I have just changed the name of my little studio - the old registration was due for renewal and the government wanted money to let me enjoy myself. I decided to do so without their let or hindrance.
Pity about the pile of older business cards. No good now - I chucked them in the bin.
But what options for new ones? Fortunately in the Pages program that live in my iMac computer there is a selection of self-print business cards. One is termed a "Modern Photographer" ...with a small graphic design of a 4" x 5" sheet of film! You can take the icons off the shelf, but you can't take them out of the mind...
Okay - added all the information about name, address, phone number, and blog site. I assigned photos of ten of my Hot Rod Honeys into the little 4 x 5 sheet film graphic.
Then I cast about for the thickest and stiffest printing paper in the computer room. Like anyone in the trade, I have a pile of cast-off equipment and supplies that serve to do most of the hard work of my hobby. In this case I dug out a half-used box of rough old Hahnemuhle paper - something that was intended to be used for fine art and high ideals. I have long realised that these two concepts have nothing to do with me, so the paper languished.
Well, it is nice paper. And it is thick. I've had thinner sandwiches on British Rail. It is far too thick to pass through the ordinary paper path on my Epson 3000.
Bless Epson, they are used to dealing with people as simple as I - You press the menu button on the printer and it gives a step-by-step breakdown on how to load thicker material utilising the front feed slot and a shallow curved holder at back. It's always worthwhile physically bending the paper flat before you load it - just prevents head strike or ink smear.
Anyhoo - you have to instruct the printer what paper it is, and if you don't have the Hahnemuhle profile loaded you can make do with the Epson Matte or Archival Matte and it prints pretty well. Once you do, it fires out a pretty good A4 with ten of he business cards on it - and the best part is that at the margins of the paper it prints cutting marks -join them up with a pencil and scissors the cards apart.
Cheap? Well, the paper was just sitting there...Nasty? Not a bit. Thick, but...like a British Rail sandwich.