Alright ladies and gents… are you ready to get your hands dirty today? I mean reeeeally dirty?? You can bring gloves if you want, but I left mine at home. (Too much on my mind!) Sure, I could create a cute little business card design online and send off for hundreds of card for $29.99, but is that really Rusted Roots style? I think not! So, let’s hunt some salvaged wood to make this girls some one-of-a-kind business cards!!
I hit up my favorite salvage yard, well, it’s a building actually but they specialize in deconstructing historic homes and selling the achitecture to people like ME!! It’s called ReUse Warehouse and it’s in Durham, NC. I love the guys over there! They are so good about remembering where each little jiblet of wood came from. So, as I dug through the wood to find the perfect pieces. Not only did I walk away with dirty hands, but a killer story!!
Can’t say I didn’t warn you!! So, what’s all the black you ask? Well, the wood I picked was actually beadboard. WHITE beadboard! But it was black from a fire that destroyed part of the home. The Clinton, NC home was known as the Alfred Johnson House and was built back in the 1830’s!! Talk about history!! I have some amazing pictures of the house. I’ll have to save those for another day! Back to these dirty hands…
I grabbed my wood and a few other goodies and headed home for a nice bath, both me and the wood!!
I couldn’t believe the woods after I got it cleaned up! Still black… but no grimy soot!! It took a lot of elbow grease to get the soot off. I thought for sure the black would come with it, but it didn’t! And I was soooo glad!! I wanted it to still have that black color! It tells a story!! I cut all of my wood into tiny squares and hit the computer to design my wrap!
I made 107 of the tiny squares… and designed some ‘normal’ business cards to give out as well!!
The designing of the wraps was a long and tedious process. Lots of trial and error. Trial and more error. Trial and print. More error. It really wasn’t worth photographing. Ha ha!! So let’s just get to the good part!! I printed all of my wraps at a local office supply store. They has the best printers. They colors are always so vibrant. And since I was printing on kraft paper, I wanted to make sure the colors pop!! And they did!!
My mom helped me assemble all 107 cards on a Sunday afternoon! It was actually quite fun! We sipped on our Diet Dr. Peppers and worked out on the back deck. There was a nice breeze. It was nice…
We hand-nailed each and every wrap onto the squares with some cute ‘lil rustic nails I found at the hardware store! $1.30 for all of them!! Add that to the $15 for the wood, $3 for kraft paper, and $4 for the printing costs… and I’ve got less than $25 in ALL of these cards!!
Once mom and I got on a roll, it only took a couple hours to nail ’em all out! I could not be happier!!
The front of the cards are just perfect!! I am smitten over my new logo!! Everything about it is juuuust right!
And the back is perfect too!! Each card has the history of the wood right on the back!! I figure with all the DIY bloggers I will be spending the next few days with, someone is bound to come up with something creative to do with this ‘lil chunk ‘o wood!
(Correction: So, maybe they are not exacty perfect! Upon further investigation and a handy tip-off from a Facebook friend, I realize that they say “bare” and really it should be “bear”, but you know what?? Aint nobody or no word stealing my joy over these junky business cards!! So forgive me, if you get one and there’s a spelling error. Hey, we all have Rusted Roots!!)
So, what d’ya think?? You likey?? I hope to team up with some of my bloggy friends after the conference and show you all some fun stuff you can make out of these wood pieces. So, if you went to Haven and you got one, email me!! Let’s gather some friends and create some beauty from these Rusted Roots!!