Our Story

Oh Plesiosaur started with a joke. One morning in late 2013, I woke up with a burning desire to illustrate dinosaur puns. Things escalated, as puns often do. Now I illustrate greeting cards and dream big dreams.

I'm a graphic and web designer, lapsed librarian, succulent aficionado, and dinosaur enthusiast. I've been in love with illustration as long as I can remember. My childhood heroes were picture book illustrators; Chris Van Allsburg, Edward Gorey, Mercer Mayer, Alice & Martin Provensen, Maurice Sendak. During my years as a librarian (hey, once a librarian always a librarian) I couldn't wait to share these beautiful images and words with my students. As a designer, I strive to capture the same beauty, playfulness, and wit in my work.

Seeing my art in print never fails to excite me. Web design pays the bills, but print design fills up my heart. And when I create a new greeting card, I get to share that exuberance with the whole world.

I am constantly revising my process, improving my materials, and searching for inspiration. I use recycled and sustainably sourced papers, producing most of my products by hand. Heck, even my shipping materials are recycled.

Little things make me happy. I love hearing from customers, getting a chuckle over a silly pun, or seeing a new card in print for the first time. I love the noise my paper cutter makes when I cut through card stock: k-shhhhhhunk. I love fanning out my Pantone swatches to choose the perfect shade. I love quiet afternoons with the sun streaming in the studio window, cat sleeping on the couch, while I draw new designs.

Most of all, I hope Oh Plesiosaur makes your day, or at least makes you laugh.

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Meet the Team

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Serena

Owner / Designer
Serena draws the pictures, makes the cards, manages the shop, and is responsible for our very worst puns.

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Erin

Co-punspirator
Erin provides at least 78% of the sass for our team. Her hobbies include dinosaurs, making fun of the cat, and eating frosting.

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Loki

Quality Control
Loki supervises all work produced in our studio. His rigorous work ethic and meticulous attention to detail inspire us all.

Our Process

Most of our work starts out with a simple pencil sketch. We then flesh it out on the computer, finalize the design, color match, and test print. All of our paper goods are printed in high resolution with our studio printer.

Greeting cards are printed on bright white, ultra-thick (270 gsm) cover stock. We cut, score, and fold each card by hand, then package them in a clear protective cello sleeve along with a matching envelope and a business card.

We assemble our badges and magnets in-house with a hand-operated button machine. Our coloring book is printed and bound by a small, independent printing company in Boise, USA.

Sustainability

We care deeply about the environment. We print all our greeting cards, coloring books, art prints, and badges on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, which is manufactured in a facility run on renewable energy.

We use recycled (and recyclable) materials in our packaging whenever possible.

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Stockists

ARIZONA
Bunky Boutique
Changing Hands Bookstore

CALIFORNIA
Gimme Flair
Serendipity
Succulence

COLORADO
Lithographie

INDIANA
Gather
Mrs Funkenstein

MASSACHUSETTS
Hippo

MICHIGAN
Books & Mortar

NEW YORK
Baked in Brooklyn
Amuse

NORTH CAROLINA
Indio

OHIO
Land of Plenty

OREGON
ZimZim

TEXAS
The Shops at the Mill

WASHINGTON
Monster Art & Clothing
VAIN

UNITED KINGDOM
Pin Club

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