After I returned from SXSW, I had a bunch of requests asking how I created my business cards. I am but a mouthpiece, so I will tell you; also because it is no great mystery anyway. Since I only needed a small print run to dole out to friends and potential bill-payers, I decided to get away from the computer and do something a bit more fun (albeit time intensive compared to sending something off to the printer).
This all started back when I was designing our wedding stuff. We had ordered an ordinary self-inking stamp to put our return address on invitations. I set our address in the font Mrs. Eaves, and was so impressed with the quality of the stamps that I immediately started thinking about what else I could do with them. Mornings are when I do my best thinking: I often come up with (what seem like) good ideas as I zone out in the shower or while walking in to the office. So, the idea to do the business cards came to me when I thought of a good way to reduce my logotype to one color. The rest just sorta fell into place: silkscreen large fields of color (with the help of The Sutter) on 20” x 30” sheets of hot press illustration board, cut sheets down to as many 3.5” x 2” pieces as you can (I got around 70 nice ones from 2 sheets), shape each corner using an affordable hand corner rounder (by the time you get to corner #280, your hand hurts), and finally, stamp.
I was very pleased with the results, I think they came out professional and unique (every card was a one-of-a-kind). It was fun watching it dawn on people and seeing them stroke the card to feel the texture. Here’s a shot of the materials and some sample cards. Go forth and promote thyself.