NEW! Custom greeting cards with real foil printing

Zazzle has just announced the addition of the new metallic foil ink print process on greeting cards and it’s very exciting! Real foil printing opens the door to customers who crave real shine and bling now being able to purchase one of a kind custom and personalized cards printed with real “sleek foil”.

It’s not hard to understand why all my weekend plans were thrown out the window when Zazzle metallic foil was announced late on Friday. I was beyond thrilled to design these new greeting cards and shelved all other projects so I could dive right in. In my Artful Designs By Vikki shop, I started with the holidays. I created new high contrast black and white gray scale graphics to work with the design tool filters and technology. Christmas trees, Menorahs and snowflakes, oh my!

These new foil cards are too much fun. I ran the gambit from Hanukkah to Christmas, Holiday typography to Chrismukkah, and threw in a 50 And Fabulous card for good measure. One of my first designs was “Joy To The World” in silver foil on white with modern polka dots. I was feeling out the design process when I created this card. It’s on the large 5″ x 7″ horizontal size, includes a photo template so the customer can replace it with their own family portrait and two text templates inside; the greeting “Joy to the world The Lord has come!” and an optional signature line to imprint the family names. The outside is a jumbo silver JOY in a light grey shimmer circle surrounded by several more metallic circles in both the same light silver and the darker true silver foil. The bottom of the card has the line “TO THE WORLD” in a simple modern font. While it was actually the second personalized foil card that I made on the 29th, it shows as the last card in the batch. I made a last minute design change right before dinner Saturday night and re-made the card. You know how artists are!

I have so many projects on my list right now but I can’t stop designing these metallic greeting cards! It’s not work, it’s a joy. Every new card that I create inspires a new design just begging to come out. It’s like when I was a kid and was presented with a new box of crayons or a new watercolor box. Zazzle, my dear Zazzle, I may need you to send over someone to dust because I’m having too much fun with the new real foil custom greeting cards.

If these foil cards look half as nice in person as the site previews indicate, these are going to be a big hit. The new cards some in three sizes, folded: 5″ x 7″ [greeting card] 4.25″ x 5.5″ [note card] and 3.5″ x 5″ [mini]. There are two mettalic foil finishes, gold and silver, and the customer has the option to change a silver foil design to gold foil if they wish, and vice versa.

In addition, three paper types are offered in all sizes and the customer can choose their own paper:
Paper Type: Standard Matte
[17.5 pt thickness / 120 lb weight / 324 GSM]
Light white, uncoated matte finish with an eggshell texture

Paper Type: Premium Kraft
[18 pt thickness/ 125 lb weight / 338 GSM]
Kraft, smooth and refined vellum finish

Paper Type: Premium Grey
[16 pt thickness/ 130 lb weight / 352 GSM]
Neutral grey, smooth finish

I love how the silver foil looks on the Premium Kraft paper, and the gold on Premium Grey. The Kraft and Grey have a slightly higher price point but do look rich enough to deserve it. All these new metallic SLEEK FOIL cards are proudly made and printed in the USA, and in my case, proudly designed in the USA. If you find one of my holiday designs pleasing and choose it for your Christmas cards or Hanukkah greetings, I will be almost as happy as I was when I designed it.

The Europa Clipper

Europa Clipper: Water Geysers On Jupiter Moon May Boost Support For Life-Hunting Mission
Space.com | By Mike Wall
Posted: 12/16/2013 9:09 am EST
http://www.huffingtonpost.com
SAN FRANCISCO — The apparent discovery of water geysers on Jupiter’s moon Europa makes the icy body an even more attractive target for a life-hunting mission, researchers say.

Scientists announced Thursday (Dec. 12) that they had detected transient plumes of water vapor erupting from Europa’s south pole and extending about 125 miles (200 kilometers) into space. The ice-covered moon is thought to contain a subsurface ocean of liquid water, and the geysers represent a way to sample this potentially life-supporting environment, NASA officials said.

“Indeed, the plumes are incredibly exciting, if they are there,” Jim Green, head of NASA’s planetary science division, said here Thursday at the at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. “They’re bringing up material from within the ocean; perhaps there’s organic material that will be laying on the surface of the south pole.” [Photos: Europa, Mysterious Icy Moon of Jupiter]

The new find, made using observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, could build some momentum for a mission concept the space agency is developing called the Europa Clipper.

The Europa Clipper probe would orbit Jupiter but make multiple flybys of the 1,900-mile-wide (3,000 kilometers) moon, using a number of different science instruments to study Europa’s ice shell and subsurface ocean. The strategy would be similar to that employed by NASA’s Cassini mission, which has made flybys of many Saturn moons since entering into orbit around the ringed planet in 2004.

“What we have been doing is studying several approaches to really understand Europa from a spacecraft in that environment, and it looks like the Clipper concept is our best one,” Green said. Continue reading

New Art in Zazzle Store For 2013

New Art in the Zazzle Store for 2013… I’ve been busy.

New Stuff

Lots of fun stuff available on the art of vikki zazzle store :) 

Mars NASA Rover Curiosity Landing Party!

Less than two weeks to go. The newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, is slated to land on the Red Planet August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT [1:31 am EDT August 6th]

Detailed information and countdown clock at NASA’s Mars site http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

Whether you stay up late into the night on the 5th…

Mars Rover Landing Party Supplies

…or celebrate the next day…

Mars Rover Landing Party Supplies

It’s an excellent excuse to host a Mars Party.

The Science Channel has scheduled a special on the landing Monday August 6th at 9:00 pm EDT. I hope it starts with CURIOSITY MADE IT! :)