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Taking Cool Pictures for Etsy – FREE Expert Etsy Training Pt 2

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Taking pictures for Etsy is EASY! Follow along with me while I take some cool pictures for a listing.

Here are 5 Tips for interesting Etsy Pictures:

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1. Have cool, but not show-stealing, background props

Some of the “props” I love to use include leaves, wood and rocks. I can use fall leaves to give that warm “fall” feeling, or green leaves to convey a fresh spring-time renewal. I will then switch out the main picture depending on what season it is to signal the buyers that this item is perfect for right now.

 

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2.Take a picture of a hand holding the item, or wearing the item, or both

Having a picture of what you are selling with or next to a human person gives your buyers a sense of how awesome it is to be with your items. How does your picture make your customers feel? Warm, happy, full, cool? Another plus side to having a picture with a human as your prop is conveying a sense of size. This will decrease negative reviews from people who never ready your item descriptions.

 

 

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3. Nature is sexy, everything looks good with a nature element

Personally, I like to have nature used both as a prop or in the distance. It just give this whimsical and natural feeling that is pretty calming. A calm customer tends not to worry about all the but’s and if’s of a purchase. They just go for it.

 

 


4. Lighting is best from that bright ball of plasma gas that floats in our sky

Now, don’t get me wrong, a nice bright window is awesome, but that freaking sun man… So lit. If you are lucky enough to easily haul your wares to an outdoor location, this truly produces the best light. Plus, it’s free! If you are vampire, however, you may want to invest in a light box.

 

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5. Consistency is key, incorporate a similar feeling in each picture

It’s actually pretty easy to be consistent. At first, I had a space painted board (still in use) and all my pictures were shot on it. Now, I have branched out in to pics with rocks and bark and whatever, but I am doing this for nearly every listing. It doesn’t always have to be rocks, or always have to be wood.

Once you find your photo “personality”, you just got to roll with it. Perhaps teal things look good with your products. Incorporate a teal background for one pic, a teal vase for another pic, teal ribbon in yet another. You get my drift.

 


Next tutorial will include how to efficiently fill out an Etsy listing!

I believe in FREE training! This Free Expert Etsy Training is the 2nd in a long series of how to become the best Etsy Seller you can be! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more lessons coming soon!

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Best Type of Pictures that Sell Product on Etsy – Free Etsy Training Part 1

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There are many questions you might have about what type of picture will be best to sell the most products on Etsy! Should you have an all white background? Should you have have a model with your product? What types of background props should you use?

The short answer is: It really depends on your product.

However, I do have some answers for you!!

You have 10 pictures on an Etsy listing now, so take full advantage! It’s not exactly necessary to have each background be the same, what’s important is that your wonderful item is showcased to perfection!

One of the biggest questions I had and found no answers for was whether or not to use all white backgrounds for your Etsy Product Pictures. The answer was… a gray area.

Doing my own study, I compared the sales of a popular item with a white background one week, and a magazine worthy full color picture the next week. What I found was that I got more likes and more sales.

However, due to recent Etsy changes in their algorithm and their partnership sharing etsy items on google shopping, google has other ideas. Google has stated that their bots can find and categorize white background pictures better, so they prefer white background pictures. But, they have also admitted that should you product be what a consumer is looking for, your etsy listing will not be hidden from them.

It’s important to get a sense of size for your product. Not everyone takes time to look at the item descriptions, so a picture of your items in hand, worn, or next to a standard sized item (fruit, utensil, plant, etc) helps viewers to imagine the item in real life. This in turn helps the customer start to visualize themselves with your products, increasing the likelihood of a purchase.

Here are at least 5 types of pictures you should consider for your Etsy Listings:

  • Instagram “Magazine” Glamour Shot
  • Picture with a Human Model or Body Part, such as a hand holding a mug
  • Up Close Zoomed In picture showing texture, thickness and/or detail
  • Seasonal Prop Pictures, to switch out for warm/cold weather and seasonalities
  • At least one all white background to show complete product without distraction, and to possibly use for other sales sites and venues

Esty changes all the time and so do you! In time, Etsy will be a bigger and better site to sell on. Don’t be afraid to come back to a product and retake pictures as your skill increases.

