Whether you’re a dog groomer, dog walker or a veterinarian – you know that having a professional looking business card is key to connecting with pet parents and other pet biz people.
The trouble is hiring a graphic designer to make the cards for you can get rather pricey – and you probably don’t know how to use Photoshop to design your own.
I’m guessing you’ve looked at all the ready made pet business card designs on Zazzle and Vista Print, and although they look good – you want your business card to look unique.
Sound about right so far?
In this article I will explain how you can easily use a free graphic design tool called Canva to design your own unique, professional looking business cards and make them ready for print at Moo which is my online print destination of choice.
The finished business cards will look similar to the ones in the photo on the right, with several photos on the back of the card, and your details on the front. But of course you will be able to further personalise your cards once you know how to use Canva!
Introducing Canva – My Favourite Design Tool
I love graphic design, and I’ve taken a few beginners courses at Central St Martin’s College in London to learn about the design principles. But, just because I love design – doesn’t mean I love the software that graphic designers use. You’ve probably heard of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign – they are all incredibly powerful design tools BUT they are also very expensive and difficult to use without training.
Then I discovered Canva, a free online Graphic Design tool for people like you and me who just want to create things like blog post graphics and business cards without spending weeks learning a new piece of software. I use Canva for all the graphics on this site – and now I will show you how to design a business card for your pet business.
1. Determine the Size of Your business Card
Before you can start designing your business card, you need to figure out the dimensions your printer will print at. for this example, I will use Moo cards standard business card which prints at 3.3inches x 2.17 inches (84mm x 55mm).
BUT in order to print your business card at that size we will create the artwork slightly bigger at 3.46 x 2.32 inches. This is called the full bleed size and is the portion of your design that will be trimmed off when the card is cut to the final size. Its purpose is to make sure your design or image reaches right to the very edge of the cards, leaving no unsightly white edges.
2. Create a Canva Account
Its now time to get started with all the creative and fun stuff! Go to www.Canva.com and create an account.
3. Set Up Your Workspace Size
The very first thing we need to do is tell Canva what size your business card will be. Your start screen will look something like this, and I want you to click the ‘use custom dimensions’ option.
That will bring you to the custom dimensions view, and this is where we type in the full bleed area size. BUT make sure you select ”inches’ in the drop down menu BEFORE you type in the numbers, or else Canva will get a little confused :-).
And, voila, we have created a custom sized canvas for us to create your business card design!
4. Adding your name, and contact details to the back of the card
On the left side of the screen you’ll see an option labelled ‘text’, click that button. On the next screen you’ll be given a number of text options – click the ‘Add a little bit of body text’ button.
As you can see, that added a text box to your canvas. Clicking the same button two more times will stack two more text boxes on top of the first one, and you can line them up underneath each other by simply dragging and dropping them into place.
You will notice little support lines showing up when you’re moving the text boxes around on the screen – they make it easy to see when the text boxes line up.
By first clicking on one text box, you can change the font type, font size, colour and orientation of the text using the menu that pop up.
Go ahead and choose a font and colour that work well with your brand and logo!
5. Upload your own logo
Now lets upload your logo to Canva and add it to the design! On the left side of the screen you will see an option called ‘uploads’, click that button. Then on the next screen, click the big button labelled ‘upload your own designs’. The logo you upload will appear underneath the green button.
6. Add your logo to the design
To add the logo to the canvas, simply drag and drop it into place.
Congratulations – you have just created a good looking business card! Now you can play around with some of the features and free graphics on Canva to make your business card look absolutely perfect!
7. Download as PDF
Click the ‘download’ button in the top right corner and make sure you choose the PDF option as this gives you the best print quality.
Next you simply upload the image to Moo along with your selection of photos for the back of the cards – its really easy and all you need to do is follow their instructions on screen.