Roundup of Favorites, 004: I've Been Into Metallics Lately
In April I marveled at the quantities of gold-hued business cards available in the Zazzle marketplace and shared some fun examples in this blog post.
Recently, without really thinking about that long-ago discovery, I've once-again been enjoying the process of working with faux metallic textures. Particularly where little packs of cards are concerned. Turns out I like them rather a lot. Today I thought I'd share some links here to a few of the recent favorite designs I've posted in my Paper Muserie Zazzle store. And the other thing they have in common? They're all printed on little cards typically distributed as business cards but, as we know from when I shared this post, this is fortunately a typical practice but certainly not a rule! Thank goodness. There are enough rules running around keeping people in order, without mandating that Business Cards Must Be For Business! Of course some of these ARE for business. But take a look at how many options are available just in this small selection:
As you see, the "lowly business card" is truly quite versatile! I've created the above with a variety of intentions. Pictured here are actual business cards for traditional use, drink tickets for parties and wedding receptions, and Save the Date card inserts, for folks who prefer a little handout to the larger, more traditional option. You also see wedding website detail card enclosures and little thank you gift tags.
On any given day, one of the metallic treatments I've used above is my favorite. Of course four bases are covered: gold, silver, rose gold and copper. I love combining a smooth faux copper foil effect with black marble as you see in the wedding website on the last row. It's also fun to add a glitter effect, such as you see both in the background of the silver drink ticket on the second row and in text, as I've used in the gold glitter-enhanced one beside it. The Save the Date card on the left of the bottom row has a more textured, traditional gold foil leaf effect and there's plenty of texture in those letters.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the rose gold-enhanced faux marbling I added to the texture seen in the background of the third business card on the top row. Marble surfaces are very trendy and I thought it would be fun to see what resulted if I added color like this to one of those marbled textures that looks more liquid than stone. Here's just one of the results. More are in the store and still others are on their way!
Whatever your need, if you're into metallic surfaces and like to have handy little business, enclosure or gift cards to hand out as you go your way, these are definitely worth your consideration. I can't wait to see what comes from my next design sessions when I get to work with metallic surfaces again!
For those who are truly curious, here's a direct link to all the business card-based designs in my Paper Muserie store right now.