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Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Dave!Ooh! You can WIN FREE STUFF in this entry! Read on, fair reader...

Since starting this blog, I've refused at least a hundred offers to review crap, promote crap, or sell crap. So when a guy from Moo Printing emailed me with an offer of free business cards,. I was going to say no. But then he also offered to let me GIVE AWAY free business cards if I'd review my Moo experience. So I said "okay!" because I love my readers more than I love not lying.

And because I had a good experience with Moo in the past for my clothing tags, I figured there was a good chance I wouldn't have to say anything nasty in my review. That would be really awkward.

So I'll skip to the good part first. I LOVE MY NEW BLOGGER CARDS!

Dave Moo Cards!

Moo makes it ridiculously easy to create great-looking cards, stickers, postcards, and other cool stuff.

Once you've selected what you want to print, all you have to do is decide what you want for a design. I created new DaveToons to upload, but you can easily import images or graphics from Flickr, Picassa, SmugMug, Facebook, and even Etsy...

Moo Design Screen

And here's the thing that makes Moo so frickin' awesome... you can have a separate design for the front of EACH individual piece! Ordering 100 business cards? All 100 can have a different photo on them! If you use less images than the number of pieces you're ordering, Moo will attempt to evenly divide the cards between the designs.

What's cool about this is that I was able to make cards for both my blogs in the same box to save money over ordering two different cards separately. I made Bad Monkey cards in four different colors for Blogography, then made Lil' Dave card for DaveCafe (which I uploaded twice so I would have extra...

Moo Design Screen

Then you turn the card over to design the back. You can select colors, type what you want, then have Moo do the rest... or you can design something from scratch like I did...

Moo Design Center

And that's all there is to it, really. The whole process is dead-simple, and Moo lets you see what your finished cards are going to look like before you place your order. Once you're happy with things, all you have to do is checkout and wait.

When my cards finally arrived, I prepared myself for disappointment. Because the colors never seem to turn out like what you wanted... especially with the crazy, unprintable bright colors I used. But, surprise surprise, the printing was pretty darn good. The shading on Lil' Dave's face usually comes out all banded when printed, but the Moo printing had gradients that were smooth as butter. My "impossible to print" colors turned out much brighter than I was expecting (though not quite as bright as this photo from my iPhone shows)...

Dave's Moo Cards!

What really great is the paper stock Moo uses. The "Classic" paper I selected is a really nice 16pt thick stock with a satin finish that's soft to the touch. They also have a "Green" (as in eco-friendly, not color) stock that runs a bit higher. They "feel" good in the hand, and are sure to make an impression when you hand them out.

As shown in the first photo, Moo packs your cards in a classy but sturdy black box. It has tabbed dividers for "MINE" and "THEIRS" so you can even use it as a case if you want.

About the only complaint I had was that the cards were not centered in the cutting die very well when they were punched out. They're a couple millimeters offset. This doesn't seem like a big deal but, on something as small as a business card, you definitely notice it. I would think that Moo would be a little more careful given their high-quality standards, but there you have it...

Moo Card Front/Back

Does it "ruin" the card? Not really. I stayed within the "safety margin" I was given, so nothing got cut off. Most people probably won't even notice. But to an anal-retentive designer like myself, it's kind of a bummer. And yet... they're still the best business cards I've ever had.

And now for the good part...

Moo has generously offered to let me give away a box of 100 "Classic" business cards (a $39.98 value) plus free domestic shipping (a $7.75 value). If you want extras like "Green" paper... or the nifty rounded corners I have on my cards... or rush shipping... or international delivery... or whatever... you'll have to pay the difference yourself.

To enter in the drawing, just leave a comment telling me your favorite sandwich. I'll draw a name at random from all the commenters in one week on May 23rd (so get your comment posted by May 22nd!). Be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win (it won't be shown). GOOD LUCK! And thanks to Moo for not only my beautiful business cards, but for thinking of my readers too!

Wanna Moo too? Here's a direct link to their business cards page!

