My goal is to have an original, professional looking design that clearly communicates the cards' information. I have thought about hiring a template artist and may still do so, but first I thought I would give it a crack myself.
The image above is the initial result of that effort. Overall, I like it. There are things that I'm not 100% satisfied with, and I still have to do the other six types of cards, but I think it's a good start. If I have to go and hire a graphic artist in the future I'll have a good base for them to work from.
I've started eliciting opinions. It'd be great to hear your general reactions or specific comments.