Business/calling cards have been on my “to procure” list for awhile now. I knew that I’d send them to the fun folks at moo to print them. I also knew that I’d design my own cards. (Though moo does has an awesome user interface, and you can create cards and what not directly on their website.)
Moo provide templates for a bunch of imaging programs, so I downloaded the Adobe Illustrator one to start. About a year ago, I took an Adobe Illustrator course at my local community college just for fun, and one of our final projects was to create a logo. (That logo is the one you see on my blog header over on the left!) I took the elephant image, added text and a gradient background. Once I had the basic card finished, I saved a pdf copy and changed the background colors saved another pdf copy … repeat for the rest of the colors. It was fun designing my own cards! And I’m not even a real designer!
I think they turned out great. The paper is nice and thick; colors are awesome too.