Card Designer Highlight: Playing cards by Allie

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Playing cards By Allie is an ‘unapologetically corny’ and visually appetizing model that was constructed on inventive 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 quite a bit 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’d stroll to and from work and cease in no less than as soon as per week simply to browse. I’d acknowledge native New York Metropolis artists on the cabinets with envy.

Quick ahead about 3 years, I graduated faculty and landed my first full-time company job.  Each Vacation season, the corporate would host an in-house fundraising occasion. For the occasion, the artistic workers 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 mirror my inventive ardour. I often sat on the sidelines for these occasions, however that 12 months determined I’d doodle some greeting playing cards to place available in the market. Lengthy story brief, the playing cards had been effectively acquired by our workers, 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 folks started requesting them in my DM’s. That’s after I realized I is perhaps onto one thing!

My thoughts INSTANTLY went to Paper Supply. I knew if I had been going to see this by means of, my aim can 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 like as a card maker and designer?

At all times completely different!

Some days are artistic. There are tables filled 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 greater orders, it takes A LOT of labor to get them crammed. These weeks include lengthy hours, cramped arms, and towers of containers. In between creating and manufacturing, I’m busy formatting/modifying playing cards, reaching out to prospects, filling orders, checking stock, advertising and marketing, bookkeeping, and the whole lot in between! Small enterprise possession may be very BUSY, I’ve realized a lot on this journey.


What’s your most well-liked medium?

MICRONS! I really 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 artistic course of appear like?

I’ve a wall of inspiration Publish-It’s in my residence, neatly aligned with very tough foolish sketches. At any time when 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 by means of Instagram and see a scrumptious sandwich, after which quickly sufficient I’m drawing a scrumptious sandwich! As soon as the drawing begins, I lose observe of time. This piece the method is like remedy! After the drawing is full, I scan the paintings into the pc and format it for print!

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

I’m happy with a lot. I by no means imagined I’d be capable of obtain constructing a small enterprise by myself. Trying again, I’m so proud I that I didn’t surrender 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 assumed it could take the magic away and make it too critical. I used to be afraid of rejection and judgment. Card design provides me a secure house to create. Playing cards By Allie’s model id grants me permission to make unhealthy jokes and foolish drawings! I’m simply so joyful I get to attract and that there are individuals who like what I’m making.

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

Any private tidbits? Or particular skills/enjoyable details that you simply wish 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 provides nice suggestions on coloration and texture!!

I’d be remiss to not shout out my household and associates right here! Constructing this model has meant calling in lots of favors from my family members. You all definitely know who you’re!!


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