Prior to the UK Blog Awards 2015 back in April(where I won Highly Commended Arts & Culture Blog – wooo!), I was contacted by the guys at Stress Free Print about getting some business cards printed. As sponsors of the awards, they handled everything printed from the programmes to certificates and the blogger business cards.
Looking at their website I discovered that they had 2 options for business cards – flat or folded. Usually the folded cards are used as appointment cards (think dentists, hairdressers etc) but as a creative I thought I could try to do something a bit different and fun. Being a Graphic Designer you’d think it would be easy for me to design my business cards but I’m so picky and indecisive – it was a nightmare!
The SFP process is really easy (some might even say stress free – haha!); you just design your artwork to the size guide that Stress Free Print provide, upload it to the website and choose from the options: colour/black & white, stock, finish (matt/gloss/lamination). The guys keep it simple, so if you want all the frills e.g. foiling or gilt edge then SFP isn’t for you, but if you have a great design then you don’t need to tart it up! A brilliant benefit to using SFP is that they offer an artwork check service so you’ll never waste your money printing a pixelated image or type that is too small to read.
I chose to have my social handles on the left hand side, with my name, intro and blog address on the right.
Using my blog branding I chose to use the monochrome letterpress pattern on the outside of the business card and a mint green on the inside. Once I had received my cards (which come with a little message to let you know who packed them – so cute, thanks Jaz!) I got crafty. By cutting a triangle on one end I created a triangle/banner style shape which allowed the colour to pop through the monochrome. I’ll admit that it’s pretty time consuming and I didn’t manage to cut all 500 cards yet but it’s the personal touch.
I received some great feedback on my cards at the UK Blog Awards and they were definitely unique and stood out against everyone else’s 2D versions!
I bumped into the guys from Stress Free Print on the night too, which was lovely and we geeked out about business cards and print-y things, obvs! Overall a great experience with SFP – thanks for my cards!
What do you think to my cards? What are your business cards like? Do you think that business cards are becoming obsolete now that everything is online? I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment 🙂
– The guys at Stress Free Print kindly gifted these business cards to me, but the design & opinions are 100% mine –