For some time now, I’ve been wanting to:
- make some distinctive business cards for myself
- use transfer paper as described in this blog post (from Just Something I Made)
For the business cards, I needed something that would a) stray from the norm — no rectangular cardstock; b) relate to my projects; c) be interesting in its own right, so people would want it simply as an interesting object; and d) have my face on it. I have a couple of other people’s face-cards, and this helps me remember who they are.
I chose to use piezos, a base component for most of my audio projects. They’re round, shiny, tactile. Well-sized for wallets. Cheap, at 800 for $50, plus shipping.
I found some “Rub-Onz” transfer paper for about $15 at a Dick Blick in Iowa City. You can use any kind of printer with them, an advantage over some other types that require specifically inkjet or laser printers. The procedure:
- print your (backwards) image onto a sheet of matte material,
- stick some adhesive plastic over it,
- peel off the plastic, leaving the adhesive,
- stick the adhesive side to your base, and
- peel off the originally-printed matte layer.
We didn’t have much toner in the printer, which greatly reduced efficiency, but I like the grungy effect this gave the finished product.
P.S. – HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE