Once you go through the preliminary steps of gathering inspiration and picking a theme for your design, it’s time to focus on what could be considered the most important element of design: color. With colors, you can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. You can use color to energize, or to cool down. By selecting the right color scheme, you can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility, or you can convey an image of playful youthfulness. Color can be your most powerful design element if you learn to use it effectively.
Today kicks off the first day of our 12 Days of Design! Have you signed up to get daily emails outlining the steps to create your first, or newest, textile design? [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 1 Finding Inspiration
So you’re creative. You like to doodle, draw, paint, print, or photograph. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to finally take your art and learn how to turn it into surface prints that sell. If this description sounds eerily like you, then come spend the next 12 days with us learning how to take the glimmer of an idea to a finished fabric design. We’ll go through how to take the first steps of finding inspiration, sketch initial ideas and choose a color palette, all the way through to how to market yourself and properly tag your designs so they show up easily in search engines. Join us for 12 Days of Design!
WHAT? We’re kicking off 2017 with 12 days devoted to learning how to create a textile design from start to finish. Challenge yourself to get inspired and get serious about turning your art into marketable surface designs. We will walk you through each step in creating a design ready to upload to Spoonflower and sell in the marketplace. Follow along as we provide daily tips on finding inspiration, creating a design element, working in Spoonflower and marketing yourself.
HOW? The best part is that all you have to do is check your inbox each day. Sign up to receive each day’s step via email starting January 1, 2017, to guide you through the fabric design process. If you’d like, snap a photo of your progress and use the #12DaysofDesign hashtag each day to share your process. You can use this hashtag on your social media outlet of choice. We’ll be re-sharing our favorite posts throughout the series.
So tell us, will you accept the challenge and get started designing surface patterns that sell?
Big congrats to Cynthia Frenette, who has been killing it with our Design Challenges lately! Her design, “For the Love of Spoonflower” was both our popularly voted first place winner, and the design Spoonflower employees internally voted as our pick for our new 2017 t-shirts! Cynthia will receive $500 in cold hard cash, $250 Spoondollar credit and a free t-shirt printed with her winning design. The design itself may continue to be available for sale in the Marketplace where she will earn up to a 15% commission. Congratulations to Cynthia, and to the entire amazingly crafty and wonderful top 10 who will also be taking home some amazing prizes including Videri chocolate!
1. 306 votes for For the Love of Spoonflower by cynthiafrenette
2. 301 votes for create and grow by cjldesigns
3. 277 votes for Spoonflower Makers Make! by vo_aka_virginiao
4. 262 votes for spoonflower by gaiamarfurt
5. 232 votes for Design Sew Create Spoonflower TShirt Typography White Aqua Green by heatherdutton
6. 212 votes for Spoonflower: Ignite the Spark T-Shirt by pennycandy
7. 209 votes for Sew Vintage // by petite_circus // sewing machine black and white by petite_circus
8. 197 votes for The Craftroom by jenimp
9. 187 votes for Periodic Table of Spoonflower by sew-me-a-garden
10. 179 votes for Happiness is Spoonflower by designs_by_lisa_k
[Read more…] about Announcing the Winner of our Spoonflower T-Shirt Challenge!
Welcome to the busiest time of year for designers and makers alike. On Spoonflower, now’s the time shoppers are picking out fabrics and papers for handmade gifts, decor, and stocking their handmade shops for the busy season. As a designer, you need to be ready with an updated shop and fresh designs to compete with all the other show-stopper designers in the marketplace. However will you prepare? We’ve rounded up our favorite tips and tools where you’re a designer or just looking for quick freebies to get you through the season and support indie designers and makers in the community.
Free calendar printables
Gold Glitter texture pack
You may have noticed some exciting additions to your Spoonflower experience over the past few weeks: subtle restyling changes, new product releases, Bulk Discounts, and, perhaps our most anticipated addition, the launch of Spoonflower Pro. We wanted to take a second to go “back to basics” and give you a few tips and tricks to help keep your designs visible in the Marketplace.
