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Designs by Dij, Custom Cards & More

Designs By Dij Custom Cards & Black Afrocentric Art

Besides custom cards, Designs by Dij creates products such as pillows, umbrellas, tote bags and more—as (from left) Madisyn Lush, Micah Lush, Harmonie Lush, Vanise Lush and Mckaylynn Lush model here. Photo courtesy Khadijah Muhammad

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 5:45 p.m. CDT

Khadijah Muhammad had always loved to sing, but bad news silenced the songbird inside the Detroit, Mich., native when a doctor put her on complete vocal rest.

"That's when I got a chance to nurture another art form," she says. 

Muhammad had always loved "anything creative," so when she was stripped of her primary medium, she turned a watchful eye to the artistic needs of others.

"I'd go to the store and see people in greeting-card aisles, agonizing over what cards to buy their loved ones, but the cards didn't say what people wanted them to say," Muhammad recalls.

Recognizing a gap in the market, she started creating her own line of three-dimensional greeting cards, which has now expanded to include pop-up cards, box cards and explosion cards. Muhammad creates each one by hand, noting that her line allows a sender to "say exactly what they want to convey to their loved ones."

The importance of her business, which she dubbed "Designs by Dij," has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I promote my business to let customers know that greeting cards are necessary. Even if you can't be physically present with someone, you can still send them a greeting card of love to let them know that we are all in this together."

 

 

Muhammad’s art is also represented in the face masks her business offers, which embody messages of Black love and other themes. Photo courtesy Khadijah Muhammad

 

 

 

Muhammad had always loved "anything creative," so when she was stripped of her primary medium, she turned a watchful eye to the artistic needs of others.

"I'd go to the store and see people in greeting-card aisles, agonizing over what cards to buy their loved ones, but the cards didn't say what people wanted them to say," Muhammad recalls.

Recognizing a gap in the market, she started creating her own line of three-dimensional greeting cards, which has now expanded to include pop-up cards, box cards and explosion cards. Muhammad creates each one by hand, noting that her line allows a sender to "say exactly what they want to convey to their loved ones.

The importance of her business, which she dubbed "Designs by Dij," has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I promote my business to let customers know that greeting cards are necessary. Even if you can't be physically present with someone, you can still send them a greeting card of love to let them know that we are all in this together," Muhammad says.

 

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Khadijah – Meet Khadijah. She is from Mississippi and is the owner, designer and creative artist of Designs By Dij. She loves dabbling in anything creative and started her business in the fall of 2016 by making structural greeting cards. She now owns a 3D greeting card and gift shop where everything is handmade. She enjoys using the medium of digital art and has dedicated a segment of her line to portray unique art that empowers and portrays the strides and strengths of the black community. She loves making new things and getting her feet wet in many creative avenues. She loves seeing the look on others faces when they see her one of a kind designs. Soon she will have a YouTube channel with tutorials and things! Please support Khadijah in her creative adventures by following her on Instagram @designsbydij  or on Facebook: facebook.com/designsbydij 

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Born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Southwest Mississippi, Khadijah Muhammad is an entrepreneur, and the SHE-E-O of Designs By Dij. Khadijah has always been a creative soul, excelling and receiving accolades in art forms such as voice and classical piano. So it was a no-brainer for this creative when she became one of Mississippi's black woman owned greeting card and gift shop companies! Her company creates craft-art that consists of handmade 3D greeting cards. She offers a full range of custom and handmade items and pieces that literally make a powerful statement. Her offerings are a must have and we believe her line does a great job of celebrating the beauty of black women and girls. As a crafter, artist, and designer, Khadijah's mission is to leave a feeling with every piece of art that she creates. Please join us in congratulating one of BWBE's Top Black Women In Business. Khadijah, you are a black woman on fire! #blackgirlonfiya #bwbeofms #topblackwomeninbusiness
Meet Khadijah in person on January 18 2020 at the Black Women's Business Expo! Don't miss our amazing lineup of speakers, successful entrepreneurs, and experts. Hear from million dollar business earners to entrepreneurs that have grown their customer base and platform to over half a million followers! This year's expo will feature vendors displaying both products and services, education networking and more!
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