When you’re your own start-up (ahem, yes that would be me), it pays to have some snazzy business cards — ones that are eye-catching, stand out from the pack, and show off a little of your own personality.
Now, I do — thanks to Moo.com.
Don’t get me wrong. My old cards were fine. But these? Even my husband says I can only give these out to people who are “worthy.” Is that a high compliment or what?
Founded in 2004 by Brit Richard Moross, Moo allows you to design your own custom business cards, mini cards, greeting cards, stickers, stickers and labels — using your own photos or logos.
Recently, the company gave me the opportunity to try out their services for free to see what I thought about them. I decided to create both business cards and greeting cards, using both my Food Gal logo and photos I’d taken that have appeared on this blog.
The results were amazing. First, the quality of the paper is top-notch. These are business cards with heft. The weight of them is substantial, so much so that anyone you hand one to is definitely going to notice. Second, the card can be designed with color images on both the front and back. Third, you can mix up the design in your order, too, choosing a couple of them instead of just being stuck with one. Third, the paper is sourced from sustainable forests. Fourth, for an even more environmentally correct option, you can choose to have your cards printed on recycled paper that’s been manufactured using wind power.
For my business cards, I chose to stick with just one image — one of my all-time favorites that I photographed, the modern German chocolate cake created by Pastry Chef Bill Corbett of Absinthe Brasserie in San Francisco. Anyone who knows me, knows my sweet tooth, so it was only fitting.
For the greeting cards, I chose an assortment of food images I’d taken over the years — from my late Mom’s chicken and rice dish to the simple beauty of fresh, ripe figs. The images reproduced beautifully on the cards, which again were quite sturdy and had a nice satin coating.
The cards are not necessarily inexpensive: 100 business cards are $39.98; and 25 greeting cards with envelopes are $39.99.
But the Moo team prides itself on quality design and it definitely shows.
Contest: Three lucky Food Gal readers will win a chance to design their own set of 50 Moo business cards for free. One of those three also will get a bonus prize — a chance to design 25 Moo holiday cards for free in addition to their business cards.
Entries, open to anyone since Moo ships worldwide, will be accepted through midnight PST Sept. 29. Winners will be announced Oct. 1.
How to win?
You’ve already seen what images I chose to put on my cards. Tell me what images or designs you would put on your cards — and why. Best answer wins the business cards and holiday cards. Two runner-up answers will win the business cards.
Winner of Last Week’s Contest: In the previous Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me your favorite thing about fall. Best answer will win a free pair of tickets to San Francisco Magazine’s FallFest extravaganza on Oct. 13 at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.
Emily L., who wrote, “Autumn means wrapping an apron over bulky sweaters. It means waning afternoon light that arouses a hearty appetite for braised meats, roasted cruciferous, spice-laden stews, and charismatic red wines. Fall means pushing aside pencils and brushing off eraser dust from the table before setting it for dinner. This season brings reflection on a summer past, thanksgiving for the present, and optimism about the winter ahead.”