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Designing and printing new post card packs, which will feature my painted images on book pages.
Designing and printing new post card packs, which will feature my painted images on book pages.
34 backers pledged £470 to help bring this project to life.

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***New rewards and stretch goals added as we progress :) - Please be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the story here ***

Although I have a thousand possible projects in mind, I'm hoping this one is a good place to start.

The Castle On the Hill
The Castle On the Hill

I've been painting and designing full-time for a few years now and have been running my Etsy shop since 2007. I've been lucky enough to meet some amazing people through the shop and have built an absolutely fantastic customer base, to whom I'm eternally grateful for their support.

Black and white PDF tag, printed and coloured by hand. - All backers pledging £3 and above will receive the black and white PDF.
Black and white PDF tag, printed and coloured by hand. - All backers pledging £3 and above will receive the black and white PDF.

This project is pretty simple: Using images I have already painted and have uploaded onto my computer (see the example above), I plan on printing a reasonably large amount as postcards. This will be done out-of-house, but then I will do all the packaging here and post photos as the project progresses.

I'm planning on using these six images:

Sense and Sensibility's Marianne and Col Brandon
Sense and Sensibility's Marianne and Col Brandon
Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth and Darcy
Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth and Darcy
Pride and Prejudice's Jane and Mr Bingley
Pride and Prejudice's Jane and Mr Bingley
Persuasion's Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth
Persuasion's Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth
Emma's Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley
Emma's Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley
Northanger Abbey's Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney
Northanger Abbey's Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney

They will have a cute, antique-style back, on which you can either write notes or use them as post cards.

Many customers have asked if I will have the Jane Austen series ready for sale anytime soon, and I think Kickstarter is a great way to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later - and you get lots of bargain goodies too! 

Update: 7th may 2013

The images have been cropped ready for printing. I will be using the image in the center as part of the packaging.
The images have been cropped ready for printing. I will be using the image in the center as part of the packaging.
This is the reverse of your postcards.  It's quite simple - I haven't stuffed it with titles and logos etc, so there's lots of space for use as note cards, or invitations, or just to frame and give to friends :)
This is the reverse of your postcards. It's quite simple - I haven't stuffed it with titles and logos etc, so there's lots of space for use as note cards, or invitations, or just to frame and give to friends :)

Update: 10th May 2013

Something extra if we can reach a NEW GOAL of £200!

If we reach the £200 mark, each backer who has pledged £10 or over will receive a free pack of Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Bookmarks! As you can see, they're usually on sale for US$9.50 (currently £6.29) and you're getting them for freeeee!

The bookmarks are each feature a different character from Miss Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' (the five sisters and Mr Darcy) and are really popular especially over the Holiday period.

So please spread the word - the more we can pledge together, the more freebies, bargains and surprises I can give to you!

Update 13th May 2013

Pledges of £7 and above will receive two randomly-selected 1" 'Pride and Prejudice' fridge magnets!
Pledges of £7 and above will receive two randomly-selected 1" 'Pride and Prejudice' fridge magnets!

Hope you like them!

Update 23rd May 2013

Thank YOU! We've just popped over the £200 mark, which means that all of you who have pledged £10 and over will be receiving a set of the Jane Austen bookmarks too! 

We have a few days left, so if you have any Jane Austen-loving friends, do let them know.

Free bookmark pack for all pledges £10 and over
Free bookmark pack for all pledges £10 and over

Update 24th May 2013

Seeing as we're over our original goal of £180, but so close now to £260 and there are still 9 days to go... I've thought of another little something I can sneak into your goodie bags - bookplates!

Cool little library sticker plates to personalise your books - this one features my painting of "Emma". When we reach this stretch goal, I'll reveal the other design, which will also be included!

"Emma" bookplate
"Emma" bookplate

ALL pledges over £10 will have a free pack of 10 bookplates along with all your other rewards! Everyone who has pledged £5 will get a single bookplate and those who pledge £7 will receive three.

Update 25th may 2013

Wow! We made £265!

So the bookplates (see the previous update) are now a reality, along with your original postcards, bookmarks and magnets.

Here's your other bookplate :)

"Elizabeth Bennett" bookplate
"Elizabeth Bennett" bookplate

Update: 29th May 2013

As a little extra for those who have pledged £25 and over, I'm offering your very own choice of Jane Austen character sketch, along the same lines as these two images.

Caroline Bingley sketch
Caroline Bingley sketch
Marianne Dashwood sketch
Marianne Dashwood sketch

There is also one more reward of £80 for anyone who would like their own original painting on a book page, in the same style as the postcards: In this reward, you will receive everything in the £50 reward, plus the extras added from the stretch goals (bookmarks, magnets, book plates), PLUS your very own original portrait of your choice of Jane Austen character, hand-painted by me!

Update: 1st June 2013

We're doing so well - 48 hours left! I just wanted to share with you a new painting :) Anyone pledging £80 or more will receive one much like this, but any character and on any book of your choice. I hope you like her!

Risks and challenges

I have worked with my post card printers before and we've always worked together well, so I'm hoping all will go smoothly.

It should take no longer than two months from the outset of the project (ie. ordering the printing) to get these out of the door. If something unforeseen happens, which I guess could be delays in production, I'll let you know the situation and I have other back-up printers who can do the job too.

With this being quite a simple project, although on a slightly bigger scale that I have attempted before, I'm confident any setbacks will be overcome.

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    Two printable black & white PDFs of the Regency-inspired couple pictured here: one large picture sheet and one sheet of tags, ready for you to print out as many times as you like.

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    Pack of 6 postcards - one of each design; One printable black & white PDF of the Regency-inspired couple pictured here, ready for you to print out as many times as you like.

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    Pack of 6 postcards - one of each design; Two randomly selected Jane Austen fridge magnets, One printable black & white PDF of the Regency-inspired couple pictured here, ready for you to print out as many times as you like.

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    Pack of 12 post cards - two of each design; one 5" x 7" print of your choice from the 'Jane Austen Couples' series; One printable black & white PDF of the Regency-inspired couple pictured here, ready for you to print out as many times as you like.

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    Two pack of 12 post card packs - four of each design (one for you and one for a friend!); Two signed 8" x 10 archival prints of your choice from the 'Jane Austen Couples' series; One printable black & white PDF of the Regency-inspired couple, ready for you to print out as many times as you like.

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    Two packs of 12 post card packs - four of each design (one for you and one for a friend!);A full set of six signed 8" x 10 archival prints of your choice from the 'Jane Austen Couples' series; One printable black & white PDF of the Regency-inspired couple, and one printable black & white PDF of regency couple gift tags, ready for you to print out as many times as you like.

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    All of the £50 rewards, plus the extras added from the stretch goals (bookmarks, magnets, book plates), PLUS your very own original portrait of your choice of Jane Austen character, hand-painted by me!

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