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Comments

  1. Kaply says:

    Hmmmmmm, sandwiches. I love them, but if forced at gunpoint to pick just one, I would have to pick the chicken teriyaki club with swiss that I used to get at this bar in New Hampshire. Yum.

  2. Suebob says:

    I don’t eat much bread anymore, but if I were going to, I’d get a vegetarian Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich on a baguette with pickled carrots and herbs and some amazingly flavored tofu.

  3. Shiny says:

    Mu favorite sandwich happens to be the Earl of.

    But a close second? “Chicken” Parmesean with a veggie cutlet. Yum!

  4. Nenette says:

    My favourite sandwich of all time is the classic BLT. Extra B.
    :) xo

    Oh, and those cards are swankilicious, Dave!

  5. Gary says:

    Great looking cards Dave! Longtime fan of the blog and your work. I’ll throw my hat into the ring for the draw. My favorite sandwich is probably an egg sandwich with miracle whip, a bit bland but it reminds me of being a kid and having my mom cook my brother and I lunch.

    Thanks and great job on the card designs again!
    G

  6. Kyra Wilson says:

    Hmm lately I’ve been in the mood for a Philly. :) My favorites change from french dip, to pizza, and more!

    I’m going to check Moo out, I have a huge need for printing right now, and I’m willing to multi-source. The uncentered part would be a killer though, so that’s a wee bit concerning. I’ll still go start digging through their site!

  7. Foo says:

    Super cool! My favorite sandwich hands down is grilled cheese.

  8. I had this for the first time when I lived in Tucson. Crusty bread, lean, thin-slided roast beef, and brie cheese. That’s it.

    Okay, maybe throw just a dab of mayonnaise on it…and maybe a few paper-thin slices of tomato. But it’s not really necessary.

    Gadzooks, it’s spectacular!

  9. The Triple Decker Diet Wrecker club sandwich from Miss Cordelia’s on Mud Island in Memphis TN.

  10. Seals says:

    Several years ago, a friend of mine “hired me” to be a sporting goods buyer at the store where he worked in Largo, Fla. My wife and I put our daughter in the backseat of a VW Bug and filled every remaining inch with our few possessions.

    By the time we arrived my friend had been fired. The store had never heard of me. It was a miserable month — filled with joblessness, hurricanes, a blown engine, and Bobby McFerron’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” on every radio.

    I finally got a job tearing tickets at a movie theater. It was my first real battle with depression and the Cuban deli across the plaza was my respite.

    The Cuban sandwich has been my favorite ever since.

  11. Jill says:

    My favorite sandwich is the Tuna Melt from Earl of Sandwich! It’s the best!

  12. Ben says:

    my favorite sandwhich right now has got to be a Veggie from Curtis Park Deli in Denver.

    A pesto chicken panini from hi*rise in Denver is a close second.

  13. Jeffrey says:

    A great set of cards to start off my new freelance business would be awesome!

    Favorite sandwich is the Five-Way Grilled Cheese at Mimi’s Cafe. So delicious that I started grilling my sandwiches at home with the parmesan on the outside too.

  14. Invader_Stu says:

    My favourite sandwich is patatjes met but I might be using insider knowlage to play favoritism with the judge.

  15. Megan says:

    Brie, apples and almonds on baguette. Yum!

  16. Howard says:

    Mmmmmmm, a turkey bacon club. Nom. Nom.

  17. Jennifer says:

    My current favorite sandwich is the ABC from Fat Olives Restaurant in Homer, Alaska. It is apple bacon and cheese and it is heaven on bread!

  18. Darci says:

    I most certainly love a brie, apple and nutella panni…pure heaven!

  19. martymankins says:

    My favorite sandwich is one filled with lots of pastrami. As for my favorite pastrami sandwich is made, there is a place called 9th Street Deli just off 9th and 9th here in Salt Lake City. They have the best and most flavorful pastrami I have ever tasted. So, so good.

    Thanks to Moo for sponsoring this contest.

  20. Avitable says:

    I love Moo cards. I’ve used them each year before BlogHer for new cards, and I can’t imagine using another company.

