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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!
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.
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.
DIY Business Card Tutorials & Examples
- Drawn Feather Cards
Printed card with an added artistic element.
- Cool 'Scratch Off' Effect
A fun idea to add to business cards.
- 12 Awesome Ideas
With excellent tips, suggestions and printing info.
- Cassette Tape Card
How-to instructions and templates.
- Photographic Negative Cards
Tutorial on making this original card design.
- Seed Packet Cards
Making great use of used grocery bags.
- Ephemera Business Cards
Custom cards decorated with interesting paper.
- Free Argyle Cards to Print
A cute design free to download and print.
- Cut-Out Photographs
Make laminated photo cards for a fun and personalised idea.
- QR Code Cards
How to bring your business cards into the modern world.
- Gilded Edges
Spray the edges of the cards in gold for a luxury touch.
Custom Rubber Stamps
More Business Card Craft How-Tos
- Scratch-Off Cards
Interactive and fun; a great idea for when you give away discount codes.
- Ombre Edged Cards
Use an airbrush or spray paint for this fun effect.
- Carry A Stamp Around
Simply keep a custom stamp on hand so you can turn any surface into a business card.
- Fabric Backed Cards
Unique square cards sewn onto fabric pieces.
- Card & Holder Ideas
I especially like the confetti and the foiled options.
- Cereal Box Recycling
Affordable idea which looks great.
- Watercolor Paint Decoration
Add unique paint splashes and splatters for an artistic look.
- DIY Marbled Cards
Make a unique and professional looking pattern on the card backs.
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
Creating Business Cards on the Computer
- 40+ Tutorials, Templates & Showcases
A round-up of the best Photoshop how-tos for designer styles.
- Sleek Free Templates
Click the brown box to download.
- A Complete Guide
Examples, tutorials, tips and lots of info.
- Using Illustrator
To create a personalized image on your cards.
- Using Microsoft Word
A simple step-by-step tutorial.
- Creating a Dark Card
How to make a card with a black background.
- Basic Card Design 1
A nice idea to build on.
- Basic Card Design 2
A good how-to to work through for beginners.
- Design Walkthrough
Using 'Illustrator' to create a cute monkey card.
- Layout Design Tips
Advice on bleed and sizes for business card printing.
Film Negative Idea
Ziplock Terrarium Freebie
Newspaper Business Cards
Creative Ideas to Inspire You
- Tips & Lists Galore
So many fantastic card examples with plenty of advice too.
- Flickr Gallery
Many pages of business card examples.
- Ultimate List of Creative Cards
From tennis balls to Lego men!
- Business Card Design Ideas
A website which is devoted to displaying the best card ideas.
- Creative Card Idea Resource
Browse through all the links on this page for a massive range of fab cards.
- How to Design Business Cards
Some creative examples plus tips on materials, sizes and styles.
- 20 Creative Ideas
I love the little plane idea!
- Art, Crafts & Design Businesses
Quality and quirky designs for small creative businesses.
- 13 Creative Cards
13 cards used by craft and handmade small businesses.