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Tips to create your own design for your business cards


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An interesting, original and creative business card is excellent marketing for your business, but it is even more cost effective when you design it yourself. This can be made in a fun, professional-like way, even if you are not a talented artist when it comes to online drawing tools. In order to get one of the most original business cards on the market, all you need is creativity and, as extra-tip, follow these simple steps mentioned below.

 

  • Design program is important, you should feel comfortable with it

 

You can get amazing design for your business cards by using programs like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word or Adobe InDesign. It all depends on your level of knowledge connected to these programs and experience in creating promotional materials by using them. The standard size for a business card should be 2.5 x 3 inches and it should be printed on good quality paper, in order to make a good first impression.

 

  • The template should be laid on a grid

 

Template is very important for a business card, it helps you unleash your creativity and design a truthful pattern. Until you decide for a template that reflects your personality and your business’s note, you are free to experiment, play with colours, text, logo and other defining items. Design programs help you organize all the necessary details, so check them all and decide which one will work better for you.

 

  • Colours are one of the most important elements

 

Like in every other area connected to design and creating your own style, colours are very important for business cards also. They can highlight important aspects from your card, so you should try working with 300 dpi resolution and using colours like Cyan, Yellow, Black or Magenta if you want to get an outstanding quality for printing. Background is very important also; you can experiment and play with colours before choosing the best one for you.

 

  • Your logo is your trademark

 

Your logo should be the main eye-catching detail from your business card. Since they are the memorable aspect from this presentation document, logos should be presented as creative as possible, maybe by using 2D or 3D effects, clip arts and other useful techniques that highlight your business’s profile.

 

  • Presentation text should be readable

 

Presentation texts are important, because from them potential customers should understand everything there is to know about your business. Also, fonts, colours and font size are other details you should consider. You should use at least 8pt size and two or three complementary fonts.

 

  • Both the front and back should be used

 

If your business card has two sides, why shouldn’t they be used? You might need every space in order to provide information like: business name, logo, line of work, your name, title, position, work and personal phone number, email address or social media channels.

 

  • Less information should be easier to understand

 

Your business card is like the first impression; it could mean a lot for developing new partnership. The information you mention on it should be clear and simple, necessary after a first meeting with your future business partners, therefore do your best to make it as suggestive as possible. After you finished the design, ask for a second opinion regarding it and print it following high quality standards.

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Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]

Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]


The Maasai are one of the most well known Indigenous people of Africa. Their colorful attire and unique customs highlight their vibrant culture located in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

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Have you ever wondered as to the symbolism and social meanings behind their vibrantly beadwork?

"The beaded jewelry made by the Maasai women is a tradition from the Maasai tribe, located in Southern Kenya. The Maasai have been creating beaded jewelry for a very long time. It all started long before the first European contact had occurred. At the time, the tribe used natural resources to create their jewelry. Clay, wood, bone, copper and brass are just few of the materials that were used. When trade with Europeans started in the late 19th century, glass beads were suddenly available, and it is with those that the Maasai decided to continue their tradition of beaded jewels....The colors of the jewels are not only chosen because of the beautiful ensembles they make, but also for their symbolic values. Each color has a meaning that is often related to cattle. Cattle are the main food source of the Maasai and they sustain a deep connection with them. " - Discovered.us

I am really impressed that the Maasai Culture still exits in our world today. With their unwavering culturally-rich history, American culture pales in comparison with our ever-changing fashion trends and cultural whims. They definitely have a deeply rooted culture one can't help but be impressed by.

Check out the Maasai on COLOURlovers:

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The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye

The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye


Tie-Dye, a modern textile craft, is something that has been around for ages and will be around for many more moons to come. Always intriguing, always a new spin off the same basic concept, done in a rainbow of hues to monochromatic intrigues. And while we're on the topic, check out the Rainbow Contest over at Instrucables right now (awesome art prizes). All types of submissions are acceptable, so have some fun with it!

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Tie-Dye became popular in the United States of our more modern world in the late 1960's and heavily saturated the 1970's which sort of branded it to the times and people of "Free Love", tripping on Acid and LSD.

"Although shibori and batik techniques were used occasionally in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become a fad until the late 1960s following the example set by rock stars such as Janis Joplin and John Sebastian (who did his own dyeing)." ~ Wikipedia

Tie-Dye mostly went in to hiding with the outrageously new Neon trends during the 80's and 90's. Then, along with every popular known trend of each era, it was brought back and re-hashed in our Pop Culture of today's fashion sphere.

If you don't know what modern, American Tie-dye is, you might be living under a rock, but here is a great resource on the technique and style if you've never looked it up.

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Sourced from Tie-Dye on Wikipedia

So how did it literally become an American craft to be readily found in stores everywhere - I love this part. Basically, Tie-Dye came about when a company was trying to save it's brand. RIT® dye, at the time was losing momentum with their prime market clientele, older generation females doing home-dying.

"At the time, RIT® dye was starting to lose it's market; primarily older women that dyed home goods." - Dharma Article, Did you Know...? 

