Archive for September, 2010

Seller Wednesday Holiday Prep Vol. 3 – Gift Tags

September 15, 2010

When you think about wrapping presents for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holidays, etc. what’s the one important element that finishes up a package? A gift tag!  It’s a perfect (and easy) way to decorate the present, and let everyone know who gave the gift, and most importantly, who the gift is for.

With the recent launch of custom labels, there are now three products that are perfect for designing and making gift tags: labels, stickers, and business cards. Adding gift tags to your holiday collection is a great way to attract new customers. When designing, try to match a theme that works well with other holiday themes for holiday cards or wrapping paper.  Here are some examples of gift tags from the marketplace.

Labels:

Joy Ornament Christmas to from Gift Tag LabelChristmas Gift Tag LabelCustom Snowman Gift Labels

Christmas Gift Tag Labels White Christmas TreeChristmas Gift Tag LabelsChristmas Tree Modern Whimsical Gift Tag Label

Stickers:

Horse Christmas Gift Tag StickerCandy Cane Gift Tag StickerPeace on Earth Gift Tag Sticker

Cartoon Rudolph Gift Tag StickerChristmas Bell Checkered Gift Tag StickerSanta Claus Round Holiday Christmas Tag Sticker

Business Cards:

Warm Wishes Good Cheer Holiday Gift Tag Business CardHoliday Gift Tag Christmas Angel Business CardChristmas Snowflake Gift Tag Business Card

Green Gold Bubbles Christmas Tree Gift Tag Business CardChristmas Penguin Gift Tags Business CardChristmas Gift Tag Business Card

What other unique usages are there for labels, stickers, and business cards? Share in the comments! Also, be sure to share any gift tags you’ve made in the comments below, on our Facebook wall, or on Twitter!

Artists Use Zazzle To Help Migrating Birds

September 13, 2010

Great Blue Heron by Jane Freeman T-Shirt

As winter is approaching the northern hemisphere, many birds are getting ready to set off for their yearly migration south.  This year, it’s worrisome for many bird lovers near the gulf coast, as 12 species of Minnesota waterfowl (who winter along the Gulf of Mexico) could possibly be hurt due to oil-contaminated marshes and coastlines.

Organized by Jane Freeman and Paul Jackson, around 100 nationally and internationally known artist have joined together and created the Art v Oil Spill Zazzle store where 100% of all the royalties goes to the Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Preservation Society - a non-profit that trains wildlife rescue personnel on how to clean oiled birds.

Be sure to check out their Zazzle store, Artvsoilspill and help save the wildlife that call the gulf their home.

Fowl Language Oil Disaster Art MugHeron by Carol Carter PostageFrog by Steve Nisbet Postcard

Sea Turtle by Billie Crain BagGreat Blue Heron by Terry Honstead Great Blue MousepadSea Pelican SOS by Vernita B Hoyt T-Shirt

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

September 10, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


lotus bubbles tshirts


Jersey Shore Fist Pumping T-shirt


Flying Monkey in Your Pocket T-shirt


Cancer Fight Like A Girl 5.3 T Shirt


Disney Donald Duck Upper Body Tee Shirt

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with jennsdoodleworld

September 9, 2010

Jenn, from the Zazzle Store jennsdoodleworld, was kind enough to answer some questions about her artistic style and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store jennsdoodleworld!

Dog and Squirrel T-Shirt

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio; where are you from, when did you starting making art?

Jenn: I am from Lakewood, NY.  I have been making art ever since I could hold a pencil. I’ve been drawing cartoons all over my school notebooks since I was a small kid. It’s what I’ve been doing for fun all my life.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Jenn: Whimsical, fun, cartoony, humorous… sometimes kawaii (Japanese cute style).

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Jenn: Let’s see… I really appreciate the artwork of the Hallmark Shoebox illustrators. Sometimes I check out the Shoebox blog for inspiration.  I also like a lot of Children’s book illustrators.  Sometimes I’ll buy children’s picture books just to study the art. One I bought recently is called My House by Delphine Durand. All of her art is amazing.  I also admire a long list of cartoonists. George Booth, Sergio Aragonés, and Roz Chast are a few I love, and have bought collections of their books.

