You may be wondering why I have designing business cards as a subtitle under Blogging 101. Let me explain my thought process here. As you blog longer and longer, you may find yourself attending blogging conferences, going to meet and greets with other bloggers, or just wanting to have your blog information and social media contact info readily available. Perhaps you have an Etsy shop and you want to include a business card with every order. I recently ordered some cards form my blog designer but soon after was playing around and taught myself how to design them myself.
As you can tell from my blog design, I go for the minimalistic look. I like my blog to be easy on the eyes and let my photos and graphics take the lead. My favorite font is used in my header and in order to have a cohesive look and keep with the branding I am striving for, I try to use that same font in all of my graphics. I wanted my business card to reflect my blog and go with the flow of my brand. There are so many cute business cards out there; believe me, I came across so many wonderful designs. I wanted something that reflected the look of my blog, hence me designing my own.
Remember my post on fonts and Pic Monkey? Pic Monkey saves the day for me again. I am no pro, but I have found it to meet all of my design and photo editing needs. I recently upgraded to Pic Monkey’s Royale version but everything you need to make the cards is in the free version. Let me show you how I use it to design business cards.
Start by going to Pic Monkey’s website. Choose the “Design” option and “Custom” size.
I use VistaPrint to order my business cards. Their cards are 1085 x 635 pixels so you will want to enter those dimensions to create your card.
For this sample card, I opted to have a black background. In Pic Monkey you are able to change the canvas color to any color of your choice. This option is under the Basic Edits section.
Next, I decided to add a white circle in which all of my blog information will go. Click on the Butterfly icon and choose Geometric Shapes to find the circle. Just as you were able to change the color of your canvas, you can make your shapes any color you choose. You can also adjust the size of your shapes as well.
Now it’s time to add the information you want to place on your card. Using my own fonts that were previously installed on my computer, I entered my information. You can adjust the size, color, and placement of your information.
After you have entered your information, it is time to save your card.
You may opt to have information on both sides of your business cards. If you choose to have a back side, go ahead and repeat the above steps to create the back.
Now that your card is done, it’s time to head to Vistaprint.
Choose “Business Cards” and “”Upload Your Own Design”.
Be sure your design fits within the dotted lines.
If you are pleased with the placement and fit, click on “Next”.
If you chose to have a back side, upload the back of your card following the same steps listed above.
After your card is uploaded, be sure to proofread and review your card.
Now it’s time to order the amount of cards you would like.
You will also get to choose the card stock used for your cards.
Complete your order and enter all of your payment information and you are good to go. Wait a week or so (sooner if you feel like paying more) and your cards will arrive on your doorstep. In full disclosure, adding a backside and color does increase the cost of your cards. The choice is up to you.
I love the freedom of being able to design cards and stationary (they do that too!) on my own. Keeping your brand as cohesive as you can helps people recognize you and your blog.
Have you ever designed your own cards or stationary before? Any tips or suggestions you’d like to add?