Without getting in to too much detail on the actual specifics because I think that [ one of my favorite online dye resources ] the Dharma Trading Company impressively covered the textbook attributes of this really well in their article, Did You Know: Is Tie-Dye An American Art Form? 

"Artists, opinion leaders, and influencers took to tie-dying almost as if it were a new psychedelic substance. Janis Joplin began wearing tie dye (it was even rumored she wore tie-dye panties) but it was still confined to a small circle of users. The next stop was the fashion industry but they weren't convinced it was anything more then a local fad. About this time, folks heard about a musical gathering that was to take place in rural Woodstock, New York, and it was going to be a big event (understatement of the decade!). Two of the well-known artists in the Village wanted to tie-dye several hundred T-shirts and give them away at the concert. RIT financed the project. Thousands of people showed up at Woodstock from across the country and the tie-dye T-shirts were eye-catching. The idea caught on…big. Joe Cocker, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin all wore tie-dye. Tie-dye became a symbol of antiestablishmentarianism, as no one else could have the same shirt as you even if they used the same colors. It was a statement of being an individual." - Read More... How the Fashion Industry finally took it seriously...

I could quite literally quote this entire article it's so interesting and well written. I'll leave the quotes to that, but how amazing to see how a pretty modern fad became a huge trend over trying to save a brand name product.

In summary, basically the traditional methods, techniques and practices of the tie-dye movement from the 1960's and 70's we know of here in the USA were brought over from African traditional art to save a brand name. Amazing!

Video Tutorial: Create Your Own Tie-Dye in Seamless Lite (to Janis Joplin)

Feel free to use this exact technique to practice and get the hang of it! :) 

Templates You Can Tie-Dye Yourself - Show me what you've got!

Do you have a favorite template that works for tie-dye? Please share!

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Explore Tie-Dye on COLOURlovers:

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Inspiring Work of Artist, Kate Powell

Inspiring Work of Artist, Kate Powell


Kate Powell is an enigma in not only the student art world, but in art itself. Her alluring artwork is highly captivating using a mix of black and white in pencil with a touch of color and collage work.

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Kate's acheivements while daunting, are still quite motivating. You can read about her academic background achievements here in an article by Student Art Guide. According to this article-interview, Kate embraced considerable inspiration from contemporary, up-coming artists such as Marco Mazzoni, Meghan Howland and Gabriel Moreno.

Enjoy this magnificent collection of Kate's beautiful illustrative artwork. Her idea's incorporate beautiful human expression mixed with nature.

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Follow Kate Powell's work: Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram | DeviantArt

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Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners

Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners


 

We recently announced the 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts artist contest to be ArrayofLilly for her stunning design Discography. Today, we are pleased to announce the 2nd through 4th place winners that the COLOURlovers community voted on by showing them some love.

In case you forgot, the 2nd through 4th place winners will receive two cases of their own design, the credit card backplate, and a royalty agreement.

The 2nd place winning design comes from yncolor, a COLOURlover since 2012 who you may know as Yori. Yori created an incredible design, and you guys loved it! Check out Peonies below:

The third place winning design in the Graft Concepts contest comes from moldypetunia, who you all may know as Petunia (or Sara), a COLOURlover since 2009. She created a gorgeous design that you guys all showed a lot of love! Check out entwined below:

Now, last but certainly not least the fourth place winning design comes from ninest, a recent addition to the COLOURlovers community. Check out her winning design Afternoon Tea below:

Congratulations to all of the winners in this contest, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest as well! Keep checking back for new and exciting contests we will have in the future!

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Welcome the new Graft Concepts Artist!

Welcome the new Graft Concepts Artist!


The wait is finally over COLOURlovers. Today, we are pleased to announce that Graft Concepts has chosen their 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts design contest here on COLOURlovers.

The new Graft Concepts artist is ArrayofLilly, a software engineer from Budapest who has a great eye for color and definitely knows how to create beautiful patterns. She has been a COLOURlovers member since 2008 and has created over 2,000 palettes and over 3,000 patterns. Her winning design, Discography, featured below was chosen for the following reasons:

- Unisex Design - either a guy could rock it
- A bold, yet harmonious color palette - also unisex
- Took into account the shape of the back plate and fit the design accordingly.
- Sophisticated look with a refined sense of design.

Check out some more of ArrayOfLilly's awesome submissions to the Graft Concepts design contest below that the designers and creatives from Graft Concepts also fell in love with:

 Congratulations to ArrayofLilly for her beautiful design work!

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Design Contest - Be the next Graft Concepts Artist

Design Contest - Be the next Graft Concepts Artist


We are so excited to announce a new contest for the COLOURlovers community today! We've teamed up with  Graft Concepts an innovator and leader in the iPhone accessory industry. You will have the opportunity to design and color a pattern template for the Graft Concepts Leverage iPhone hard case!

