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New Pieces added to the Snail Mail Security series. Playing with very strict limitations here.
Wild Things (2015)
16.5 x 12 in (framed)
I needed a handful of business cards for an art fair I was doing. I only needed a small run and it seemed like a bit of a waste to order such a small batch from a professional service. There are a few professional printers that I like to use for higher runs and business products. I decided to look into DIY options for handmade business cards.
I looked through some ideas on Pinterest. I was particularly interested in these watercolor business cards I found made by Akula Kreative. The cards looked super clean and each one was one of a kind. This was a win win for a DIY project.
Business card inspiration
What I Did
The recommended custom clear stamp was not available so I decided to make my own rubber stamp. I looked through some tutorials and decided to go with the Parchment Paper Method for transferring ink to the stamp for carving. Instead of going out and buying watercolors I just used acrylics that I already had.
- Speedball® Speedy Carve Kit $10-$20 from Michael’s (cost depending on how many cutters included)
- Parchment paper from grocery store $4.31 (including tax)
- Black ink pad from Staples $2-3 (I found a tutorial to make your own stamp pad but I decided not to go this route)
- An hour to carve the stamp (more if the design is complicated)
DIY business cards try #1
The text on the card doesn’t look as clean as the inspiration. I think this is because the stamp was carved by hand instead of being machine made. Instead of being a bad thing I decided that I liked the handmade business card look and that this added to the meaning of the card.
The acrylic doesn’t look the greatest. I could have tried again and watered the paint down more. Instead of fussing with it I decided to just go without a background color. So far I’ve probably handed out 50 of these and everyone seems to be pleased with them.
DIY business cards final product
Further Reading: Tutorials
Rubber Stamp Materials – particularly helpful if you are new to carving your own stamps like I was
Parchment Paper Method
When you really get down to it, WordPress can be frustrating for image based designs. I’ve been using WordPress since 2008 and have helped many artists with their websites. I see a lot of the same problems. Navigation can be overly complicated and take too many clicks to see images. Images and galleries usually only look good on large monitors. Lightbox plugins look cool but they complicate analytics. Those are some of the big ones and those situations don’t even include e-commerce which complicates things even more.
I recently teamed up with master coder Jordan Kanter (also a longtime friend) to embark on designing a theme from scratch. We figured that given our knowledge we could design out a lot of common problems that we had noticed.
We’ve been working hard for the past three months. Today, I’m pleased to present the first live version of that code, which we call Boomshaka. You’re actually looking at it right now on this website. We saved a lot of time by using the amazing codebase from the underscores theme (thanks guys!).
We are currently in Beta testing and accepting applicants. As of this post, the Boomshaka theme has grown to solve more problems than initially intended. Here are some of the big ones:
- responsive design and adaptive images (mobile and tablet friendly)
- artist oriented usage of WordPress (rather than blogger oriented)
- e-commerce ready (WooCommerce supported)
- analytics on everything
- easily (but not annoyingly) sharable
- handicapped accessible
- robust styles – allowing for easy browser minimize/maximize functions
If you would like a new beautiful website that uses our code we’re ready to help. We can also accommodate existing WordPress users with transitioning their site. Please visit our signup page or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also If you have any feedback on the project we’d love to hear from you.
Now offering a new size of artwork: 12.5 x 16.5 in (framed). Order artwork online from the comfort of your home. Stay tuned because the store is growing!
Here are a few more quick links to get you started.
Snail Mail Security products (Security envelope pattern collages)
Recycled La Croix greeting cards
All Available artwork from Dan Schreck