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Create a Portable Portfolio of Your Artworks for Mobile Promotion

Creating business cards for your art business, is a no brainer and artists have been using deals like the one offered at Vistaprint for 250 Premium Business Cards for $10. Shipping Included for years. Or at least you should have been! Dont worry, its still an option if you need it.

But a single business card isnt the best way for an artist to promote themselves. Im sure you have a great graphic (although, Artist Business Cards are surprisingly usually quite dry in my experience) and if you can talk up a client or buyer it does the job just like it would for any other business.

But your still going to be limited to a single image, many artists present many skills and styles. In some scenarios it would be convenient to be able to show off one of your portrait pieces, in hopes of grabbing a gig, or perhaps you want to show off that album cover art, ore really ideally , wouldnt it be cool to just be able to carry little facsimiles of ALL your works with your contact and site info, right on the card. With a traditional card that could be quite expensive.

Thats what makes Moo cards my new promo tool and suggestion for any artists or webmasters out there. In a single package of cards you can get as many different designs as you like. You can upload as many images as cards you are printing. The price isnt quite as cheap as the standard Vistaprint deal but its quite comparable and it beats making little ATC's yourself.

They also carry some off format options, the ones pictured above are their mini cards. About half the width of a standard card. Great for having a unique card but can also be used to create tags for crafts or to put into your etsy packages.

The Basic cards run a little under $20 for each 50 cards you get in standard size. Mini-cards run about half price for $20 for each 100 double sided cards. Keep in mind that these are double sided cards and Moo cards does only heavy gloss stock or a green option. So, prices are right in line with any premium card option except you get the awesome option of carrying mini versions of ALL your work right in your pocket.

Look over their options here at Moo Cards

I ordered two sets for my sample of the product. In the first combo, I made three copies each of  ten of my favorite personal paintings. I made ten featuring my company logo and for the additional ten I had fun and used photoshop to make collages of my artworks and play with textures and colors.

The other set was really fun for me, it was a first in one portion of my business. I run tons of websites. Sometimes, I would like to interview people or offer advertising opps to people offline. I was able to make unique cards for almost all of my websites! I used the image side for the url, logo and a pithy slogan and the backside had my master generic info. With a little creativity, Im sure you can come up with dozens of reasons to make moo cards.

You may also be excited by their sticker pack options, but Ill showcase those in a future post after my order comes in.

100 different cards

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I came across a really fun craft idea on Pinterest today.
The image showed a child's drawing converted into a fun stuffed animal or more accurately a "softie"
You can see it below.

The caption stated that, if you send a kids drawing to this sites service, they would (for a fee) send you an original child's toy created from the drawing.

Since, I am always on the lookout for methods to make money from my art or ideas to share on this site and related projects, I went in for further examination.

The other "softies" were amazing! These things don't compare to grandma's sock monkeys, she has a real talent for soft sculpture and making 2d images appear in the real. I'm reminded of Joan Miro's transition from 2d work to full scale theater.

That is awesome right! If you are unfamiliar with Miro, here is

Figure at Night Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks of Snails 1940

I would really give this Artist who makes these softies the credit for being great in soft sculpture and knowledge of materials. I wouldn't call these "children's toys"

But, not surprisingly when I was reviewing her site, I saw this notice:

My site has gone viral; people say that I’m on Pinterest; people are blogging about me. But  now I don’t know how long people will have to wait before I get to their order.  The 4-6 week turnaround time has just gone out the window.
So, here’s an idea.  Let’s keep Child’s Own Studio a secret for a while?   Don’t share this website with your friends, pin me on Pinterest, post about me on facebook or blog about me.   Yes, shhhhhhh….until I catch up.
Now, that's got to be a great feeling, to be so overwhelmed with commissions that she has to post that notice!

So, although, I am "blogging" about her Art, I am also reposting her "dont share me" post, so I hope they cancel each other out.

So as this site is mostly about how to market your art and how to utilize your creativity to earn money, I dug in deeper ...

If you click the link below, you can see just how popular this site has been on Pinterest.

 People really love these, rightfully so, as this Artist is very skilled at it, but are you capable of something similar? I expect many think they are and few actually are, but the market appears to be quite open.

She sells these in the range of $70-150 USD and has more demand than she can handle, maybe you want to join up with her , utilize her great presence or buzz, or maybe be inspired to start your own variation on the concept?

Personally, I think she is far underpricing her Art!

So how about, can you think of your own variations on this concept? Brainstorm in the comments below!

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