October 4, 2023


Make Some Fun

Card Designer Highlight: Playing cards by Allie

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


Playing cards By Allie is an ‘unapologetically corny’ and visually appetizing model that was constructed on creative ardour, difficult one’s creativity and an expression of our card designer’s punny character.

How did you start your card-making profession?

This story actually comes full circle and has so much to do with Paper Supply.

My grownup profession began by interning throughout New York Metropolis. My first internship was down the block from a Paper Supply…the primary I used to be ever in! I might stroll to and from work and cease in not less than as soon as every week simply to browse. I might acknowledge native New York Metropolis artists on the cabinets with envy.

Quick ahead about 3 years, I graduated school and landed my first full-time company job.  Each Vacation season, the corporate would host an in-house fundraising occasion. For the occasion, the inventive staff all donated hand-made items to promote in a ‘market’.  On the time, I used to be a ‘non-creative’ worker surrounded by a ton of expertise! I used to be insecure that my job title didn’t replicate my creative ardour. I normally sat on the sidelines for these occasions, however that 12 months determined I might doodle some greeting playing cards to place out there. Lengthy story quick, the playing cards had been effectively acquired by our staff, and I used to be hand-drawing the identical illustrations time and again…and time and again! After that, I posted them on Instagram and other people started requesting them in my DM’s. That’s once I realized I could be onto one thing!

My thoughts INSTANTLY went to Paper Supply. I knew if I had been going to see this via, my aim could be to promote my designs in Paper Supply. And that’s simply what I did.. Paper Supply was Playing cards By Allie’s first buyer!

The place do you draw inspiration from? Meals? Pop Tradition? Timeless Motifs? Playful Puns?

Meals, clearly. Playing cards By Allie has a scrumptious card for each event! Moreover, I can’t make a card with out a shameless pun. Playing cards By Allie represents my ardour for drawing and my unapologetically corny humorousness.

What does your day appear to be as a card maker and designer?

At all times completely different!

Some days are inventive. There are tables stuffed with paint, paper, and pens. Late nights drawing and by accident ingesting paint water. Some weeks are intense with busy manufacturing traces. When Playing cards By Allie will get larger orders, it takes A LOT of labor to get them stuffed. These weeks encompass lengthy hours, cramped palms, and towers of packing containers. In between creating and manufacturing, I’m busy formatting/enhancing playing cards, reaching out to clients, filling orders, checking stock, advertising, bookkeeping, and every thing in between! Small enterprise possession could be very BUSY, I’ve realized a lot on this journey.


What’s your most popular medium?

MICRONS! I like to attract with pen. I like to crosshatch and sketch. My consolation zone is in black and white. For the playing cards, I add watercolor along with my pen drawings. The juxtaposition actually helps the illustration to pop!

What does your inventive course of appear to be?

I’ve a wall of inspiration Submit-It’s in my condo, neatly aligned with very tough foolish sketches. Each time I consider a pun, I write it down. Some days I look at that wall and give you an thought on how I wish to illustrate a pun. On different days, I’ll scroll via Instagram and see a scrumptious sandwich, after which quickly sufficient I’m drawing a scrumptious sandwich! As soon as the drawing begins, I lose monitor of time. This piece the method is like remedy! After the drawing is full, I scan the art work into the pc and format it for print!

What are you most pleased with as a creator and card maker?

I’m pleased with a lot. I by no means imagined I’d be capable to obtain constructing a small enterprise by myself. Wanting again, I’m so proud I that I didn’t quit as a result of Playing cards By Allie brings me a lot pleasure. For a really very long time, I used to be scared to peruse artwork/creativity in a job. I used to be scared as a result of I believed it will take the magic away and make it too critical. I used to be afraid of rejection and judgment. Card design offers me a protected house to create. Playing cards By Allie’s model identification grants me permission to make unhealthy jokes and foolish drawings! I’m simply so blissful I get to attract and that there are individuals who like what I’m making.

I additionally not too long ago designed a line of playing cards with my mother. She illustrated a mini-series for Playing cards By Allie known as “The Masters Collection”. I couldn’t be prouder to share these moments with my mother!

Any private tidbits? Or particular abilities/enjoyable details that you simply want to share with us?

My Playing cards-By-Allie enjoyable truth: My boyfriend is a Chef and I run each illustration previous him earlier than sending them to print. I like to get his suggestions on how the meals illustrations look, he offers nice suggestions on shade and texture!!

I might be remiss to not shout out my household and pals right here! Constructing this model has meant calling in a whole lot of favors from my family members. You all actually know who you’re!!


Discover Playing cards by Allie’s Can not Resist You Love and Brie Mine Valentine’s Day Card at your native retailer or on-line at papersource.com. For extra inspiration and behind-the-scenes motion, comply with @cardsbyallie on IG.


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