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Design Spotlight: Alda Monteschio

May 23, 2012
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Today’s Design Spotlight shines on  Alda Monteschio of Heart Tugs and her unique, poetic style – thanks, Alda!

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I became a poet either by accident or by God’s design.

I work for a gift company, and was asked to write a verse for a mother’s day piece they were developing. Although I hadn’t written any poetry since I was an adolescent, I gave it a shot and to my surprise, the verse was a success. The item even won an award. I have been writing poetry ever since.

As a result, I began to develop more and more ideas and verses of my own. I began to write poems for friends and family. I took a few computer graphic design classes and began experimenting with photography as well, and was thrilled when I stumbled across GCU as an outlet for my budding hobby. My best selling cards are in the wedding category, as I enjoy writing from the heart about those special relationships in a person’s life.

I have a day job, and some of the professional projects I have helped develop over the years are the Reunion Heart and No Tears in Heaven product lines, which are memorial gift lines that offer comfort and hope to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Because I know that God has given me this talent, I try to use it to inspire and encourage, and hope that my card designs are accomplishing just that. I am so thankful for the GCU community too, as they are easy to work with and produce a quality product which I can be proud of. I think most GCU artists will agree, it is always so amazing to see your designs come to life, and I still celebrate every sale as if it was the first.

One of my best selling cards is “Be My Husband On Our Wedding Day.” I sometimes would love to be a fly on the wall when this card is given to the husband-to-be to witness his response, but since I can’t, I just give thanks that I was able to put into words what someone else was feeling in their heart.

I truly enjoy those moments of inspiration that develop into a unique creation. Being able to share them with the rest of the world via GCU is just icing on the cake.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2012 11:03 am

    Hi Alda
    You already know that I’m a big fan of your cards, but I was really happy to see you
    spotlighted here.
    Your designs are lovely & imaginative, but to have the added bonus of verses that are so heartfelt, is magical.
    Well done!
    Angela … Chez Inkflo

  2. May 23, 2012 1:27 pm

    Enjoyable spotlight, so nice to “get to know you” a little better, Alda. I also enjoyed looking through your store and reading some of your wonderful poems. I admire your God-given writing talent and wish I had just a little of that myself! I sometimes struggle to figure out what to write in my cards … that’s one of the reasons I have a business partner. Thanks for sharing your story!

    Robin
    http://www.ryckycreations.com

  3. Alda permalink
    May 23, 2012 2:45 pm

    Thank you, Robin and Angela. I was very surprised and honored to be featured on the GCU blog as there are SO many talented artists in this community. I am thankful to have found GCU and hope to be able to create cards for as long as possible. I recently broke the 5000 plus mark for card sales, so I’m excited about that, too. Thank you, GCU, for the spotlight.

  4. May 24, 2012 12:57 am

    So nice to read this Alda. Your card store is certainly an enjoyable treat. Congrats! 🙂

  5. May 25, 2012 7:28 pm

    Alda, Great spotlight, always great getting to know a fellow artists.
    Very lovely cards and poems in your lovely store. Congratulations!
    Janet Lee

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