Alea iacta est.The dice has been cast, Martijn is born!
Mama and Papa love playing the boardgame Dixit and wanted to tell their own fairytale with the birthannouncement for their little boy. They met us at FACTS, where we briefly discussed the card. Later on, they dropped by at our house to look at the different styles of illustrations and to finalize the concept: a magical garden. The atmosphere of the card was inspired by the Dixit illustrations. The main characterhad to be gender neutral because Mama and Papa wanted to be surprised when their little one was born: we didn't know wether it was going to be a boy or a girl, how very exciting! They have a wonderfull veggie garden and beautifull chickens, so they were included in the design.
They chose a double US postal format, which allowed us to play with the landscape on the front and back of the card. You can see little Martijn blow bubbles followed by his chicken-buddies. In the magical garden a game-board inspired brick leads you to a magic beanstalk in the distance. On the inside a smaller illustration and text were added. Mama and Papa also ordered round stickers for the 'suikerbonen' and the bubble-bottles. When Martijn decided to be born on the 15th of july, Papa sent us a message with the final details. The files were sent to the printingcompany. A few days later Mama & Papa recieved the cards so they could notify friends and family!
We wish Martijn and his parents a magical time growing up with lots and lots of boardgame fun!
Seppe is born! And he's got a beautiful card to announce the news to the world. Mama and Papa wanted to include Big Brother in the card, and they came across an illustrations in our gallery that suited it perfectly: a papa-robot with his son on a see-saw. They decided they wanted a customised version of the illustration with Big Brother and little Seppe on the see-saw. Big Brothers favourite colour red was to be included in the robot-design, and little Seppe was going to be in yellow and green. On the back of the card little Seppe is playing with a/in a toy-train with a trumpet as a little personal detail on the side.
Mama and Papa also wanted some stickers for the baby-shower treats/suikerbonen. They chose a detail from the main illustration. We sent the file to the printers a few weeks before the due date, to make sure that Papa and Mama could start stickering in preparation for the arrival of their little one. For the baby shower-invitations they ordered an extra little A7 card with details from the main card.
The birth announcement card itself was designed in a single square format and ended up looking really cool for a cool little boy. The files were ready to be sent off on the big day and when we got a text from Papa to let us know Seppe had decided to join them, we finalised the file with the last details and sent it off to the printers. The next day (thanks to the exceptional timing of Seppe!) Papa could pick up the cards and send them off to friends and family.
Congrats to Mama, Papa and Big Brother! We can't wait to meet little Seppe in his first robot-cosplay at one of the Comic Cons ;).
Congratulations to the parents of Tibo! On the 10th of march we got a message from Papa that their little one was born, a little early but happy and healthy :) Mama & Papa contacted us a few months earlier: they discovered an illustration with a dragon and a pram on our website which would be perfect for their birth announcement card. They visited for an intake where we discovered that they both love Efteling, the World of Wonder with a passion. Because Tibo will no doubt be visiting Efteling a lot, we decided to go for a fieldtrip to Efteling (for research purposes ;) and we incorporated some Efteling-inspired lights into the design of the card.
Mama sent a picture of their Pet-cat, who joined the dragon on the front of the card. Mama & Papa also ordered stickers with little TIBO on it, 2 A2 posters with the main illustration for the godparents to enjoy and a little A7 baby shower invitation card with the same illustrations … on the 10th of march everything was sent to the printers and picked up by Papa a few days later so they could announce the wonderfull news to friends and family.
We really enjoyed working on this project, especially the fieldtrip :) and hope that Tibo will get to enjoy his first trip to Efteling very soon!
Mama met us at our booth at FACTS in october 2018. She was a few months pregnant and on the look-out for a unique birth announcement card. We talked about the experience of the indistinguishable images of a first echograph, which inevitable gives any baby alien-like qualities :). While we were talking, the idea of a little alien baby traveling to her parents on earth took shape. But never say "just" alien to an alien: there are so many of them! After a few sketches with a little less Klingon or predator but a touch more Rosswell-Grey we finalised the concept. Mama & Papa came over for a visit to talk things through and look into the different possibilities for the treats/suikerbonen: they decided to go for a whole UFO fleet filled with suikerbonen. When everything was finished we had a fleet of 160 green and purple UFO's on our dining room table! Mama & Papa also wanted a little invitation card (A7) to invite people to Karolien's first party (babyshower). The files and UFO's were ready and on the 5th of March little Karolien was born. After nine months of waiting the fleet of UFO's could finally boldly go where no baby has gone before to spread the good news! Congratulations to the parents.
Congratulations to the parents of Katrien! We got a message during Comic Con Brussels this weekend that their little girl was born!
Mama and Papa had already bought an illustration from 4MINIgeeks for the children's room: a little girl and her dragonfriend looking at the moon from a tree branch. For the birth announcement of their little princess, they wanted to continue the story. For the front of the card the little girl and dragon had turned around to look towards the viewer and on the back of the card both of them are flying away.
Sketches were sent back and forward. The original concept had a RPG-card lay-out, but Mama & Papa decided they wanted the illustration to take up the whole front of the card. On the back of the card we added their two pet-cats. Mama & Papa also ordered boxes filled with treats/suikerbonen to celebrate the birth of little Kartrien. The boxes and the original painting were picked up a few weeks before the due date and then the waiting game began! Hopefully little Katrien has wonderfull dreams under the watchfull eye of her dragon friend.
