Free Canine Christmas Card Template

Free Canine Christmas Card Template

As you know we LOVE all things canine and think them divine!
This is especially true around Christmas time.
From dressing them up using mini cute antlers to hanging their very own stockings.
Or placing a Santa’s hat on their heads and with unbridled joy insisting on taking them walking.
Best of all, is perhaps the joy they simply bring into our lives.
And a shared Christmas spirit with them is a delightful winter’s high.

Download this set and pair them with a present of choice or give them to all of your favorite doggie ‘fur-iends’.

  • Open the file using Microsoft Word or a similar program.
  • You will now see the designated area(s) of this template where you can replace the current greeting with your own.
  • You will also be able to replace the mock logo with your own logo.
  • Now print out as many as you need using card stock or photo paper for best results.
  • Cut around the edges.
  • Using the dull side of a butter knife, press down and run across the marked center to create a crease. This will keep it from cracking when you fold it.
  • These cards are 4.25 x 5.5 inches and will fit an A2 Envelope.

We ‘dig’ when we get to see our items being used, so please share with us by leaving a comment below or feel free to ‘tag’ us through Facebook. Enjoy!

[ Psst! We created a quick video showing how to edit this template ]

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Free Feline Christmas Gift Tags

Free Feline Christmas Gift Tags

Here at Sniff Design, we love kitties too! We have not forgotten our fellow felines friends during this holiday season. So, today’s little freebie is about all things feline!

Download this set of Christmas gift tags today and pair them with a present of choice for your favorite feline friend.

• Print on card stock or photo paper for best results
• Cut around the edges and using a hole punch, punch a hole in the marked center
• To add an extra touch of feline inspired flair, use string to tie the tag to the gift

We ‘purr’ when we get to see our items being used, so please share with us by leaving a comment below or feel free to ‘tag’ us through Facebook. Enjoy!

Feline Kitty Christmas tags free download by Sniff Design Studio

 

Feline Blue Kitty Christmas tags free download by Sniff Design Studio

 

Feline Brown Kitty Christmas tags free download by Sniff Design Studio

 

Feline Orange Kitty Christmas tags free download by Sniff Design Studio

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Graphic Designer Specializing in The Pet Industry – 5 Reasons Why

The Advantages Of Hiring A Graphic Designer Specializing in The Pet Industry – 5 Reasons Why

Congratulations! You are a burgeoning Petpreneur who is ready to take on the world – (ahem), the world of pets that is. You have a plan in action, a set of products or services ready to go. Professional training and/or working experience. So…now what? It’s time to find a designer. And not just any designer, but one who will understand your niche related business inside and out and who will be able to deliver the work with care and precision.

The sad truth is that such designers are often difficult to find because this often means that they can only endeavor a limited set of creative services with the aim to help make your business memorable; when what you really need is for it is to be REMARKABLE.

Here are 5 reasons why hiring a niche specific designer will pay off dividends for your pet related business.

1.)  They will be able to develop highly specific and compelling design(s) that will be appreciated by your target audience. Make your mark and bark!

The Advantage of Hiring-Pet Business Graphic Designer Reason 1

2.)  They will be up to date when it comes to creative and marketing related savvy tactics within your industry.

The Advantage of Hiring Pet Industry Graphic Designer Point 2

3.)  They will have close ties to the industry – they have their eyes and ears close to ground on the latest emerging trends.

The Advantage of Hiring Pet Business Graphic Designer Point 3

4).  Since they will have a shared love and passion for animals as you, they will never fail in creating a unique brand that will help make you stand out from the pack.

The Advantage of Hiring Pet Business Graphic Designer Point 4

5.)  They will NEVER tire of talking with their clients about all things pet/animal related. Which brings us back to reason #1.

The Advantage of Hiring Pet Business Graphic Designer Point 5

Last but not least, make sure to check out the portfolio of the considered designer. While many designers can design outside of what is in their portfolio and comfort zones, your main goal is to distinguish those whose portfolio will best represent your shared personality, passion and niche.

 

 

Taking Command Of Your Pet Business Brand – Pets+ Magazine Guest Contributor Sniff Design Studio

Taking Command Of Your Pet Business Brand – Pets+ Magazine Guest Contributor Sniff Design Studio

We’re pleased to start off the new year with some exciting news! Sniff Design Studio® was asked to write an article for up and coming Pets+ Magazine, a premier pet business to business mag.

Given our past and current experience in pet business branding we had the pleasure of contributing an article explaining the importance of not only having good branding – but professional branding.

 

If you’d like download and read the article click on the following link:
Command Your Brand Business Article by SniffDesignStudio for Pets+ Mag.

Otherwise, you can read it here:

COMMAND YOUR BRAND
THESE ARE FIVE CRITICAL BRANDING MISTAKES THAT WAY TOO MANY PET BUSINESSES MAKE.

BRANDING is a critical element in the success of any business, big or small. When done well, it’s like offering a firm handshake to each and every potential client you meet. And when done badly, it’s like sticking your tongue out at the world. So why do so many people get it wrong? Let’s look at five of the biggest branding mistakes that too many pet professionals regularly make.

