Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Greeting Cards- How do you proceed?

A sample of some greeting cards that a few of our artists have had printed.
A  question with which we are frequently presented here is, "Does Archival Arts print greeting cards?" And our answer is, "Archival Arts can create the digital files for you to upload to the web site of your choice, but we do not actually handle the printing of your cards." We have found that this solution works best for everyone since we are primarily a shop which prints fine art giclées. And since the staff is trained to handle all types of digital files we are more than prepared to help you assemble what you need and point you in the proper direction. Just give us a call and set up an appointment so that we can get you started. Many of our clients have already had their cards printed and here is a sampling of their work.
"Arabbers" by Mary Jo Kotwas.

"Happy Birthday 2 You" by Cynthia Johnson

 There are many, many on-line shops that will print your cards. In fact we are providing a list here for you but we can not necessarily recommend them.

 Next Day Flyers
Modern Postcard

It might be a good idea for you to report about on-line printing shops that you have used. We'd love for you to share your experience whether it was good or bad. So take a moment to tell us here what you think and even add some printers that we have omitted.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our Pricing Calculator

Many of our customers' phone calls concern requests for pricing quotes of our products and services.  Always searching for ways to streamline the business, we were able to create a pricing spreadsheet that allowed us, very quickly, to answer pricing questions for scanning and prints, including odd sizes.  In order to become ever more efficient we discovered a way to give our customers online access to this price calculator enabling them to obtain answers about pricing 24 hours-a-day. This is a terrific tool for our clients who want to create customized price guides for their own website or gallery sales. It also allows you the luxury of endlessly entering various sizes when figuring price points for volume sales for art festivals or wholesale accounts.  For example, within the calculator you can easily enter the dimensions for a print size and it will instantly give you the price Archival Arts charges you for prints.  This handy spreadsheet includes pricing for scans, watercolor prints, canvas prints, varnish for canvas, stretcher frame pricing and labor for stretching.  There is also a section at the bottom that calculates the total cost of print, varnish, stretcher and labor for canvas prints.  Even if you don't use computers much, this spreadsheet is extremely easy to use. Merely type in your two dimensions in the yellow boxes and the rest is automatic.  Please avoid changing numbers or text below the yellow boxes as it can damage the spreadsheet.  Give it a try!  You can find a link on the front page of our website. If you currently receive volume or wholesale pricing and would like to use the spreadsheet, please give us a call at 410-247-7771.  We would be glad to email you a copy of the spreadsheet to use in Microsoft Excel. 

Friday, August 5, 2011


Here's What our Facebook Page Looks Like.
Are you a fan of Archival Arts and our premium, fine-art products and services? Have you seen our Facebook page?  Then, in the vernacular of the day we say please “Like” us on Facebook and you'll receive 10% off your next scan. If you are not sure how to do this, it’s as easy as pie.  Just long onto your Facebook account and type Archival Arts in the search box. This takes you to our page and once you are there just click on the “Like” button. Then you are an official fan of ours and will receive our updates on your Facebook news feed. We’d love to see you soon and give you the 10% discount on a digital scan of one painting,  drawing or photograph.  And by the way this is a limited offer - good for one scan.  We are looking forward to seeing you on our Facebook page very soon!