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6 Super Easy Ways to Create Handmade DIY Business Cards

Handmade DIY Business Cards

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:

  1. Using stamps
  2. Using a blender pen
  3. Using stickers
  4. Embossing with a custom hand embosser
  5. Cutting shaped cards
  6. 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 DIY business cards by The Awesome Project

Double sided stamped business cards by The Awesome Project

Streethearts Half Printed Half Stamped Business Cards

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

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

A custom key ring stamp let’s Mikey Burton create a business card out of anything nearby

Custom round DIY business cards by Artbar

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.

Darryl Wee's recycled paper and blender pen DIY business cards

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. 

Blender pen DIY business cards, with added edge painting - by Alexandra Whitter

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 handmade business cards made using stickers, plastic acrylic sheets, and a Sharpie

Martyna Wędzicka business cards made using stickers, plastic acrylic sheets, and a Sharpie

DIY business cards created with printed stickers - with the added bonus of a stamped message or animal paperclip

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.

Sommelier's DIY business cards made using 2 stamps and a hand embosser

Putting it all together – Sommelier’s DIY business cards made using 2 stamps and a hand embosser

DIY business cards made using 3 stamps (2 ink colors) 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

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

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.

DIY gold edge painted business cards by Camille Styles

Gold edge painted business cards by Camille Styles

Multi-color spray painted business cards by IS Creative Studio

Multi-color spray painted business cards by IS Creative Studio

DIY Watercolor Business Cards Gallery: Plus Quick Tips on Making Your Own

Watercolor Business Cards | Design Ideas

Add a customised, premium and colorful DIY pop to your business cards by adding some watercolor.

Embossed Watercolor

This business card design was created with an embossed space where watercolor paint could be added:

Italian Fix Watercolor Business Cards

Embossed watercolor business cards by Eva Black Design

Homemade Vegetable Dip Dyed Cards

For a more rustic watercolor palette, use vegetables and fruits to create your own dye. You can check out the tutorial here for the cards below by Almost Makes Perfect:

DIY Vegetable Watercolor Business Cards

Dip dyed vegetable watercolor cards by Almost Makes Perfect

The Dip Dyed Style

Dip Dyed Business Cards

Top dip dyed watercolor business cards by Coterie

Dip Dyed Card Design

Bottom dip dyed card designs by Bench

Stamped and Watercolor DIY Business Cards

Combining stamps with watercolors:

Stamped Watercolor DIY Business Cards

Stamped watercolor DIY business cards designed by Akula

Handmade DIY Watercolor Business Cards

Handmade DIY watercolor business cards by Likadi

Using Salvaged Materials

The materials needed to create the business card below: watercolors, a typewriter, brown paper bags, 300lb watercolor paper, and thread:

DIY Business Card Design

DIY business cards created from scrap materials – by Ethan Martin

Watercolor Splatter

Watercolor Business Card Ideas

Splatter watercolor business cards by Rebekah

Another Watercoloring Technique

Creating Negative Images

There are a few ways to create a negative image (the white section) with watercolors. The first way, seen below, is to use a colorless blender pencil.

Watercolor Business Card Design Ideas

Glamour and Grace shows how to use a blender pencil to create watercolor designs

Another way to block watercolor is to use liquid frisket which will act as a mask as you paint, you then just peel it off when you are done.

Check out these posts for more business card design ideas and inspiration:

Ideas and Inspiration for Creating Vintage Business Cards

Ideas and Inspiration for Creating Vintage Business Cards

There are a few design traits to keep in mind if you want to make vintage business cards. From the style of your logo/name, to the color choices, and card type – everything plays a role in the look and feel of the business card. Below I go over the design traits that will help you create a stand out vintage business card design.

The Logo Badge

You’ll see on a lot of vintage graphic designs where the logo or the name of the business is in the form of a badge graphic. See if you can have your logo or initials turned into a vintage style badge just like the Buzz, Harlow, and Martin Hong business cards below.

Vintage Style Graphics

A simple way to create vintage style business cards is to include vintage illustrations – just like the sheep in the Many Fold Farm business card.

Etched graphics work for the vintage style, so do black and white images, and floral patterns. Other vintage style graphics that could be used include :

  • Decorative boarders (like in the Ladies and Gentleman business card)
  • People in Victorian fashion (illustrated or a black and white photo)
  • Script fonts (just like the Copper Beehive business card)
  • Flowers
  • Patterns (used for the Martin Hong business cards)

Laying Out Your Contact Information

One way to layout your contact information would be in the form of a grid, seen in the Mal de Mar and V Communications business cards.

