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Artist Spotlight: Hallmark design duo Justin and Tuesday Spray

It’s probably not surprising that many a couple is “created” within these Hallmark halls. After all, we’re all about relationships! Rarely do these lovebirds get to collaborate at work, but it can be pretty amazing when they do! Case in point: Justin and Tuesday Spray, whose Valentine’s Day greeting card collection is the perfect marriage (!) of their artistic stylings.

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Justin and I, as a husband and wife creative duo, have together made a home, a family, a bunch of greeting cards, and the occasional dinner (but we get a lot of take-out, too).

I tend to be the more free-spirited, whimsical artist and Justin is the more refined and tailored designer. I bring home a weird lamp from a flea market and he does a great job pairing it with a tailored leather chair and ottoman. I’m typically the mess-maker and he polishes things up.

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That approach carries over into our design collaborations as well. When we were asked to create a line of Valentine’s Day cards for Hallmark, it was important to us that our real, chaotic, and fun lifestyle was captured.

Valentine’s Days used to be romantic and sexy. We’d share a bottle of wine as we lingered leisurely in one of our favorite local restaurants. Now our Valentine’s Day moment takes place in the fancy dining room of our home (that only gets used for holidays) after the kids have been tucked into bed and the baby monitor is in place on the table. Fortunately, it isn’t the roses or fancy dinners that keep the spark alive for us, but rather our love and passion for all the things we make together.

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Coffee or Tea?

Tuesday – Coffee. Five cups of coffee. What’s tea?

Justin – Coffee. I love coffee.

Sweet or salty?

Tuesday – Salty. Capers are my favorite. And sunflower seeds…mmm…and peanuts. I guess I really like salty stuff, which is weird because I always forget to add the salt when I’m cooking at home.

Justin – Both. I love both of them. I love candy sweet tarts and I love olives.

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I’ve been at Hallmark:

Tuesday – Almost five years.

Justin – Fifteen glorious years.

If I weren’t a _____, I’d probably be…

Tuesday – If I weren’t an artist, I’d be a dog rescuer. I love dogs. And it breaks my heart more than anything to see an unwanted or unloved animal. I follow a lot of the animal rescues on social media and Justin is constantly rolling his eyes at how weepy they make me. I’d especially love to have a rescue or sanctuary for senior dogs that have been discarded in their old age. Who does something so mean? I’d also love to have a little bit of land to keep the dogs on, along with a pig and a donkey. That’s another dream that makes my husband’s eyes roll. Probably because with two tiny kids we’re making miracles happen just by getting our lawn mowed weekly.

Justin – If I weren’t a designer, I’d be an architect. It’s very similar to graphic design. I love ancient architecture, Baroque architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, and cathedrals. I’m in awe of the time and detail put into some of those really old cathedrals.

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Favorite tool or medium:

Tuesday – Black micron pens. I also love watercolor but any time I get the paints out, I make a mess. And any time I make a mess, ol’ you-know-who (winks and secretly points to hubs) gives me that furrowed brow look. Meanie.

Justin – Photoshop. I love being able to manipulate artwork and change it in different ways for designing.

Best color (in the crayon box):

Tuesday – Deep cerulean blue. I am in love with that color. Give me all the cerulean blue!

Justin – A light olive green, kind of a more acidy green.

Ideal way to feed your brain/soul/creative spirit:

Tuesday – I’ve always had a little bit of an obsession with anything French. I just took a trip to Paris and I woke up in the middle of the night wanting to draw. I felt like my brain was going to explode. So, Paris. Paris is the best way to feed my brain and soul. I also love talking through ideas with other artists. I love collaborating and talking to amazing artists because it fills me up with inspiration.

Justin – Collaborating with other people. I also always get inspired at a local Kansas City home decor shop, Nell Hill’s.

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Current trend obsession:

Tuesday – Illustration trend…hmmm. I had a really unhealthy obsession with mermaids. Like, I knew I needed to quit them, but I just couldn’t. Now I think I’m gonna get pretty obsessed with peacocks.

Justin – I’m really into big, bold, and bright patterns. I’m a big fan of Andy Gilmore. He does these great kaleidoscopic images with color and geometric shapes. I also really love vintage signage style lettering.

Favorite aspect of working on this collection:

Tuesday – When we began working on this collection, it was important for the writers to get a feel for who we are as a couple so that the writing would be authentic. We’re heavy in the baby-slinging phase of our relationship. We have way too many conversations about kid potty and how to trick babies into sleeping. That being said, when you’re so busy and so tired caring for other people it’s really, really easy to forget about the initial reasons you fell for this other person. I mean, I know I adore who he is as a dad, a husband, and an all around family man, but there are so many more things I love about him and us, so it was really great to get to reflect on that.

Justin – I’ve never really worked with Tuesday’s illustration before. I loved getting the opportunity to take her illustrations and design with them in my style.

