Sunday, October 23, 2011

DIY Biz Card

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend my very first blogger conference and it was a-mazing! I'm gonna devote a whole separate post about that event later this week because it deserves a serious shout out.

One of the things I learned prior to going to the conference was that I needed to be armed with a ton of business cards to share with all of the fabulous bloggers that I'd meet. Unfortunately the cards I owned only listed my website that is in desperate need of a makeover. So, the day before the conference, I decided to make my own business cards that listed my blog and Etsy store info. I knew this was a little risky given the fact that I'd never done it before, but I'm still in a "nothing ventured nothing gained" kind of mindset. So here's what I made...

I'd love to take full credit for this design, but it was actually inspired by this gorgeous card that I saw on Flickr.

I had to get feedback from my toughest critic (my 5 year old son), who quickly bashed the entire design. Here's how his critique went:
"Um Mom, why is the bunny on the front? Shouldn't it be the hat instead? If you keep it like that people will think your company is called 'Hare & Hatter'. I think you're confused."

Ouch! I tried to sell the design to my kid another way by pointing out how artistic it is to see the hat within the outline of the hare once you open the card. His response: "Yep, you're confused".

I'm not embarrassed to tell you that I actually spent an hour redesigning the card based on the input of a 5 year old. Seriously. However, at a certain point I realized that I didn't have that kind of time and went back to the original (some would say 'confusing') design.

I spent the rest of the night cutting out the silhouette of the hare by hand, but it was so worth it!


Andrea said...

The time you took was definitely worth it. They turned out favorite business card from Bloggy Boot Camp!

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Andrea - Thanks so much for the compliment...I needed that today!!

Allison said...

I loved it! I've showed your card to several people this week. I really enjoyed meeting you and talking to you! I hope you have a fantastic week!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

I am TOTALLY bummed that I did not get to meet you or get one of your cards.. I love them! :)

Maddie, who was also at Bloggy Bootcamp!

fairyrocks said...

Well done, or redone as the case may be. Classy clean and eyecatching, perfect!!
Keep smiling and creating

Maureen said...

Oh my goodness! These are fantastic!
I would love for you to link up your fabulous project on my Fresh Link Party!

WhyCuzICan said...

Really cute cards-- and yes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Read my user name/blog name and you'll see I'm in the same mind frame. :D

Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy today,
Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Allison - It was awesome meeting you as well...let's definitely keep in touch!

Maddie - Sorry I missed you! There were so many amazing people there - just not enough time to meet everyone :( I absolutely love the name of your blog...I'm heading over there right now!

Fairyrocks, Maureen and Suzanne - thanks for the kind words...I'm humbled!

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