Card Designer Highlight: E. Frances

The Card Designer Highlight is a sequence that includes impartial makers whose greeting playing cards you will discover 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 aim 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 dad and mom have graciously lived by way of a long time of
home made all the pieces, particularly playing cards. I grew into the world of trend illustration, graphic
design, and ultimately my very own design enterprise, however I had all the time needed to personal a enterprise
with my sister Jenni, and in 2012, we determined that playing cards have been the proper match for my art work 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?
In all places- my children, what makes us snort, sure kids’s books. I get obsessive about
sure colours. When you see me carrying head-to-toe ultramarine blue, you’re most likely going to see
that colour 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 on daily basis and run a enterprise along with your sister and cousin.
My days fluctuate widely- some days are sketching and portray, and a few days are all in entrance of the
pc or in conferences with our design and advertising crew. 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 well-liked medium?



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

Once 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 loads of, “is a sweaty hen in a pot humorous?” after which I sketch the concepts
out and we do one other spherical of edits, after which the profitable 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 really makes it into our card
line. Many, many instances we give you a card that really solely the three of us will snort at.
Once we get clean stares from the remainder of the crew, we gently transfer that concept to the aspect.



What are you most pleased 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 superb
individuals, and to have the ability to present as much as work in a cheerful, light-filled, inclusive setting, the place
we work laborious to place a product out on the planet that actually does join individuals. Playing cards’ sole
goal for present is to make individuals 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 skills/enjoyable information?
Bueller Bueller … Ha, can’t consider something that individuals would really need to learn! However
thanks a lot for this highlight!


Discover E.Frances Playing cards and Be aware units similar to Massive 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