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Visit Ruby Doo Dah for handmade cards – now in the Customer Gallery

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This personalised stamp by Firefly Stamps is on its way to Amanda of Ruby Doo Dah.

Ruby Doo Dah the place to visit for handcrafted greeting cards.

Find a link for Ruby Doo Dah now listed in the Customer Gallery.

Special delivery stamp – would you like one personalised?

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There are so many ways you can use this stamp:

– stamp envelopes and packaging

– create tags

– make your own Christmas gift or greeting cards

– stamp your own wrapping paper

– use for scrapbooking or photo album embellishment

We can personalise these stamps too!  We’ll remove North Pole and 25 December and replace them with your name or business name eg. From Sarah & Patrick, From the Smiths, From Grandma & Grandpa or Firefly Stamps.

Personalised version of this stamp 5 x 7.5cm timber handle  – $27.95 plus $6.90 trackable postage within AUS

Stamp as is (Special delivery,North Pole, 25 December) 5 x 7.5 cm – $12.00 plus $6.90 trackable postage within AUS

If you’re interested send us an email to fireflystamps@gmail.com or visit our online stores madeit.com.au/fireflystamps or craftumi.com.au/fireflystamps

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

 

Add character to your hand stamped business cards – add a 3d element!

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Used effectively your business cards can provide a little advertisement for the style and character of your business and products.  Here are some easy ideas for adding 3 dimensional embellishments to your cards.  An interesting business card will hopefully lead to your card being kept within view or passed on to the recipient’s family, friends or colleagues.

Try adding a charm

Glue on a charm – there are so many options available these days through beading/jewellery supply shops and paper crafting stores.  Choose something that is relevant to your brand’s colour scheme, your products or logo.  Play

Insert a brad. You’ll find many shapes and colours available from scrapbooking and paper craft supplies stores.

with the location on the card to find where it fits and looks the best. A custom business card stamp can be created to fit your embellishment by having the text left or right justified, with space in the centre of the card etc.

 Insert a brad – brads are miniature versions of split pins. You can get them in many colours, and with a variety of

decorative ends.  Use a sharp object like a pin or needle to create a pilot hole before inserting the brad, this will help reduce damage to the surrounding card as you push the brad through.

Try adding a strip of paper, or using a paper punch.

Add a strip of paper – these could be cut freehand with scissors to create an uneven effect  or guillotined for a perfectly even stripe, or even ripped to create a rough natural look, as in my example.  I’ve used brown kraft paper, but coloured or patterned paper could look very effective.

Use a paper punch – then tie on a pretty piece of twine, ribbon or lace.  Go one step further and attach a little charm or bright coloured bead to your twine.  In this example I just used my single hole punch, but there are so many

Give a button a go.

fantastic punch shapes you could incorporate into your business card design.

Attach a punched shape with a self adhesive pearl in the centre.

This time using the punch in reverse, punch shapes from a contrasting colour card or paper to your business card and glue them onto the business card.  You can always embellish further with a contrasting self adhesive or glue on pearl or rhinestone.

Buttons can provide an interesting decorative element to your business card and can be a cost effective option.

Hopefully my examples will give you a few ideas and get you thinking about quick and easy ways to create a mini advertisement for your business and products.  It’s worth spending time playing with colours, textures, patterns and layout before deciding on your final design.  Ask others for their advice about which design works best.  You could even put a few options together and ask your facebook or blog contacts for feedback or to vote  for which option they consider to be the most effective business card.

Look out for my next post when I’ll be reviewing a book with some packaging and wrapping inspiration.  Mmmm might just about be time to start considering Christmas packaging!

Cheers,

Crafty Firefly

Quick fix for markets!

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Thanks to everyone who came to visit my market stall on Saturday.  I will be in touch with proofs for those people who placed orders very shortly, and will get your orders out as quickly as I can.

We also sold $84 worth of Madagascar charity cards (also available in my madeit store) and I will be depositing these funds into the fundraising account in the next couple of days.  Thanks to all those people who chose to purchase a ‘Salama’ Greetings for Madagascar card.   All proceeds from the sale of these cards go to Azafady, all materials and photographs have been donated by Artist Jacqui Malins and all madeit listing fees have been covered by Firefly Stamps.  $7 gets you an amazing greeting card with a high quality photograph of the people and environment of Madagascar and includes postage to you within Australia.  These cards will only be available for a short time, so if you are interested please hurry to purchase yours!

I thought I’d share some of my quick tips for market stall preparation with you today including my business cards.  I put these together in a bit of a rush.  I have grand plans for very creative business cards, but I have been finding it hard to get the time to create them, so with limited time to prepare for the market stall I decided to create some with a combination of printing and hand stamping.  I simply used a snapshot of my store banner to create the background for the cards which I printed on to ink jet/laser printer business cards and then hand stamped my business details over the top.

I also ran out of time to order my brown paper bags for placing customer purchases in.  So, my solution on Friday was to duck into the supermarket to grab some brown paper “lunch” bags.  I used a decorative edge punch to give the bags a bit of embellishment and stamped each one with one of my stamps.    These will look a lot better when I use proper packaging bags, but for a quick, short term fix, they did the job!

Here you can see my market stall setup.  I was quite happy, over all, with the look of the stall as I only decided to go ahead with the market a couple of weeks before it was scheduled.  I decided simple was the way to go, but having said that it was still a lot of work to get it all organised in time. It was an interesting challenge coming up with a way to market my predominantly custom order based business effectively in a market stall situation.  If anyone else is in a similar situation and has has suggestions for how this can be done effectively I’d love to hear your ideas.  Please leave me a comment below.