So, go for it! Time to take some instagram worthy, magazine framing, beautiful and spunky pics!

I believe in FREE training! This Free Expert Etsy Training is the 1st in a long series of how to become the best Etsy Seller you can be! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more lessons coming soon!

 

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LET’S MAKE IT WORK! – Cheap Red China Button Maker

LET’S MAKE IT WORK!

So you thought you were getting a good deal buying a no-brand button maker from eBay or amazon on the cheap? Now, you can’t seem to get it to work because it is smashing all your buttons together, right? Well, I figured out a really simple way to make it work! It just take one more simple little step! Watch the video to find out!

I believe on of the reasons it SMASHES your buttons is simply because the paper you are using is too thin to handle itself. I use primarily comic books and newspaper to make my button in the beginning and I had horrible luck!

Get a button maker here – Click Me.

The reason why I got the button maker for myself was to turn old comics and images from magazines into buttons to sell at Comic Cons and other craft show where I sell my wares. What do you plan to do with yours? If you have any other questions or trouble shooting with your machine, drop me a line! I will try to help you get it to work!

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Final Warning from Esty! Copyright Infringement and YOU…

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I LOVE Etsy. And I wanna work it out. If you love something, tape it to your face, as I have always said…

Sooo… Got my final warning from Etsy for Copyright Infringement!!!!!
What am I to do!?!?!

How did I get here, you ask? Cuz I’m a big fat NERD. I love videogames, superheroes, aliens, tv, and so much of that pop culture yumminess!

Some designs I make are very “inspired” as in similar shape, color or “feeling”. Some things however, I admit it, straight up from a thing. I’m sorry. 🙁

pacmanNearly everything that has been taken off of Etsy was from a video game! I have had 8 things in the last 2 years (exactly) taken down. Every one was from FallOut, Pac-Man, Portal, or something along those lines. However, the last “straw” was a Pac-Man design I have had in my store for nearly that whole 2 years being open. However, the Portal design I had up was taken down within 24 hours.

Wondering how many you can have taken down before they shut your doors? I have heard 3 strikes and your out, but I think it really is a case by case situation. There’s really no way to know how long you can “get away” with something. But should we even try to “get away” with it??

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From Esty’s Fact Guide: “It may be tempting to include names of popular brands or celebrities in your listing titles, tags or descriptions – for instance, the name of a luxury handbag company that inspired your purse design. But using that brand’s name in your tags has been considered problematic by certain IP owners. Similarly, just tacking on “inspired by” or “____-like” in the tags or description may not prevent you from receiving a notice of infringement from the IP owner for a number of legal reasons, such as causing confusion. The same goes for any items that were “inspired by” popular books, movies or television shows.”

If you are wondering if you can get away with it, don’t chance it! And for the record, that “10% change in a design thing” – is NOT a thing. Don’t let a lawyer have to tell you. 😛


Am I mad? NOPE. I am GLAD I was able to share this fandom of a beloved game to the masses. I hope every time someone wears what little I have dispersed into the world gives a smile and cheer to the people who wear and see it. I hope it sparks conversations of how great that game is and share memories of their past. I hope it sparks a friendships that last a lifetime! I wish I could afford to get proper licensing for such big brands so I can keep spreading this love, and hopefully one day I can!

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And this little piggy flew right into a success lit sunset!

So what to do now? Out of fear of my shop closing, I took down a bunch of things. It was kind of sad… Then I thought to myself, “Hey Mere-bear, you got style gurl. You got some bangin’ designs all of your own! You gotta take those designs and blow it up, lady! You ARE a designer! You have talent… and dammit… people like you!”

