September 22, 2023


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Card Designer Highlight: E. Frances

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The Card Designer Highlight is a sequence that includes impartial makers whose greeting playing cards you’ll find in Paper Supply shops.  Meet and be impressed by a brand new designer each month on our weblog!


E. Frances is a household enterprise, made up of three cousins- Ali, Pippi & Jenni. Their designs & card assortment are impressed out of their East Coast studio in Rhode Island. Whether or not sending their cute greeting playing cards or little notes, their stationery is motivated to please anybody of any age and assist their continued purpose of making significant private connections.



How did you start your card-making profession?
It was by no means a stretch to enter the world of stationery- my childhood soundtrack was one in all
scissors, tape, and the crinkle of paper. Our mother and father have graciously lived by many years of
selfmade all the pieces, particularly playing cards. I grew into the world of vogue illustration, graphic
design, and ultimately my very own design enterprise, however I had at all times needed to personal a enterprise
with my sister Jenni, and in 2012, we determined that playing cards had been the right match for my paintings and
illustrations. We launched the corporate within the fall of 2013 with our cousin Pippi (we’re a
actual household biz!) and haven’t appeared again.


The place do you draw inspiration from? Meals? Pop Tradition? Timeless Motifs? Playful Puns?
All over the place- my children, what makes us snicker, sure kids’s books. I get obsessive about
sure colours. If you happen to see me carrying head-to-toe ultramarine blue, you’re in all probability going to see
that shade within the subsequent launch. If it’s puce inexperienced, inform me earlier than I take one other step. Although that’s
what’s nice about working with your loved ones…



What does your day appear like as a card maker and designer?
It’s an actual dream come true to work daily and run a enterprise along with your sister and cousin.
My days differ widely- some days are sketching and portray, and a few days are all in entrance of the
laptop or in conferences with our design and advertising group. Some days are awesomely
productive, and a few… a kazillion drawings of a frog in legwarmers that we by no means use.



What’s your most popular medium?



What does your artistic course of appear like?
I’ve a billion sketchbooks in every single place and sketch on a regular basis. Just about all ideas in my
existence begin with, “may that be a card?”

After we are planning a launch, Jenni, Pippi and I sit and brainstorm concepts
collectively. Generally the phrases drive the concept, and generally it’s an illustration concept that begins
the cardboard design. There’s numerous, “is a sweaty rooster in a pot humorous?” after which I sketch the concepts
out and we do one other spherical of edits, after which the successful concepts are hand-painted in
watercolor. There are various, many rounds of edits and lots of work that go unused- we’re
all extraordinarily considerate and ultra-specific about what truly makes it into our card
line. Many, many occasions we give you a card that really solely the three of us will snicker at.
After we get clean stares from the remainder of the group, we gently transfer that concept to the facet.



What are you most happy with as a creator and card designer?

I’m so so proud and honored to be a part of a enterprise that employs over twenty wonderful
folks, and to have the ability to present as much as work in a cheerful, light-filled, inclusive atmosphere, the place
we work arduous to place a product out on the planet that actually does join folks. Playing cards’ sole
function for current is to make folks really feel good, and linked. We predict not in regards to the
variety of playing cards we promote, however in regards to the variety of blissful recipients that’s. It’s superior.



Any private tidbits? Particular abilities/enjoyable info?
Bueller Bueller … Ha, can’t consider something that individuals would truly wish to learn! However
thanks a lot for this highlight!


Discover E.Frances Playing cards and Observe units reminiscent of Large Coronary heart Little Notes, Teacup Child Card, and Lighthouse Right here For You Card at your native retailer or on-line at For extra inspiration and behind-the-scenes motion, comply with @efrancespaper on IG


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