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roxwallyssox  asked:

I love you charms!! They are so cute!! As an artist trying to get started on selling my own products, i was wondering if i could ask how you make your packaging look so nice? I would love to learn how to make my stuff look so professional.

Oh me gosh, you have no idea how much that means to me… I’m emotional now! ( ・ᴗ・̥̥̥ ) Thank you very much lovely! ( ◜◒◝ )♡ I apologize in advanced for taking forever to answer your wonderful ask. You caught me right in the middle of prepping for a convention 。(*^▽^*)ゞ

Anywhosies~ Here’s a small tutorial on how I do my packaging for charms:

First, make your design. I sometimes sketch out the design on paper before I move onto Photoshop. Depending on how big you want your packaging to be, is how big you want your design to be. I prefer to use 3x5in and always work under a 300dpi/resolution or bigger. Make sure you are able to find baggies with your dimensions before you design. I’ll talk about this further into this tutorial.

Tip: Make your width at least .25in smaller! Some baggies are a couple of millimeters smaller from the actual width. I keep forgetting to fix this little detail thus why you see the width as 3in instead of 2.75in.

The design is really up to you. You can have a theme going on per set, per charm, or you can even just use your logo as the design for every charm and make your life easier lol  There’s no rules to follow, just have fun and design away!

Tip: Don’t overdue your designs though, you want the charm to be the main focus. Something simple yet fun and or elegant will work. Don’t be afraid to google examples of other people’s designs. That will give you an idea and get you going.

Save your designs! Save them as both a JPG and PS file (or as the software you are using).

Be organized! If you plan on having multiple designs or even make lots more charms in the future, name them so they are easier to find. Your packaging designs can even have their own folder or sub folder if needed.

Setting up. Open any wordpad or word processor of your choice and add your design. Depending on how big your design is, you’ll be able to fit more or less. 

Print a test page. Print your design on your everyday normal paper just to check that everything looks okay! If your printer is like mine, it will be a troll and sometimes print a bit crooked, but don’t worry! Since they’ll be cut, it doesn’t affect your designs in any way.

Now let’s print…

Ta-daaaa! Here are my designs that I printed on the cardstock I fell in love with. The cardstock I use is called Astroparche Cover Stock and it’s from the brand, Neenah. I love the natural look it has–it’s not white, so ye be warned that the colors will have a small slight tint of yellow when printing. The cardstock is also thick enough for my printer to use and sturdy enough for my charms. You can find this cardstock on Amazon, but I was lucky enough to find it at my local Office Depot!

Tip: Photo paper can also be used if you so prefer. Again, whatever makes you happy and works best for you. 

Get your handy dandy paper cutter ready…

Cut, cut, cut! Cut out all your designs with your paper cutter. I don’t suggest using scissors unless you trust your hand enough that it won’t mess up and cut straight! If you don’t have a paper cutter, note that you most certainly do not need to buy the huge guillotine type. There’s small ones that can be used and can even be taken with you to conventions! The one I use is small and cute and has been with me for three years and the extra blade that came with it has not been used yet. Amazing~

Punch, punch, punch! Time to get your hole puncher and punch them little holes. I actually have a special hole puncher with a 3mm hole, but you can definitely use a regular 6mm hole puncher. How far down you want your hole to be is up to you.

Tip: If you want to get fancy, you can even buy hole punchers that have cute hole designs! Like stars or hearts ♡ ☆ ♡ ☆

Baggies!!! So, remember how I said to make sure to find baggies with the dimensions you plan to use before designing? This is only because of the rare chance you use certain dimensions that there’s no baggies for. Always double check!

Anyways, when buying baggies, make sure that you go half and inch (or more) above your height so you can create a tab to fold back and tape your baggie shut. You can also find baggies that already have adhesive! It’s just a matter of what you like and what works for you. Maybe you want to get creative and use a cute sticker or washi tape to close your baggie, who knows! Some people even buy baggies with hang tabs to hang them for display when they’re tabling in conventions.

“But Dee, where do I find baggies??”

*squishes your cheeks and whispers*

Ebay… Ebay is your best friend. Search for clear cello/poly bags ( ̄▽ ̄*)

Almost there…

Setting up! Once you have your charms built and ready to go, it’s time to package them and use your new super duper amazing designs! For this, we’ll be using washi tape since it doesn’t leave any residue and it’s easier to peel off. Any washi tape will do, it doesn’t matter! I tend to rip off about 10-20 pieces at a time to have them ready to go. It makes things easier on my end.

For cellphone straps: Loop the strap inside the hole and align your charm. Once you are happy, tape the strap with the washi tape.

