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Thursday
May102012

DIY // Embossed Business Cards

First off, thank you all so much for weighing in on our Remnant logo decision. By far the most votes went to #3 and 4. Which was funny because #3 was my favorite and #4 was my least favorite! We still might use #4 for a few other pieces, especially since it's the same font, but I love the boomerangs so we went ahead with this design. 

We had the BEST experience with getting a custom stamp made from Atlas Stamps here in Portland. I emailed the design to Atlas and he had the custom stamp ready the very next day for only $27! A steal! I had a huge fiasco the last time I tried to have a custom stamp made through a vendor on etsy, it cost $40 and it took litteraly two months, and there is a section that doesn't stamp cleanly. So after that experience, I couldn't be more thrilled with this new experience and I highly recommend Atlas! You can also order online! 

On to the DIY! If you are looking to make new business cards, but don't have the money to do something special like letterpress or custom printing. Embossing your cards is a great and easy way to make lots of business cards for not much money. I choose black and white because I love how sharp the white looks on the black card! 

Materials: 

- Business Cards: I bought these a Paper Source to save time. I could have cut all of the cards from 8.5x11, but I wanted to make sure that they were perfectly straight and I currently don't have the time to do that. They are $2 a pack of 25 cards, not to shabby. I bought four packs to make 100 cards

- Custom Stamp: from Atlas stamps $27

- Embossing Powder: $4.75

- Heat Tool: I have one on hand - ($25)

- Versamark Stamp Pad: on hand -  ($8)

Total: $40 for 100 business cards - (if you don't have a heat tool and stamp pad - $73)

*Tip: Flick the back of the card with your index finder to remove excess powder! *

Hold the heat tool 2-3 inches away from the card, watch closely as the powder melts. Once all of the powder has melted, allow the image to cool for 30 seconds. Viola! You have an embossed business card! 

I hope that you enjoy making your own business cards! If you use this tutorial, please add a pic to my flickr pool! I'd love to see your own creativity! 

 

Thursday
Feb162012

Lillian's Business Card // Share the DIY Love

 

Meet Lillian! She authors the blog Unstiched, where she writes about all the things that unstitch her! Check out her amazing travels, well-curated columns on travel, interiors, and creative date ideas, just to name a few. We met via BlogShop last summer and have been blogging friends ever since. I was lucky enough to hang out with her lots at Alt, and she's even planning a trip back to Portland soon! 
Today, she's here to share the most clever business card idea! 


What is one of your favorite DIY project that you've made and what inspired you to make it?
I made these bookmark business cards for Alt this year.  They were inspired by a bookmark I picked up at a castle in Prague, and I just thought - they were so easy to make and they look so interesting and unique!  Plus, all the attendees had such pretty cards, so I'm glad I stepped it up a notch.

Did you know right away that you wanted to use the wood tag? Who made the tags and were they expensive?
The wood tag was the perfect way to get my blog name and address on the bookmark in a tasteful way.  They're made by Etsy seller Roberto Sand, who is fantastic to work with and who prices his work really reasonably.

Did you love it on the first try? Or did it take a few attempts until you were happy with the result?
It is such an easy DIY, there wasn't much of a learning curve.  The biggest "trick" is to be sure to measure the string to the proper length of the book - you want to make sure that it's long enough (plus a little extra string for gluing) for the length of a typical book spine, but you also don't want it to be too long and dangle.  Once you have that measurement, it's pretty easy.


Are you still going to use this business card (if you have anymore!)? Or are they special to Alt?
I don't think I'll make any more business cards because I ran out of the vintage keys!  I still have extra wooden tags, so I'll have to think up another creative way to use them.  But I still want to make different versions of these bookmarks and maybe sell them...so stay tuned!

What were did people say when you handed them your cute card?
Everyone at Alt was so sweet - they all said such nice comments.  I think they were excited to receive a little goody bag.  And I'm glad that I gave them not only my card, but also something they could use!

Rate the difficulty level on a scale from one (total craft novice - super easy) to 5 (crafter extraordinaire required - very difficult)
One.  I'm not super crafty either, so this is perfect for anyone who's just starting out.  All it takes is glue, string, and some charms!

Is there anything else you would to share about DIY business cards?
There are so many creative business cards out there these days; I'd definitely recommend doing some research for some ideas.  It's so important to give out a thoughtful business card that people will want to keep; let them feel like it's a work of art!  And, by doing some sort of DIY with it, it really gives it a nice personal touch.

Click here for Lillian's full tutorial.
Thanks, Lillian, so much for stopping by today! 

 

Tuesday
Jan312012

Alt Summit // Business Cards

 

One of my favorite parts of Alt is trading business cards with so many talented, creative designers! 
I collected over 100 business cards, but these are some of my favorites! 

 

 

 

Click here for a look into my DIY business cards
Also, mine were featured on kirtsy! Check out their top Alt business card post!

 

Thursday
Jan192012

Alt Summit // Business Cards

 

I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah! As I flew in yesterday morning, my jaw dropped as I saw the beautiful mountains. They are so close to downtown, you feel like you can touch them! 
While I'm at Alt Summit, (meeting other bloggers, learning tons about this growing industry, and enjoying being treated amazingly well) I thought I'd share with you some of the projects that I've been working on the past couple of weeks. 
The genius minds of the Alt creators held online classes in preparation for Alt. One of the class that really opened my eyes was on business cards. It taught that this is the way to make a good first and lasting impression, that your business card should be co-hesive with your blog and they gave lots of tips on how to accomplish this. I knew that I needed to make my cards look more like my blog and really focus on branding myself. As a budding graphic artist, I also wanted to design and make everything myself as that says the most about me! 
I played around in photoshop with my header and found the circle with my new favorite font RawengulkSans! I like how the circle gently hints at "all encompasses" crafts and I love the simplicity of it. I wanted to make something with clean lines and not too much going on, because I knew I needed to sew fabric onto the card someway. 
1. I love the idea of having a unique shape for the card. The banner tag had me swooning. However, if I wanted to sew fabric onto the card, it seemed to be too much. The confetti behind the text also seemed to be over the top. I needed to edit. 
2. I paired down the design and then started to play around with materials/colors to print on. I tried vellums, chipboard, gray cardstock, etc. 
3. To pink or not to pink! I love playing around with pinking shears, but in the end I didn't feel that this design was as clean and simple as I wanted. 
The first fabric, I fell in love with. However, the scales was a bit bit and the colors didn't quite match what I wanted. I love the vintage feel of the two fabrics on the right, plus the scale of the print is perfect for this small card.
Final Product!
I made a little over 100 of these, it was a labor of love, but I'm really thrilled with the outcome. I've handed a few out and the question that everyone keeps asking is "Which company made these?" To be able to say "I did" is super special and everyone is so surprised! I love that it speaks directly to what I make and do. :) 
Before I go, here's a couple pics from my trip so far. Be sure to follow me on twitter, like my facebook page and/or follow me on instagram. I've been tweeting and posting pictures a lot! I'll continue to tweet about the seminars and everything that's happening at Alt! Next week, I'll also have multiple posts sharing this experience with you! :) 

*Notice my new glasses!
* The gift bag was a gift box! I couldn't be more thrilled that my cards were in some of these gems! (More on that later)
Happy Thursday!