitable and thriving art licensing business?
* How can art licensing substantially add to your cash flow-more than many other venues?
* What 3 things should you always look for if you want to hire an art licensing agent?

December 15th — Tuesday — 7 to 8 pm ET/NY

This event will be recorded, but you have to sign up for access! (Scroll down)


Christmas Card Samples Arrived

My Christmas card samples arrived from Recycled Paper Greetings.
The silver and gold turned black when I scanned it...use your imagination...