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What makes this contest stand apart is the unique design and customizability of the Graft Concepts Leverage case (available for the iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5). Unlike other cases on the market, this case features interchangeable backplates, enabling a variety of options with just one case. They offer backplates with wood veneers, utility backplates that hold your credit cards, and now, with the help of COLOURlovers, there will be backplates with beautiful patterns and color palettes.

This unconventional case possesses a quick release latch and lever system -- inspired by the clasps of high end watches -- enabling the frame to securely grasp onto backplates without the need for adhesives.  This makes it easier than ever to swap out backplates on a whim.  The latch provides a stylish metal accent, pulling design elements reminiscent of the iPhone itself.  It also enables the case to be taken on and off easily...just a quick flip and snap and the frame is locked securely in place!

This unconventional iPhone case is available in a variety of colors and either a matte or high polished chrome finish on the hand polished latch and lever and will surely be noticed on your phone.

Here is some important information about the contest:

How to Enter

COLOURlovers can enter this contest by creating and coloring a pattern for the iPhone  HardCase template that Graft Concepts has provided. To submit your designs, just visit the contest page and create your entry, easy peasy!

<< Click to Enter >>

To see all the entries click here.

Voting Process

The Graft Concepts team will select the First Place. The winning design will be available for sale on Graft Concepts, and the designer will receive royalties for sales of their design.

Like other COLOURlover contests, the Second, Third, and Fourth Place runners up will be selected based on Loves from the COLOURlovers community.

Submissions will end on August 26th.  Voting will be open on August 27th, and close on August 29thThe winner will be announced on August 30th.

Prizes

1st Prize: Two cases of their own design and the credit card backplace, a royalty agreement, and a medium Wacom pad.

2nd through 4th prize: Two cases of their own design and the credit card backplace and a royalty agreement.

The winning designs will be eligible to be manufactured and sold through the Graft Concepts store.

Only winning entries can be used for manufacture and sale, but the client can approach any of the contest participants after the contest has completed via a Love Note if they are interested in their designs.

That's it! Best of luck to all of you talented designers, can't wait to see what you come up with.

To see all the entries click here.

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Creative Design Resources by Morgana Lamson

Creative Design Resources by Morgana Lamson


Morgana Lamson is a creative designer and illustrator who is well loved by the Creative Market and COLOURlover families. She has an amazing eye for design and does a wonderful job creating truly unique pieces. Along with her husband Gerren, they run Satchel & Sage, a super fun print and textile company. I thought I would feature some of my favorite items from Satchel & Sage for your enjoyment today, and then provide you with links to some of Morgana's amazing design resources so you can start creating amazing prints too!

Satchel & Sage - From their Etsy store

The Woodland Creatures featured below have to be one of my favorites from Satchel & Sage, I hope you enjoy them as well! which animal is your favorite?

Looking to get creative? Check out Morgana's amazing design resources on Creative Market:

If you're in San Francisco July 27-28th, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) be sure to check out Satchel & Sage at the Renegade Craft Fair! You can meet Morgana and Gerren, and pick up some of their great designs!

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Creative Ideas from One Artsy Mama

Creative Ideas from One Artsy Mama


If you're looking to learn a variety of new craft projects, One Artsy Mama is a site you definitely have to check out. One Artsy mama is the brain child of Amy Latta. On her site, she shares a variety of creative projects including home decor, kid's crafts, sewing, jewelry, and more. She recently published her first e-book Crochet 101, and it's absolutely fantastic and a must-read resource for anyone looking to get into Crochet.

Amy has tons of awesome DIY and craft projects that I'm absolutely in love with.  I've selected some of my favorite projects and posts from Amy's blog that I think you'll fall in love with.

First of all, if you're interested in learning how to crochet, Amy is an expert. Be sure to check out Crochet 101 and get started today. Amy provides you with all the resources and tools you need to get started.

Create Crazy and Colorful Coasters with Amy: I love this project that Amy came up with. It's so cool, creative, and easy to make.

You Are My Sunshine Framed Art: I absolutely love this project. It's perfect to put around your house or use as a gift for a loved one.

Ever wanted to throw a Lego Party? Amy shows you how to through the perfect lego party complete with Party Favors, a Lego cake, and tons of Lego fun.

Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms: I love this idea for decorating my apartment. It's absolutely gorgeous! I really want to set aside a time to get this done!

Shabby Chic Jewelry Organizer: Make a jewelry organizer with Amy. I absolutely love this gorgeous jewelry organizer.

I hope you've enjoyed these awesome craft tutorials from Amy Latta on One Artsy Mama. Be sure to connect with Amy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you looking to get a little crafty yourself, check out Creative Market for some awesome digital downloads.

 

 

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Colorful Scrapbook Pages

Colorful Scrapbook Pages


I've always wanted to come up with unique ways of saving my memories, and scrapbooks have started to become my creative outlet. I can spend hours a day just choosing different patterns and clip art to combine to really make my memories come to life in the pages of a scrapbook.

I searched the web to find some of the most colorful and creative scrapbook pages, and I hope they inspire you to create awesome projects.

If you're looking to create some colorful scrapbook pages and paper printables use these awesome papers and graphics from Creative Market:

 

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