    I don’t eat sandwiches anymore, but I love a good Cuban.

  21. Brandon says:

    I’ve used Moo too and loved my cards.

    So many sandwiches to choose from but I’m particularly in love with the Sarducci from The Ram lately. Mmm…

  22. Robin says:

    My favorite sandwich is peanut butter with pickles!

  23. Matt says:

    wasabi tuna melt!

  24. Michael Boutros says:

    Definitely the classic Chicken Parm!

  25. Michael says:

    Roast beef with horseradish

  26. Catherine says:

    Crab, avocado & roast tomato slices on thick egg bread toast with a generous schmear of cream cheese & a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Mmm!

  27. kay says:

    Your cards look fabulous, Dave. I’m also a MOO fan and would love to receive a pack of cards.

    This question is tough, but I’m going to say my fave sandwich is fried sausage links with egg, cheese, and pepperoncinis on toasted wheat bread with mayo. Yum!

  28. Val says:

    blt without the t…..

  29. fogspinner says:

    Pastrami on dutch crunch with all the veggies and extra mayo. Our local meat market makes these, and I can get it hot with cheese if I want, or cold. Yum

  30. My favorite sandwich I’d have to go back to Germany for. On most of the autobahns they would have these small gas station rest stops complete with restaurants. The ones I remember stopping at in Bayern would have these small baguette sandwiches with meat cheese, homemade mayo, tomatoes, and lettuce.

    Now I want to go back to Germany….

  31. Steve in NH says:

    My favorite sandwich is the Monte Cristo at the Dinnerhorn Restaurant in Portsmouth, NH.

  32. kapgar says:

    “Favorite sandwich” is an interesting tie-in to a contest about business cards but I’ll bite… California Club since I’m developing an addiction to avocado. Yum!

    I think Moo is the company doing a promotion with About.me to create business cards based on your profile and the images you use. I’ve been debating ordering some.

  33. TonyTiger says:

    fried egg sandwiches!

  34. Jackson B. says:

    My favorite is a grilled cheese with fried green tomato.

  35. Carol Denton says:

    It’s hard to beat cream cheese and veggies on a bagel sandwich.

  36. apricoco says:

    At my university they offer a really nice caprese panini. I add sautéed peppers and onions and take the lettuce off. The sandwich makers know exactly how I like it so by the time I’ve ordered and paid it’s usually ready for me. Yummy!

  37. B.L.T.

    Because it’s got BACON!

  38. Bennigan’s Monte Cristo sandwich with the raspberry jelly dipping sauce.

    That iPhone photos of the cards is great. I thought it was a screenshot of sorts. I know it’s just a photo, but the colors are really nice in it.

  39. Iron Fist says:

    It’s funny you should ask because I have actually been heavily jonesing for a grilled cheese sandwich for the last several hours.

  40. Sibyl says:

    hmmmm. sandwiches. I have to say the classic peanut butter and jelly is REALLY hard to beat.

  41. the muskrat says:

    I use moo for my law firm’s business cards and love them. I’m a cheap bastard with my blogging business cards, though, and use a lesser provider that rhymes with Fista Bent.

  42. Jeff says:

    I am partial to the old standby, peanut butter and jelly, but with preserves from Europe with real sugar, not the corn syrup junk made here.

  43. Wade says:

    Classic egg salad sandwich on white bread has been a favorite of mine since childhood.
    Now I’m hungry. Thanks, Dave!!!

  44. DrRuss says:

    Peanut Butter and Jelly (especially if I have some crunchy cheetos available

  45. Abigail says:

    My favorite sandwich is cucumber, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce on toasted bread!

  46. Well, shit. I could use some kick-ass cards. My favorite sandwich was one I ordered at a cafe in Kralendijk, Bonaire. It was an apple-brie-bacon sandwich on whole wheat toast. Pure. Heaven.

  47. Walt says:

    my favorite is the tripple cheese and bacon steak at Johnny D’s! It screams you may not survive the day or even the hour!

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