Thursday, October 4, 2012

Designing the RNEST Business Card

I am in charge of designing a business card for RNEST.   We wanted to have a card so we could give it to prospective members (ie: if you have an Etsy shop and live in/around Rochester, NY).  I know when I have tried to recruit people to join RNEST at a craft show, I am always at a loss for how to tell them how they can join, since I can never correctly remember the Ning's URL.  And I usually just end up telling people to Google "RNEST" or "Rochester NY Etsy Street Team" and they'll find us.

I wanted to do something eye-catching for the business card...not just slapping the logo onto a white background (booooring!).  If I did that, the card is doomed to be lost in the sea of business cards people pick up at a craft show. I was drawing an absolute blank on what to do, but then had a brilliant idea in the shower yesterday (all good ideas come in the shower!).  My idea was to use my scanner and arrange various crafty items onto it in order to make a background.  Soooo...I spent half my evening tonight meticulously arranging and rearranging (and rearranging, and rearranging!) spools of thread, scissors, balls of yarn, buttons, bottles of beads, and various other tools and items onto my scanner bed...until I finally came up with this...

I tried to get as many items as I could to reflect the diversity of the RNEST members' various crafts.  Some of us sew (like myself), some of us knit/crochet, some of us work with paper, some of us make jewelry, some of us paint, and some use/make rubber stamps.

After I got the image I wanted, I then turned it into this...

This will be the front of the card.  All the RNEST info, like links to the blog and the Ning, will be on the back side.  I'm getting positive feedback about the design via my Facebook page already.  We'll probably officially talk about the design and where to print the cards on Monday at the monthly RNEST meeting.

6 comments:

The Quilted House said...

It's just awesome!! You're incredibly clever!

The Quilted House said...

Kira, what would you think of using this for the blog header as well?

Kira said...

I love the idea as using some incarnation of this for the blog header! We can change it once I've got the design finalized.

Waseem said...

like the idea and all the info..i wish to use these in plastic business cards as i need it.

Sweet Fairy said...

Superb idea. I was in search of plastic business cards most popular design. But now i will design it myself.

Zmalik said...

Your approach towards designing inspires me a lot and generates new ideas in my mind which i apply during designing plastic business cards
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