Going into business for yourself can be sweet, but bringing in new customers is not always a cake walk. Reach out to the community and provide potential clients a way to satisfy their sweet tooths by handing out business cards. You can design your own cupcake business cards with a couple of quick clicks through a variety of computer programs. Save money for sprinkles and sugar by doing cards yourself instead of sending the job to a graphic design firm. With a few minutes’ time, you will have a cupcake card ready to sweeten the deal.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Publisher
- Windows Paint
- Digital image
- Microsoft Word
Open Microsoft Publisher, click “Publications for Print” and select “Business Cards.” Scroll through the preset design options and double-click the one you like, which will then open in the Publisher workspace.
Click your cursor inside a placeholder text box, which becomes highlighted. Type your name and other details, such as your store address, phone number, website, hours of operation, catering details and cupcake flavour choices on each of the placeholder text lines on the card. Highlight the new words and use the text toolbar at the top of the screen to change the words’ font, size and colour.
Right-click a placeholder image on the card and choose “Change Picture.” Select “Clip Art.” Type “cupcake” into the “Search for” box and click “Go.” Scroll through the clip art results and double-click the image you want to use, which will then appear in place on the card.
Click the “Color Schemes” link on the “Business Card Options” pane on the left side of the screen. Scroll through the colour options; look for one that matches your business or building colours. Double-click the colour group, which changes the business card’s appearance on the workspace.
Click the “Multiple” button under the “Copies per sheet” section on the “Business Card Options” pane. This ensures you will print multiple cards per page, rather than just one. Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the file (e.g., “CupcakeCard”) and select a destination for the file on your computer.
Open Windows Paint, pull down the “File” menu and click “Open.” Browse to a close-up photo of one of your cupcakes and double-click the file, which opens in the Paint workspace. Click the “Select” tool, which looks like a square made of dotted lines, and draw an outline around the image. Press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys to copy the selection.
Pull down the “File” menu again and click “New.” Pull down the “Image” menu and click “Attributes.” Set the dimensions as 3.5 inches by 2 inches and click “OK.” When the white card space appears, press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys to copy in the cupcake photo. Drag it into place on the left side of the card.
Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A.” Click onto the card and type your name, cupcake business name, address, phone number and hours of operation. Add any specific details, such as “Specializing in Kids’ Parties” or “Featuring Liquor-Infused Cupcakes.”
Add a colourful background to the card by clicking a paint colour from the “Color Picker” at the bottom of the screen, clicking the “Paint Bucket” tool and clicking inside the white space of the card, which fills with colour behind the text and graphics.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the file, set a destination for it on your computer and click the “Save” button.
Open Microsoft Word, pull down the “File” menu and click “New.” When the “New Document” pane opens, type “business card” into the “Search online for” box and click “Go.” Scroll through the results, click a link to preview a card and click the “Download” button. A full page of cards opens in the Word workspace.
Click your cursor into the top left card and highlight the placeholder text. Replace each line with your own information, such as your daily cupcake flavour specials, prices on a single cupcake or a dozen, hours of operation and contact details.
Click once on the placeholder graphic on the card, then press the “Delete” key. Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type “cupcake” into the “Search for” box, click “Go,” double-click a graphic and drag it into place on the business card.
Highlight the entire new card, including text and graphics. Right-click the highlight and select “Copy.” Move your cursor into the next card and highlight all of the placeholder information, including text and graphics. Right-click and select “Paste,” which pastes your new information over the template. Repeat this for all of the template cards on the page.
Click the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the file and save it to your computer.
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