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. 😉