For my first go at handprinted bsiness cards I used the relief press method , using semi circles to print out my initials as a possible new way of branding, but I just found that I wasn’t over happy with the result, even when I tried an inverted version, it just doesn’t look interesting enough. I don’t think it helps that I haven’t done it before, perhaps if I had done it before I would have some more skilled professional looking prints to cut down to business cards.
So instead I have gone tried mono screen printing as I’ve been working with it a lot in my FMP, so If I have it put up in my degree shows potential clients will see a clear link between it and my work.
here is how they turned out:
As you can see I decided to laser print the back fo my card with some basic information to contact me . I also included printmaker and animator on my card as I regard myself as skilled in those things and I think it would be worth putting on to remind potential clients that I’m not just limited to simple illustration.
I’m really happy with how they turned out, but I think there is quite a few changes I will make before I commit myself to a final design. For example I think the background shade is way too dark and I need my colours to stand out if I want to be remembered and have a positive impact. I also think all the text needs to be centre aligned as currently it looks a little scruffy. In addition to this I will need to use some thicker card rather than just a heavy paper weight, as thin paper make sit look very cheap and amateur. It’s also a shame that you can only print with the inks once to get the same effect, as when I tried printing the second time I only got these prints beneath which don’t look great overall.
I’m very happy with these as prototype however and just need to make some final adjustments before creating the final set.