For key chains: Yes, it works just as well! But we’ll be needing ribbon, 3mm wide ribbon to be exact. Cut about 2in and loop one end inside the split ring while bringing the other end above. Bring both ends of the ribbon into the hole and align your charm. Once you are happy, tape the ribbon. You should now have your charm cutely hanging from the ribbon~

All you gotta do now is bag ‘em, seal ‘em, and you are ready to go! Look at you–you did it! I’m so proud of you ( ・ᴗ・̥̥̥ )

I hope this helps you and anyone else looking to start making their own unique packaging for their cute charms~ ❤ (ɔˆз(ˆ⌣ˆc)

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HakamiiShop Update: All orders have been sent! I hope they’ll arrive safely ;;
Thank you so much for supporting the shop! Until next time > v < )///
About some people asking if I’ll restock these charms.. I’m sorry I won’t restock them anymore ;;v;;) If there are leftovers after April 10(because local cons and stuff), I’ll open the shop again for it! (and probably 707 charms only ;;) 

dog-of-ulthar  asked:

the tooled-leather-looking details on your inquisitor armor? how?? it's so beautiful???

I think this is for the shoulder bits, if so, great news, its actually the cheapest pleather! the darker parts are a last year mispick off ebay and the lighter bits I stole from my girlfriend’s warden fabric. They were both under $6 a yard (mine was 3.99) 

the studs are the bent backs off ink tags from my workplace

the cross pattern is 1/16 inch seams across the whole back (pain and suffering) and a few of them are actual darts to shape it. The edge was rolled over a piece of ugly yarn to bulk it up (this is actually how i always do it to make pleather look better).

 it worked super nice and i was really happy with it! ♥ ;u;

anonymous asked:

Hello! I've been following for a while and I noticed how much merchandise you've made - the prints, stickers, buttons, charms/keychains especially! I really enjoy your style since it's so adorable. I wanted to ask how you go about making the merch? Like, is there a special service you use for certain products? I wanna go about making my own someday and your stuff always looks so lovely ;v; If you can help me out, even a bit, that'd be great!

Hello anon-chan-san! Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot and I’m happy you’ve liked all the goodies I’ve done so far (๑°꒵°๑)・*♡ And no worries, I’m always happy to help! ( ◜◒◝ )♡ I do use a different service/merchant to print/produce my items once the art file is done on my end. Here are some of my best friends:

Charms:

Zap!Creatives – Their quality is amazing and they have a variety of different types of charms! They do more than just charms too, but this is what I mainly use them for. They are located overseas but you do get free shipping on orders over $300. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, once in a while you’ll get a 10-25% off coupon code to use on certain items which knocks a good amount off your order! Turnaround time and shipping is amazingly fast! No complains here.

Acornpress – I have yet to use them personally, but I’ve heard good things about them. They are located in the states, which would save you on shipping and have a lower minimum. However, they only offer white and clear acrylic charms at the moment. I’ll be trying them out soon and I’ll make sure to do a small review!

Note: You only get the charms. You have to build them yourself and buy the phonestraps, bells, jump rings, etc. from your local craft store or online.  

Stickers:

Jimiagency​ – I love JiMi Agency! Their sticker quality is more than amazing and it’s always a pleasure to work with them. However, they are not kiss cut! You’ll have to use your favorite pair of scissors to cut them yourself! If you want kiss cut stickers, be prepared to pay more and have a bigger minimum order to place with other companies. JiMi also offers more than just stickers. From bookmarks to memo pads, to charms and washi tape. They only do group orders and it varies when. Just check their site out to see when they’ll be having their next group order.

Note: You can always do them yourself by buying sticker paper and printing them at home. It’s a good way to start if you don’t have the funds at the moment. That’s how I started and I don’t regret doing so and it helped so much.

Prints:

Fireball Printing – Quality, turnaround time, and shipping is amazing! No complains here. They do have a minimum of 5 for poster size prints, which is not bad. For postcard size prints though, their minimum is too high and I wouldn’t recommend them for that unless you want 1k of the same design. They also offer other printing services.

CatPrint – I have yet to use them, but I have ordered their samples and I’m in love with the quality and variety of paper they have for printing! I’ve also heard a lot of good things about them. They don’t have a minimum–heck, you can even order one print! I’ll sure be using them to print out my con prints for August.

Note: Shipping is a bit high only because both use special shipping supplies to make sure your prints do not get damage while making their way to you. So I highly recommend that you order all your print designs at once and not one design at a time.

Buttons/Pins:

Wacky Buttons – No minimum! Which completely sold me and I’ll be placing my order soon! Five stars on their reviews so I’m sure when I get my first order I’ll be more than content. Either way, I’ll make sure to give them my own review.

Pure Buttons – They have a minimum of five, but they jump from 5 to 25 to 50 to 100 and so on and so forth. They are a bit more expensive but the more you order, the lower your cost. Great reviews!

Note: Both offer more than just your average buttons. They have pocket mirrors, fridge magnets, clothing magnets, etc. They also have custom button packaging. I guess it just depends on how many and how much you are willing to spend.

All work under CMYK color mode. Acornpress and Wacky Buttons are the only ones that I know that don’t use this color mode on their templates. However, I was able to get in touch with a rep from Wacky Buttons and they do recommend you convert their template into CMYK mode. Since more than half of their customers don’t have an editing program where they can switch from RGB mode to CMYK mode, they have chosen to have their template in RGB mode and they themselves convert the file. I know from experience that this does have a color effect on your final product when printed. The colors are a bit darker. You are only able to notice if you have both color modes printed out and side by side for comparison. It’s not a big deal (unless you are super picky), but just thought I should point this out.

