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Sep 21, 2015

by Chicks n Hens

Hello! My name is Alizabeth, and I’m the illustrator, designer, and owner of Chicks n Hens. I create custom illustrations and wedding invitations from my home studio in Indianapolis, Indiana.

My grandmother is a self-taught artist, and a huge inspiration to me; my shop is even named for the chicks and hens (a kind of succulent plant) that she grew in her garden. Her passion for painting inspired me to pursue my dreams of working in a creative industry.

I studied interior design at Purdue University, and after graduation I worked at an interior design firm. I was working at the firm when I decided to teach myself illustration; I bought books, experimented with different software and mediums, and worked for months perfecting my methods. Having complete ownership of my designs gave me a great sense of pride — it was so different from working with other designers to complete projects. About six months after I started working on my illustrations, I took the plunge and quit my job so I could focus on my small business 100% of the time.

Before I start a custom illustration, I ask my client a lot of questions. Once I have a grasp of their vision, I move to my sketchbook and do a rough drawing. From there, I create a design digitally, working from my sketches and the client’s descriptions and photographs. After the design has been approved, I print, cut, assemble and ship the finished product. My work is still evolving and improving, but doing all the work in my studio allows me to have complete control over the color and quality of each print I make.

Chicks n Hens would not exist without Etsy: Etsy connects me with people and opportunities all over the world. I’ve worked on a lot of interesting, diverse projects – from designing for a barn wedding here in Indiana to creating work for a wedding in Udaipur, India. My hopes for the future are to focus more of my time on the creative side of my business, expand my product lines, and eventually to illustrate children’s books.

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All photographs by Love Lindsey Photography and Chicks n Hens.

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Anniversary Tumbler, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
Anniversary Tumbler, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
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$75.00 USD
Custom Invite, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Invite, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$230.00 USD
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
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$40.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Quad-Fold Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Quad-Fold Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$410.00 USD
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map, RSVP Card, and Invitation, Design Fee
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map, RSVP Card, and Invitation, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map Card, RSVP Card, Design Fee
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map Card, RSVP Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Basic Addressed Envelopes, Printed Envelopes, Main Envelopes and/or RSVP Envelopes
Basic Addressed Envelopes, Printed Envelopes, Main Envelopes and/or RSVP Envelopes
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$0.35 USD
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 2, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 2, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain
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$80.00 USD
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
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$40.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Custom Wedding Invite, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Invite, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 1, Chippy Frame, Several Colors
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 1, Chippy Frame, Several Colors
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$80.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
NEW!- Signature Cocktails Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Custom Pets, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain, or Enlarged Print
NEW!- Signature Cocktails Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Custom Pets, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain, or Enlarged Print
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$100.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Invite, RSVP, Map, or Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Invite, RSVP, Map, or Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Wedding Invitation Sample Pack
Wedding Invitation Sample Pack
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$20.00 USD
Vellum Wedding Wrap, Choice of Wedding Date or Couple Initials, Pink, White, or Blue
Vellum Wedding Wrap, Choice of Wedding Date or Couple Initials, Pink, White, or Blue
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$3.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitations, Invite, RSVP, Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitations, Invite, RSVP, Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Most Popular Cards Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
Most Popular Cards Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
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$476.00 USD
NEW!- Small Wedding Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
NEW!- Small Wedding Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
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$248.50 USD
Destination Wedding, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Couple Portraits, Destination Wedding Invitations, Wedding Map, Custom Map, Design Fee
Destination Wedding, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Couple Portraits, Destination Wedding Invitations, Wedding Map, Custom Map, Design Fee
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$612.00 USD
Puerto Vallarta Wedding, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Mexico Wedding, Mexico Wedding Invitations, Custom Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Puerto Vallarta Wedding, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Mexico Wedding, Mexico Wedding Invitations, Custom Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$300.00 USD
I want it all! Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
I want it all! Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
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$968.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Invite, RSVP, Map, or Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Invite, RSVP, Map, or Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Map Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Map Card, Design Fee
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$100.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Custom Illustrated Save the Date, Puerto Vallarta Wedding, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Custom Illustrated Save the Date, Puerto Vallarta Wedding, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
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$40.00 USD
Custom Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
Custom Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Bi-Fold Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Bi-Fold Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$410.00 USD
Handwritten Calligraphy on Wedding Envelopes, Block Font
Handwritten Calligraphy on Wedding Envelopes, Block Font
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$2.50 USD
Vellum Wedding Jacket, Choice of Wedding Date or Couple Initials, Pink or White
Vellum Wedding Jacket, Choice of Wedding Date or Couple Initials, Pink or White
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$0.75 USD
Custom Wedding Invitation and RSVP Card, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Invitation and RSVP Card, Design Fee
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$230.00 USD
Custom Listing for Elena
Custom Listing for Elena
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$170.00 USD
Bridal Party Programs, Bridal Party Portraits (Profiles), Design Fee
Bridal Party Programs, Bridal Party Portraits (Profiles), Design Fee
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$260.00 USD
Anniversary Tumbler, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
Anniversary Tumbler, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
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$75.00 USD
Handmade Wax Seals, Adhesive on Back (peel + stick), Many Colors + Designs
Handmade Wax Seals, Adhesive on Back (peel + stick), Many Colors + Designs
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$1.75 USD
Custom Envelope Liners, Design Fee
Custom Envelope Liners, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Custom Profile Portraits Envelope Liners, Design Fee
Custom Profile Portraits Envelope Liners, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Mackinac Island Discounted Wedding Bundle
Mackinac Island Discounted Wedding Bundle
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$300.00 USD
Bridal Shower Invitation, Custom Couple Portraits, Design Fee
Bridal Shower Invitation, Custom Couple Portraits, Design Fee
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$80.00 USD
Handwritten Calligraphy on Wedding Envelopes, Script
Handwritten Calligraphy on Wedding Envelopes, Script
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$2.50 USD
Custom Love Story Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Love Story Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
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$280.00 USD
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
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$40.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Detailed Map Card, Design Fee
Detailed Map Card, Design Fee
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$200.00 USD
Best Dog or Best Cat Wedding Program, Design Fee
Best Dog or Best Cat Wedding Program, Design Fee
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$45.00 USD
Custom Envelope Liner for Wedding Invitations, Design Fee
Custom Envelope Liner for Wedding Invitations, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Info. Card, Quote Card, or Back of Invite Design for Custom Wedding Invitations or Save the Dates, Custom Illustrated, Add-on, Design Fee
Info. Card, Quote Card, or Back of Invite Design for Custom Wedding Invitations or Save the Dates, Custom Illustrated, Add-on, Design Fee
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$40.00 USD
Custom Wedding Crest, Postcard Save the Date or Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Crest, Postcard Save the Date or Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$120.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Escort Cards, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Escort Cards, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Custom Table Numbers, Design Fee
Custom Table Numbers, Design Fee
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$55.00 USD
Miniature Information Card for Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Miniature Information Card for Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$10.00 USD
Thank You Note, Wedding Invitation Add-on, Design Fee
Thank You Note, Wedding Invitation Add-on, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Custom Floral Wedding Programs, Design Fee
Custom Floral Wedding Programs, Design Fee
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$45.00 USD

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