How to make creative business cards: My Process
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I went to a conference this last weekend. It had great classes, fun activities and … and business card competition! When SNAP announced it’s creatvie business cards competition I confess I was excited. I had been kicking around a couple of ideas for a different way to present my card. After bouncing a few ideas off my husband, he suggested that maybe I include a pattern with my card – since that’s a big part of my blog. From that suggestion I spring-boarded onto this idea – why not just have it all ready to go? The only trouble was finding a place that printed on fleece.
The majority of “print on demand” fabric places only printed on cotton – not really what “Fleece Fun” is about. Then I found these guys – Fabric on Demand and they print on fleece! Being able to print to scale was crucial for my card. I briefly talked with them to make sure I could get it to scale and asked for tips on minimum font size etc. Then it was time to design.
Once I knew I could have it printed and the parameters I needed to follow it was time to design. Since I didn’t want to start from square one I took one of my old no-sew patterns and began to tweak it. I made the pattern smaller and then simplified the design. Since I didn’t want to add ribbon to each package, I changed the design to only need a strip of fleece to bring it all together. Once I had that figured out I printed it up on paper and cut out samples to make sure that it looked good and would work. Realizing there would be unused “white space” I put my logo in there figuring I might be able to use it later. Then I crossed my fingers and sent Fabric on Demand my design. Ordering 3 yards of fabric!
After waiting for a couple of week I got my fabric. Now I just had to cut it up. Cut them out with my rotary cutter and mat, then scissors for the rest. It took a while. Then I had put mini scissors (found them on Ebay) and a clip ( Hobby Lobby) in each one and fold it. That took several nights of watching TV and folding up cards.
The last thing I did make video showing how to put the flower together.
I handed out my cards at the conference. Everyone I handed them to was surprised to find them covered in fleece! Some friends told me that they heard other people talking about my card – eek! At the end of the conference they announced the winners and…… I didn’t even place. But the fact that my card was memorable, was true to my brand, and clever made it a winner. When people go through their pile of cards mine will stick out. 😉
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LOL – thanks Pat! That made my day!
the flower is really cute & the whole idea very creative. do you have a pattern for the “envelope” part? or just the dimensions would do. thanks
I currently don’t have a pattern for the envelope. It was 7″ wide and at the highest point 7 inches tall. Honestly what I did was play around with a piece of fleece until I liked the end result and then used that as a springboard for the final design.
Angel, thanks for the quick answer. My main craft thing is jewelry but I love your patterns for my grandkiddos. I think your little fleece enclosure would be great to package jewelry in.
I think it’s perfect!
WOW Those would make me excited about your business too! Great job!
I’m finally going through my cards from SNAP! Yours was definitely memorable. So nice meeting you there!