Gave myself a pretty good hug after that pep talk. You be prepared world! Be prepared for new FoxyFunk Designs like you’ve never seen before!

I hope I can inspire YOU to be the BEST you ARE and spread that jam all over this peanut butter sandwich! If you have any questions about  your Etsy experience or copyright and trademark rules, please message me!

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STAR WARS ROGUE ONE! What to Wear!? Top 5…

when-you-have-a-naked-dream-2-24326-1447438757-0_dblbigLet’s face it, you are not going to see Rogue One NAKED! Well… Probably not…

That’s why I have composed a fantastic guide to pick out some cool gear to add to your total dorkiness!

First, let’s watch a trailer…. again…. maybe a few times… just in case you haven’t yet. 😉

Great! Now let’s take a look at those cool thingadoos I mentioned earlier.


 Star Wars Episode 4 Opening Scroll Necklace
Whip out your magnifying glass, and show off a unique new accessory to nerd out with! Inspired by the opening crawl of the story line that precedes Star War IV, this pendant is made from laser cut Black Acrylic, engravings accentuated with Gold Wax and completed with antique brass colored Nickle-Free hardware on an 18″ chain necklace with lobster clasp. Pendant measures 1.75″ width and 1.25″ height.

With a Rebel Yell….

Get ready to rebel with your own style wearing a Star Wars inspired Rebel Alliance Star Bird pendant necklace!  Great for the newest movie, unless you are tempted by the darkside. :/

Ancient Futuristic Rebel Bird is made from laser cut orange and black Acrylic and completed with Nickle-Free hardware and an 18″ adjustable clasp cord necklace. Measures 1.35″ diameter.


First Order Symbol Necklace

The New First Order arose as a result of the failures of the Galactic Republic. It promised to trade frailty for strength, chaos for order, and uncertainty for decisiveness.

Surely nothing devious will follow…

This awesome First Order Pendant is made of laser cut semi-translucent red acrylic and matte textured black acrylic. The semi-translucent nature of the red catches light in a unique and subtle way. This pendant measures about 1.35″ diameter and is strung upon an 18″ adjustable black cord necklace.


 Droids are THE Fashion

BB8 is a droid with a mission! So coy, so manipulative, so cute!

Made of laser cut white, orange and black acrylic, these fantastic pendants are sure to spark your inner Star Wars nerd! These adorable and surprisingly lightweight BB-8 pendants each measure 1.25″ tall and 1″ wide and hung upon nickel-free hooks.


 All Terrain, All the Time!

The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT walker) is a four-legged combat vehicle used by the Imperial ground forces. Get yourself a bit of rope however, and bring it to its knees! Deadly and stunning, these are not something you should hope to have to battle!

Fashioned after the Star Wars Battle Walker, these lightweight pendants are made of laser cut and engraved Gray Acrylic and hung upon nickle-free hooks. These surprisingly detailed pendants measure 1.15″ from top to bottom.

 


This may be a mix of OLD and NEW (in this LONG AGO sci-fi galaxy) so you can check out even MORE new Old things and new New things in my eBay shop!

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Have a Superhero Summer Time! Movies ~ Recipes ~ Fun!

superhero water skiThe weather is hot, your ice cream is melting, Comic Conventions are all over the land and there are some awesome movies coming out!

Perhaps you are going on a vacation, wish you were, or prefer a nice stay-cation? One thing is for sure, a summer filled with Super-Summertime fun, is a summer to remember!

a Few Summer Movies to Look Forward to:







Conventions this Summer

Perhaps you are looking for a Cool Comic and/or Nerdy themed Convention to go to? Check out this list by date and find one near you!

Make it a Party with Superhero Snacks
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Easily create some Kryptonite with this easy recipe -> Click the Pic. (Or you can just buy some green Rock Candy.)
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Make Thors Hammer with easy to obtain ingrediants follow this easy recipe -> Click the Pic.
Have a Super-Summer

No matter what you do this summer, just have a WONDER-ful time and be SAFE! 😀

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