I’ve suddenly dropped into the gourmet cupcake businesses. I love to make cupcakes. I love to eat cupcakes, but mainly I love to make them. New flavors, a little odd flavors, nostalgic flavors. Usually, I send them with my husband to work as a treat for his team. Plus, I use my brother and his big family as part of my taste testers — he has 7 kids. He’s also become a great buyer of my cupcakes. Word of mouth is spreading and people are seeing my cupcakes arriving at work from both of them, and now I’m getting new orders. Woohoo!
With my last order for a group at their office, my brother was telling me to send some business cards, but I didn’t have any baking or cupcake business cards, just my Etsy store cards. In just a quick few minutes, I was able to whip up this baby and wanted to share how easy it was. The best part is the QR code that any smartphone can scan and go directly to my cupcake order page. How cool is that?
Make Your Own Business Cards
1. Step 1 is to find a high resolution white image. I just googled that and then saved the image to my computer. I found this one here. Just right click, hit “Save Image As.”
2. Go to PicMonkey and click photo edit, then choose that image to get started.
3. To create the business card dimension, you will need to first rotate the image onto its side. Then click “Resize” and change the measurements to 1050 x 600. Now we have our business card shape.
4. Next, we will start to create the business card. First, to bring in your own elements, you’ll use “Overlays” and click “Your Own.” This will let you pull up any images you have in your computer to add to your business card.
5 . Next, choose your background. I am in the middle of creating a new blog for only my cupcake orders. This pink background is what I’m using, so I did a search for “free pink striped background.” I then saved the image to my computer, and used Overlays to bring it in.
6. Once you have placed your background how you like it on the image, click the circled button at the top to merge it to the photo. Otherwise, when you add additional elements to your card, it will get very frustrating and you’ll end up moving that darn background accidentally.
You can also search for free clip art online. I found this great little cupcake that went perfectly with my design and brought it into the image under Overlays with “Your Own.”
To print your business cards, save your business card image on PicMonkey. I use Microsoft Word for the business cards. I set my margins to “narrow” and then I insert the business card into my Word document. Then, I resize it down so that 2 can fit on the same row. This allows me to put a total of 10 business cards on one sheet to print.
Now, how to get that fancy QR code onto your stuff? It’s super easy. There is a great website to do that at Kaywa. They have free and paid accounts. For the FREE account, you are allowed up to 5 QR codes. I don’t plan on using more than maybe 2 or 3, so I thought that was perfect.
1. Sign up for a free account. Then, you’ll be taken here, which is your dashboard. The choices for creating a QR code are “URL” “Facebook” “Contact” or “Coupon.” Choose URL for your website. Then enter your website in the space provided.
2. Next, you’ll choose dynamic or static QR code. A dynamic one will allow you to change the web address if needed. The static one will not. I chose the dynamic one so that I can switch the website if I ever need to do that.
Then, click Generate, and your new QR code appears. You can even test it yourself with your own smartphone on the screen.
3. Now that you have generated the code, you’ll want to save it to your computer. Click “Download” and it saves to your computer. Then, you’ll go back to PicMonkey, go back to Overlays, and choose “Your Own” and bring up the QR code. Then, place it anywhere on your image. Plus, you can change the color of the code, and it still works just fine. I chose to change mine to the same gray color that my title was.
To create labels of any sort, just follow the business card tutorial and change the sizes as needed.
The cottage food laws in the state of Texas require a label on food items with a disclaimer and allergens. I made a label I can easily print off in batches and personalize to the name of the baked good and the specific allergens. I also included my QR code on the label as well.
In the state of Texas to be a home baker, there are certain things your label MUST have.
1. You must have the name of your business and its address (which I’ve blurred for this blog purpose).
2. The name of the baked good — which I have left a big open space to hand write on my labels.
3. You must include this word for word disclaimer with your baked goods:
This food is made in a home kitchen and is not inspected by the Department of State Health Services or a local health department.
4. You must also include which of these allergens are in your items:
Eggs, Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy, Milk
There you have it! An easy way to make business cards and labels without buying expensive software. Plus, the cool trick of putting QR codes into your biz cards and labels so your website or Facebook page can easily be found.