Zazzle Thoughts

What do you think? It is a good idea to offer my art on Zazzle products, where shoppers can customize the design, add text or whatever?

The link will take you right to the page… my store there is not open to the public yet.

I started playing on Zazzle with some of my original button designs, thought it would be fun to offer other round products (like earrings and cuff links instead of just buttons) but things keep disappearing… reading the agreements tells me that they will delete products that are poorly described or violate copyright rules. Maybe they think my original clipart crosses and peace signs are stolen designs?

I don’t know… so, I’m starting with art.


Heart Frames

Show & Tell… “picture frames” png files with heart “cut outs” so it can be laid on top of a photo, with a variety of backgrounds. Yes, I’m playing with a purpose. I’ve been asked to design a card with a heart shaped photo. It took me awhile to learn how to crop circles instead of squares and rectangles (so easy in GIMP, not so easy in OpenOffice Draw) and sometimes, you want to move things around, crop it over a little bit… so an easier way is to make a “frame” clipart in the shape you want, then lay it on top of the photo. Then both the photo and the frame can be individually scaled, stretched, moved, or whatever before you flatten the image for exporting.

Here are the results:

Plain White Heart Frame


Plain Black Heart Frame

Cool Green Frame

You can save any of those three for your own use, if you want… consider it free clip art. To download, click on image to view full size, then right click and select save. Please keep in mind that I am still schooling myself with graphic design software, so it is not perfect.

Here are examples of heart frames in use… I applied filters for special effects on some just to see how cool one basic simple heart frame could look.


frosted, scaled wider

frosted, scaled taller

white frame

white frame

blue, marble filter

blue, marble filter

The possibilities seem near endless as far as color choices and special effects go, so I can see this as something I could use for photo button designs. I could do some other shapes… ovals and rectangles, for sure, maybe stars or free-form. And definitely, most definitely, remove the black line from the white heart as it will look better without.

Thanks for reading!

Rusty Clipart


Okay, does this look RUSTED to you or… more like a copper patina?

I’m playing with Inkscape today, drew the treble clef as calligraphy pen strokes, picked a fill color similar to rust, then applied some filters and saved it as clipart with a translucent (clear) background. The image above is the clipart inserted on black.

Opinions welcome. Thank you!