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Isla Saona is a perfect example of a paradisic Caribbean island. Part of the Dominican Republic, it features a white sandy beach and blue waters from the Caribbean Sea. It is a breathtaking getaway and popular for day trips while on a Caribbean Cruise. Its palm trees touch the clouds and your heart.

We have been there ourselves and indulged in this tropical paradise. I have used a lot of awesome photos for creating travel souvenirs on print on demand websites and the latest addition are Isla Saona T-Shirts on Amazon.com:

Isla Saona T-Shirts

Isla Saona T-Shirts on Amazon.com by Christine aka stine1

Have you ever been to the Caribbean?

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eBook: How to easily Report Your Stolen Zazzle Designs to Amazon.com by Christine aka stine1

eBook: How to easily Report Your Stolen Zazzle Designs to Amazon.com by Christine aka stine1

Are you a designer on Zazzle, Society6, Cafepress, Design by Humans or any other print on demand shops and a victim of blatant (often Chinese) copycats who sell cheap items with your original designs on Amazon.com? Many of us are affected – if not most! It happens with our most popular designs and our least popular designs alike. Anyone can be their victim and Amazon does little to help us.
Society6 and Cafepress do nothing to help us either. As far as I know, Zazzle is the only print-on-demand website that really cares and tries to help their designers with more than useless watermarks. They have understood that these cheap (and I mean CHEAP in both quality and price) copies also hurt Zazzle’s reputation and earnings. We are not alone in this battle! Zazzle has even managed to make the process of reporting copied designs a bit easier for us, there is no need to repeatedly fill out Amazon.com’s online form over and over again.
I am writing this manual on how to find unwanted copies, how to easily report those copies and what else there is to do so that you can fight back. Be warned, it will be tedious and annoying – even with an easy process like this. You might even cry because it seems to be impossible to solve this but do remember: The worst is to not even try it!

Buy it on Smashwords in all kinds of formats (even PDF!) or directly on Amazon.com.

Having been accepted to Amazon Merch to sell t-shirt designs on Amazon’s own Marketplace has been pretty challenging for me since I do not consider myself a designer and have no skills in software. Even GIMP is too complicated for me, Photoshop is something I will never even begin to grasp.

But for Amazon Merch and the biggest marketplace in the western world, you NEED png files with 4500 x 5400 px or else they will not even upload your graphics. What to do? I tried to find something as easy as possible to create designs in no time with my photos and I also wanted to find something that lets me add text to it since typography is a huge trend you should not miss.

I love Summer T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1 - image created with Fotor.com

I love Summer T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1 – image created with Fotor.com

That’s where I came across Fotor.com which seems to fulfill all my needs: You can add funny stickers, a transparent background or any image/photo you want plus great fonts to add stylish text. There is a very comprehensive free version of it that is everything you need in the beginning.

I am thinking about compiling an ebook about how to effectively use Fotor’s service to create t-shirts for Amazon Merch, would that be of interest to you?

Please let me know, I am still undecided 🙂

May I present: My first design that it sold exclusively on Amazon Marketplace as of today:

Golden Seattle Skyline T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1

Golden Seattle Skyline T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1 on Amazon.com

Golden Seattle Skyline T-Shirt by Christine aka stine1 on Amazon.com

I have not yet uploaded this colorful design to any other print on demand website, so it will stay exclusive for a little while. It features Seattle Skyline digital art with golden and red hues, featuring the famous Space Needle and Downtown skyscapers of Washington’s popular city.

A few years ago – I can’t even remember when – I requested an invitation for Amazon Merch. Back then, it was every POD designer’s dream to directly upload designs to Amazon and sell t-shirts through the vast Amazon Marketplace. It was way before copycats nagged us with constantly ripping off our work.

Anyway, I had requested an invitation which never got granted. So a few weeks ago I stumbled across it once more and signed up. A few days later they welcomed me and asked me about my tax information. Lucky me had requested an ITIN years ago to avoid tax reduction on Smashwords and therefore, my w8ben forms are very easy to fill out.

When I logged in I was eager to upload all my work but… arrgh, they only accept PNG format with dimensions of EXACTLY 4500 x 5400 pixels *sigh* That means I have to cut my digital art, hope it still looks good and convert it to PNG format. Not a thing to do in 2 minutes. But I accepted the challenge and do have the first uploads running for review 🙂

I’d really apprechiate you checking out my “brand” Christine aka stine1 on Amazon.com and leave a comment or two. Or maybe you like it enough to even share? Who knows, please let me know and I will repay the favor *thumbs up*

 

In the future, you can expect some tips and tricks regarding Amazon Merch and the Marketplace, not only about copyright infringements and how to fight them. So stay tuned!

During our Caribbean Cruise a few years ago – way before hurricane Irma destroyed a lot – we have enjoyed one lazy day on the island Antigua. It was one of the most beautiful stops during the cruise, really worth a second – longer – visit!

View Of Beach Against Clear Blue Sky

View Of Beach Against Clear Blue Sky Photo Taken In Antigua And Barbuda, Saint Johns

I am uploading a whole series to EyeEm and GettyImages, why not check them out?

See the whole series on Getty.co.uk.

So while updating old blog posts from 2012, I came up with this idea and hashtag:

#blastfromtheblogpast

Why not interact a bit and see how far we will be coming?

Please share your oldest blog posts with this hashtag on all sorts of social media and check out what others are posting 🙂

Have fun!

You may also link to your social media or blog posts related to #blastfromtheblogpost here and I will share them!

In an attempts to please you, the readers, I will try to update old blog posts 😉 Since I had deleted over 300 posts linking to former Polyvore, my blog has been thinned out a LOT. Therefore, some redesigning and construction work is necessary. Renovation, you might say.

And since I realized that older posts are now bringing in visitors and no one likes dead links and garbage dumps, I need to make these more attractive and brush ’em up.

I hope you like it and that it will increase your viewing pleasure.

Have you ever done anything like this? Or are you the type of blogger who does not care about older posts?
Shame on me, never did anything like this before…

Christine aka stine1 on Instagram

Christine aka stine1 on Instagram

If you like to check out my profile on Instagram and like my work, please check out my profile 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/stine1online/

 

Wall murals or wall tattoos are a great way to add a unique touch to one wall in a room. They work like a huge sticker and are therefore, easier to apply and remove than wall papers.

Check out some of my wall mural designs from Society6:

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn 2016 - Wuppertaler Zoo Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn 2016 – Wuppertaler Zoo Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Berry Bonanza Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Berry Bonanza Wall Mural by Christine aka stine1

Majestic Grand Canyon Photo - Space to Breathe Wall Sticker by Christine aka stine1

Majestic Grand Canyon Photo – Space to Breathe Wall Sticker by Christine aka stine1

 

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