- Conceive and design a tri-fold card (and in this case I was provided with wonderful photos by Steve Robb). Make revisions based on client's feedback.
- Hunt for paper samples at multiple stores to line the envelopes and scan and email them for client to choose.
- Order the envelopes.
- Order the chosen liner paper (this took 10 days to arrive. TEN DAYS and the day before I received them I was informed that my order would be short!).
- Find someone to address the envelopes (both regular and return addresses). Lauren Karp is a goddess.
- Go away for Thanksgiving. Wait for printer to reopen and send approved design.
- Get postage stamp options from which client may choose.
- Design the outside of the envelopes using colors from the card as well as colors from the liner and the postage stamp.
- Cut the liner paper. I did this by hand to make sure they were done right.
- Assemble the envelopes (attach the liners and stamps- thank goodness for self-sticking stamps!).
- Fold and stuff the cards (while keeping a critical eye out for any printing issue).
- Lick (bleh!). OK, not really- I used a sponge to seal the envelopes.
- Hand cancel at the P.O.
- Send client the following photo taken at the P.O. with my phone so she could see the completed package as I was canceling them.
I was so happy to work with this particular client on her card. She was clear about what she wanted/liked and was able to communicate the changes she wanted to see.
Thank you C.M.!