Another way is to leave a lot of white space. Today’s business cards tend to have everything grouped together, and have the business card full of graphics or text. In the designs below you can see a lot of designs that are well spaced out.

Your Color Choice

In today’s world you have so many options when it comes to printing business cards. Back in olden days though, printing was quite limited. It was also expensive. So the number of colors used were limited. To stay true to the vintage style, try and limit the number of colors you use. Black and white is a classic choice. Or add in a blue or red into the combination. Vintage prints have coloration, meaning the paper has turned yellow, grey or even pinkish – so go with an off white card for your business cards.

Going Letterpress

Having your vintage business cards letterpressed adds a subtle luxurious touch. This is how prints were made in the past. The text and graphics are pressed into the card, which creates a slight and subtle embossing – adding texture to the business card. You can see this effect clearly on the Mal de Mar and Copper Beehive business cards.

Sinclair Restaurant industrial style vintage business cards - designed by Oat

Sinclair Restaurant industrial style vintage business cards – designed by Oat

Elegant vintage style business cards with a badge logo for Harlow and Fox - by Oat

Elegant vintage style business cards with a badge logo for Harlow and Fox – by Oat

Vintage black and white photography business cards for the Cornershop

Vintage black and white photography business cards for the Cornershop

Vintage typography business card designs for Copper Beehive tattoo shop - designed by Two Arms Inc

Vintage typography business card designs for Copper Beehive tattoo shop – designed by Two Arms Inc

Vintage style business card using an illustration - for Many Fold Farms foods printing by Beast Pieces

Vintage style business card using an illustration – for Many Fold Farms foods printing by Beast Pieces

Retro vintage business card design for Buzz Studios

Retro vintage business card design for Buzz Studios

Luxury vintage style business cards for Fox Liquor Bar - designed by Joshua Gajownik

Luxury vintage style business cards for Fox Liquor Bar – designed by Joshua Gajownik

Business cards inspired by vintage travel posters - design by Open Door Design Studios

Business cards inspired by vintage travel posters – design by Open Door Design Studios

Embossed vintage business cards with each persons photo and a grid layout - designed by V Communications

Embossed vintage business cards with each persons photo and a grid layout – designed by V Communications

Stamp inspired business cards for Liverpool English Pub designed by Reynolds and Reyner

Stamp inspired business cards for Liverpool English Pub designed by Reynolds and Reyner

Elegant black and gold business card design for Mal de Mar designed by Face

Elegant black and gold business card design for Mal de Mar designed by Face

Floral vintage business card design by Ghost

Floral vintage business card design by Ghost

Transparent colorful and patterned business cards for film maker Martin Hong by Warren Tey

Transparent, colorful, and patterned business cards for film maker Martin Hong by Warren Tey

Loving the vintage font choice and layout for the contact details - by Chad Michael

Loving the vintage font choice and layout for the contact details – by Chad Michael

Elegant black and white photography vintage business cards with copper foil printing for Motherbird

Elegant black and white photography vintage business cards with copper foil printing for Motherbird

Here are some more business card design posts:

Standing Out as a Photographer: 16 of the Best Photography Business Cards

Standing Out as a Photographer: 16 of the Best Photography Business Cards

Here are some quick tips if you are looking to create your own photography business cards:

  1. Just because you’re a photographer, it doesn’t mean you have to include a photo on your business card. From the examples below you can see that less than half of the business cards use a photo.
  2. It’s best to avoid using a camera graphic/illustration on your business card. Just the word “photographer” on your card will do.
  3. Focus on having the design of your business card reflect the style and type of photography you do. If you do high end photography, then you want a high end looking business card (thick, minimalist, and embossed). If you do wedding or sport photography, try and show that somehow in your business card design. Check out the designs below for ideas.

Elegant black and white business cards for commercial photographer Andreas Kleiberg - by Joakim

Elegant cool black and white business cards for commercial professional photographer Andreas Kleiberg – by Joakim

Joe White's business card design for Brazilian photography company Vitooz

Joe White’s business card design for Brazilian photography company Vitooz

Simple vintage style business card design for Triciclo

Simple vintage style business card design for Triciclo

Daniel Espírito Santo is a Photographer & Cinematopher based Portugal - designed by Italic Shift

Daniel Espírito Santo is a Photographer & Cinematopher based Portugal – designed by Italic Shift

Business card sleeves holding examples of the photographers work

Business card sleeves holding examples of the photographers best work – by Beast Pieces

