I was talking to some customers the other day at a market stall and realised that I didn’t have any business cards to hand out. It is one of the most obvious things to have on hand to give people more information and direct them to my website and shop.
I wanted to have some cards to hand out the next day at the shop so I didn’t want to go through a company that could take a couple of weeks to get them. I also wanted to add my sketches to the front and have a range of different designs. The only company I am aware of that allowed different designs on a batch of cards is moo and they would have taken a couple of weeks minimum to get here. So I designed and printed my own.
I have Photoshop elements and some pretty basic skills so there are probably far easier ways to do this but this is what I did:
- First I worked out the size of a business card, roughly xxx and worked out how many of these would fit on an A4 piece of paper. In my case it was about 12 at 85mm x 49mm;
- I then set up a blank canvas in Photoshop elements at A4 size (21 x 29.7cm or 8.27 x 11.69 inches)
- I divided the canvas up into 12 small rectangles similar to this method;
- I then dragged and dropped different jpeg’s images of my sketches into the rectangles. I had seven different sketches on hand so I ended up with seven different designs on my cards;
- Once I had filled the canvas I saved it and had 10 copies printed at office works.
- I then cut them out with a paper slicer and hand wrote all my business details onto the front and back.
I am happy with how these cards turned out, I love having a range of different designs on them and the hand lettering. They also worked out to be about 10 cents each, so a lot cheaper than I could find anywhere else and great to hand out to customers.