All of the cards start with a little idea. From there, I either sketch something out on paper or head straight to my computer to start drawing and researching. Sometimes my research includes learning more about my subject (like when I draw the neighborhood maps), and sometimes I just need to look at a bunch of pictures of my subject – like those glasses in the picture below – so I can get a feel for how I’d like my drawing to look in the end.
I use Adobe Illustrator to create my print-ready files. When the design has been finalized, I send the file to my printer for a proof. I use the proof to check colors and cropping, and to check for spelling errors or other mistakes (like typos in the product numbers). I make sure I like everything or make changes when necessary, and then I approve the final file and put in an order for the quantity of cards I’d like printed.
Everything Little Miss cards, notebooks, and notepads are digitally printed by ISS in Shirley, MA. They print, trim, score and fold the cards, and then I package them in my office.
Ta-da! That’s how the cards are made, from mere idea to retail-ready.