Polaroid business cards for wedding photographer Matt Allen

Creative Polaroid business cards for wedding photographer Matt Allen

Simple and whimsical business card design for wedding photographer Jessica Little - printing by Ever Lovin

Simple and whimsical business card design for wedding photographer Jessica Little – printing by Ever Lovin

Minimalist black and white business card design for commercial photographer Ty Cole - printing by AccuColor

Minimalist black and white business card design for commercial photographer Ty Cole – printing by AccuColor

Minimalist letterpress business card design by fashion and luxury photographer Zachary Goulko

Letterpress fashion and luxury photographer business cards by Zachary Goulko

Premium business card printing for advertising photographer Christian Garibaldi - printing by Dolce Press

Premium business card printing for advertising photographer Christian Garibaldi – printing by Dolce Press

Elegant and minimalist embossed business cards for wedding photographer Eric Yerke - printing by Studio on Fire

Elegant and minimalist embossed business cards for wedding photographer Eric Yerke – printing by Studio on Fire

Transparent business card design for fashion photographer Matteo Gastel - printing by Fontegrafica

Transparent fashion photographer business cards for Matteo Gastel – printing by Fontegrafica

Vintage business card design with gold edge painting for Tin Can Photography

Vintage business card design with gold edge painting for Tin Can Photography

Black and white business card, stationary, and branding design for photographer Mary Tsouloufa

Black and white business card, stationary, and branding design for photographer Mary Tsouloufa

Custom die cut business cards for wedding photographer Lester Miyashiro - printing by Beast Pieces

Unique custom die cut business cards for wedding photographer Lester Miyashiro – printing by Beast Pieces

Letterpress business cards for wedding photographer Wedland - printing by El Calotipo

Letterpress photography business cards for wedding photographer Wedland – printing by El Calotipo

Have a look at my other posts for more business card design ideas and inspiration:

Create Your Own Photography Website

If you want to set up your own photography website, then check out my post here: How to Make a Photography Website: Hosting and Templates.

16 of the Most Unforgettable Designs for Restaurant and Food Business Cards

Restaurant and Food Business Card Designs

Whether you are starting a restaurant, pastry bakery, diner, or are a food blogger or personal chef, here are some quick tips to designing some food business cards.

  1. You don’t have to show food on your business card. Only a few of the business cards below show graphics of anything related to food. Most of them instead go with a certain style. Is your food luxury, bbq, fast food, gourmet, from a country, for kids, or for vegetarians?
  2. Some premium design touches that you could include on your business card include: embossing (12 of the Most Attractive Embossed Business Cards Ever), foil printing or creating a die cut (just like the Super What Not restaurant business cards below that have rounded corners).

If you want to get creative and create your own business cards, then have a look at my (6 Super Easy Ways to Create Handmade DIY Business Cards) or my post on printable business cards [coming soon].

Here is a collection of food related business cards:

Bone Daddy Restaurant Business Cards Menu

Bone Daddy’s BBQ restauarnt business Cards and branding design – by Matchbox Studio

Fat Cow Food Business Cards

Fat Cow Restaurant Menu Design

Fat Cow’s wooden business cards and menus by Foreign Policy

Kispiac Restaurant Business Cards

Kispiac Restaurant branding design by Eszter Laki

Ingierstrand Bad Restaurant Vintage Business Cards

Coaster and business card design for Ingierstrand Bad – by Uniform

Underground Cooking School Business Cards

Branding design for the Underground Cookery School by Two Times Elliot

Tokyo Cafe Business Cards

Minimalist business cards for Tokyo Cafe by Marlon Mayugba

Super What Not Business Stationary

Super What Not business stationary by The Hungry Workshop

DIY Food Business Cards

Handmade DIY business cards for Dobrotti food importers by KAT

London Cafe Business Cards

London Coffee House branding design by Reynolds and Reyner

Project 67 Restaurant Black and White Business Cards

Menu and business card design for Project 67 Restaurant by Philippe Cossette

Ylajali Restaurant Business Cards

Business cards and uniform design for Ylajali gourmet restaurant by William Stormdal

Prototype Cafe Branding Business Cards

Simple white business cards for Prototype No.1 cafe and pizzeria by Ipek Eris

Botanica Food Business Cards and Branding

Botanica Food business cards and branding by Oh Babushka

Colorful Catering Business Cards

Colorful catering business cards by Nic Design

Creative Table Business Card Design

Creative table business card design by Foreign Policy

Food Photograph Business Cards

Food photograph business cards by Jane Reaction

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