Monday, November 16, 2009

Making Lemonade, or in this case, Coupons

A while back, I ordered a batch of business cards. To my dismay, they arrived with all sorts of errors making them essentially unusable. But the cardstock was a very nice thickness and I felt like there must be something I could do with them. Ta-da! Coupons!

By covering up all the misprints and making them look more interesting, I transformed them into snazzy little coupon cards to include in orders from my shop. Here's how I make them:

I start by punching a one-inch hole on one side of the card. This isn't necessary to making them coupons, but it's an easy way to make them stand out.



And to show my true pack-rat/craftiness, I've been saving those little punched circles and piecing together a garland by gluing two together over a length of string. I couldn't possibly throw away perfectly good little circles! ;)

Next, I cut pieces of cardstock to fit just inside the length and width of the business card. This cardstock comes from the edges of the bigger sheets I use to make my cards and art -- yet another thing I save for just such a occasion. Using my handy-dandy adhesive dispenser, I get the punched card good and sticky.



Then, I center the cardstock over the business cards, and most of the letters and images are covered up!



Then, again because I like to be crafty, I punch the colored hole I've created once with a regular-sized hole punch, and twice with a small punch, so it looks basically like this:



Sort of lunar, don't you think?

Then I print out my text onto return address labels. One sheet gives me thirty stickers. When I created the labels on the computer, I rotated the text on one end to allow me to fold the label over the top edge of the coupon, like so:



A few minutes later, I have thirty cute, unique, and hopefully useful little coupons, and I've turned the lemons of my bum business cards into lemonade... or coupons... with a lemony zing, if you will. ;)



What do you think? Do any of you include coupons? How about other tricks for using misprinted or outdated business cards?

Thanks for taking a look. Happy crafting!

8 comments:

Ann Martin said...

Great idea. I love the little faces! Not positive if that was your intention, but I think their expressions bring so much personality to the coupons.

planetjune said...

Great idea! I cut down my outdated business cards to get rid of the incorrect info, punch a hole in one end and use them as hang tags at shows - I print a sticker with the product info and stick it onto the blank back side of the card.

M. B. Karger said...

Ann, I have never seen the little faces in them until you mentioned it -- bonus!

planetjune, great idea to use them as hang tags! Thanks for sharing.

Aleutie said...

This is soo smart! I admide so much your ability to make a lemonade from misprints :) I would surely just running around, mad and miserable and unproductive. Can I post a link to this post from my blog? I really think it will be inspirational for other people.

abcgirl said...

clever monkey. now people will want your coupons just for their own arty sake!

brooklynechaos said...

That's a really good idea. When I actually start getting sales, this would be an awesome use for business cards that are outdated. I have two boxes of them. Instead of a circle though [cause I do not has one], I have a cute little 1" mouse. Hmm, I think that would work. I like your little insertion pack idea that goes along with this too. I have more scrapbook paper than I know what to do with. Thanks for the tips. They're super helpful!

texcinlulu said...

Oh so cleva!
Love this idea.
I also see the little faces.
Thought it was intentional.

John Ang said...

Great idea.

 

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