She started making cards when she was young - for family, friends, roommates. “Ever since I was a child and I could hold a writing utensil, I have been making cards for family and friends. I have made birthday cards for friends, roommates. I started with crayons and moved to stamps and then I collected scraps of paper and painted some, and drew on others. I thought that this was something that I would buy so I thought I would try to sell them.”
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OnlyEverest is Buchanan’s Etsy business where you can buy her handcrafted cards. Each one is hand made so no two are ever identical. And they are wonderful. Each card holds a certain vibrancy. “I have yet to make two cards that are exactly the same. I’ve tried, but they still look different.” She laughs.
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Each card is unique. “Some are watercolors and some are ink drawings but others are layering paper and hen painting on top off that. It’s a bunch of mixed media but each one his different. I am going to start making my own envelopes as well.” She has been commissioned as well.
Buchanan’s prices are competitive with high end cards that you’d find in the card shops. “I went to various places and looked at the prices. I didn’t want it to be ridiculous but I didn’t want to undercut myself because it takes a lot of time to make them. Each card is five dollars even if they take a long time to make. The water color cards can sometimes take up to an hour to make. I like doing it.“ Even at that, each card takes about a total of 30 minutes to complete so this is a deal.
|One of Buchanan's Etsy cards.|
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So if you want a personalized or stylized card for an event or person, contact Ellen Buchanan. You can see her work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/OnlyEverest?ref=shop_sugg.