by Patricia C Vener.
This is the second or third generation of business cards. I originally had both my jewelry and paintings on the same card, but that left little room for information. I now have two cards; one for fine art and illustration (2D) and this one for my beadwork and related services.
I do all my own graphics using PhotoImpact version 8, (Yes, I know they are up to version 12 but I like 8!), and I print as needed using my Epson C88+. This printer uses a very fine ink that sits on the paper rather than bleeding in as a dye. The results are extraordinary.
I also have a brochure and bookmarks and small signs.
The background behind the white background is the same graphic as I use on my website and it is something I created with PI 8 several years ago. In this way I tie everything together.
This card works in that it has both an example of my work as well as space to list some of my services. It is as colorful as my work and as unique. The only weak area is the calligraphic font which, while it does work fine on the card, is somehow less than perfectly readable when viewed on a monitor. I think it is balanced visually but different artists will want a different look.
So far I’ve been using Avery business card stock with a glossy finish. But I’ve recently learned of a local desktop publishing materials resource and I will be looking at their two sided cards as well as their glossy stock.
Business card from Patricia Vener of
Beautiful, Professional Looking Business Card
Your business card is lovely, Patricia!
The use of color is great, and you’ve fit in a lot of useful information without looking crowded or disorganized.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cards, and the specifications of everything you use to create them!
missing a few info
would be nice to see how much it cost per 100 cards + how long it takes to print + cost of cartridges.
Basically a comparative between home printing and outsourcing.
Thanks for the info anyway
reply to comparative prices comment
That is a good point and I have to admit that I have no idea how much is the cost per card. I don’t generally print out more than 30 at a time and it doesn’t seem to use up enough of the inks to allow any kind of rational estimate. Conventiional wisdom says that you save money by having cards printed outside. But then you need to get many more than I need at a time all at once. But for me, the flexibility of printing out my own cards outweighs possible cost savings and I don’t generally simply believe conventional; wisdom just because its always been an axiom.
by: Cindy of CCCreates.com
At first I thought it might be a little busy, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. It’s always hard to put enough information on a a card AND a picture. You want enough of a picture so there is some detail to it in order to have an idea of what you do. I do wire wrap and I’m always afraid the picture won’t be large enough to see what it is, or exactly what I do. The different fonts help to make each part stand out. I like it.
An Idea for Cindy?
Rena and Cindy, thank you. Cindy, how about if you focused on a particularly intricate bit of wrapping?
Hi! Your card looks great! I’ve been using vistaprint.com to get my cards made up. They are always running sales. All you have to do is download your own artwork. They’ll print it exactly as downloaded. They do brochures, etc. too.
by: Patricia C Vener
Karen, I’ve heard both good and bad things about vistaprint. In any case, I like doing my own desktop publishing. That way I don’t end up with more of anything than I need or want at any given time and I can play around with changes as often as I like without worrying about wasting trees.