Kelly Ducharme is One Hip Sticker Chic who took an artsy idea and threw it on the wall to see if it would stick. Not only would the idea stick, but it would be repositionable and re-usable, just like the Photo Tex Repositionable Fabric from LexJet she uses for her Vermont-based wall-art business.
In just a couple of years, One Hip Sticker Chic has grown into a full-time online business. The website gives parents a number of Ducharme’s original designs from which they can choose and then customize the colors, patterns, fonts and copy for a variety of room décor products.
Ducharme started promoting her business at Etsy, a site for small businesses and artists to showcase and sell their artwork. Since then, the business has taken off and Ducharme ships the various decal products – including Kids Canvas Art, Growth Charts, Wall Dolls, and holiday and special occasion decals – all over the world.
Ducharme uses Photo Tex primarily for the wall dolls and Christmas tree decorative art. Photo Tex is perfect for these applications since wall doll accessories (clothing, jewelry and hairpieces) can be adhered over the wall doll and easily repositioned or taken off and replaced with another one, and the same can be done with Christmas tree ornaments, presents and decorations.
“With the Photo Tex, they can also take it down, put it back on the backing paper and pull it out again the following year,” explains Ducharme.
For the Growth Charts and Kids Canvas Art, Ducharme uses LexJet Sunset Select Satin Canvas SUV (she uses a Roland low-solvent printer). The Growth Charts are printed on the canvas, trimmed to size and shipped with matching tacks to affix to the wall.
The Kids Canvas Art is trimmed out and stapled to 3/4″-deep wood frames, often in series of three.
“These are going in nurseries, not art galleries, so the frames don’t need to be very deep. The canvas has been very durable and the images look great on it,” she says.