Start Your Creative Career with Etsy

IMG_5353Etsy has been part of my journey as a freelancer since the very beginning. I started my first Etsy shop when I was 17. At that age I was too young to even have my own Paypal account so my dad had to handle the money side of things. I probably made all the mistakes you can make, from to frantic dashes to the post office because I didn’t have any packaging materials at home, to completely undercharging for original artwork. I ran my Etsy shop on the side whilst studying at college and university. In my final year of university I decided to take it a bit more seriously; I opened a new shop, rebranded and replaced old products with new ones. I’m still learning; gradually improving my photography and trying out new products, but I’m really pleased with how my Etsy shop has done (almost at 500 sales!) It’s been great to have an alternative stream of income aside from my regular freelancing, and it’s also opened up opportunities for me and introduced my work to new people.etsy photosetsy emma block

If you’ve decided this is the year that you’d like to start making money from your creative hobby, you should definitely sign up to the Etsy Resolution. It’s a completely free four week boot camp with some amazing mentors onboard. You will get invaluable advice from experienced, successful Etsy sellers, to help your shop get off to the best start possible. It will also be a great way to make friends with fellow creatives and build a community. What have you got to lose? Setting up a shop is so easy, no coding skills necessary, and they’ll even give you 20 free listings to get you started. The course started a couple of days ago but there’s till time to sign up! etsy emma blockimg_7089-0All the products in this blog post care for sale in my Etsy shop.


The Wedding Invites

emma block illustrated wedding invitesIt’s so exciting to finally have my wedding invitations printed. The save the dates were quite fun and casual, but I wanted the invitations to be more romantic and tie in with the look of the wedding. I’m so pleased with how the colour palette worked out, I wanted something quite muted inspired by the blush, cream and green tones found in ranunculus and anemones. emma block illustrated wedding invitesinvites

From a technical stand point, I went for a textured cardstock which worked perfectly with the watercolour illustrations, and I printed the invites 5″ x 7″. I think A5 is a bit too big and A6 is too small, so I always advise clients go for 5″ x 7″ invites.

I didn’t want to show my whole wedding dress before the wedding so I chose to crop us at the shoulders and make the florals details and hand lettering more of a focus.


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