TalkingWithTami: How did you come up with the idea for your stationery business Whimsicard?

As the hostess of lots of parties, I became very frustrated that I couldn’t find any cute cocktail napkins with a chic Black woman on it — someone that looked like me and all of my fashionable friends who attend my parties.  In the spirit of self-determination, I took matters into my own hands and designed the cocktail napkin myself.  From there we decided to add cards in the mix.

i: You have a variety of cards, where do you get your inspiration?

I design the kinds of cards I want to buy for the celebrations in my family’s lives.  I design cards that reflect the African American experience in the whimsical and fun loving way I authentically experience it with my family and friends everyday.

TalkingWithTami:  Are there any women that are in the public eye right now that inspire you?

Malaak Compton-Rock, founder of the Angelrock Project, inspires me because she’s empowering our youth through programs such as “Journey for Change.”  This is her life’s work; thus, she inspires me to be the change I want to see in the world.

TalkingWithTami: Whats next with your line of cards?

We intend to continue expanding our kid invitations for a wide variety of party themes.

TalkingWithTami: How do you pitch your stationery to companies?
Currently, we sell our products exclusively through our website, although we’d love to develop wholesale relationships with stationary stores.


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