Do you offer custom design services?
At this time, I am only offering a very select amount of custom design work. If you would like to discuss a possible project, you can contact me here with your project details, but please note that I might not be able to take it on. Pricing will depend on the scope of the project.
How Quickly Will My Items Ship?
How Do You Print Your Items?
I work with a printing company in Alabama who prints all of my cards using quality heavy-weight matte white paper.
Can You Personalize Any Items?
Since all of my cards and art prints are printed in batch orders, I am unable to personalize them. This includes adding names, changing wording and changing colors. So sorry!
How did you start your business?
It’s kind of a long story. There were a lot of years spent trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Several degrees were earned, several careers were explored. To sum it up, after a good bit of time spent floundering (at least that’s what it felt like) God opened a lot of doors for me to follow my gut and venture into the field that I wanted to be in. This meant working full time in a job I didn’t want to be in so I could pay my rent and going to school full time. Those were a few tough years! During and after earning my degree in Graphic Communications I was hired as an in-house designer where I worked until getting married and moving out of state. That was when Kat French Design began as a freelance design business offering print and identity design to small companies and non-profit organizations.
After 5 years (and 1 toddler later) I needed to shift the direction of my business to stay flexible for my family and my son who started giving up his naps (dang it!). I felt ready to begin designing products from a more personal viewpoint and that fueled me to open my Etsy shop in the fall of 2014. Within a year I began focusing on greeting card and other paper goods design. In retrospect, it seems like I should have figured it out sooner since I had loved art since childhood and had made my own cards for years, but if it hadn’t been for all of those rough years trying to figure out my path and then working to hone my skills while serving other clients, I don’t think I would have the perspective that I do now. I can’t imagine it going another way and now I look forward to the future of my little business.
What Tools Do You Use?
Most of my designs begin with pencil and paper. I love simple/cheap mechanical pencils because they have a fine stroke with light grip and have really great erasers. I absolutely love my Canson Mix Media sketchbooks because they have an amazing grip for both pencil and paper (I’m all about that grip). I typically use Sakura Micron 01 / 03 / 05 pens to do my final inking.
I do all of my digital design work on a Lenovo laptop and have finally made the upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud. I intermingle Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for all of my designs. I use a 6×8 Wacom tablet for digital lettering, illustration and for cleaning up inked sketches. I do lots of scanning with a basic Canon MG6220 scanner/printer.
Wait! I have another question!
You can contact me if you have any other questions. Thanks!