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:

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A Quick .Com Guide: How To Register and Buy a Domain Name

How To Register and Buy A Domain Name

To set up your own blog or website, you are going to need 2 things. You will need to register and buy a domain name which will be your address online. And you will also need a hosting account which is where all of the files for your blog or website are stored and sent from to people to view on their web browsers.

Domain Name Availability – How To Find Out if a Name is Available

The easiest way I’ve found to search and check a domain name to see if it is available, is to first go to Name.com. Just by entering your name into the domain name search, you’ll be able to lookup if it is available as a .com or even a .net, .org, or .co.

If the name you want is not available, what I usually do is tweak a word in the name to something similar. If I couldn’t get Ministry of Canvas, I would try Department of Canvas, Chambers of Canvas, etc. Or try adding a word onto the end of your name idea: Ministry of Canvas Inc, Ministry of Urban Canvas.

Register: How to Purchase A Domain Name

Once you have an available name, the next step is to register the domain name. To do this head on over to Bluehost.

Bluehost will give you a free domain name when you sign up with their hosting – which you will need to store the files for your website or blog. When you sign up with Bluehost, they will also install WordPress onto your domain name if you want it.

When you get to the Bluehost site, select the starter plan on the left.

How To Buy a Domain Name

Then enter your domain name in the new domain box.

How To Buy a Domain Name

When it comes to the plans on Bluehost, you have a choice of buying hosting for 12, 24 or 36 months. The longer you go for, the cheaper it is month by month. This will all be paid upfront to help save you money. But you are not locked in as Bluehost will refund you for the months you don’t use, if you ever decide to cancel.

Once you have signed up with Bluehost you will now have bought your own domain, and a domain name hosting account where you can set up your website.

If you need help setting up WordPress onto your blog or website, you can follow along with my simple guide here.

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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

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