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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

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12 of the Most Attractive Embossed Business Cards

Embossed Business Cards Design Ideas

Embossing on business cards adds a subtle and premium design element. Since you are not adding printed graphics or text, it keeps the design of the business card clutter free.

The 2 Types of Embossing

Embossing is when you raise the card to create text or graphics, and there are 2 types of embossed business cards:

  • Blind embossing is when you raise the card and leave it as it is (you don’t add any ink or color to the embossed area). Most of the business cards shown below are blind embossed.
  • Foil embossing is when you add a special foil over the custom embossed area to give it a different color. You can get special metallic foils like gold and silver.

Going DIY

Whenever you add an element to your business card, whether that be printing double sided or having your card embossed, you raise the costs of having it made.

A simple way of adding embossed graphics or text to your business card design is to have a custom hand embosser made, then you’ll be able to add your own embossing to your cards. Check out my DIY post (6 Super Easy Ways to Create Handmade DIY Business Cards) to see how it’s done.

Here is a collection of the best embossed business card designs:

Atelier Black Embossed Business Card Design

Atelier by Joe White

Janine Blind Embossed Business Cards

Blind embossed wings by Badcass

NLS Embossing

High quality embossing by Badcass

Fox Yard Embossed Business Cards

Epic embossing – Fox Yard by Jukebox Print

Lord Fern Brewery Embossing

Another epic embossing by Jukebox Print – Lord Fern Brewery

Inkster Maken Minimalist Embossed Business Card

Minimalist embossed business card designed by The Hungry Workshop

Blind Embossed Bar Lane Studios

Minimalist pure white, blind embossed by Jamie Hutchinson

Blind Embossed Accountants

Steffler Accountants blind embossed pattern by Workhorse Printmakers

Hand Embossed Black Business Cards

Hand embossed black business cards for The Flightless Design Group by Caspian Ievers

Breif Business Card Stationary

Brief‘s hand embossed business cards

White Blind Embossed Business Cards

Philip Attar’s minimalist business cards – printing by Terrapin Stationers

Cement Embossed Business Cards

Murmure made their own cement business cards

There is also the option of going the debossing route – when you make an indent into the card. Here are a few examples of debossed business cards:

Debossed Business Cards

Debossed Business Cards

Kate Roxs debossed business cards by Pajka

Have a look at my Letterpress Business Cards post [coming soon] for more premium design ideas.

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