blackwhiskerstudio

modern celebration stationery for the graphic couple

Kitchener, Canada · 336 Sales

blackwhiskerstudio

modern celebration stationery for the graphic couple

Kitchener, Canada 336 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Oh, hello! Welcome to Black Whisker Studio!

You may remember me as Vicentine Design - your hard to spell, say and remember corporate designer by day, Etsy shop owner by night.

After 5 years of operating officially under VDesign, it was time to pack her up, ship her off, and give a new direction a try. Your favourite wedding stationery styles will still be available, but you'll begin to see a new world of stationery, accessories, and products hitting the Black Whisker virtual shelves as this transition forges ahead.

Cheers to 2016 and new beginnings!

HOUSEKEEPING:

| Custom Design |
I still very much offer, and encourage, custom design work. I am a clean, minimalist designer by nature, and so, if you like the cut of my jib, I think we should collaborate. I'm available for wedding and event stationery, as per usual, but am also available for business support (logo design | marketing collateral | idea generation | etc).

| Time Crunched |
I love Etsy and I love my shop, but unfortunately, it is only a part time gig for me (for now?). I work full time in the day and fulfill orders in the evenings. Please keep this in mind in terms of turn around time for your project. I try my absolute best to deliver proofs within 24-48 hours, and answer emails all day to keep you updated and moving forward in your planning.

| THANK YOU |
The couples I've had the opportunity to work with have been the nicest people I have ever had the chance to design for, and I truly feel very lucky. Thank you for being such wonderful customers and supporters!


| Other Web Type Fun |

blackwhiskerstudio.com (under construction, fyi)
instagram.com/blackwhiskerstudio

for personal ramblings and photos:
twitter.com/vicentine
instagram.com/vicentine

♥♥

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 18, 2016

Oh, hello! Welcome to Black Whisker Studio!

You may remember me as Vicentine Design - your hard to spell, say and remember corporate designer by day, Etsy shop owner by night.

After 5 years of operating officially under VDesign, it was time to pack her up, ship her off, and give a new direction a try. Your favourite wedding stationery styles will still be available, but you'll begin to see a new world of stationery, accessories, and products hitting the Black Whisker virtual shelves as this transition forges ahead.

Cheers to 2016 and new beginnings!

HOUSEKEEPING:

| Custom Design |
I still very much offer, and encourage, custom design work. I am a clean, minimalist designer by nature, and so, if you like the cut of my jib, I think we should collaborate. I'm available for wedding and event stationery, as per usual, but am also available for business support (logo design | marketing collateral | idea generation | etc).

| Time Crunched |
I love Etsy and I love my shop, but unfortunately, it is only a part time gig for me (for now?). I work full time in the day and fulfill orders in the evenings. Please keep this in mind in terms of turn around time for your project. I try my absolute best to deliver proofs within 24-48 hours, and answer emails all day to keep you updated and moving forward in your planning.

| THANK YOU |
The couples I've had the opportunity to work with have been the nicest people I have ever had the chance to design for, and I truly feel very lucky. Thank you for being such wonderful customers and supporters!


| Other Web Type Fun |

blackwhiskerstudio.com (under construction, fyi)
instagram.com/blackwhiskerstudio

for personal ramblings and photos:
twitter.com/vicentine
instagram.com/vicentine

♥♥

Victoria Bugdal

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Victoria Bugdal

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angelburd

angelburd on Mar 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Victoria at Vicentine Design is amazing - very professional with open and prompt communication, all while listening to her customers' preferences and personal tastes. Her eye for detail and perfectionist tendencies put all my online purchase concerns to rest. The end product was better than I had expected. I cannot praise Vicentine Design enough!! Will be working again with Victoria for further wedding needs.

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About

From straight and rigid corporate to fanciful and quirky creative

I had always wanted an Etsy shop. The more I perused and used the site myself, the more I wanted to become involved in a place that allowed me the freedom to earn a little bit of money doing what I liked doing.

Time was never friendly. I always found myself getting distracted with other things (working 3 jobs in the real world) or putting priority on the more care-free, fun things in my life (reading, running and a horrible Sims addiction).

Every day I'd go to my daytime corporate design job and look at the reminders I tacked onto my quasi-cubicle walls. They reminded me to do the things I loved. They reminded me to create.

And yet, every day, I'd curse myself for not doing anything about anything.

On a cold November day, I broke the cycle and left my day time job in favour of a new opportunity at another organization. It promised more freedom and more creativity - something I had obviously been deeply craving.

As luck would have it, the opportunity wasn't what it promised. Two days in and something didn't feel right. Eight days later and we were parting ways.

Life has a funny way of working.

That December, my beau proposed and we began our short and nearly stress free wedding planning process. We put together a small ceremony with only our closest friends and family, celebrating our union within a mill at the local park and dinner at a popular, local restaurant. Small. Quaint. Perfectly us.

In January, I opened up my Etsy shop, deciding that this life given lemon was going to become my lemonade.

For about three months, I attempted to sell photography: a long time interest and hobby.

