First, I have to tell you this wasn't my idea. I spotted it on Pinterest HERE. I thought it was so fun that I had to make a version of my own!
I have every type of paper and envelope imaginable, so I tried 2 different transparent coin envelopes: one vellum and one glassine. The vellum was MUCH easier to stamp on, as glassine tends to not like ink. (The stamp slid around a bit on the waxy surface and it was hard to get a super clear impression.) For confetti, I punched one-inch coral and glittery gold circles as well as black quarter-inch hearts. It's a party and business card in one!
Today's color inspiration comes in the form of our DIY stamped business cards. With our simple, streamlined custom stamp, you can use almost any type of pretty paper imaginable: your own watercolor art, marbled paper, linen paper, metallic paper, patterned paper, vintage paper, and even SCRAP paper. The possibilities are endless, and it's a great way to breathe personality and style into a small creative business! The best part is, you can make them on demand for the price of a stamp, ink, and paper.
Our custom stamps are available now through May 6th in limited quantities.Head on over to our Etsy Pop-Up Shop to get your hands on one. If you follow us on Facebook, you'll be privy to discount codes and an awesome giveaway we're planning at this very moment.
Have you guessed the theme of our next Pop-Up Shop???
If you follow us on Facebook, you might have figured it out :: DIY Hand-Stamped Business Cards! But not just any ol' business cards...WATERCOLOR and WOOD business cards.
We're teaming up with Keeper Goods to offer beautiful walnut and maple business cards cut to order. That means you get to choose your corners: straight, rounded, or inverse rounded. Plus, they'll be sold in packs of 20 so you won't have to spend a fortune trying to reach a minimum.
For stamps, we'll offer 2 pre-made designs in which "hello" and "HELLO THERE" can be personalized. (The contact info will obviously change as well, and be limited to 25 characters per line. All fonts will remain as pictured.) These custom clear stamps will measure 3" x 2" and start around $40. For a business stamp with your logo on it, the price will start around $45.
I am SOOO EXCITED that these hand-stamped watercolor business cards turned out JUST as amazing as I imagined!!!
Late last year, I had been toying with the idea of blind letterpress printing a shape, letter, or logo, then filling it with watercolor by hand. Instead of "paint by numbers" it would be "paint by letterpress." So cool! But the question I kept asking myself was, "Am I really ready to throw down a few hundred bucks to try it out?" Not really. Plus, the concept wouldn't be conducive to personalization at a decent price or small batch production. Soooo, my next idea was to use a custom stampover watercolor; however, I wasn't sure if the ink would bleed onto the soft paper. Furthermore, I would need to make a stamp that would not only be legible over a bright splash of color, but also complement the overall design.
Well, I tried it out. And the results are G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Here's how I made them:
After trimming down my watercolor paper, I painted a unique watercolor on each 4" x 2" card. (It's a half inch wider than your standard business card.) After waiting a few minutes for the paint to dry, I carefully stamped my design over it using black pigment ink. (Pigment ink takes longer to dry, but it acts more like paint and shows up beautifully over the watercolor.)
All in, it took me about 15 minutes to make 3 cards. If you're making a face at your screen right now, think about it this way :: how SPECIAL will your client feel when you give this to them? Plus, watercolor is so cathartic it's like free therapy. Or, at least a break from regular work!
I love the contrast between the colorful, playful watercolor and the sleek modern type.
BTW // Pretty Peas Paperie is the little sister to Akula Kreative. There's a lot of overlap between the two, but the main difference is that Pretty Peas focuses on paper for individuals and families while Akula Kreative focuses on paper for businesses.
Watercolor set (Purchase HERE for international orders and to donate to B&L or HERE)
A watercolor brush
When choosing watercolor paper, I buy whatever 300gsm cold press paper is on sale. Since I'm not a professional artist, I can't really tell the difference. This week I "splurged" on the higher quality paper because it was Buy One Get One Free. :) Up until two years ago, I had been using a Crayola Basics watercolor set - the kind you can buy at the grocery store. I've since upgraded to the $5-10 "starter set." In my opinion, I don't think you need expensive paint for a project like this.
HERE is where you spend your money: nice brushes. Better quality brushes keep their shape, hold water, and don't leave little hairs behind in your paintings. One time, I purchased a set of brushes simply because they had white handles and I thought they were pretty. As it turns out, they basically repel water and don't work at all. Aaron Brothers is a great place to buy art supplies when you bring a coupon.
Business Card // Letterpress in Pantone 4625 U // Brown Chipboard Paper (22pt.) // Custom Die Cut
Hot off the press this week ::
Here is a letterpress business card we designed for Annie Alessio, who has just branched out on her own as a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator here in Del Mar. Inspiration for this equestrian-themed card comes from Annie's love of animals and down-to-earth personality. The card not only commemorates her late horse "Chip," but also nods to Del Mar's favorite past-time: horse racing.
We love these inverse rounded corners...it gives the card that extra bit of personality but stays true to Annie's simple, straightforward tastes.
After over 3 years, we finally gave our business cards an upgrade!
Our new cards have been letterpressed in two Pantones on 118# cover (Savoy in Brilliant White). The cotton has such a wonderful feel to it...and this card in particular has been given some extra zing with a light dusting of metallic powder.
If you're curious about letterpress (and printing in general), here are a few facts:
The most popular "printing" techniques for business collateral are digital and off-set, followed by foil-stamping and letterpress, followed by screen printing, laser-cutting and metalpress. (Laser-cutting isn't exactly a printing technique...but it gets the same job done.)
How much do they all cost? Well, that's a complicated question. Print pricing is VERY specific to each and every project; it depends on a number of factors, including (but not limited to): the quantity you need, how quickly you need them, what kind of colors you're using, how important color is to your brand, what kind of paper you want to use, etc.
Here's a BASIC breakdown:
Digital // Great for low quantities, quick turnaround, and full-color layouts
Off-Set 4-Color-Process // Minimum usually starts at 250 or 500 pieces, relatively quick turnaround, full-color layouts, and great image quality
Off-Set with Pantone(s) // Minimum usually starts at 250 or 500 pieces, relatively quick turnaround, great if you need a specific color
Off-Set with 4-Color-Process and Pantone(s) // This works well if, for example, you need to print both a color photo and a logo that needs to be a very specific shade of navy blue. Of course, each time you add a Pantone color, the price goes up.
[ Hot ] Foil-Stamping // If you're looking to print in neon or metallic, OR apply a "light ink" on dark paper, this is probably the answer. Minimum is roughly the same as off-set. And, you guessed it: each time you add a color, the price goes up. A custom die must be made for each color you use. Basically, what happens is a machine stamps a thin sheet of heated foil into the paper. So, instead of ink being applied, a layer of foil is essentially "cut" and bonded to the paper.
Letterpress // Letterpress has a turnaround more like foil-stamping because custom plates have to be made for not only each color you use, but also for different types of graphics. It's great if you want something a little more tactile, vintage/classic, or upscale, but if you need something printed in full-color this won't work.
Keep in mind: You can always combine several techniques!
Here's a quick video about letterpress using the same machine our printer uses: