It's that time of the year again! Do you still remember when I joined JABBIC 2015? I was so blessed to have won 2nd place for the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal category in the Grand Prize with Marian Tee's My Werewolf Professor Boxed Set and it's all thanks to you guys! Marian and I truly appreciate all the support you've given us!
Now that it's that time of the year, I'm here to ask for your help again to help not only me but as well as these 3 amazing authors - R.E. Butler, Marian Tee, and Victoria Ashley - I joined with. These ladies aren't just talented at what they do but they are also some of the most amazing people I've met ever since I became a cover artist and I'm blessed to have the chance to work with each of them.
For Judge A Book By Its Cover(JABBIC) 2016, we have 4 entries for 4 different categories and I'm hoping that you could show your support for all 4 books. And if you haven't read any of them, please, do grab yourself a copy too. You'll surely enjoy them!
Like what I mentioned in my last post, I'll be showing you the difference between the lamination of my bookmark and business card. I would just like to remind you that these aren't simply printed. They were laminated in order to look this way.
First, I'll be showing how it would look from afar.
I'm sure you can tell that from afar, you could see the slight difference between the bookmark and the business card. You might also be wondering what's the small letter "C" that you're seeing. That's actually a normal print but I know, you can't tell the difference between the 3 of them.
Here you can take a closer look at both the business card and the bookmark. Now, you can tell that the bookmark has a glossy finish, which makes the different colors of the galaxy to look more alive.
Can you see the different look used on my business card? It doesn't have a glossy finish like the bookmark but you can see the fabric-like finish. Yes, that's the lamination used on my business card.
Now that you've seen the different lamination used on my business card and bookmark, what do you guys think?
Personally, I prefer the fabric lamination but that's only because I always preferred matte rather than glossy. So it might not be the same case for you. What I could share with you though - to help you decide on what lamination would fit what you need - is that if you're looking for a shiny and bright finish, go for Glossy. It doesn't only give it a shiny finish but it also help the colors look more alive so if you're printing something with a lot of colors especially striking ones, the best to use would be Glossy. Although I don't recommend glossy for pastel colors.
If you want your card, bookmark, or whatever you're printing, to have a texture or rough feel to it go for Fabric. I'm telling you now that it's not only for show. There really is textured applied to it thanks to the lamination so you can feel it once you touched it. I used it on my card because the main background I used for it is a textured background. It was the kind that you'll see whenever you take a closer look at a cloth or a jeans over a microscope so being able to feel that texture whenever you're holding the card makes it extra special. So far, I've only used the Fabric lamination on dark designs so I haven't seen how it would look when used in a bright/light design.
Hope these photos and explanation helps you understand what I'm talking about by "lamination"
If you're interested in getting yours done, just drop me an email at ctcovercreations(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll talk about it. I would also like to inform you that it's not limited to bookmarks and business cards. It could even be for an invitation or even a postcard! There's such a huge variety to choose from. Tell me what you need and I'll see whether it's something that could be done.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm planning on posting some of my works - that I got printed - every now and then. Last time, I posted CT's bookmark. This time, I'm posting CT's business card. You might be surprised about how simple it is compared to how colorful my bookmark was. I've always been all for simplicity and business cards are meant to be use for business related stuff so I wanted something that would represent me so here it is! This business card is so me. The colors, the simplicity of it, and most of all, every word in it all came from me. Everything's purely original.
Oh, and you know what I love about this besides everything that I previously mentioned? It's actually the sides of the cards. looking for the white parts? You're not gonna find them. Why? It's because even the sides are black. Don't you just love it? I know I do!
Some of you might realise that it seems to have a different style compared to how my bookmark looked. Actually, they are different! Thing is, I used a different kind of lamination on my bookmark and business card. This is one of the reasons why I decided to start offering these in print because I'm pretty sure you don't get this kind of "lamination" everywhere. If you're interested in getting your own designed and printed, email me at ctcovercreations(at)gmail(dot)com
On my next post, I'll be showing you how different the lamination is between my bookmark and business card so be sure to look forward to that one!
In CT Cover Creations, I usually focus on designing book covers but that doesn't mean I'm only limited to designing that one thing. Besides book cover, I also design a lot of other stuff. As long as it involves designing, I'll gladly do it if it's something my skills are capable of doing. I don't accept a project and give my word if it's something I'm not 100% sure I could do.
Since most of my clients are from the book world, my work revolve around designing things for authors. From book cover to their promotion graphics and even the swag that they give out during signing events. However, since they're mostly based in the US and UK, they only let me design it. They are the ones who take care of the printing. I don't mind doing the printing myself but that would cost them way way more compared to using a local printer.
With that in mind, I've been thinking of sharing the swag that I designed - and got printed - from time to time. I would like to put it out there that these are gifts. I didn't make any profit in making these. These are only a small gift from an artist to her client or you could say from one friend to another. After all, I do consider them as some of the great friends I met in the book world.
I may not be an author myself but as a cover artist, I do believe I deserve to have my very own bookmark too! So of course, I designed myself one and I'm not boasting but I really do love how it turned out! I've always loved the galaxy so I knew it was something that I had to use and it turned out so well. I also have to thank the printing shop that I use, which by the way, I won't be changing unless they close down. The quality of their printing had always been the best for me. Below are two photos of how the bookmarks turned out
What do you guys think? Aren't they gorgeous? Some of you might be wondering why did I design myself a bookmark. Actually, I include it whenever I send something whether it's an author or a reader. There are also times that I do giveaways and it's one of the things of my own that I include. Most of them are readers so I think making a bookmark would be the best. If they're a reader, I can't exactly give them a business card, right? If it was an author then that could work.
If you're interested in getting your swag designed by me, just email me at ctcovercreations(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll get to them as soon as I can. If you want to get it both designed and printed that works too! Just remember, I'm from the Philippines so it would probably cost you way more if you want me to print it. Unless, you're from the Philippines too then that won't be a big problem. Also, I do design invitations so really, I pretty much design anything. If you're unsure whether I'm designing what you need, just ask me on the email above.
Do you guys remember this? Back in February this year when I was so blessed to have won 2nd place along with Marian Tee for her Werewolf Professor Boxed Set! We're so blessed that we're able to get 2nd place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal!
As some of you know, since 2014, I've been joining a yearly cover contest based in America. And guess what? I just received that they already started accepting entries for JABBIC 2016! Can't believe how time flies. Can't believe that it's that time of the year again! It felt like it was only weeks ago when JABBIC 2015 happened.
I always loved participating in JABBIC not only because I wanted to show my works to other people but also because I get the chance to see a lot of great works out there that I haven't seen before. Mostly because I don't have a lot of time to go through Amazon to see the newest books. I think, joining JABBIC is an advantage for both the author and I because they gives us the chance to reach new readers and I believe that it could also be the same for the other participants.
Now that they've already started receiving entries, I'm still choosing which covers I'll be sending and which categories I'll be joining this time. Right now, I'm looking at two categories but that could change depending on the other books that my clients would release this year. Can't wait to see all the amazing covers for JABBIC 2015 next year!
For now, I'm going to continue working on the projects that I have booked for the rest of the year.