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Project Update: Fundamental Elements Christmas Music (+ Free Download)
December 9, 2010, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Art, Music

You may remember a few months back a post with a sneak peak of the artwork for my band’s (Fundamental Elements) latest EP, This Moment.  We just released a couple Christmas songs on our website (CLICK HERE for a free download!) and we put a little holiday spin on the album cover.  Thought I’d share…

Now what are you waiting for?  Go get some free FE Christmas music! Merry Christmas.

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LAST WEEK FOR CUSTOM CHRISTMAS CARD ORDERS!
November 29, 2010, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Art

This week is the final week to get your Christmas Card orders placed!  All orders must be in by this Friday, December 3. How do you place an order?  Easy.  Simply email russ@fundamentalelements.net and let me know you’d like to order some Christmas cards.  Yup, that simple.  For a recap on customized card design options info CLICK HERE.



Project Update: Hello August
November 13, 2010, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Art, Music

In the past month I’ve had the opportunity to work with a couple more bands on some album cover projects.  A couple years ago I did a project for a band out of Alabama called Hello August, and recently they approached me to design a cover for Rise, an EP of some worship tunes they’ve recently recorded in Nashville, TN.

We kicked around a few ideas and concepts over the phone, and as I sat down and played with some stuff, the design sort of took on a life of it’s own – and I was loving it.  It’s really fun when that happens, but in this case it headed an entirely different direction that what we’d previously discussed.  So when I pitched the concept to the band, I knew there was a good chance they’d say, “Yeah, it’s cool, but it’s not really what we had in mind.”  Fortunately the design did for them what it did for me and caught them by surprise in a good way, so we chased it.

The end result was a very simple, retro look, with faded and muted colors and worn edges – sort of designed to look like a vinyl record cover that’s been sitting in your dad’s collection of classic rock albums for the last 35 years.  With that in mind, while the design is very simple, a lot of time and effort was spent on attention to detail – subtle design elements that create a retro feel/look, and the addition of wear and tear to create the illusion of a beat up old record cover with creases, tears, and scratches in the paper surface of the cover.  I even pulled some old records out, photographed them, and with a little help from Photoshop, placed some of the worn spots from an old Stevie Wonder record directly onto the Hello August design (Side Note: it’s important to point out that I used one of the greatest records of all time – I only use the best materials).  Some filters and actions were then applied to fade the colors and give the appearance of aging.

(Photograph I used to get the wear and tear look – if you don’t have this album, stop what you’re doing and go get it.  Seriously, go.  You can finish this later.  You’re welcome.)

(Front Cover – click to see larger image)

(Back Cover – click to see larger image)

The inside cover was equally as simple with similar applications, layers and images to create a classic vinyl cover look.  Once the final product is in, I’ll get some photos together and post them for you to see the design in it’s entirety.  In the meantime, go listen to Stevie’s Songs in the Key of Life. Over and over and over.



3 Days left for free shipping
October 13, 2010, 2:09 pm
Filed under: Art, Promotional stuff

Only three days left to order your Christmas Cards and receive free shipping!  To place an order please email me at russ@fundamentalelements.net!



They Do Thank You cards, too?
October 5, 2010, 9:10 am
Filed under: Art

Yes.  Yes, they do.



CHRISTMAS CARD PACKAGES & PRICING
September 14, 2010, 1:05 pm
Filed under: Art

I’m finally caught up on Christmas Card stuff and am announcing packages and pricing for the 2010 customized Christmas cards… and this year I’m stepping up my game.  Prices have increased some but I assure you the products won’t even compare to last year… yeah, they’re that much better. I’m using a pro printing lab, which will provide you with a higher quality, acid free card stock (with multiple finishes to chose from), and an incredibly higher printing quality… plus envelopes will be included!  So although prices have gone up, you’re getting a ridiculously better product all around.  The prices are still very competitive with other customized, “boutique-style” card designers.  Here’s the breakdown:

THE CARDS:

This year I’ll be offering 5×7 flat cards (full color, 2 sided) in a variety of designs.  I’ve updated 7 of the Vintage LP Cover designs and will be making those available again this year, along with 3 other modern custom designs.  All 10 designs are the same price.

THE PACKAGES:

1. “New School” Designs 1-3: Each of the first 3 cards has a unique, modern look – these are not your everyday Christmas card.  Includes one family photo on each side (except for design #2 which has 3 photos on the reverse side), and a space for a handwritten message is included in the layout. Click the images below for a larger view of sample designs.


2. “Vintage LP Cover” Designs 1-7: These cards are designed with the classic look of an old jazz record collection.  These designs allow for one family picture on the front and up to 4 smaller photos on the reverse side.  You’ll also have the option of including autographs on the front design as seen in some of the samples below.  Space for a hand written message (on the reverse side) is also included in this layout. Two different background options are available for these designs.  Click the images below for a larger view of sample designs.


THE PRICES:

Prices are listed below, please note that FREE SHIPPING is included with all orders placed by midnight of October 15. Click the image below for a full view of pricing information.


TO ORDER:

Simply email me at russ@fundamentalelements.net and I will reply with an order form.  Since these are custom cards, this will be easiest.  Depending on which design you’re interested in, I’ll have specific questions and suggestions for you to help create the best card possible.  Please include “Xmas Card Order” in the Subject heading.

SAVE $20 ON YOUR ORDER

Need photos?  I’m partnering with 2 incredible photographers.  Receive $20 off any card order when you book a mini-session with Fresh Art Photography (St. Louis, MO) or Amelia J. Moore Photography (Nashville, TN).  You’ll not only save on Christmas cards, but you’ll get the opportunity to book a session with two of the most talented photographers around.  Click the names of each photographer to visit their website and learn more about booking a mini-session.



Christmas Card Designs
September 1, 2010, 8:54 am
Filed under: Art

As you know, last year I did a series of custom Christmas cards designed to look like vintage album covers, which I am making available again this year. See previous posts for examples. In addition, I’ve finally completed 3 other designs to throw into the mix for the 2010 series. Here’s a look at what will be made available shortly (using outdated pics of my beautiful family).  Click on any image for a larger view….

Design #1:

Design #2:

Design #3:

I’ll be posting the final design packages and prices hopefully later this week, so stay tuned.  I know it seems early, but lots of folks are booking photo sessions, etc. done with the holidays in mind and I’m trying to stay ahead of the game and keep you ahead as well.  More to come soon…