Most delightful thing about working for Hallmark:

Tuesday – This place is a creative mecca. It’s chock-full of amazing creativity from the beautiful artwork on the walls, to the libraries full of supplies and books, to the people. The people are where it’s at. I love being surrounded by creative, funny geniuses all day long. I mean, one day we had an extended and serious conversation about unicorns. UNICORNS, people!!! I get paid to talk about unicorns sometimes.

Justin – The people and the freedom I have as a designer. For the most part we’re encouraged to design in the styles that we’re most passionate about personally. I feel like my aesthetic is trusted so I get a lot of freedom to design how I want.

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What is your day-to-day like as an artist at Hallmark?

Tuesday – I start in the a.m. with a big ol’ coffee from the cafe and a little eye candy surfing trendy blogs. Then I probably draw or paint something. Right about here in my day, someone might pop in and ask me to quickly scribble out some hand lettering. Then I mess around with my artwork in the computer. And in between all that stuff, I have lots of great conversations with other artists. You know, about unicorns, mermaids, the color pink…big, worldly stuff.

Justin – Coffee, first thing, coffee. Next, some headphones. Then I get to it. I’m usually processing multiple designs at one time so I like to just get focused. But I’m always up for taking a break for an office prank like turning a co-worker’s phone ringer to the highest volume when they’re not looking. I’m kind of like your annoying brother around the office.

Learn more about the Sprays and check out their full greeting card collection here. You can also catch them on Home & Family airing Friday morning at 10amEST.

 Want more? See more Valentine’s Day ideas from our artists here. And be sure to check out our Hallmark.com Ideas section to get more Val inspiration, from what to write in a Valentine’s Day card to 6 simple treat recipes that are sure to sweeten the day.

Host a DIY Galentine’s Day popcorn bar | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Host a DIY Galentine’s Day popcorn bar

We’re excited to have the design power trio of Ashley H., Lindsay T., and Tobe R. on the blog today to teach us how to style the perfect Galentine’s Day popcorn bar for your besties!

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Since Valentine’s Day is all about showing affection for the people you love most, girlfriends need not be left out of the equation. This applies whether you’re single or not. After all, these ladies have probably seen you through a break-up or two! We put together the most stylish, no-fuss Galentine’s Day setup we could think of – a champagne and popcorn bar for a night in with the girls!

It really doesn’t take much to pull this party off. (You know we wouldn’t lie to our friends!)

Fixins include:

+ Popcorn (duh)

+ Popcorn mixers. We opted for chocolate, mints, cinnamon candies, and sprinkles. Consider sweet treats that are as good on their own as they are combined with salty popcorn. (And on top of ice cream if you really want to go all out.)

+ Petite champagne bottles with custom labels (find our free template below!)

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Of course we shopped our local Hallmark Gold Crown store to dress the bar. We started with brightly colored gift bags from our Maker collection and adorned them with glitter heart gift tags to serve the popcorn from. (We recommend lining the bags with butcher paper or paper towels to keep them grease-free throughout the night.)

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To make the heart wall art, cut a large heart shape from a scrap piece of cardboard. Layer strips of Hallmark tissue paper and cut them piñata-style before taping them onto the heart from the bottom up. Trim the tissue to fit your heart shape. We kept it simple with pink and gold tissue, but there are tons of adorable patterns and colors to explore in our Maker collection!

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You can see we added some of our blue pom pom string gift wrap to the red and pink balloons for a little pop of color.

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Single serving champagne bottles can double as party favors if you snag a few extras to send home with your friends at night’s end. Download our custom labels, wrap them around the bottles, and secure with patterned washi tape. We also added playful washi tape stir sticks to the glasses which make for easy labeling if you want to keep track of who belongs to which glass.

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For individual servings of popcorn you can use your own bowls or download our coordinating black and white cone template for free!

Share your Galentine’s Day gathering with us on Instagram @think.make.share! And, as always, play responsibly out there!

 

Displayable Valentine's Day heart | thinkmakeshareblog.com

DIY: Displayable Valentine’s Day heart

]Hallmark designer Ashley H. is a DIYer and craft enthusiast who you may remember from her awesome Father’s Day tabletop and DIY back-to-school lunch bags. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Ashley is sharing a quick and easy displayable heart to create with your little ones.

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At my daughter’s first back-to-school night, I thought I was Super Mom and signed up to create all of the crafts for all the holiday parties throughout the year in her classroom. Lesson learned. I am not Super Mom and crafting with kids during a candy-infused class party needs to be quick and easy. Now I only sign up to be the Craft Mom for one holiday party a year. By focusing on one party, I can help the kids create something they will be proud of and their parents will want to keep…for longer than a week.

The first step in making this displayable heart is to gather your supplies.

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You will need…

Scissors

A drill

Wooden heart (found at the craft store in the wood section)

Mod Podge®

Sponge brush

Twine

Variety of your favorite Hallmark tissue papers

Hallmark pom poms

Variety of Hallmark ribbons

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Begin by cutting strips of tissue paper into 2” x 12” strips. Apply Mod Podge® to the front of the wooden heart with the sponge brush. Gently place the tissue paper strips on the heart. You can overlap and crisscross the strips however your heart desires.