Mistake #1: They don’t understand the power of a brand.

Your store design, logo, signage and advertising are all a bold statement that you are making to everyone who sees it. Those potential customers are going to quickly boil down your statement and file it in one of three basic categories: “We are really cool!” or “We are pretty average!” or “We are a freaking mess!” Once that statement is made, it is very hard to convince potential customers differently. This may sound like heresy to some, but a well-executed brand can even cover up for a weak service — at least for a little while. (At the very least, a strong brand buys you more tolerance for your mistakes.)

Mistake #2: They skimp on what it costs to build a brand.

Building a powerful brand takes time, skill and money. Too many pet business owners try to brand their new businesses (or re-brand their existing ones) over a single weekend. Saturday, they sip wine and think strategic “big” thoughts about their business. And then on Sunday, they go nuts with a CD of clip-art and a million Windows fonts. Believe me: in the end, your audience can see exactly what you invested in creating your brand. Just as bad as doing a bad D-I-Y job is hiring out your critical identity work to a $99-per-logo factory that doesn’t care one bit about what lasting impression your business will make.

Mistake #3: They don’t stick to strong brand guidelines.

Once you’ve established your brand style, stick to it. While it will be incredibly tempting to use a color or a font outside of your business’s usual style, doing this too often will negatively impact your customers’ perceptions. Customers see an

inconsistent brand as unreliable. This negative perception can be easily avoided by establishing a detailed style guide for your business and following it religiously. Stay disciplined!

Mistake #4: They build a brand and then let it stagnate.

If you’ve avoided Mistake #3 and maintained your brand guide lines for a period of time, eventually your cutting-edge identity will need refreshing. Logo artwork falls out of trend. Store signage fades and needs updating. Advertising campaigns run their course and need a new direction. (Even Met Life finally got rid of their famed Snoopy advertisements just a few months ago.) While the strongest brands might need only subtle changes over the long term, they are still in a constant process of changing and growing. Working with a knowledgeable pet industry designer can help you navigate this challenge and help your brand mature gracefully.

Mistake #5: They try to appeal to everyone.

To build the strongest possible brand, start by accepting the fact that you won’t appeal to everyone. The brand that connects most strongly with one type of customer is unlikely to connect as strongly with others. Don’t weaken your appeal and suck all the personality out of your brand by trying to reach everyone. Pick your niche and target customer, decide on your brand personality, and roll the dice!

MONICA CEVALLOS is founder and owner of Sniff Design Studio®; a small, award-winning graphic design boutique and pet blog that has catered exclusively to pet business professionals around the world since 2003. Contact Monica here.

 

Last but not least, if you are a pet business owner and/or manager you can get a FREE subscription of Pets+ Mag.  Pawsome!

 

 

Animals Around The World – Illustration Collection Must Have

Animals Around The World – Illustration Collection Must Have

With the weather here in Eugene, Oregon turning colder it’s got me thinking about staying warm. I love the cold weather.  What’s fun is to think is that there are also animals who also seemed to have been ‘made’ for cold climates. So, after coming across the work of this award winning illustrator, I found myself enthralled with this collection of animal illustrations by Andy Ward Studio.

The 1st set is:    The Animals Of The Arctic Circle. Feel that delicious cold rush of air!
The 2nd set is:   The Animals of Amazonia. Can you hear the rain?
The 3rd set is:    Animals of Africa. Whew! Feeling the heat yet?

So, what are you waiting for? Go and get em’!

I need to get all three collections – they’d be perfect for this here Sniff Design office. 😉

animals-around-the-world set of animal illustration collection by Andy Ward Studio

Friday Freebie – DIY Chanel Dog Style Vase Label

Friday Freebie – DIY Chanel Dog Style Vase Label

I love retro design. From furniture, to office supplies and more, I am always on the lookout to add more little treasures into my own home and office . I’ve come to feel that vintage is timeless simply because it’s classy and stylish. One such item that comes to mind is Chanel No.5 parfum. Ooo-la-la!

A while ago I found a DIY label design modeled after this parfum. I loved it! But as you know, since I’m also heavily into pet related design, I wanted to create a similar label that would be a play on this idea. Viola! Chanel No.5 = Fido No.5. Yes, rather silly. But so much fun.

So, I designed this retro pet inspired label for our blog fans to download and use. I also created a second set that reads strictly ‘Chanel No.5‘ – in case you’d rather use the original parfum design. 😉

There are 3 sizes to choose from.

3 x 3 = small
5 x 5 = large
2.5 x 6 = tall

Prendre plaisir!

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• Download the template and print onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet of  white paper.
Use card stock if you want the label to stand out even more.

•Cut your label size of choice and then adhere it to a clean vase, using double sided tape.
Criss cross the tape for the best results.
Or, you can print it onto full size sticker paper.

•Fill the vase with flowers of choice. Next, make sure to show your pet your new craft.
Two paws up!

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Fido No.5 – Label – Close Up

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Mia, the dachshund giving her approval for this pet inspired label.

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Then simply FB message or chat with us to let us know which option you’d like: Doggy, Kitty or Birdy.
We’ll then send the freebie right to you.
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