Making Connections: Blog Business Cards

Final Design (larger)

Often when I am out and about sketching I run into people who are curious and would like to know more. I give them my URL, but of course they soon forget. So, I decided to make up a “business” card that I could give out. It has proven very useful, both for random encounters and to give to fellow SketchCrawlers.

This turned out to be a really fun project. I ordered the cards online (from Overnight Prints, although there are many companies that do this). They provide a template file (.pst) that can be manipulated in Photoshop Elements. I spent about two hours designing the front of the card, and about a week agonizing over the exact right color of blue for the back!

There are many production options for the cards themselves. I choose heavy card stock with a glossy finish on the front which looks great. On the back is a matte finish: perfect for writing notes.

10 Responses to “Making Connections: Blog Business Cards”

  1. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. Jana Bouc Says:

    I love your card! It’s beautiful and a perfect companion to your website. Having an art card is great. I always carry some with me too.

  3. jeanette Says:

    I love this card!! So many of my friends asked about the Longears saga (they’ver read the books I made from previous seasons, before I went online with Flickr) that I did a card of my own on my Macintosh using the mac software with my Flickr address on it, and of course my nom de Flickr, Mistress of Longears. Must say it’s tedious cutting them up after printing, so maybe the next batch will be by overnite prints.

  4. Caroline Potato Says:

    Hi Martha,

    You left a kind comment on my blog several weeks back. Thank you so much.

    This is my first visit to your space. I really love your style. It shows great powers of observation. The idea of a card appeals to me. When I tell people that I have a drawing blog, their eyes glaze over.

    I want to come back and read/see more. I’m too tired tonight.

    Anyway, I’m adding you to my Blogborhood listings. I hope you had a good trip wherever you went.

  5. Jane LaFazio Says:

    Lovely card. I too, used overnight prints and was happy with them. Though I rushed on my card and just made it with my logo in black and white! Nice touch, making the back of your’s a color. Oh well, when I’ve used up my 1,000 cards, I’ll make a fancier card!
    Bon Voyage!

  6. Jenny Says:

    Nice card! Unique! The finish on the front makes the colors snap.

  7. Mariana Says:

    I love the card! It really reflects your work and its lovely.

  8. beegirl0211 Says:

    Love your card! I’ve had really good luck with Overnight Prints. Looks like they did a great job with your print!

  9. Ronell Says:

    A beautiful card…it speaks of you.

  10. Pat Martin Says:

    Your card is very appealing. I could see the sketch as part of a logo for a cafe, coffee shop or fancy food purveyor.

    Your sketchblog entries are always delightful.


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