Thursday, September 23, 2010

Where Do I Print Business Cards?

There are plenty of sites to choose from when you're looking to print your business cards. I'm going to provide you with a list of websites with recommendations based on my experiences with them.
This is the best site I've used to date. They are inexpensive, are fairly green and provide several shipping options so you can keep your price down.
  • The paper quality is excellent - durable and heavy.
  • The coloring is typically very, very accurate.
  • Customer service is very good.
  • There is no upload fee for when you upload your files for them to print.
 This company services the US only. If you reside outside the US you can order from them. However, you will be charged a tax/tarrif by UPS to receive the delivery. It is not worth the expense.
The products are comparable with OvernightPrints in terms of quality. The item they offer that is unique are very inexpensive hangtags.
  • If you have a business card or hangtag that is 2x2", rather than the traditional 3.5x2" you will get a fantastic price.
  • There is no upload fee for when you upload your files for them to print.
  • This company also has live customer service chat online.
Again, this company services the US only. You can order and ship to another country but will be charged a high tarrif outside of the purchase price.
This company is ideal if you live in Canada, the UK, Australia or many other countries throughout Europe.
  • They print and ship direct to many, many countries.
  • The downside is that the print quality is OK.
  • The paper quality is flimsy.
  • They nickel and dime you on everything from uploading your files to getting glossy paper.
  • Printing and shipping turnaround is VERY SLOW unless you want to pay a LOT more money.
 If you plan to use any of these websites go to before you do and search for them to find fantastic coupons. You should NEVER pay full price on printing.

Welcome to Crafty Graphics

Visit the Crafty Graphics Blog regularly for DIY craft ideas as well as design and marketing advice for the booming DIY craft business. I will be posting articles, treasuries, crafting success stories and other super great and relevant information on a weekly basis.

I will be posting information on the best printing resources this week. Please come again to read up on just how easy and inexpensive using an online printer can be.

If you are in need of fabulous branding for your art or craft business, please check out my two design shops on Etsy: - sells readymade etsy graphics and graphics as well as printing services and posters for home decor. - my original shop selling custom graphic design and printing services.

Thanks for visiting and I hope the blog is useful to you! Cheers!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

To Logo or Not to Logo

What exactly is a logo and what can it do for me?

A logo is essentially a compact design that is the signature of your brand. It typically includes text - the name of your shop and maybe a tagline - and sometimes a graphic element - usually symbolic of the product or product mood. A logo can help keep your brand consistent. You would use this on all of your marketing materials - business card, banner, hangtags, labels, flyers, etc - to keep things looking consistent. Question is, do you need a logo? Here’s a list of reasons to choose to go with a logo.
  • You want to be able to take your graphic and run with it. Meaning, you want to own your logo graphic outright and not be dependent on the graphic designer to constantly edit your brand. NOTE: To have this right you need to own the copyright to the graphic. You do not necessarily get this when you purchase a logo. It needs to be spelled out specifically in your contract or the purchased listing on Etsy. Most graphic designers on Etsy do NOT provide the copyright to their clients. Meaning, the graphic designer owns the copyright and can require that you pay royalties. What royalties means depends on them.
  • You sell dozens of items that have labels on them - spa, cosmetics, candles and toiletries all need labels. A logo will keep your branding consistent and will make the designing easier in the long run.
  • You sell on Etsy as well as other places. A logo will help keep your brand consistent and will help regular customers know they’re in the right place. They will identify your logo.
  • You want to attract customers with a unique brand. This is what is often seen as the manipulative side of marketing. Personally, I think it’s part of the fantasy of buying beautiful things. From childhood we role play, so why is it so awful to buy something because it makes you feel retro or chic or earthy? It’s all in fun and can absolutely help you sell your products.
  • You want your brand to look professional. If you want to take your products to the “next level” a professionally designed logo can do just that. A well designed logo will show prospective buyers and wholesellers that you take your business seriously.

Designing a smart, impactful logo takes a lot of time and effort.
It is also one of the more expensive services to purchase on Etsy. So, be thoughtful when selecting a designer and make sure that you communicate your needs with the person you hire.\
A well-done logo design should follow some specific processes:
  • A questionnaire for the client with detailed questions about their business.
  • Research on the part of the designer and the client to find out what the competition is doing with regards to their brand.
  • No copying of other business brand concepts.
  • An original concept for your business.
  • Lots of time and thinking on the part of the designer - this is not a whimsical, impulsive artistic practice. It takes serious thinking and logic to do a smart logo.
  • Discussions with the client to ensure that the logo is hitting the mark.

I'm Creative and Know Way Around a Computer - Why Should I Hire a Graphic Designer If I Sell on Etsy?

OK, so you have your store set up and have used the Etsy bannerator. Your shop looks nice but it’s not unique. What do you do? A custom banner design done by a talented Etsy graphic designer is the answer. Graphic designers love to work for our Etsy clients. You are talented and creative and allow us to design the kind of creative stuff that got us into graphics in the first place.

You can certainly create a banner yourself. These days it’s getting easier and easier to DIY your own graphic designs. However, there are advantages to hiring an Etsy graphic designer. Here are a few reasons:
  • We’re fast. Most of us can design a banner and other marketing materials for your store in about a week.
  • You’re critical. Most of what you make for yourself you will dislike. It’s very hard to design for yourself and be happy with the end result.
  • We’re trained professionals. This is what we do. There are dozens of talented designers in Etsy’s “Everything Else” section. There are readymade and custom banners available in all colors and styles.
  • You have a busy schedule. It’s midnight and you just finished folding the laundry. You’re exhausted and need some help getting your business rolling.
  • We’re reasonably priced. Yes, graphic design on Etsy is plentiful and inexpensive. Your fellow Etsy designer will charge anywhere from $50-150 for a logo design. Your profession designer from the Yellow Pages will probably charge $400-500.
Our end goal is to make a nice living for ourselves and to help you do the same.

To purchase smart, beautiful readymade graphics go to
To purchase unique, custom graphics go to