Although Timespun Threads is an online venture, and as such will most likely be marketed mainly online too, I thought it would be a good idea to get some business cards printed, to give to friends who show interest in what I am doing - and strangers who admire my graphics when I wear them out and about!
I designed my cards in GIMP, using a mixture of "old" and "new" font styles, brickwork pattern background and orange / black / grey / white colour scheme, along the same lines as my website and social media headers / banners. It seemed best to include my web address only, as any list of my shop / social pages and contacts - which my site of course links to anyway - will go out of date as I add to their number.
Doing a little research online, I found a site called myprint247, which offers "free" business cards - 50 cards for which you pay just the postage cost: £3.95 for standard UK delivery. (These cards also have the firm's branding on the back - so they get some free advertising out of it too.) There are a good number of different design templates to choose from, but - as I found - you can effectively design your own cards by choosing one of the "Simple" text-only templates with a plain white background, deleting the text elements, uploading your own design as an image, and resizing and centring it accordingly.
Anyway, I decided to order these, and they duly arrived a week later. Although you can't really expect perfection from a "free" product (the printing is a bit off-centre, as the photo shows), these cards do their job well - the card itself is decent (350gsm, silk finish) - and I would recommend them to anyone here in the UK who needs, as I did, a small number of functional business cards at a low cost.