Hooper Trading Cards

Hooper trading cards are a fun way to show off your hoop style, share your troupe affiliation, and give out your contact details to other hoopers and potential clients. Make your own and collect them from your hooping friends!

Tink from Spin Matsuri pioneered the cards in April 2009 via her personal website, Mediatinker, and they were available at Hoopcamp that year. Hooper Trading Cards publishes new designs annually. Get ready for the hooping season with a creative flourish.

2013 HOOPER TRADING CARDS

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This design features a distressed square photo over a circle, plus your hooping name, location, and website on the front plus lots of juicy details on the back.

You can use the Photoshop files offered below to create standard size business cards in the US and Japan. For other sizes, please ask; I’d be happy to rework to other international standards.

US version
Download (2.8 MB)
Photoshop CS3 format
trim size: 87 mm x 49 mm
3mm bleed, CMYK, 300 dpi
Fonts: Eccentric, Helvetica Neue, Chaparral Pro

JP version
Download (2.9 MB)
Photoshop  CS3 format
trim size: 91 mm x 55 mm
3mm bleed, CMYK, 300 dpi
Fonts: Eccentric, Helvetica Neue, Chaparral Pro, Hiragino Kaku Gothic ProN

How to Use the Files

  1. Unzip the files and open them in Photoshop
  2. Add your photo* with File >Place onto a layer directly above the circle layer
  3. Rotate your photo 8.5 degrees (to the left)
  4. Adjust the background color as desired
  5. Change the text on both sides to your own name and details unless you want to be me (truly not recommended).
  6. Layer > Type > Convert to Shape
  7. Save as PDF or whatever format your print shop requires
  8. Send the files to your printer and wait to get your cool trading cards!

* I used Pixlr.com to create the 1:1 cropped and distressed portrait. It’s free and easy to use. Make sure you add a black border (I used a ripped paper look) as the last step to match the black circle on the cards.

What to Do if You Don’t Understand…

…or if you don’t have Photoshop. You can buy your own customised PDFs on Etsy (click here to purchase). You’ll need to send me:

  1. High resolution photo of your lovely hooping self
  2. Preferred background color
  3. Hooping name
  4. Hooping troupe/affiliation
  5. Current city & state
  6. Full name
  7. Birthdate and location
  8. What hooping roles you have (hooper, performer, teacher, etc)
  9. Height, weight, hair color, eye color
  10. Which direction you hoop (clockwise, counterclockwise)
  11. Your favorite hoop size
  12. A very short bio
  13. E-mail address & other contact details as desired

And I will send you PDFs that you can send to your favorite local print shop (or Vistprint, Fedex/Kinkos, Mokoprint, etc) to have printed in the real world. Neato!

Previous Designs

2012

   

Modelled very loosely on a 1959 Topps baseball card.

US version
Day Download (2.8 MB)
Night Download (3.7MB)
Photoshop CS3 format
trim size: 87 mm x 49 mm
3mm bleed, CMYK, 300 dpi
Fonts: Helvetica Neue, Chaparral Pro

JP version
Day Download (5.6 MB)
Night Download (4.8 MB)
Photoshop  CS3 format
trim size: 91 mm x 55 mm
3mm bleed, CMYK, 300 dpi
Fonts: Helvetica Neue, Chaparral Pro, DFGSoGei, Hiragino Kaku Gothic ProN

2009

The original card design

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