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Offline Looser

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Talking to a stamp mfr.
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:22:19 PM »
While it's way too early to know what the outcome will be, I wanted to let those who've been urging me to get my drawings turned into stamps,that I've taken the first step.
Can't say who but many of you would know the company.
I'm being careful. I decided to show them that snowman I did recently as a CASE.
It's a nicely simple image with lots of potential.
In fact I remembered that many years ago I wanted to do a year of snowman figures using Styrofoam. Why not do them as stamps in stead? Input welcome.
Speaking of input... Anyone who wants could assist me by looking at drawings I have in the gallery & letting me know they'd like them to be stamp.
I do ask that we keep what I'm sharing just between us
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Daniel
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 12:15:31 AM »
OK! An update. Mfr & I are still negotiating.  That's good.
They like the snowman but see it as limited to winter/holidays.  They're not ready to sign on to my 'calender of snowmen' concept.
That's where you--my AI friends come in.
Look at the original snowman. Now imagine him as uncle Sam for July. A witch on a snow shovel for Oct. Flying a kite in windy Mar. Get the idea?
Would you buy any of them?
Please let me hear your feedback on this.
You could be my proof of concept.
Daniel

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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 06:29:02 AM »
Congratulations for putting yourself out there!

I know there is a market for winter images in a summer setting (aka Santa at the beach).  I think the snowman in 4 seasons is an eclectic idea, but would be fun.  If there were really cute, fun sayings to go along with the off-season stamps, that would probably push me over the edge to purchase that kind of stamp. KWIM?

Another choice of your drawings for monthly stamps would be the sweet angel in the top center.  I think that is a really cute one and definitely could be done for each month.  Again, I think really cute, original or punny sayings are really in style right now because people are looking for something different.  Just my suggestions!
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 08:07:30 AM »
WTG Heidi!! Your input is exactly what I'm looking for!
You've given me lots to work with.
Cute as I think the little snowman is I can give the year round ones lots of personality
Thanks
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 10:06:28 AM »
Heard back from mfr.
They definitely like my style & want to see what I can do.
Like many stamp companies their sales are sluggish.
The job for designers is to create designs that have stampers saying "I NEED those stamps!"
Simple  ;D
Lucky me. I have 2 things in my arsenal.
Ability to do cute > odd (aka 'range')
A sounding board--all y'all
Got my work cut out for me.
Hooray for the challenge!
Daniel

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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 10:40:37 AM »
This is super!!! Daniel! ;D Congrats! I love the bear you drew on Jan's card. You could have him doing so many things. He is just cool looking. I also like the man in the boat on the Irma card. Is that supposed to be you? It seems like you had some more human characters that I can't seem to find that I liked. I love your ghost and pumpkins too. I am so excited about this and I can't wait to see them and to be able to buy them! See, I have the faith! :smile:

April
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 10:55:40 AM »
Great suggestions April. TYBT!
My current game plan is to do a page of Halloween/Fall images. About 9
Another page of Christmas/Winter
And a page of General.
Doing the people has possibilities--especially If I add my particular sort of different sentiments. Good idea
Daniel

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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 11:07:55 AM »
I also seem to remember you showing us some artwork of several different alligators.  They were fun and different and could also have sayings.

On a personal note, if the images could be colored without having to be a coloring master, that is huge, for me.  I have seen some stamp companies talk about how easy their images are to color, and I think that is a selling point, too. 

I am not surprised that stamp companies are having slower sales. I think lots of people still really enjoy stamping, but they also have a stash of stamps now and are looking for something exciting to buy. 
~~Heidi~~

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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 11:34:59 AM »
Good points.
Gotta Q for the BT(brain trust)
Are you more likely to purchase
A. Stand alone images
           or
B. Scenes
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What's your go-to type

My choice as a stamper is 'A'
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 10:40:35 PM »
Mine is A too.

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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 07:43:29 AM »
Usually A. 
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2017, 06:19:16 PM »
I am lazy, so I like scene images.  So. B
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 08:36:53 AM »
Thanks for your feedback folks
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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 11:12:48 AM »
I mentioned in my post to our chat that I'm 're-visiting an old idea of mine I called 'pocket peekers'.

What they are, are just heads & hands.
As stamps you'd be able to have them 'hold' things.
I'm doing examples for holidays, seasons & everyday.
Daniel

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Re: Talking to a stamp mfr.
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2017, 09:07:02 PM »
These sound great, Daniel!

April :smile: