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★ How to Make Business Cards | DIY Craft & Printing Tutorials ★

Updated on February 18, 2016
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Creative Business Card Ideas To Give You Inspiration

It's easy enough to find a printing company and order business cards using a pre-made template, but I'm going to focus on making cards which have a design completely unique to you - whether you make them entirely from scratch without a computer, or you add a DIY element to a printed card (from painted brushstrokes to buttons and machine sewn lines).

It's probably not a good idea to make your own business cards yourself if you're the owner of a large business, but for small businesses (especially creative or craft/art based ones) it is a nice touch for customers and potential customers.

I hope you find the ideas on this page useful!

Sewn Cards

Running business cards through a sewing machine adds interest and gets people's attention. It also shows a creativity - perfect for a craft business.
Running business cards through a sewing machine adds interest and gets people's attention. It also shows a creativity - perfect for a craft business. | Source

A Range Of Highly Rated Business Card Products

Having a good quality card is important in creating the right impression to your customer or client. You can even choose textured card to make it stand out even more.

If you want to design your cards on the computer, there are a few options for software programs that make the job really easy.

An Introduction

Business Card Making Options

Business cards are a must-have for any business due to the importance of word-of-mouth marketing for the growth of a business. If you do any kind of professional or casual networking I'm sure you have business card already, and if your business does any events, shows or fairs (e.g. craft fairs), it's vital to have a stack of business cards for people because they may want to book you for a future service or buy something from you at another time. If they can't take your details easily, they will probably forget about you or at least won't be able to find your website.

Even if you have a business that is 100% online retail and you don't network, putting a card in every parcel is a good idea because people may keep it for future reference - especially if you put a discount code on them or they have a stand-out design.

Adding extra design elements and textures to make your business cards stand out is very important in encouraging people to keep your card rather than binning it, plus it will make your business come across as innovative and be memorable to your target market. This is especially important for creative businesses; for instance, if a graphic designer had a plain or old-fashioned style of card, I'm not sure I'd trust their design expertise. Where design or creativity is a part of the business, business cards offer an opportunity for you to show off!

Because the number of business cards that would need to be made is usually quite high, they need to be as cheap as possible without looking bad quality, AND they must be reasonably quick to make. To save money, recycling materials is a great idea. Don't scrimp on quality for the sake of just a few pence however - I am much more likely to take note of a quality card thickness and vivid print.

Business cards can be made in all kinds of sizes and shapes, however I would stick to the regular 2" x 3.5" size (or at least use dimensions no bigger than this) - as this size is designed to be useful for keeping in wallets/pockets etc. But the most important thing about business cards in my opinion is making them suit the style of your business; so for instance, cartoons would be fine for children-orientated businesses, but not for professional advertising agencies.

Custom Rubber Stamps

The business name in this case is printed using a custom rubber stamp, and because of the relatively large ink area on the text, the ink creates a naturally 'distressed' effect - which looks pretty funky!
The business name in this case is printed using a custom rubber stamp, and because of the relatively large ink area on the text, the ink creates a naturally 'distressed' effect - which looks pretty funky! | Source

Three Different Ways to Use Paint - To Color the Backs of Your Business Cards

This diagram shows 3 different ideas for applying paint to the backs of business cards in small-ish batches, to add a handmade touch and a unique pattern/texture:

1) The first idea is where you lay the business cards out, face down, on top of scrap paper (such as an old newspaper) and then tape lengths of yarn or string at both ends onto the newspaper. This is done in a random arrangement so that the string passes over each card at least a couple of times.

Then simply spray paint quickly but carefully over the top. You can do one color or a variety of shades, and once it's dry, you can remove the yarn to leave a pattern.

2) Next is the classic paint splatter technique; you'll just need a piece of thick cardboard, a paintbrush and paint. Put a bit of paint on the brush, hold the cardboard 10" or so above the card and flick the brush downwards against the card. Paint will spray over the card and give a cool look. This technique is pretty fun to do and you can use any number of different colors.

3) This last example is where you simply dip the handle end of a brush into acrylic or poster paint and dribble it all over the backs of the business cards, which produces an interesting artistic design and texture.

Woodblock Printed Cards

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Pop-Up Cards

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Film Negative Idea

These business cards consist of a 'screenshot' of Illustrator on a 35mm negative. Fun and unique idea.
These business cards consist of a 'screenshot' of Illustrator on a 35mm negative. Fun and unique idea. | Source

Ziplock Terrarium Freebie

I like the idea of including a little extra something with the card - especially if it's a mini terrarium in a ziplock bag!
I like the idea of including a little extra something with the card - especially if it's a mini terrarium in a ziplock bag! | Source

Newspaper Business Cards

These cards are made from an old italian newspaper, with a printed section then taped onto the centre. Very cool.
These cards are made from an old italian newspaper, with a printed section then taped onto the centre. Very cool. | Source

Rubber Stamped Cards

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Transparent Cards

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Handmade Paper

I love the texture of handmade paper - and this particular example has plant seeds inside so it will sprout when planted!
I love the texture of handmade paper - and this particular example has plant seeds inside so it will sprout when planted! | Source

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    • hours creative profile image

      hours creative 16 months ago from Devon, England

      Very Nice ....Thank you for sharing this important information with us. now i create own business cards .

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      Alicia McKay 2 years ago from Lane Cove

      Amazing tips and tutorials, everyone should go ahead and create his own business card. I can share this online tool, I hope you like it: http://lanecoveprinting.com.au/product-designer/

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Plenty of great ideas you have here to make your own business cards, even for us writers. Voted up for useful! They might come in handy someday!

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      Facundo 3 years ago

      very good job is fantastic!

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      Thomas Burgess 3 years ago from USA

      Wow this is amazing. New favorite lens!

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      harrybigg 3 years ago

      These are great. I think the block printed ones are particularly striking. Great work!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 3 years ago

      I like the transparent business cards

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      UKBusinesses 3 years ago

      Some great ideas to make your business stand out!

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      Leafletsprint 4 years ago

      Hi Its nice article..But one thing I wish to say is quality of business cards indicates how much professional you and your services are, so don't play with your brand,Better to give that job to a printing agency

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I love the pop-up card!

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      jura 4 years ago

      Great ideas i have to try some of them.

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      Underrated 4 years ago

      Really helpful

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      Leafletsprint 4 years ago

      Um awesome ideas..But i don't like that newspaper business cards ,Its looks ehh..!Any way nice sharing

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      handcrafted-coolery 4 years ago

      Thanx, lots of helpful ideaas here

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      jhouston 5 years ago

      After designing a beautiful business card, you should look for display boards to place your business cards to help promote and gain more exposure for your business.

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      simpletouchclea 5 years ago

      I love, love, love the Italian newspaper idea. So creative and an attention grabber from the start and not just a regular business card. I will be working on a way to create some on my own to stand out...great lens.

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      ZandriaKajewski 5 years ago

      I would love to create my own cards the only problem is that I have no printer. Any ideas?

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Excellent selection of "calling cards" and useful links. The creativity shown in the design of so many of these business cards is almost overwhelming...something for every business niche!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Truly valuable lens, with novel ideas. thanks.

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      CanvasArtPrint LM 5 years ago

      The pop-up business cards are something else! Great lens.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens ..pinned too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really nice :)

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      ourmarket 5 years ago

      Nice lens I bookmarked for later viewing Thank You

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      JonCJones 5 years ago

      Sewing a business card is very creative and I like that idea!

      Jon C Jones

      overnight business cards

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Wow, those cards look good!

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      IamBronwen 5 years ago

      LOVE! Such creative ideas :)

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      Kauai-Real-Estate 5 years ago

      Aloha from Hawaii... I am a real estate agent on Kauai, and I pride myself on quality business cards. Some of these were over the top... but funny! I "liked" your page.. solid work. feel free to check out my lens... I am new to it so feel free to give me some pointers!

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      plifeprint 5 years ago

      Great Stuff shared..I liked all pics

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      atticanibal 5 years ago

      great ideas :)

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      InstyPrints 5 years ago

      Great and inspirational ideas! We hope to see more.

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      diaperbagdiva lm 5 years ago

      This was an awesome inspiration site for new business card concepts. I love it!

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      Shanir LM 6 years ago

      These are all neat ideas :) nice lens

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      hessa johnson 6 years ago

      I really like some of these ideas. I'm going to pass this one on to friends.

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

      Great lens! Adding to my favourites as it is very inspiring. Great work :)