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Apr072009

You Rang?

Don't you think old fashioned calling cards should make a comeback?
Back in the day, when stopping by a friend's house was "coming to call," ladies and gentlemen carried calling cards to announce to their would-be hosts just who had arrived--or who they had missed if indisposed. (If well-to-do folk could have bothered themselves to answer their own doors, maybe this little nicety might never have come to be.)

Now most of us have business cards and vcards and bluetooth profiles and all the other  social networking blahdeeblah known to man. But sometimes you don't want to share your every means of being contacted with every person you meet.

That's where calling cards come in:

Going to the park with your kid? When you meet a new playmate, give his mom or dad a way to get in touch with you that says "Cameron / M's Mommy / cblazer@gmail.com."

Going out on the town?* How about a card with just your name and number? A little vixen-y, but still classy.

Heading to a tweetup? A card with nothing but your web address is memorable, no?

I have dreams of going to a party where everyone's cooler than me (which is just about every party I've ever been to) armed with a stack of cards saying only "I'm rockin' the suburbs, just like Quiet Riot did."**

This downloadable pdf is designed to print 8 patterned cards. It's really just a form--when you type your information on any of the cards, it updates all the cards accordingly; you can enter as many words as you like, but the more you type the smaller your text will be. (It all makes more sense when you see it in action.) I designed these to be compatible with Avery pre-cut business cards (look for products 5881, 8373, 8869), but I printed mine on plain-ole cardstock and just cut-em out. I've included cut lines to make it a little easier.

As always, you can use this template as much as you like for personal, non-commercial use. 

* My use of the phrase "out on the town" probably gives away the fact that the last time I actually went out on said town was sometime in the last century, but you get my drift, no?

** Well, really, I'd use a different quote from the same Ben Folds song, but this is a family-ish blog, so you get my drift.

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Reader Comments (64)

Thanks for the calling cards! They are gorgeous. I printed mine on HP Brochure paper since I didn't have the Avery paper. I found this link from How About Orange last year. I just used them this weekend at CHA in Anaheim and everyone loved them. I need post a link to you from my blog.

January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnthonette

These are great! I DO think calling cards should absolutely come back!! How often have we all scribbled our email addy on a napkin for someone?? Actually, ESPECIALLY in this day & age with so much info to give out! Love it!!

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRee Donnelly

P.S. Forgot the most important thing... THANK YOU!!! :o)

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRee Donnelly

Hello~ i just found your cool blog through a crafter blog & it is great!
You are so kind to allow for use of these fantastic calling cards.
I am definitely posting about it on my blog (hope that is okay). I will be sending folks your way.
I am with you... calling cards can be helpful tools. Especially for us crafters when going to a craft convention, show or crop. You always seem to make friends but somehow their info gets lost in the crafting confusion.
Thank you so much.
Again, these calling card designs are FABULOUS!
Hope you can follow my blog at: http://archiving-angel.blogspot.com
Sonia

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonia

thank you for sharing these. they are super cool. I can't wait to play around with them and print them up!

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tiny Homestead

Thank you these are lovely and just what I needed. My husband makes beautiful hardwood boxes and is doing a Christmas Fair at Semur en Auxois, Burgundy, France and I just wanted to make sure that it is ok to use them in that way.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Pat, that is absolutely fine.I hope he has a successful fair!

November 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterCameron Blazer

I can't get the calling cards printable to download. Can you email directly?

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShan

I would so love to have these. Can you email the file for multi line? I am unable to download it. Thanks!

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

very cute! but how do I write in 2 lines?

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererica

These collection of design are gorgeous. I like it so much.

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPlastic business card

I agree! The calling card should come back. These will in my family! Thank you for sharing your talent.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria H

You don't know how thankful I am for this. Just so great!
Thank you bunches.
Geri

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