The most obvious way to print business cards, would be the website I have looked at before: ‘Moo cards’. However as my work is taking a direction towards printmaking and I’m starting to consider if my own work could include something like this instead, instead of generic cards printed elsewhere. I think using my printmaking skills could also showcase my skills much better. I have had a brief look on pinterest for some other creating handmade business cards:
I think the edges of these are hand painted which is a really nice touch, and something I had not even considered! It must have to be a really heavy paper stock though for it to have a good effect, which could be quite costly.
“These are some shots of the business cards that I’ve been screen printing at home recently. One is a simple double sided, square business card while the other is a folding card with a few greetings and details on. I’ve already handed quite a few out, I’m hoping they generate some work to justify the hours I’ve spent hunched over a desk printing them and cutting them out with a scalpel.”
I really like these screen printed cards, especially with these as he has the colour layering, which shows a good knowledge of colours in screen printing as well as looking really nice.
The only other concern I have about printing my ow business cards is how I can print the text on the back, as if I screenprint them if there is a slight error with the ink it couldn’t make the writing unreadable. But, a customer stamp could be a really good solution to this problem! This one is on etsy for £33.50, which is quite pricy, especially if i need to change the details. So I might need to find a cheaper alternative.
This was another design found on pinterest, I love that all of these cards seem to be so different, no each one is the same , which is kind of like giving out a piece of you r wok each time, which I feel would be more memorable. An interesting shape is something to consider, it’s not often people use different shapes than the tradtional rectangle.
These cards have a really similar aesthetic and when I looked into the source on pinterest found out they were actually made by a photographer who hand crafted each and every one! These seems a little laborious to me as I do want to make enough to give out a lot to potential clients, and don’t want to feel as though I have to hold back giving out a lot.
In conclusion I definitely want to use some sort of hand-printing method to showcase my skills, and I also like the fact that it makes them semi precious. I could be able to get round problematic issues by making a huge print which I cut down (like the art place blog cards). I could also avoid the text being obscured by laser printing on the back of the print the back of the page. Overall I think I’m much more drawn to these examples of hand printed cards than standard printed ones.