Artist Feature: Alyssa of Banded Arrow

Taking a break from the world of art prints, today's featured artist has a shop full of beautiful cards! I think sending & receiving physical notes is such a wonderful change of pace to the very digital nature of my usual correspondence.

Alyssa's shop is full of beautiful cards (her new holiday collection is below!) and her unfussy design approach is inspiring. Read on to find out more about her shop & get a little discount too!

What inspired you to open your shop?
I have always loved crafting and cardmaking, and I majored in Art at Hillsdale College, so it's always been in the back of my mind. I was really into Stampin' Up for awhile, but I always felt so limited by the specific range of colors and stamps. One day, I decided to branch out and design my own cards, and that's where it all started. I'm pretty picky about what I like, so I try to make cards for those with similar design tastes. Beautiful colors, strong lines, good balance, nothing too fussy. My goal is simply to create beautifully designed, boldly colored stationery.

Monogram Stationery
What is the process of creation like?
It usually starts with a pattern or a shape. I love patterns, and I have sketchbooks full of pattern doodles, so when inspiration strikes, I'll sit down and draw something out. It doesn't mean I'll use that pattern right away, but whenever I need a new card, I'll often go back to old patterns and work it in to my current project. Once I have a good drawing, I scan it into Illustrator and finish the card layout in Photoshop. After that, I try not to revise too much. I really like the "not quite perfect" look, I guess. Once the card reaches this point, then design process is basically over, and the printing process of making and printing through the screens starts.

'Waves' Happy Birthday
Where do you find your inspiration? What do you do/where do you go when you're in a creative 'rut'?
As with all work, there are moments when nothing is working and I just feel incredibly frustrated. Whenever this happens, I head over to my local state park for a hike. It's amazing what even a short walk can do to clear my head. I'll spend my walking time not thinking about work, I just try to focus on the colors and shapes and feelings that I have while I'm in the park. By the time I get back to my house, I'm much more relaxed and focused, and more often than not, I have new ideas for the projects I'm working on.

You're my Boo!
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your cards?
One of my biggest sources of inspiration is actually my husband. He has really great ideas, and he's usually got something when I tell him I'm stuck. My only Halloween card is a perfect example. I really wanted to make a Halloween card, and I nothing that I had been doing was working. So I asked Sam and he said "You should do something with ghosts." And from there, the whole card was born. I know it sounds silly, but usually that's all I need to get an idea moving.

Peace on Earth
What is your favourite item in your store?
My green and gold Peace On Earth card is my favorite one right now. For one thing, I love the colors, and I think this card has a really nice balance of all three. But my favorite thing is that it's just so calm and simple. I really worked hard on this one not to overdo anything, but to simply let the shapes and words speak for themselves, and it think I was pretty successful with that. And, I just love Christmas :)

'Ombre' Thank You

Thankyou so much Alyssa! She has kindly offered 20% off her entire shop for the rest of the month with the code 'GALLERY20'.

You can follow along with Alyssa on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram to see behind-the-scenes and get sneak peeks when new collections are released!