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Jenn: My favorite feature is that the customer can add custom text or images. It makes it possible to sell invitations and business cards, and I love it that people can add their own text to greeting cards. I’ve used the feature myself when I bought some Christmas cards from other sellers.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Jenn: It’s a tossup between sushi shoes and the owls wedding invitation.  I guess I’ll go with the owls. I designed it in Starbucks, and got feedback from the staff there while I was working on it.  They liked it and laughed and said, the groom looks like, “Oh crap! I’m getting married!” That’s the effect I was going for, and I sell a lot of these!

Owls Wedding Invitations

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Jenn: I was looking for a place to self-publish my art, and had heard very good things about Zazzle. I saw some great reviews about the quality of the products and print quality.  My experience with Zazzle both as a seller and a customer has been great!

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Jenn: Find your niche. I started out focusing on t-shirts, and then found most of my art is better suited for greeting cards and invitations.  The competition may seem overwhelming, but if you can find your niche, a theme that people can relate to, you will make sales. Also, create designs that the customer can personalize. It makes it worth it to buy online & pay more than you would at a department store when you can customize the product exactly the way you want it.

Thanks Jenn!

Artsprojekt iPhone 4 Fitted Speck Cases Available Exclusively at Best Buy

September 8, 2010

The first generation limited edition Artsprojekt Fitted Speck Cases for the iPhone 4 are now available at select Best Buys.  The artwork for the Speck cases are  printed on canvas and seamlessly attached to the fitted case to give your iPhone 4 style while  keeping it protected.

The 4 Artsprojekt cases that are available were done by Nikolai Larin,  Smirap Designs,  Mimi Yoon, and McBess.

These new Fitted Artsprojekt edition case designs for the iPhone 4 are available in very limited quantities for $39.95 at select Best Buy retail store locations: #301 in Downers Grove, Illinois, #557 in Miami, Florida, #864 in San Antonio, Texas and #1072 in Spring, Texas. Each case comes in a special Speck Artsprojekt edition package and includes an artist collector card insert. Which is your favorite? What would you put on your iPhone case if you could design one? Share your thoughts below!

Check out some great reviews we’re already received!

“Since day one we haven’t been overly pleased with the kind of cases that have come out for the iPhone 4. In comparison to the iPhone 3G and 3Gs, the case designs have been relatively drab. Fortunately, these four Limited Edition Speck “Fitted Artsprojekt” cases are about to change all of that. These cases feature four very beautiful, colorful, and very bold designs printed on soft fabric that is fused to Speck’s hard-shell fitted protective case.” – networkedblogs

“These limited edition Fitted Artsprojekt cases doesn’t just look nice, they’re also durable and light weight. The inside is a protective hardshell while the outer layer is fabric for that distinctive soft feel.” – www.machoe.com

Zazzle’s Admiral Ackbar is My Homeboy Poster on ESPN

September 7, 2010

College football is here and that means that ESPN has started running some great college football commercials, like the one for Ole Miss below.

Does that poster in the dorm look familiar? Well it should! That’s a poster from the Zazzle Star Wars Store. If you’re an Ole Miss fan or not, you can get your Ackbar Homeboy posters exclusively on Zazzle!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

September 3, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Boy baby shower to sell postcards


Superman Green Decorative Logo T Shirt


SUPA COOL MAN – MICRO FIBER T SHIRTS

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Wasootch

September 2, 2010

Shannon, from the Zazzle Store wasootch, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her hobbies and some great tips for new sellers. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store wasootch!

Bigfoot Catches Plane with Net T-Shirt

About: Why is the store named Wasootch? Well, it’s the name of a picnic area in Kananaskis Country, Canada and we’ve always found it to be quite a fun sounding word. Then, we looked up the meaning and found it is a Stoney Indian word meaning “unique”. We thought that had a nice ring to it. Finally, we started off with our cartoon Bigfoot products and thought that perhaps a Bigfoot type animal might be appropriately named a Wasootch. Lately we’ve been creating more wedding related designs, many of which we try to put some “uniqueness” into.