Two of the most important (and sometimes overlooked) steps when creating a design are 1) giving your design an accurate and descriptive name and 2) adding a design description. There are dozens of designs floating around the Marketplace with titles like “IMG” or “Image”–and that ain’t helping nobody. Don’t let yours be one of them! Adding an accurate title and description allows your designs to be found by including important keywords that shoppers may use when searching the Spoonflower Marketplace.
For example, if you’ve created a beautiful mermaid design, but don’t have the word “mermaid” in your design name or description, it will be much more difficult to find.
So, what makes a good title and description?
Be sure to include important keywords in your title. What colors did you use? Is there a specific theme or surface pattern you drew inspiration from? Don’t forget to Include those, too. Let’s use Mermaids in Purple as an example: While purple is a predominant color there are also other predominant colors in the design a shopper could be looking for. The design name could potentially be “Mermaids in Purple and Pink” or “Mermaids In Purple Swimming with Cats.” Whether someone is searching for mermaids or searching for cats, they would still come across this adorable creation.
Now that you’ve thought about your design name, it’s time to write up your description. Here you will continue to include keywords pertaining to your design, but you can create a more robust description. Don’t be afraid to add a little whimsy and be creative!
Our friend Jumping Monkeys hit it out of the park with this description for “Cute_Retro_Robots.”
“You’ll find the lost members of Rosie’s family floating on a creamy 50’s retro backdrop. The background features the ever popular mid-century boomerang design with a few atomic symbols tossed in for good measure. Ideal for children’s clothes, quilting and other cute projects.”
Your description could include the inspiration for the design (robots), the style (50’s retro), color (creamy) and ideal uses for your pattern.
Don’t forget to add tags to your designs! This is another crucial step to ensuring your design is searchable. You may choose up to 7 short phrases that describe your design and Spoonflower will rate your tag for its strength; the stronger, the better! If you find that your tags have low tag strength we’ll suggest related keywords. You can also add up to four colors from the suggested color options which match to your designs.
All of these optimizations work retroactively, so make sure to update your existing designs, as well as new designs you’ve just uploaded. You’ve put a lot of work into your design, now make sure the descriptions get noticed and help you reach more shoppers. Who said you can’t teach an old design new tricks?
Want more information on how to achieve success selling on Spoonflower? Check out all the handy resources in the “Seller” section of our Help page. There you’ll find articles on how to become a verified seller, how to promote, tag, and how to handle (everyone’s favorite subject) taxes.
Wedding invitations are a lovely part of the nuptial process. They’re a fun, informative, and intimate way to let your guests know that they matter and that you picked them to attend your big day. But, like most of our favorite marriage elements, they can sometimes come with quite the price tag! The good news is that making them yourself can be easy and fun (not to mention affordable)! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to pull together our top 5 tips for creating DIY wedding invitations that will be easy on the eyes, not to mention your wallet!
1. Printable Invitation Templates - One of the fastest, easiest ways to end up with stellar invitations is to use a template. Check out this vast selection of downloadable invitations, most of which are customizable, perfect for matching your wedding colors.
It’s hard to believe that February is already upon us! Guest blogger Robin (Kritterstitches), Spoonflower’s very own Senior Graphic Designer, is here to recommend her favorite free fonts for DIY wedding designs. Let these typefaces inspire your wedding invitations, ceremony program, or anything else you may be crafting by hand for your upcoming custom wedding.
Today's second edition of Digital Download Day comes from Spoonflower staffer and designer extraordinaire Eloisa (Natitys on Spoonflower!). Here's the deal: we encourage you to download these designs, play around with them, change the colors, add text, whatever! Then upload them to your Spoonflower account and see them come to life on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap (personal use only, please). We are in the dead of winter here in North Carolina at Spoonflower HQ, so we're day dreaming of all the bountiful blooms in hibernation mode until spring! Enjoy these fun, mod florals, and we can't wait to see how you manipulate and play with these designs!