Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Made It for Me: Kirstin of Kojodesigns


Shannon and I love a good sister team of crafters, and Kirstin and Jordan of Kojodesigns are nothing short of amazing! These two have a brilliant eye for design, as you can tell from the parties and fantastic printables that they're always sharing (this farmer's market birthday party and sprinkled with love birthday party are two of our fav's!) Also I've decided to let these two plan both of my children's future birthday parties. I mean, I haven't asked them yet, but I'm sure they'll be cool with it.

Kojodesigns is full of DIY's, yummy recipes, and parties that will knock your socks off.
Please help me welcome Kirstin!

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Hey Eat.Sleep.MAKE friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I'm so excited to be here today. Not only do I just adore Jen and Shannon and their fabulous blog, I love the idea behind this series. Honestly, I don't really make things for myself. I pin things to make for myself, and intend to make things for myself, but it is one of those things that always gets put on the backburner. What a great idea to have a whole series to remind us to actually make some of the things on our boards and lists.

how to make metallic edged business cards

Now, before I headed to SNAP (the conference) last week, I ordered some mint striped business cards.

DIY guilded business cards 

And they turned out great.

But I sort of have a hard time leaving good enough alone, so I decided to gild the edges with copper.

how to gild your own business cards 

And now I love them even more.

Even better? Turns out, DIY gilding is super easy! All you need is a can of metallic spray paint. Want to try it?

how to gild your own business cards

First, stack your cards/paper as close together as possible. Really pack them in. Secure them in place (I used a box and filled the empty side with extra paper, smashing them tightly together with no wiggle room at all). Then spray that edge with the lightest coat of spray paint you can muster. Two important thing- you want zero clumps, so really shake the spray paint can. Also, if you coat the paint heavily at all, it'll leak through and make quite the metallic mess on your cards. So spray the first coat as lightly as possible. Then after you give them a good decent chunk of time to dry, and spray (LIGHTLY) again. And again. Repeat until there is a solid metallic coat of paint on one side. Then repeat with the other three sides.

how to make metallic edged business cards

Even though it's a little finicky, the gilded fabulousness is totally worth it.

A few more make-for-me ideas at kojodesigns that you might be interested in checking out (and making for yourself!)? This Kate Spade inspired bag, a pair of glitter covered shoes, or a flattering-for-everyone dress. Plus, here are 32 DIY Mother's Day ideas (any of which you could make for yourself instead). Thanks again for hosting this great series, Jen and Shannon (and thanks for having us!).

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Thanks for showing off your gorgeous cards, Kirstin! One day, Shannon and I will have to get pretty business cards like this. For now, we'll have to stick to our print and cut ones. I (Jen) have been banned from cutting our business cards because last time I hacked them into crazy odd angles. Oops :)

Make sure you visit Kirstin and Jordan's at Kojodesigns to see more fabulous parties, recipes, and more!

2 comments:

  1. What a great idea! It adds just a little extra uniqueness that helps your card stand out. Love it!

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  2. love how thoroughly you explain your process.
    my printer is unable to guild my cards, so was wanting to do it myself, but i am worried about spray paint leaving the cards smelling - how do you solve that problem?

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