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Shannon: I’ve always been interested in art, even as a small child. Back then, I really liked cartoon art and would draw a lot of cute little characters. In elementary school, I enjoyed arts and crafts class the most out of all my classes. Once I reached high school, I made sure to fit many art and visual communication classes into my schedule. I actually thought I might become an animator professionally. Of course, thinking I couldn’t really make a living off of being an artist, I actually didn’t end up pursuing it as a career. I took Electronics and ended up in the computer industry for a quite a while. It was through this that I started doing web development, and the graphic design that went along with that. Eventually, it is this that led me to Zazzle, as it has always been the design work that I really enjoyed, rather than the web programming.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Shannon: I have always loved trying all sorts of new things. Right now, I enjoy hiking, traveling, running, and reading. I’m also attempting to learn Spanish and I’m finding it quite challenging. Lately Zazzle keeps me quite busy. I might have to put more time aside for other interests!

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Shannon: This is a tough one, as I really like a lot of Zazzle features. As just one example, I like how easy it is to take an rss feed of any of the products from Zazzle and post them on a web page anywhere or import them into a database to be used on a web page. I’m currently working on creating a site on my own domain, so I will be using this feature a lot. Also, Zazzle store builder and many of the other promotional tools really help sellers get the word out as well. It’s really quite easy to post Zazzle products onto blogs and social networking sites using the tools available on the product pages.

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Shannon: I would say the most fun I have is interacting with my customers when they have contacted me through my store on Zazzle. I’ve heard from customers all around the world and I’ve gotten to know some of them fairly well. Another fun part of being a seller on Zazzle is getting to tell people I often “make money when I’m sleeping”. Not many jobs where you can make that claim!

Orange Pink Gerbera Daisy Wedding Invitation

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Shannon: Random luck I suppose. I was looking into ways people use the Internet to make money and found the print on demand world. I thought it might be fun to give it a try, as I felt it could be a good way to motivate me to learn Illustrator and Photoshop better and do something different in terms of design. It was really just an experiment. It has been fun for sure! I never actually thought I could make a living off of it, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Shannon: This is a tough question, as everyone has their own goals with their Zazzle stores. One thing I will say is that it is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes a lot of work and you need to put in the effort to get results.

I’ll also say that, contrary to popular belief, success does not lie in putting up huge quantities of products. Wasootch was getting good sales without having very many products up. It is better to think about what designs you are putting up right from the beginning. There is a lot of competition out there. You need to think about how you can fill what a customer might need or want. Think: Is there a niche market that is not well represented in the Zazzle marketplace and elsewhere that you may be able to tune into?

You can get sales without doing much promotion, but it is important to have good titles, descriptions, and tags. Even the names of your images should be considered. I see many people use titles like “Whimsical Dream”. Well, that is a pretty and artistic title, but it’s not great in terms of helping people find your product. Titles that use design descriptive keywords work much better, like “Cute boy and dog walking in park customizable poster”.

Also, creating designs that fit the products properly is important in my opinion. A bumper sticker design should fill the full size of the bumper sticker. A round sticker should have a design that works with that shape properly.

Finally, adding template text is a good idea. What makes Zazzle special is the ability customers have to customize the products with their own names or text or pictures. Showing them samples of what they can do doesn’t hurt at all. That is something I wish I had learned earlier. I made a lot of products that weren’t really customizable. When customers are buying a shirt or invitation or whatever off of Zazzle, I suspect they want to add their own personal touch.

Thanks Shannon!

New Zazzle Product – Custom Labels!

September 1, 2010
custom labels from Zazzle

Remember, just a few weeks ago, I was talking about the total mailing package with the addition of custom envelopes to Zazzle? Well consider this the bonus to that package! We’re very pleased to introduce custom labels – now available on Zazzle!

In continued partnership with Avery (we started with custom binders), we now have three unique label types: custom return address labels, custom address labels, and custom shipping labels. These labels are perfect for any mailing and can be completely customized with your designs, text, and images. On top of that, these label sheets work exactly like the label sheets you’ve come to know and love from Avery. That means you can write on them or run them through your home inkjet printer to add additional information. So now you can design, print, and order your favorite Avery labels online in minutes and have them produced in 24 hours through the power of Zazzle and Avery! Learn more about the newest product here.

Browse some of 9,000+ labels already created by Zazzle Sellers, or start creating your own custom labels now!

Of course, these versatile custom labels are great for mailing, but there are MANY different ways to use each style. Some other great uses for labels:

Kitchen Labels

Gift Tag Labels

Wedding RSVP Labels

CD Labels

Baby Shower Labels

Monogrammed Labels


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