Fresh Business Cards for a Fresh Start


At the start of the month I mentioned how I’ve been taking on more projects outside of Design Crush. Turns out that when you’ve been one thing for so long – nearly 12 years – a change of perspective helps with the next chapter going forward. In my case, a change of identity as I went back to being Kelly Beall. Getting some fresh business cards seemed like the best place to start.



Basic Invite has a nice collection of specialty business cards with plenty of modern designs to choose from, along with every other style you might be after. They offer over 180 color options, coordinate with your business or just choose your favorite. You can apply a different color and font to every element of your personalized business cards if you’d like! Speaking of fonts, there’s a library to choose from – but if that sounds too overwhelming you can just go with what they’ve suggested on the template. If you want to get extra customized choose the foil option that’s available in silver, gold, and rose gold, or the clear card.



I chose the Modern Hello design, perfect for handing out to potential clients. I love the clean lines, bold type, and straightforwardness of the layout partnered with that bright punch of green. And speaking as a graphic designer, it was a nice change of pace to find several designs that I didn’t need to change a thing on to suit my own taste.




Basic Invite offers a lot beyond business cards online, they’re also one of few sites that give customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they ever place their final order. Test the paper, see the quality, make sure everything meets your expectations – then choose from 40 colors of envelopes to make the perfect invite for your event. To make the process even easier, they offer an address capturing service allowing customers to share a link on any social media platform to request their friends and family’s addresses. The addresses will then be stored in your account and can be selected during the design process.

If all of that doesn’t make you want to check out Basic Invite, well, they’re currently offering 15% off with code 15FF51.



This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting that brands that help keep Design Crush kicking!


Happy Weekend


01/ A fold-out bookshelf, for when you want to be fancier than you are.
02/ Huge awesome/creepy marionettes!
03/ How to make a cardboard chandelier!
04/ A reusable drink carrier that’s perfect for picnic-ing.
05/ Abstract embroidery is a thing!
06/ 10,000 meters of yarn can be really beautiful.
07/ DIY marbled glassware that’s practically screaming for a good cocktail.
08/ Doubt many people are throwing this concrete business card away.
09/ Travel tic-tac-toe that’s perfect for roadtrips.
10/ The World’s Longest Invoice. Happy I don’t have anything to add to it just yet.


Happy Weekend

PHOTO: via this we heart it post (not traceable)


01.  this vintage trophy coatrack project is quite brilliant
02.  HEY! you suck at parking
03.  I like this idea of drawing my own shower curtain
04.  a nice article on the evolution of the disposable coffee cup lid
05.  definitely picking up this – Stories I’ve Only Told My Mom – for my mom
06.  I want to make a few of these skewer sculptures in neon yellow
07.  so looking forward to Miranda July’s film The Future
08.  spirograph cake decorating


Happy {Spring} Weekend

PHOTOS: mrs. french


01. how to make your own seed bombs
02. but of course French Paper Co. has lovely business cards!
03. hope you had a lovely Pi Day
04. I’d love to stay at the Whitepod Resort
05. now you can make your own Pop Rocks!
06. create a secret doorstop stash for your valuables
07. if March Madness isn’t for you, maybe Beard Madness is
08. print your own fabric
09. I forgot to do a pie roundup for Pi Day, Amy’s got my back
10. genius idea: visual note taking at SXSWi


Happy Weekend

{via have you hugged your monster today?}

+ I really like the idea of having a stamped business card

+ Forget snowmen, stop-motion snow skeletons are where it’s at!

+ A great idea for a copper wall art project

+ Brilliant soap flakes dispenser design

+ The roving Old School Diner

+ Anxious to try out these magic milk straws

+ A free Andy Warhol papertoy!

Happy Weekend!


Win It: Postal Press.

You read Alyson Graves’ blog, Unruly Things, yes? And you’ve also taken notice of her letterpress venture, Postal Press, no? Then this is definitely your lucky week. And this is definitely one of my favorite giveaways in the history of giveaways. Recently Alyson began offering custom business cards with your silhouette, all you have to do is send her your photo and they take care of the rest. Are you ready? This week one of you will be the winner of 100 custom Silhouette Business Cards!

To Enter, Tell Me:
1. What your current business cards look like.
2. Your email address (In case you win. Those who do not will sadly be disqualified.)
3. Do it all before Monday, February 8th at 9am CST

PS: Congratulations to #14 Allison, the winner of last week’s Strawberry Luna giveaway! Which is oddly fitting since Strawberry Luna is run by an Allison (who I want to say thank you to!)…