I hope this helps and the best of luck lovely! I’ll probably update or add to this post if I make another best friend (◍•ᴗ•◍)♡ ✧*。  

anonymous asked:

Todomatsu

First impression: He’s such a cold hearted asshole!
Impression now:
He’s such a cold hearted asshole and I love him for it!
Favorite moment:
I laughed my ass off when he dressed up as a girl for the mixer interview
Idea for a story:
I’d love to see how he met atsushi and more development for their relationship
Unpopular opinion:
A lot of people believe that Todo is weak but I don’t think so? He goes to the gym and I think he’s probably at least as strong as Oso
Favorite relationship:
Ichitodo :’D This ship unexpectedly grew on me (I used to hate it wow)
Favorite headcanon:
He’s gay and gossips with his female friends about guys (never mind that he’s straight in canon hahaha)

Send me a character

Control your kid
Hhahah I don’t know where this came from
Hhh
Blueberry is trying his best to keep this kid out of trouble ahha
Wild Berry knowss he’s a skeleton and it can’t really harm him buuuut, you know, that would be a boring animation hhh
I know Soul isn’t in thiiis buuut
Soul!sans @amber-acrylic
@ask-blueberry-sans

swimmycakes  asked:

Hello! I've really liked your art for a while now, as someone who's recently got into using acrylic paint do you have any tips or advice? (BTW I really want to buy something from you in the future, everything you make looks really good!)

hi! i made a previous post about that right here. but lemme add some more:

  • use the appropriate brush - this one is surprisingly hard to follow for me when i was starting out. i always wanted my brush size to be small, so that it’s more “precise”… but the problem to that is that when you cover large areas, it looks uneven. flat brushes = flat, even color. thats what i aim for in my style anyways…  
  • if you’re getting cheap paints, get various bottles of it. don’t stick to just primary colors since cheap paints gray out when too many colors are mixed
  • start small. its scary to start out acrylic painting with a large canvas, so its always best to start with buying acrylic pads, and then move up to mini canvases, and small panel ones… and then eventually you’ll feel good enough to do large ones! 

also thanks for being interested in my prints! i really appreciate it :0 

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Yo! Remember when I asked about acrylic charms? I’m gonna go through with it. Thanks to everyone who answered!

A couple of you guys wanted double-side so that’s what you’ll get :D They’re going to be around 2.5″ x 2.5″ inches.

I can’t guarantee anything, but I just want to ask. How much are you willing to spend for each of these? 

anonymous asked:

This may be a stupid question but can you and do you draw traditionally? Like paper and pencil\paints?

Yeah!!! I only started doing digital art 2 years ago!
So I do watercolor

Acrylic

Sorry, I don’t have paintings anymore. I gave them all to my friends. 

I also use Pens and Promarkers

And Graphite Pencils

Some of these are old but most of these were done just last year.

NYOOOM
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Idea by @crowfry
Hhaha this turned out weird
Soul!sans @amber-acrylic (I hope it’s okay that I tagged you )
@ask-blueberry-sans

ask-rion-tone  asked:

Hello there. I've got to say, I LOVE your artX3 Its so beautiful;w; I've got a question and sorry if you already got this before but, how do you make your keychains? I am thinking of making some of my own but I have no clue on how to go about doing it.

here is a list of accessible acrylic charm services I know about, either first-hand or what I heard from others who’ve used them:

  • Inkitlabs (Texas, US)→ most expensive, but high quality and precise cuts. Steep price break if you want more than 100 charms; they can vary quantity of each design, but the minimum of each design is 25, no less due to the nature of their machinery (I don’t think they tell you this on their site). 
  • Zap (UK) → more flexible with design quantities and just quantities in general. Less precise cutting if you’re ordering opaque acrylic charms but not sure about clear (they seem to be pretty pretty on-point from what I’ve seen). The printing isn’t quite as crisp as Inkit charms. Remember this ships from the UK, so the price of shipping is higher.
  • Chillypig (California, US) → a newer contender, slightly cheaper than InkIt; personally haven’t heard much about the quality, but prints slightly more vibrantly than Inkit
  • Alibaba (China) → by far your cheapest option(s), but I was advised against Chinese suppliers by a few of my friends due to low quality and high defect count, and just… it’s just risky LOL

If you want clear acrylic charms, I’d advise to darken the “front” (the glassy side, opposite of printing side) before you send it to print, because the colours tend to get washed out a little, and this is universal across any service. The first three services provide you with instructions and templates on how to make your files for print, and they’re happy to help out if you are confused.

Personally, I’ve been using Inkitlabs because I prefer quality over quantity, but I plan to try Chillypigs next, at least for less important runs. ^^ 

(For straps and whatnot, you can easily get them on eBay in bulk with keywords: “split ring”, “cell phone lariats”, and “lobster clasps” )