I finally finished redesigning my business cards! I cut some of my imperfect greeting cards into rectangles and designed a rubber stamp to print my info on the opposite side. Each card is a unique crop of an actual Wit & Whistle greeting card. Recycling at its finest!
If the urge strikes I can stamp my business cards on manilla tags, envelopes, bags, people’s foreheads… the possibilities are endless!
I don’t sell custom rubber stamps, but if you’re interested in a business card stamp like this I scouted around on Etsy and found a couple similar options for you in other folks’ shops—this one from stationeryboutique and this one from TwinSoulStudio. This cute one by papersushi is a totally different option. I also spotted these awesome business card stamps on MaeMae & Co a while back, but their shop appears to be down at the moment.
Completely unrelated question. I’m working on a selection of new art prints. Are there any of my greeting cards you’d like me to make available as larger prints for hanging?
Another sketchbook filled. Although I cheated a bit on this one, since I used the back half of the book for journaling. There are some sketches for future cards mixed in here, mostly for the new holiday cards I’m still working to perfect. I’m so far behind on them this year. Usually I try to have them wrapped up by September, but somehow it’s already half over! How did that happen? Is this month flying by for you too?
Totally Awesome Music: “an inherited record collection” by Lullatone
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Sometimes it might look like it, but running Wit & Whistle isn’t all fun and drawing naked dudes and fetuses. I also spend a lot of time doing crappy stuff like bookkeeping, taxes, and web programming. It has been four years since I designed my current site, but now that being “mobile friendly” is a thing we all have to worry about, I’m redesigning it and switching to a new e-commerce plugin while I’m at it. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I know just enough about web programming that I’d feel silly hiring someone else to do it for me. So, for the past week I’ve been hacking away at CSS and staring blankly at PHP. My favorite part about PHP is that one teeny tiny typo will cause your entire website (including the WordPress editor) to disappear. It’s the best.
In spite of all the frustration, I’m getting a tortured sense of satisfaction now that things are slowly coming together. I’m hoping to go live with the new site sometime next week. Actually I don’t know if that’s possible, but declaring it here on the blog makes it an official deadline that I have to meet. Better place your orders now before I post the new site and everything breaks. Ha!! Just kidding. (I hope.)
Look! The test site fits on my phone. There’s a little menu button and everything. Not too shabby for I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-doing programming, eh?
Okay… what a boring post, but this is really all I’ve been working on lately, so welcome to my boring life!
Today is Wit & Whistle’s sixth birthday! The last six years have flown by, and I’ve loved every minute. To celebrate you can use the coupon code SIXYEARS to take 15% off everything in the shop through the end of the day tomorrow. Thanks a million for sticking with me all this time—your friendship and support mean the world to me!
(The coupon code is only valid for purchases made on witandwhistle.com, and the offer expires on Tuesday July 21st at 11:59pm EST.)
I know a bunch of you are fellow makers and small business owners, so let’s talk about wholesale for a minute. Do you sell your products to retailers? When I started Wit & Whistle I didn’t even consider selling wholesale, but one day a store wrote and asked for my catalog. I quickly googled “selling wholesale”, whipped up a makeshift catalog, and sent it over. Since then selling directly to stores has become a big part of my business.
I recently did an interview for One Woman Shop (along with Mei Pak and Jennifer Hill) about selling wholesale as a “solopreneur”. If you’d like to check it out, you can read the interview right here.