Ok, so I rebranded. Old news, right? Even though my experiences changing my domain name have been a bit of a roller coaster (think hours on the phone with GoDaddy, a few false alarm domain purchases that I ended up hating in less than 24 hours, and definitely some tears), it 100% has been worth it. Even if it meant some temporary setbacks (all that search engine traffic has to be re-accumulated to name one), it’s been worth it to not cringe every time I say my blog name out loud (for realz yo). I also think the new name is better representative of the change to more of a food/lifestyle/DIY blog that I’ve evolved into.
The easiest thing about changing the name of my blog was getting business cards. I’ve worked with the San Francisco-based company, Minted, in the past and it was absolutely a no-brainer to get my business cards from them too. They have the customer service feel of a small company and I love that they celebrate the work of independent designers.
I picked a simple but lovely watercolor design for my business cards. To really up the wow factor, I upgraded the paper to Minted’s triple thick paper. I’m a huge sucker for the feel of paper – I’m that annoying customer who runs my hands over the pretty things in a shop before I buy them. The cards really earn the “luxe” that they are labeled with.
In order to make my business cards one of a kind, I decided to celebrate the watercolor design by painting them with watercolors to make a “dip-dyed” design. I experimented with actually dipping them in food coloring and different diluted paints, but using watercolors to paint the dip-dyed look turned out to be the best method. This quick extra step really took them to the next level and looks much more impressive than the effort it took to make them.
DIY “Dip-Dye” Watercolor Business Cards
You will need:
Business cards – any type will do, but a thicker paper will absorb the watercolor better
Bowl of water
Use the bowl of water and your paintbrush to liberally wet the watercolors before you start. Using quick, messy brush strokes paint a portion of your cards. To get the dip-dyed look, I used a combo of purple and blue mixed together (blue first, then a few dabs of purple before the blue dried). That’s basically it – I wish I had a more precise method, but it was just a bit of trial and error with the first few figuring out what worked.
Minted sent me these lovely cards to review for this post. All opinions are my own.