there are so many times i see a cute girl or a cute bike that i long for a connection to... well, talk about bikes. so many opportunities missed! so, i've decided to no longer miss out on the amazing friendships that could have been so i put my mind to making cards for the blog and voila... cards to give to that super cute commuter that i could be having coffee with next week. who knows, she could be a guest blogger to offer some savvy advice about fixing a flat or bike touring. at first i was a little hesitant to make them because i don't want to seem like i'm promoting the blog for hits or followers. by all means, i'd rather serve very few who are genuinely interested in living a lifestyle on bicycle and building community, that's what this blog is about. so, to do so i need to take it out to the streets!
if your wondering how to make this a D.I.Y. project, i advise that you use photoshop. if you don't have photoshop or you're not savvy using it, use picnik.com (it's free!) to edit photos, add text, etc. if you use picnick, just make sure that you add layers of borders to your image and set the color border to blend in as a whole to add text. use a photo that is your blogs default avatar, that way receivers recognize who you are when they look for you. i use the avatar i use for this blog, twitter, facebook etc. speaking of text, add your name, website, email, and blog statement that way receivers know what the purpose of the card is and what you're about. use color to make it stand out, make it pretty! make sure in the end to crop the finished product as the size of a card (617 x 293) that way when it prints it looks wallet size in length. to print i used dry media heavy weight paper, sized as standard print paper, that way it gives the card a thicker feel with great color print. when the card design is complete, print out 8 (2.5 x 3.5) images of the card, use a xacto knife, cutting board, or scissors to cut (they don't need to be perfect), and there you have it! a blog card to share with a cute commuter! i hope this inspires other ladies riders to do so too as i know many of you were wondering about doing the same thing. just do it! think about all the great adventures you could be inspiring others to have or have with you!
if you need further assistance contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll be happy to guide you through.
happy blog card making!