Every design element that you add to your business card will increase the cost of it getting made.
Say you wanted double sided printing, embossing, foil printing, multiple color printing or a shaped card – it starts getting expensive.
So why not save and create your own DIY business cards. Even if you aren’t looking for an inexpensive option, creating your own handmade business cards lets you be creative, show off your style, is personal, and fun.
Going Beyond Business Cards
If you get a stamp or hand embosser made, these can be used on your business cards and also for packaging, seals, or to customize stationary. It’s a great way of getting high quality printed designs for low costs – ideal if you are just starting a business or a blog.
Different Levels of DIY
In the collection of homemade business cards below, you’ll see different levels of DIY techniques being used.
Level 1 – All Homemade: Writer Darryl Wee created business cards that were made completely from scratch. His past published articles were recycled to create handmade paper – then a blender pen was used to print his contact details.
There are many different ways to create your own DIY business card. In this post you’ll see 6 creative techniques:
- Using stamps
- Using a blender pen
- Using stickers
- Embossing with a custom hand embosser
- Cutting shaped cards
- Painting the edges of the business cards for a premium look
Level 2 – Fifty/Fifty: Another way of creating your own handmade cards is to go to the printers and get some basic business cards made (say with just your contact details). Then when you get home you can start adding some high end touches, like using a hand embosser, watercolors, or paint the edges of the card.
The 6 Creative Techniques
1. Get Creative with Stamps
A stamp of your logo or contact details can also be used for any packaging materials you need, seals, or business stationary.
Some quick ideas on using stamps to create your own business card include:
- Use more than one stamp (for your logo, contact details, and or a graphic)
- Use stamps with different ink colors
- Layer stamps on top of each other. Create a base layer with one color, then stamp over it with another color. For example create a black rectangle on white card, then use red ink to stamp your contact details onto the black rectangle
Double sided stamped business cards by The Awesome Project
The logo for this business card was UV printed at a printers, the back side was then created using a stamp – an example of a fifty/fifty DIY business card – designed by Heydays
Add some watercoloring to a stamped business card for pops of color – by Likadi
A custom key ring stamp let’s Mikey Burton create a business card out of anything nearby
Custom round handmade business cards by Artbar
2. Transferring Ink onto Card
Another way of adding text and graphics to card is to use a blender pen/marker or transfer pen. For a good blender marker, try the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Marker.
All you need to do is simply print what you want transferred using a laser jet printer, or a photocopy machine (the big ones). You then place the paper face down onto the card, and go over it with the blender marker. Since it will be in reversed, you’ll need to print in reverse to get it showing the right way.
Published stories by Darryl Wee were recycled to create the card for his new business cards. A blender pen was used to transfer the contact details.
Another blender pen DIY, this time with added edge painting – by Alexandra Whitter
3. Playing with Stickers
There is a lot you can do with stickers. You could have your own stickers printed for you. Or you could buy blank stickers and use a stamp on them.
Play around with different sticker shapes and color combinations.
Martyna Wędzicka business cards made using stickers, plastic acrylic sheets, and a Sharpie
After using card and printed stickers, there is still space for Oh Hello Friend to add a stamped message or animal shaped paperclip to her business cards
4. Branding with a Hand Embosser
A hand embosser is a great design tool to have. Just like a stamp, these can be used on business cards, packaging, stationary, labels, and seals.
Putting it all together – Sommelier’s DIY business cards made using 2 stamps and a hand embosser
Another business card made using a hand embosser, and 3 stamps (2 ink colors) – by Durham Brand & Co.
5. At Home Die Cutting
Amazon has a ton of different cheap paper punches that create different shapes. If you take a look here, you can see punches that create circles and floral shapes.
From there, you can then stamp your logo and contact details onto the cards – or use any of the other design techniques mentioned in this post.
Using an oval crafting punch, Wordcake was able to create handmade custom shaped business cards
Caroline Armelle used kraft paper, a doily nesting die cut, and a stamp to create her unique business cards
6. Edge Painted Business Cards
Paint the edges of your business cards to add a special design touch.
Gold edge painted business cards by Camille Styles
Multi-color spray painted business cards by IS Creative Studio