Just dropping in very quickly this morning to show you a few pictures of these little beauties:
What is that heavenly thing of wonder? I hear you ask. Is it the latest exhibit at the Tate? Is it the winner of the Turner prize? Is it a new work by Hockney?
Prepare to be amazed, dear readers. It’s none other than my brand new business card. (Oh. You already saw that from the post title, did you?)
As I was going to the Pinterest party last night, I thought it might be a good idea to have some cards I could hand out to other bloggers.
I’d love to claim any sort of contribution to the beauty of this end result, but sadly (or, perhaps, fortunately) I had no hand in it.
The wonderfully talented Paola Zakimi, who made the amazing wolf girl on my banner, also created this great logo for me. (If you haven’t already, do take a look at Paola’s Etsy shop Holli, she has some gorgeous illustrations for sale.)
And my sister (the same one whose wedding invitations I showed you before) had a Letterpress plate made up with the design and printed them out for me. (She also takes commissions, so if you want some nice cards yourself, just get in touch and I’ll put you in contact.)
You can just see the indentations of the press if you look closely…
Since they didn’t have contact details on, I bought myself a little Dormy printing kit, which had great reviews on Amazon. I thought I could easily print all my contact info onto the back of the cards.
I set up two different options for printing; one with just the website, one with more contact info.
Then I tried and tried over and over to get a good result with the stamp. Hmmmm. Not so much.
The larger plate with all the info was a complete disaster. But I managed to get a (just about) acceptable result with the website address alone.
After all that practicing, the ink didn’t dry in time for me to take them with me, so I ended up only taking the plain cards. (In fact, it’s still not dry this morning…)
But, if it ever sets, the idea is I’ll have a card with a gorgeous front and an informative back. Like this:
And how many of these beauteous items did I give out all night?
Still, a business card is a step closer to a fully fledged business, isn’t it?
- My lovely new header: a little more about the artist who designed the logo
- Another, equally messy stamping attempt occurred when I made my own gift tags
- Somehow missed the endless chat about my fabric business ideas? See how it all began
- Naturally, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to Letterpress bits and bobs: Letterpress inspiration
5 thoughts on “Beautiful letterpress business cards”
So beautiful, I would be too choosy about who to give them to!
I had a stamp made up with my details on in old type font to stamp on the back of my cards and also on my gift bags. Search on Notonthehighstreet. Came in 2 days. Nice deep rubber. I found the kits similar to your’s too hit and miss to use on something precious.
Oooh, that’s a good tip.
I think what I’ll probably do is ask my sister to make up a second plate with all the contact details on as well, so the whole thing can be letterpressed. But, that’s something for the second batch — with my current rate of handing them out, it might be a while before that time comes!
Gorgeous! Clever sisters are worth keeping.
They are gorgeous! I’ll take some off your hands, although I don’t think that is really the point is it.
Where did you get the paper?! Looks yummy.