Jacqueline Roberts’ haunting photographs

As a photographer, I can appreciate when someone creates a whole other visual world through photography. In this case, a revival of the wet plate process from the 19th century. When you think of photographs from that time period, perhaps powerful images from the civil war or stiff family portraits come to mind. What stands out in these images, however, are her subjects.

Spanish artist Jacqueline Roberts‘ photography for her book, Nebula, captures a time of transition from childhood to adolescence through a collection of portraits that represent the psychological and emotional change of youth. The feeling that comes through in these images produced in a long abandoned process is haunting. Instead of trying to portray the innocent or adorable children prevalent today, Roberts uses the process, and it’s result, to show another side of child portraiture.

Wet plate photography was a desirable form of photography for it’s ability to make an unlimited number of prints from a single negative, providing the sharpest image possible. The technique quickly became popular and was used for portraiture, landscape work, architectural, and other types of photography. By the end of the 1850s, it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype.

I hope Roberts continues to push this particular form of photography even further in the future. I’d love to see what else she can reimagine.

Find out more about Jacqueline Roberts and her work on her website, here.










2017 Faith-based holiday cards

You know, it’s 90 degrees here in Texas (and it’s only June!) But that doesn’t stop me from getting into the holiday spirit. I’ve been designing holiday cards since April, my latest creations have been faith-based designs. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes we forget the reason for the season.

My designs this year run the gamut, from traditional to modern, letterpresses to flat printing, and single photo to multi-photo. I’m especially into the more modern and minimal designs I’ve created this year. Just because these are religious themed designs, doesn’t mean they have to be stuffy or boring. You can see my designs (Ann Gardner) for Minted this year, here: http://bit.ly/2sB6ARa

And if you have some time, maybe while you’re waiting for your latte at Starbucks, I’d appreciate you rating my designs. Your votes/ratings help Minted to decide what to sell.

If you like what you see, or if you have comments about any of my designs, please let me know. I’d love to get feedback from a consumer point of view.








2017 Holiday Photo Card Designs for Minted

It’s May. The time when Minted designers dream of the joys of the holiday season. It also means it’s time to help Minted decide which holiday photo cards to sell this year.

Every year I try to come up with humorous, heartfelt, or unique copy that captures the feelings of young and old during the holidays, with designs that help convey the mood. And this year is no different. Have a look and let me know what you think. My designs start here: http://bit.ly/2qyJtrD.

And if you vote for 50+ designs, you’ll receive an email with a $25 off future Minted order of $50 or more.

Happy holidays, y’all!
Ann Gardner

Exciting things are in the works

We’re in the final stages of getting our new website up and running smoothly. We’re so happy to have our designs all in one place. We sell with several companies, like Minted.com and Elli.com, and it was kind of a pain to point people in several different directions. Now you’ll be able to see our wedding invitations & save the dates, birth announcements, and holiday cards, as well as our photography and art prints all on one site. Links will take you to the sites where you can personalize and order your designer pieces, making it as easy as possible.

Stay tuned for an official launch. We’ll be adding new designs as well, so lots to see coming shortly.

Cyber Monday at Minted

If it’s the Monday after Thanksgiving, it must be Cyber Monday!

Minted‘s Cyber Monday deal of 20% off everything is one of their best discounts of the year so I encourage you to take a look at their holiday cards, art prints and giftables. Use code: CM2016 through 9:00 am PT on Tuesday, 11/29.

Where to start? My store is full of all kinds of holiday cards, art prints and personal stationery.

Merry Christmas, y'all and Winter Window holiday photo cards
Merry Christmas, y’all and Winter Window holiday photo cards

Or if you’re looking for something specific, use the filters to refine your search in holiday cards, Christmas cards, new year cards, corporate holiday cards, art prints and personalizable gifts. There’s sure to be a design and style for everyone on your holiday list.

Summer in Spain art print
Summer in Spain art print

Unique gifts, such as customizable art, add a personalized touch to your holidays. One of my favorite decor items is Minted’s customizable pin boards. They look great in a kid’s room or an at-home office space. What a great way to save mementos, important information, or creative inspiration!




Did I mention this is one of Minted’s best deals of the year? But hurry! This discount lasts until 9:00 am PT on Tuesday, 11/29. Use code: CM2016.

Winning Gold in the New Year

I’m always humbled when fellow designers and customers like my designs. It’s a validation of sorts that the work I do is appreciated by others. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to sell some of my designs on Minted, and even more thankful that one of my designs, Year-Round Happiness, met with such positive feedback in the form of votes. A first place win is a difficult thing to achieve in such a large pool of talented and artistic designers.


Holiday card shopping is in full swing and Year-Round Happiness, along with my other designs, has launched. You can shop my holiday collection here. Or browse Minted’s entire New Year collection here.

The Color System that Eventually Became Pantone

Warning: I’m about to geek out on you. I love history and the specific history of things I use everyday. The Pantone color system is an industry standard and I can’t imagine doing what I do without it. When I came across this article on Hyperallergic about what might be the evolution of one of the most popular color systems, I had to share. You can read the entire article here.

In 1886, in an effort to describe the diversity of birds, Smithsonian (of course he was with Smithsonian, right?!) ornithologist Robert Ridgway published A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists which categorized 186 colors alongside diagrams of birds. In 1912, he published an expanded version for a broader audience — Color Standards and Color Nomenclature — that included more than 1,000 colors.

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An Early Holiday Surprise

Every once and a while life hands you something totally unexpected.

Many of you know that I design stationery products for Minted, and every year (with a lot of stress!) I throw my hat into the holiday challenge ring. There are so many talented designers that submit beautiful designs each year. This year was no exception. Over 5000 stunning, creative ideas. And two million, yes MILLION, votes cast.

So you can imagine my surprise to find out that one of my designs came in second place! I’m honored to have my work recognized among, and by, so many creative people. You can read about my design and the challenge here: http://bit.ly/2cqt18m

hyc2new2-1Thank you for all your support! And stay tuned for the Holiday card launch coming soon.