In the fine tradition of Twitter's Follow Friday, I'd like to start a little feature to highlight supplies and vendors I love, called "Craft Supply Sunday". Lord knows I have enough supplies to never run out of post topics!
So here's to the first installment, where I highlight some awesome business cards and stickers. I love me some personalized paper products!
One of the things people suggested on the Etsy Forums was to get business cards to include in sold orders, or hand them out to people inquired about my jewelry. One of the companies frequently mentioned on the Etsy forums was MOO, a small printing company based in the UK.
What caught my attention about these cards was the fact that they were double sided, and you could put a photo of your work on one side, and your standard business info on the other. Pretty cool, right? But even cooler than that was that *each* card in a pack of 100 could have a *different* photo. THAT is amazing. The other nifty thing is that they offer two sizes - standard business card size and a minicard which is half that size (long and skinny). The minicards are unique and stand out nicely against a sea of boring business cards.
I've ordered both the minicards and the regular business cards, and the quality is outstanding. The cardstock they use is amazing - a nice velvety, thick and heavy card. It's like no other business card I've seen. The finish is sort of in between glossy and matte - luminous but not outright shiny. Both sides are in color, and you can even add a small photo or logo to the "business" side. As you can tell, I'm totally sold on these little guys.
The other really neato product they offer is a stickerbook with 90 stickers made from your photos. These are the ones I used on BabyT's first birthday invitation. The stickers are high quality, with an almost vinyl-like feeling. Just like the cards, you can get 90 different ones, or multiples, if you upload fewer than 90 photos. They'd be really great for scrapbook layouts or gift packaging. I also like to stick them on my laptops to add a little baby cuteness to my work day.
When I ordered my stickers, some of them came out very overexposed, even though the originals weren't that bright. I sent a quick note to Moo customer service and they responded immediately AND reprinted my order. They were perfect the second time. I love this company!
If you're not feeling inspired by your own photography, Moo's website offers lots of readymade designs by cool designers. You can also get colorful cards with text or sayings on them instead of a photo, and you can choose the colors, background design and font.
Tips for ordering your Moo cards or stickers:
- Choose high-resolution bright photos. If they're not high resolution, they'll look grainy when printed, and if they're even slightly dark, that will be magnified on the printed version. I made that mistake with my first set. It might even be worth saving a second copy of your photos with the brightness level increased a bit.
- Plan to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour uploading and cropping photos, especially if your originals are large. The upload process is slow, and depending on the products you order, you have to crop them to get the best fit. Some photos will just not fit right on the thin minicards. Stickers look best with closeup face shots, or zoomed in macro-details, since they're only about 3/4" square.
- Order multiple sets if possible. You'll want to keep some for yourself, and if you order enough, the price will go down slightly.
- Use this coupon code for 10% off a pack of 200 business cards: TFENM9.
- Contact Moo right away if you're not happy with your order - they are very responsive and helpful!
Once I use up my current stash of non-Moo cards, I plan to reorder. Once you go Moo, you can't be satisfied with regular cards. And I'm also looking forward to getting more cute babyT stickers with recent photos. She's starting to like stickers now, so I might share a few with her, just to watch her little face light up in recognition.
Have you ordered from Moo? What did you think?