hand-painted + handmade

Bloomington, Indiana | 282 Sales


hand-painted + handmade

Bloomington, Indiana 282 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

BertAndLou is taking a short break


Contact shop owner



Ain't these a beaut?!! One of a kind hand-painted glasses for every day or special occasions. Check out the lovely shadows they cast in the sun sunnyheartcherry_blossom
A fresh batch of custom wine glasses makes the sweetest housewarming gift! heart



Hello there!

I'm Britta, self-proclaimed paper-lover, design geek, and the girl behind Bert&Lou. I am a proud Colorado native, but I currently live in the midwest, just outside Chicago. Bert&Lou offers witty greeting cards and super fine paper goods—all designed and painted by me!

Bert&Lou Creative began *officially* in August 2014, but it was *unofficially* born in 2009 after I graduated college and friends began commissioning me for wedding/event art and art for their homes. I studied fine art at a tiny liberal arts college on the Mississippi River, Augustana College, but after graduation I found that I really lacked those opportunities for daily creativity that I so thrived upon. I floundered around for a few years within jobs that didn't utilize my skills or passions, but my "aha!" moment came when a total stranger reached out to me for hand-painted wedding cards. I did most of the signage and paper goods for my best friend and my sister's weddings, and then decided to make the leap. Thus, Bert&Lou was born.

Who exactly are Bert&Lou?!
Bert and Lou are me, or more accurately, they are the two most ridiculous nicknames that have stuck with me. Just about everyone mishears my name, so Bert stuck around as the most popular butchering of Britta, and Lou is what my high school gym teachers would call me. They each have their quirky charm at this point, even though I resented them at the time!

When I’m not painting up new goodies for the shop, I try to make sure life is brimming with creative moments and good vibes. I read voraciously, drink too much tea and coffee, get dirt under my fingernails in the garden, and do a fair amount of playing in the woods. Documenting these moments on my Instagram and blog motivates me to live a creative life, and hopefully it will be a source of inspiration to you as well. You can visit my blog here:

I believe you should be intentional with what you choose to surround yourself with. If you have the choice, buy handmade, buy local, and bring those good vibes into your home. And of course, share those vibes and send happiness!

A portion of sales from the Grateful for a Plate-full card goes toward helping children in need through No Kid Hungry.

Bert&Lou cards can currently be found at these brick + mortar locations:

The Postal Annex - Batavia, IL

Questions? Comments? Interested in wholesale? Don't be a stranger, I'd love to hear from you! Send me a message or e-mail me directly at [!at]

Make sure to visit my website to view the weddings I have done:

Shop members

  • Britta

    Owner, Maker, Artist, Creator

    i like making things

Production partners

  • printing service

    United States

    I use outside printing partners to produce my final paper products. I chose my printers by quality of paper offered, as well as the capacity to ensure a high-quality printed image. My entire line is printed on sustainably-sourced or recylced paper.

  • a printing service

    United States

    I like working with this printer because they offer quick turnaround on bulk orders and high quality, eco-friendly papers.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 19, 2016
Welcome to Bert&Lou!

My mission is to keep the Happy Mail dream alive! So much of our communication is electronic these days that getting a special card in the mail is now more meaningful than it ever has been. Who doesn't love opening up their mailbox to something other than bills?! My hand-painted designs ensure a unique way to say "Hello!", "Thank You!", "You're Invited", or just "Thinking of You". I also offer 100% unique custom hand-painted wedding and shower invitations, as well as any other wedding art you may be dreaming about.

I hand-paint every design in the shop! Most designs are then digitally edited in order to turn out best when printed. I also offer entirely hand-painted sets of greeting cards, wedding invitations, bridal shower name it!

I do my very best to represent my items accurately on the page but please keep in mind that color may vary slightly from monitor to monitor. If you have any questions on how your exact pieces will look, or if you have any additional questions, just shoot me a message through the shop!

I LOVE working on custom pieces! If you have a wedding, holiday, birthday, shower, etc. coming up, I'd love to work with you to make something perfect for your special occasion!

For examples of my previously commissioned work, check out my website


©Bertandlou, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any of our original designs and/or photos is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to BertandLou, Bert&Lou USA and/or a specified product and all content must be original. All images and content are the sole property of Bert&Lou. All Rights Reserved 2016.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns and exchanges are graciously dealt with on a case by case basis.

I am always here with open ears to any questions or concerns you may have. All returns are shipped at the expense of the buyer.
I accept credit card payments directly through Etsy as well as payment through PayPal

I begin production of all items as soon as your payment has cleared, usually within 24-48 hours.
Your item will be shipped within 1-2 business days unless otherwise notified, however please check the details on the individual listings as glasses, custom orders, and bulk orders require more time for production and processing.

If you are buying cards in bulk (ten or more cards), I will send you a note when they have been sent to the printer.

All items are shipped via USPS 1st Class Mail. Upgrades are available as requested.

While packages generally arrive MUCH sooner, I allow the post office up to 2 weeks for Domestic delivery & up to 4-5 weeks for International delivery before resending/refunding for non delivery.

Thank you for your understanding! The postal service is a fickle being.

Please remember that shipping around any holiday can be very unpredictable and Priority Upgrades are recommended to ensure faster delivery times!

IMPORTANT NOTE: International buyers are responsible for any and all Customs Charges, Taxes & Additional Postal Fees
Additional policies and FAQs
Thank you for supporting Bert&Lou hand-painted artisan goods!