Next week I’ll be back with a follow-on from my previous business card post, ways to further enhance your business cards using a variety of embellishments.  See you then.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

Create your own business cards with character – they’re cost effective too!

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How effective do these business cards look???

A couple of months ago I was approached to make a business card stamp.  I was really impressed by the end result of the stamp in combination with the unique approach to designing the cards taken by the customer.   Jacqui is a Canberra based artist who creates sculptural ceramics and large drawings using pastels and charcoals. She wanted to create a business card for an upcoming exhibition and workshops which had character and also reflected something about her art.  This is what Jacqui says about creating her business cards:

Materials used to make Jacqui’s business cards

“With my Firefly stamp, I was able to create business cards that look handmade and individual, but still professional.  I used sheets of business cards that you can buy for laser printers.  My recent exhibition was of pastel drawings, so I used pastels in some of the colours prominent in the show to draw lines down the left hand side of the cards by hand (while they were still joined together), then stamped them with my name and contact details, and sprayed them with fixative to preserve the pastel.  I used different colour combinations on different sheets, and then

A very simple business card using red ink on a white pre-purchased laser/inkjet printer business card, given a decorative edge with a craft edging punch. In this instance I have used red ink so that it shows clearly in the photograph, but many lovely in pad colours are available through craft supply stores

mixed them up so each new card off the pile would look different.  I can use the same approach to make other

unique stationery quickly and easily, including letterhead and envelopes.”

Including a business card or two when you send out a package can be a great way to have your business details passed along to your customer’s family and friends.  So I got thinking about other ways to personalise your business cards giving them character and a “handmade” touch.

Obviously what you do will depend on how much time you have and how much money you want to spend.   When

Classic black ink on olive green card. The corners have been rounded using a craft corner rounder punch, but prior to purchasing my punch I used to use the base of a glue container to draw the rounded corners and cut them out with scissors.

word of mouth plays such a crucial role in marketing for small online or market based businesses having your business details available in a striking, easy to distribute format could be a worthwhile investment of your time.

Using a personalised polymer stamp to create an impression on a business card has many advantages including:

–          It is cost effective to purchase the stamp and you don’t need to pay for large numbers of pre-printed business cards you may not use

–          Hand stamped cards have more character and complement “handmade” products

White stamped card with red backing sheet and heart punches.

–          You can embellish your business cards in a variety of ways to help develop your “brand” and build a consistent theme

–          You can prepare as few or as many at a time as you like – it’s up to you

Hints & tips:

If you want your stamping to be more precise choose a transparent stamp and clear acrylic block over the traditional wood mounted stamp.  Because you can see through your stamp and the mount, it is easy for you to stamp your impression exactly where you want it.  You can see a transparent stamp and block in the picture of Jacqui’s materials.

I’m more of a crafty person than an arty person!  Below are three suggestions for ways you can create your own handmade business cards using simple paper crafting techniques:

Combine the elements: contrasting blue card, rounded corners on inner piece of card and a hole punched through to contrasting blue card.

1) Cut coloured card to size and stamp using coloured ink to create your own brand or complement your logo.  There are a number of good quality stamp inks available from craft and scrapbooking suppliers and paper craft stores which come in a wide range of colours and varying shades.

You should be able to find one to complement the colours in your logo.  If you don’t already have a logo you can use this opportunity to start developing your brand with your choice of colour scheme.       2) Use a small craft punch to punch a shape out of the corner of your business card.  Craft punches come in many shapes – you might be able to find one that aligns with your business or product.  Alternatively use a corner shaper, edging punch or decorative edge scissors to add interest to the outline of your card. If you don’t have access to these craft tools you could create yourself a template you can use multiple times from a thick piece of cardboard.

3) All the ideas in point 2 could be further enhanced with a contrasting coloured sheet of card or paper placed behind them to create a really striking look.

Below I have included some links to provide you with some inspiration regarding materials, tools and resources:

–          Visit Firefly Stamps on madeit or craftumi to view our range of personalised stamps

www.craftumi.com.au/fireflystamps

www.madeit.com.au/fireflystamps

–          Decorative Corner punches

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=corner%20punch

–          corner rounder

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=corner%20rounder

–          Paper and card stock

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=Papers

–          Ink pads

http://www.createforless.com/search/ink+pads/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1pbmsgcGFkc35CPWluayBwYWRzfkM9Mn5EPTIwfkk9UHJpY2V_Sz00fkw9MX5NPTh_Tj0zfg

–         A range of paper punches and decorative edging tools for tag cutting and decorative elements

http://www.createforless.com/search/scrapbooking+and+paper+crafts+punches/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1zY3JhcGJvb2tpbmcgYW5kIHBhcGVyIGNyYWZ0cyBwdW5jaGVzfkI9c2NyYXB

ib29raW5nIGFuZCBwYXBlciBjcmFmdHMgcHVuY2hlc35DPTF_RD0yMH5JPVByaWNlfks9NH5MPTF_TT00Nn5OPTJ_

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINI-Size-Paper-Punches-13-Brand-NEW-Shapes-To-Choose-From-by-Punch-Bunch-/380401954274?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item5891b92de2

–      Blank business cards:

So many lovely options in this ebay store!

http://stores.ebay.com/rikyandnina/_i.html?_fsub=2118600014

I hope you have found a little bit of inspiration to get creative and try making your own business cards ! If so, let me know how you go.   Next week look out for more ideas for creating tags and incorporating them into your packaging, and keep a lookout for some more business card ideas which I plan to post in the next couple of weeks as well.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly