Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Make Business Cards from Wallpaper Samples

I needed some business cards to promote Condo Blues at BlogHer.

I opened up Photoshop and stared a hole through that stupid blinking cursor on my computer screen. Nothing I came up with said creative reuse, decorating, DIY, crafty things, clever things, let alone green things. I just wasn’t feeling it.

I HATE picky clients.

Especially when they are me.

I considered writing all of my blog information onto post-it notes and sticking them all over Blitzkrieg because he’s the real rock star of this blog, but Blitzkrieg wasn’t very interested in helping me promote Condo Blues at BlogHer. He was much more interested in the prospect of getting boozy at the cocktail parties in the evening. That meant we had to have a little sit down (again!) and discuss how alcohol is not good for dogs (seriously) and that the legal drinking age is counted in chronological years not dog years which means he’s too young to drink booze.

Fine! Don’t take me to meet my public! Post-It notes mat my fur anyway! Harrumph!”

Hmmmm. Think. Think. Think.

I did some on line research and found inspiration in numbers 6 and 7 on 12 Awesome Photography Business Card Ideas. I rummaged around in my craft room/sewing room/really-too-sad-and-in-need-of-decorating-so-I-won’t-show-you-room and found a wallpaper sample book I picked up when I had a membership to the Waste Not Center.

Hmmm…maybe I can build a funky business card with these?


The buisness card shells are cut from wallpaper samples. I think they make for prettier business cards than actual wall coverings.

I consider these cards a public service. Not only for keeping the wallpaper sample book from cluttering up a landfill but also for keeping some of these fugly wallpapers from gracing anyone’s home. Purple textured shimmer wallpaper, seriously? Just say no!

If someone objects to the prospect of carrying around a bit of vinyl (some of the cards are made with vinyl wallpapers, some are not) my information is sewed to the card using paper with recycled content. They can easily rip the paper off and dispose of the card itself. All I ask is that you don’t do this in front of me, because it took many hours to make the cards and I might cry.

I made 400 of these suckers just in case I get a rush of people wanting information about Condo Blues. If I have extras, I going to foist them on passersby in downtown Chicago. I’ll be the one standing in-between the hobo asking for spare change and the nuttier wearing the “End is near” sandwich board sign. Stop by and tell me you wish Blitzkrieg were here.

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This post is part of Trash to Treasure Tuesday and The Girl Creative link parties.


Anonymous said...

Love, love, love this idea! So repurposeful. Thanks for visiting my blog-- I'll now be visiting yours regularly!

Cara @ repurposeful

Kristin - The Goat said...

excellent!! I think they look real nice. I hope you come home with 400 business cards from other folks and have given all yours away :)

Have fun!
Kristin - The Goat

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

Awesome! I like them a lot. I'm sure they'll be a big hit...

And Blitzkrieg is such a young rebel! ;P

Sam said...

What a brilliant idea. I have been thinking of making business cards for my blog and I'll use you as an inspiration

sam enriquez said...

This is probably one of the coolest Crafts project I have ever seen. So innovative!

Robj98168 said...

Awwww. Take blitzkrieg. He really wants to go. He'll be good. Really. Snnnnnf.

Unknown said...

What a great idea. What's the Waste Not Center? Sounds like my kind of place.
Thanks for linking up to Trash to Treasure!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great idea! Very original.

Lisa said...

Super cute and just another thing to add to me "reasons why I wish I could go to BlogHer!"

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

You now, I ordered biz cards from VistaPrint and I don't think I'm getting them in time (note to self, pay more for faster shipping!)

So I took the design I made on their site and will have to print them myself. However, I want mine to be memorable and you just gave me a great idea. I'd rather slap mine on something unique like this.

See ya at BlogHer!!

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

those are fantastic! love em. :) see ya soon!

Lisa said...

These are great! Catchy and unique business cards are the best to grab attention!

Unknown said...

great idea! Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

I saw someone do the same with cereal boxes and cracker boxes, they just cut out cool shapes and sewed the cardstock with their name onto it like you did! Cute idea!

A Few Pennies said...

Very creative, neat idea! Love it.

Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said...

Those look cool. I love where you are going to be standing as you pass out those cards. Too funny! Maybe you should bring your own can and collect pennies while you are at it! :)

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

Wait are you in Chicago???

Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Great way to recycle. Very unique!!

Stopping by from House of Hepworth's and a new follower of your blog.

When you have a moment, stop by my blog I just finished sewing a jacket (Burda pattern)


AllieMakes! said...

Brilliant! Great idea!
Thank you for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

The Fall Creek Chicken Coop said...

I was cracking up reading your post... I have a tendency to listen too much to my dog Kelly.. I really should not do so as she is a bit.... odd. Oh well, at least her and Blitzkrieg are not alone plotting to take over the world

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