As time went on, however, I realised selling photography felt very forced on my behalf. It didn't feel natural to me the way many other shop owners described owning and operating their own shops - as though they were natural extensions of themselves.

It wasn't until after our wedding and a brief Etsy hiatus that I sat down one day and realised the error of my ways.

I immediately set off designing.

Being able to design my own wedding invitations, rather than having to rely on anyone else, was a stress reliever. Not only did I not have to worry about not getting what I wanted, I was in complete control of the vision.

That's when I realised that I could offer that same kind of easy, stress free service to brides and grooms everywhere. With a little time and a little effort on my part, I could figure out a couple's style and work within their timelines, budgets and ideas to create something they'd love.

The photography listings were deactivated and new listings featuring wedding invitation templates were posted in their place.

And then, boom.

Order after order after order.

I had struck a chord. Brides were messaging me and telling me how they had scoured every site and every shop and hadn't loved anything until they saw my designs.

Brides gushed over how surprised they were to discover how easy the invitation process was with me, previously terrified of running straight into a bad situation with a bad designer.

I was accomplishing what I had set out to do: making a small difference in a couple's life. I was alleviating some of the stress in an otherwise stressful event, meanwhile, selfishly enjoying myself the whole time.

For once, everything was, and continues, to make sense.

As I slowly expand my scope and slowly introduce other stationery into the mix, things only feel better and better.

Sure, I may still be all rules and guidelines by day, but by night, everything is fanciful and free.

And I love it.

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  • Victoria Bugdal

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    When I'm not being a cat lady (I have 5 little helpers of my own, and volunteer with a ton more!) or stuck behind a corporate desk, I'm designing ways to enrich your life, or your pet's life.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 21, 2012
What started as a simple joke of a moniker has become my official alter ego.

Meet Vicentine Bugsy: the jelly to my peanut butter. Vicentine Bugsy: the reason Vicentine Design exists.

Vicentine Bugsy became more than just a name thrown together one blurry and boring evening. Vicentine Bugsy is more than that; Vicentine Bugsy is a person. Vicentine Bugsy is flesh, blood and tears. Vicentine Bugsy understands the need for art that isn't commericalized to the point of being pointless. Vicentine Bugsy understands excellent customer service after countless hours spent beneath flourescent lights in retail chain hell.

Vicentine Bugsy knows the difference between made with love and made with gears and wires.

This is something entirely different. This is what the world should be about. This is where, sometimes, we get it right.

Vicentine Bugsy is Vicentine Design and she loves it.

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Payment
DESIGN
For 100% custom design requests, a deposit may be expected in the early stages of planning, with the remainder paid out at project's completion.

Smaller custom requests or pre-made shop items may be paid in full upon completion of project, but prior to item receipt. That is to say, once a mock up design is approved, full payment must be received before final high resolution files are delivered or completed prints are sent to print and shipped.

PRINTS/FRAMED PRINTS/PAINTINGS
Payment is expected within 3 days of purchase for prints or framed prints. Item(s) will not ship until payment has been received. If payment fails to transfer/arrive, item is reposted.
Shipping
DESIGN
If purchasing a DIY print that requires no customization, high resolution files will be emailed to you within 24 hours of purchase (Note: Please ensure that your inbox can receive (possibly) large files. Gmail is great for large file transfers).

If your DIY purchase requires customization, I will email you within 24 hours with a completed proof for your approval, assuming all pertinent information has been provided during the purchase process.

Invitations will be mailed as soon as they are completed, with regular updates being sent to you in the process. Shipping is typically quoted and paid for as a separate transaction, once all materials have been printed and I have them in hand. This guarantees that you pay only what you need to pay to cover shipping.

PRINTS/MERCHANDISE
Prints and framed prints will ship twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, once ready.

All shipping prices are listed without tracking, in order to keep shipping costs as low as possible. Tracking is available, at an additional expense.

Shipping insurance can be purchased to protect your items. Without insurance, Vicentine Design is not held responsible for lost or damaged items.

INVITATIONS
Shipping charges for invitations are invoiced only after your order has been completed. I prefer to invoice clients separately for shipping as quoting once your package is complete allows me to charge the most accurate shipping rate possible.

Clients are given a range of shipping options to best suit your budget and needs.

Unfortunately, I cannot be held responsible for any customs charges that you may encounter as a result of your shipment.

ETC
Vicentine Design is not responsible for inaccurate addresses listed in your Etsy profile. If you have not updated your profile to reflect your most current address, and the item is returned, Vicentine Design will request payment to cover the cost of reshipping the item to your current residence.

If payment is not received, items will be refunded, less shipping cost.
Refunds and Exchanges
DESIGN
No refunds or exchanges on custom designed items, unless there has been a very painful error in printing, where, in many cases, the printer should reprint for free, anyhow.

If there has been an accidental error in spelling or misinformation, we can look at redesigning or reprinting. This may or may not occur at the buyer's expense, but will be dealt with on an error by error basis.

PRINTS/MERCHANDISE
No refunds on items damaged or lost in the process of mailing unless proper shipping insurances have been purchased.

Plenty of apologies and coupons will be given, however, to make up for it.