To date, I've designed over 100 custom QSL cards for both high-profile and smooth everyday operators around the world. Many of my clients have become my friends and I consider myself fortunate to have made the acquaintance of them all.
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Karl KG4YBH is a real Great Lakes tugboat engineer with a real crew of dachshunds who stay home ashore in Tennessee, but Karl imagined them as buccaneers and that really tickled our fancy.
Our bespoke front-side QSL art is most often a collaborative effort with our clients, a mutual sharing and development of ideas that are translated into images. No worries if you're not yet sure what's right for your card. We'll figure it out together. Clients receive printer-ready digital art files and own the design as well as all rights to reproduce it. All images here appear by generous permission.
The way we work.
photo courtesy Andrew Haworth ©2013 KK4DSD
What does it cost?
Start us sketching for $30 up front via PayPal, and we'll deliver an initial design proposal, reasonable back and forth included. The design mock-up includes your QSL art, callsign, simple QTH and handle text.
Just send us an email, let us know you're interested, and ask any questions. If our terms look ok and our answers are satisfactory, we'll send you a PayPal invoice for the $30 as soon as we can start your job. Sometimes we have a waiting list and we'll put you on it and your place will be be secure, no money wanted. We don't invoice for the deposit until we can actually begin working for you.
No surprises. The design proposal will give you a good idea how it's going to look and we'll make changes as needed.
Once you approve the final draft design, remaining work is billed at $120 for most designs - when completed to your satisfaction - including QSL printer-ready 300dpi high resolution digital art files.
At no additional charge, you'll also receive an 8.5 x 11" signed photo print on archival paper as a tangible keepsake of your commissioned design.
So that's it, $150 inclusive?
Almost always yes. In the rare instance your design would require an unsual amount of work, I would give you an upfront heads up and stick to my estimate, so again, no surprises. This also includes the start-up fee and a hand-signed print of your custom QSL design inscribed with our "Dashie" mark, shipped postpaid in a stout, capped, reusable Yazoo brand heavy- duty Kraft mailing tube. Always ask for Yazoo, whenever you acquire FB ham radio art.
Any restrictions on the art?
Some. We can't depict product trademarks, logos, anything copyrighted like cartoon characters. That means no Batman, no Bart Simpson, no other artists' stuff. The other places we don't go are by choice.We don't work blue, no naughty themes or political material, just G-rated non-controversial fun stuff and we'll be the judge of that. Yep, it's your card, but Jeff K1NSS is also our brand and we keep it family-friendly, so please understand. Nothing personal, strictly a business decision, and there's no shortage of terrific artists looking for work, so you'll be fine.
What about printing?
QSL printing is up to you.
We're happy to meet specs of your QSL printer of choice.
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Most of our clients have tapped KB3IFH QSL Cards and received the benefit of Randy's savvy advice and superior customer service. And Randy contacts me directly if he has technical questions, so you needn't sweat the details.
Regardless, it's all good. You own the design and all rights. I don't benefit no matter prints your cards, and my designs have been successfully printed by other QSL printers in the US and overseas.
What about the QSO report form?
We recommend putting that on the back of your card, along with mailing info, awards, rigs, and other personal details, easily arranged with your QSL printer. Most offer a variety of reverse side formats in customizable styles. The expense is not much more than a single-sided card, and allows maximum, uncluttered space for your custom design.
Can I print your designs on my own printer?
Yes you can, but you must remember that our designs are default standard QSL size, 3.5 x 5.5" which is a bit differently proportioned than the usual 4x6" photo print format. While not wildly far off, it makes a difference.
If home printing is your plan, you're welcome to opt instead for a design that's standard 4"x6" photo paper size no extra charge. It's also not a problem to do a design that works in both formats, but it's easier and quicker for all concerned if I know that's your intent before I start.
Use BV7 Freeware by DF3CB to print your own QSL report labels for the back and you're good to go. Of course, your print quality will vary, depending on printer, photo paper, inks and settings. Mailing self-printed photos like postcards is risky business, so envelopes are a must. Also before buying envelopes, make sure they'll fit your 4"x6" cards.
Contact me, Jeff K1NSS, for a free consultation. I'd be delighted to discuss your ideas and answer your questions.
Still Just Looking? Click this customer blog write-up with pictures by Frank KØJQZ and have a independent look at a K1NSS Custom QSL experience. You don't buy a pig in a poke. It's plenty of back and forth with ample opportunity for feedback and mid-course corrections. It's gotta be right. It's that simple.
I'm a bona fide OM who first became airborne in his 1963 boyhood bedroom, slipping Earth's surly bonds by means of my humble Heathkit DX-20 and laughable Lafayette HE-40 , feeding a legendary Gotham Vertical.
Between me and you-know-who, our radiosportin' life is an open couple of books starring Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham. Plus my homepage of ham funnies and fun Dashtoons.com is followed by discriminating fans around the amateur world.
QSL art aside, we've created logo and promotional graphics for one of the most ambitious DXpeditions in recent years, the VKØEK 2016 Heard Island Expedition.
More creature-comfort-loving DX adventurers have chosen K1NSS for logo graphics too, like the notoriously hedonistic Norwegian bon vivants of Dipper DX group, operating from paradisiacal Cocos Islands as VK9CK this spring.
Our splashy ham graphics clients have included Big Guns like RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers, who featured our cartoon art on their Dayton 2012 posters.
K1NSS Design was commissioned by the European-based Global Mountain Activity award group for logo, flag and web graphic design.
And our logo art has received international attention promoting ham radio special events for young people, sponsored by one of northern Italy's most active and forward looking amateur organizations, Insubria Radio Club.
In addition, Jeff K1NSS Design created graphics for :
I've played radio and drawn cartoons since I was a kid and I'm too OM to change. What can I draw for you?
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