Monday, 28 January 2013

Playing cards customised with your own photographs

Zazzle has an ever increasing product range, playing cards have been around a few months but could be just what you want for that special gift.

winter scene, frozen canal deck of cards
winter scene, frozen canal deck of cards by ArtyfaxProducts
Browse Frozen Playing Cards online at

Portrait of Ragdoll cat Deck Of Cards
Portrait of Ragdoll cat Deck Of Cards by prophoto
Check out another Deck of Cards

The possibilities are endless, you can create your own deck of cards, or select from a range of thousands. Add a photo, or cartoon or any image you can think of and then overlay text. There are also loads of different styles of playing cards to choose from. Different colours, large index characters, different royal cards and even a distressed version. Take a look by visiting any of the above decks on Zazzle and you woun't know when to stop. Go on , I dare you; take a look now. 

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

New Pillow Designs On Zazzle

I am still adding to the portfolio of designs on my Zazzle account: these three are digital designs. From a photograph of a red leaf bract on a pieris plant, I created a kaleidoscopic design using Photo Shop from a tutorial by Helen Bradley which I found on the web.

I then used the ability to change hue and saturation to create this design in three different colours. I have put these onto ipad covers and computer and messenger bags - so far. Today, I have created designs on throw pillows which I am posting here.

yellow kaleidoscopic abstract pillow
yellow kaleidoscopic abstract pillow by ArtyfaxProducts
Look at other Kaleidoscopic Pillows at

I will be adding these design to other products asap, if you are interested in any particular product please leave a comment here and I will endeavour to aadd the design to that product as a priority.

Monday, 14 January 2013

A Sale From My Zazzle Store

A news flash!

Just as I was giving up and starting to consider opening more POD stores on the internet (see the previous post) I have today learnt that I have made a sale on my Zazzle store:
red poinsettia plate
red poinsettia plate by artyfax
Look at more Red Plates at zazzle

It does not mean that my financial future is secure but it it a really great feeling. Is it the start of something big?

Oh well back to the task of enlarging my product portfolio on Zazzle and on the other planned sites. I know that having too many and spreading myself too thinly may be counter productive but I think Three may do for a start. These will be:-

  1. Zazzle
  2. Red Bubble
  3. Deviant Art (to be set up as of today)
I will be posting of any more successes, at this rate I could post each sale here without losing any sleep.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Zazzle Sales and Branching Out

Well the bubble had to burst! I have not had much joy on Zazzle, my sales are non-existent:

three things:
  1. Nobody likes my designs
  2. I am not good enough at SEO to get them found, or poor at promoting the products
  3. Zazzle is too expensive, although lots do seem to get to the Zazzle pro level
Or maybe any combination of all three. I am resolved to keep at it and to try to get better with promotion and keep posting design from time to time.

But I am also resolved to try more POD sites and widen my potential visibility. the first alternative site I have opened an account on, is RedBubble I have uploaded several of my pastel landscapes and a number of photographs, not near enough I know but time on the computer is at a premium. Slowly but surely is the way forward, I am not after a get-rich-quick-route as long as I can show some progress after 12 months.

See this image on various prints and other products at Redbubble

Talking about progress reminds me, I have been on RedGage now for 12 months sharing photos, links and the odd blog post. I have earned about 56 dollars over that time for simply sharing the content. As the portfolio of content increases I expect that the rate of rise in these earnings will improve. Again I need to promote my content on the site more but time is still the enemy. On the other hand it should be a small passive income to add to other small income streams which may amount to something one of these days.

It is a good job that my main reason for sitting at the computer is fun and enjoying my hobbies of photography, painting and writing. LOL