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Once the tissue paper is to your liking, apply a layer of Mod Podge® over the tissue paper. The tissue paper might be a bit bumpy, but the heart will still look great.

Trim the tissue paper around the edges of the heart. Once dry, drill a hole in the top of the heart.

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Displayable Valentine's Day heart | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Thread a piece of twine through the hole and tie a knot to make a loop (this will be used to hang the heart). Cut the string of the pom poms. Thread one side of the pom pom string through the hole and tie in a knot around the back. Add as many pom poms as you would like using the same method.

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Cut strips of ribbons into 12” lengths. Slide a ribbon under a pom pom and tie it in a knot. Add as many ribbons as you like! Trim the ribbons so they’ll hang evenly.

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Displayable Valentine's Day heart | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Now your handmade creation is ready to display. This work of “heart” looks great on a door or in a window. All that’s left to do after hanging it is to step back and enjoy the view – and the compliments!

Share your crafty Valentine’s Day creations with us on Instagram @Think.Make.Share!

Want more ideas? Check out our Val archives or visit our Ideas section at Hallmark.com!

Raul Alejandro shares his Signature Style | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Collaborating Artist Spotlight: Raul Alejandro shows us his #SignatureStyle

Immediately upon encountering artist Raul Alejandro’s work, you can clearly see he has a passion for lettering and typography. We love that! Know what else we love? We love the way Raul’s passion shines through in his Hallmark Signature Valentine’s Day collection. The team behind our Signature line had a great time working with Raul and we couldn’t wait to share this opportunity for you to learn a little more about the man behind this special collection! Raul Alejandro shares his Signature Style | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Raul Alejandro shares his Signature Style | thinkmakeshareblog.com

What are some of your earliest influences?

I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey. My family is Colombian and I am proud to call myself both American and Colombian. Connecting to both sides has definitely influenced me as a person and as an artist.

How did you first get into lettering?

I’ve always loved drawing letters. Something about the forms really calms me down. It’s always been a part of me and when I was younger I did a lot of graffiti, but it wasn’t up until the last few years that I really found my voice through letters.

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What inspires you?

Oh, man. That’s such a tough question to answer! I can say that it’s design in general, but really it’s the combination of the experiences in my life that inspires me the most. Above all, my mom and dad inspire me. They’ve worked so hard to give me the opportunities I’ve had that I’m driven to make sure they’re always proud of me.

What’s your work process like?

It varies with each piece. I can really only make something if it truly inspires me. Once I’m inspired by something, I have to get it out of my system right then and there. I can’t start on a piece and finish it the next day. I can easily sit down for hours at a time and work until it’s finished.

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Your collection is for Valentine’s Day, which is all about love.  What are a few things that you love?

First, I always have to mention I love my parents. Without them I really wouldn’t be where I am today … literally, it would be physically impossible! I also love the feeling you get when you overcome a fear and realize it wasn’t as bad as you thought it was. And I love how lines (of words? and design?) across paper can connect people across continents.

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If you took the day off tomorrow, how would you spend your time?

I’d honestly spend the day drawing. It’s hard to really explain how I feel when I don’t draw something. It’s an addiction. BUT. After I’m done drawing I’ll definitely throw on some Netflix and watch 80s and 90s action movies.

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What are your 3 favorite songs on your playlist right now?

  1. “Sapphire” – Bonobo
  2. “Lay Your Cards Out – Alluxe Remix ” – POLIÇA
  3. “SeeSaw – Romy ” – Jamie xx

3B.  ” Trials Of The Past ” – SBTRKT

Who would you love to have over to dinner if you could?

I’d love to have dinner with 10-year-old me to hear the kinds of things I was thinking; how I saw the world at that time. Maybe I could give 10-year-old me some advice about the things to come or that younger me could give me advice on how to handle what’s in front of me now.

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Want to see Raul work his magic? Hit play and get ready to have your mind blown!

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store to check out Raul’s Hallmark Signature collection in person! Or shop it online here. Be sure to tag us if you share your favorites on Instagram. (@think.make.share @hallmarksignature @draw_ul)

Video by Raul Alejandro, edited by Dac McCabe from Hallmark’s Union Hill Studio.

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Show some love with these free digital wallpapers

It’s officially the season of love and, try as we might, we just can’t shake the fever! If you’re feeling the same, we encourage you to download one (or all!) of our love-ly free digital wallpapers for February.

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Download LOVE ABSTRACT by Hallmark artist Jeanne R. desktop wallpaper  |  iphone wallpaper

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Download XOXO by Hallmark artist Sam L. desktop wallpaper  |  iphone wallpaper

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Download SLOTH LOVE by Hallmark artist Charlie H. desktop wallpaper  |  iphone wallpaper

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Download ARROWS by Hallmark artist Rie E. desktop wallpaper  |  iphone wallpaper

Want even more choices? “Shop” our entire digital wallpaper archive here! Share a snap of your laptop or phone with us on Instagram (@think.make.share). We love seeing where you take our wallpapers!