Gongrats to the parents of Roxanne! Their little girl was their very special Valentines gift last week. Mama & Papa met us at Elftopia and decided that the story of little Roxanne needed a big friendly dragon in it. They contacted us for a custom made birth announcement card and ordered a big version (40x50 cm) of the original painting. The size of the painting allowed alot more detail. The big friendly dragon will be joining little Roxanne in her room :).
Sketches were sent back and forward: Mama and Papa have a passion for sailing so a boat on the card was added, their pet turtle was moved from the water to the land (because we learned land turtles can't swim), and their lovely dog also found a place on the front of the card. Mama and Papa thought it would be a good idea to decorate the little jars with treats (suikerbonen) with the theme of the card, so they ordered some stickers for the lids.
With everything ready, the waiting game begins. Around midnight on Valentine's day, Roxanne decided it was time to meet her parents. Papa sent us a text and a few days later they could pick up their cards from a pick-up point near them. We hear that little Roxanne is a good sleeper, so maybe the back of the card was a self fulfilling prophecy ;).
Mama, Papa & Little Brother were very excited: little Nathan was on his way to join the family. One day Mama was looking through her wallet and they found our 4MINIgeeks cards which she picked up at FACTS two years ago. They wanted a birth announcement to tell his story and the story of their family. In the virtual world Mama is a Sphinx and Papa is a Phoenix, Little Brother loves lions and his favourite colour is red. The whole family met up with us in Elftopia for a brainstorm in the shadows of the trees on a very hot day. They wanted a card that suited their family to a T, with custom made illustrations. Soon the concept was clear: it was going to be a mini-deck of RPG cards starring little Nathan as a mage! A deck of 3 cards: a birth announcement, an invitation to the 'baby-borrel' and a thank-you-card. Elements of their RPG characters and Little Brother would be part of the illustrations. Sketches were sent back and forward untill everything fell into place.
Meanwhile Papa had the very important task of designing the game-play: which attacks would little Nathan use, how much damage would they do and what would his defence be? Each card got carefully selected attack and defence strategies assigned. Conclusion: Nathan is undefeatable with sonic cries and a high huggablility-rate!
Mama and Papa also wanted to have little boxes for the treats (suikerbonen) with the same illustrations as the cards. Mama, Papa and Little Brother picked them up at our booth at FACTS, together with the original paintings for the baby-room.With the boxes ready and filled with goodies and the print-ready-file ready to go, the waiting game began.
On 2nd november we received a message: Nathan was born! The cards were sent of to the printers and Papa could pick them up the same day.
Congrats to the parents of Nathan!
Mama and Papa love camping. Not the kind of camping-in-a-castle-on-wheels, but real camping: with a tent and an open fire. When they discovered that they were expecting a little minigeek of their own they were absolutely thrilled! They decided that their little one was going to be called Tuur, which means bear. They went looking for a birthannouncement to tell the story of their boy: a sweet little boy, who is brave as a bear. He sits at a camping fire, with Bernadette the pet rabbit. His shadow casts a bear-shape, who fights off charter based on a board game Mama & Papa play (Stuffed Fables). On the back of the card Tuur is softly asleep, with his stuffed fables looking over him!
Congratulations to the parents of Tuur!
Wat vliegt de tijd! Een jaar geleden werd Otis geboren en natuurlijk willen Mama & Papa dat vieren. Dat doen ze met een heel bijzonder cadeau: een uniek schilderij speciaal gemaakt voor hun kleine held.
Nadat ze ons contacteerden via onze website met hun plan, stuurden we al snel enkele schetsen door. Het zou een schilderij worden gebaseerd op één van de illustraties uit de galerij met Otis en zijn vriend de draak in de hoofdrol en twee figuurtjes van zijn geboortekaartje (de kat & de beer) als zijn "guardians". Mama & Papa vonden de band tussen kleine nieuwsgierige Otis en de draak erg belangrijk. Na enkele aanpassingen aan de schetsen konden we aan de slag. Het schilderij was nog net op tijd klaar zodat Mama & Papa het konden ophalen op onze stand op Elftopia enkele weken geleden. Ze bestelden er nog een mooie lijst bij, handgeschilderd in een kleur die bij het schilderij past. Gelukkige verjaardag Otis!
Nine months ago, Mama and Papa found out the great news: Liene is on her way!
Mama and Papa started looking for the perfect birth announcement card to share the news .... and they actually found it two years ago at our booth at F.A.C.T.S. They decide to visit our home to brainstorm and tell us about their plans: they decide to go for a RPG-card with an illustration from our website which will be slightly adjusted to match the format of the card. Ofcourse Big Sister also has a part to play: she makes a cameo appearance on the inside of the card, holding on to her favourite cuddly toy! Mama & Papa also order matching boxes for the "suikerbonen"/sweets. The boxes will be filled with M&M's, so they order boxes in matching colours!
Papa's talent as a mobile app designer, also prooves very usefull: he's got great idea's for the gamecard-lay out for the front of the card. The result is a beautifull gamecard birth announcement in co-creation to welcome Liene into the world! Mails go back and forward untill we have a card design that suits them to a T. We make a print-ready file and the waiting game begins. Mama & Papa drop by our house to pick up the boxes. On the 9th of may we recieve a textmessage from Papa: little Liene is born. She's a healthy little girl of 3.95 kg and 52 cm! We fill in the last details on the card and send the file off to the printers. As soon as we get word from the printer, we send Papa a message so he can pick up the cards at the pick-up point near where they live!
Congratulations to Mama and Papa with their beautifull little girl.
because you can't start early enough