August 02, 2011

DIY Business Cards

I've meaning to make some business cards for my blog for quite a while now.  That way if it happens to come up in a conversation, I don't have to hope the other person can remember my ridiculously long blog address and spell "Momma" the same way I do.  Handing someone a card is a lot easier. 
However, I didn't want to spend money on professional cards.  They get cheaper if you print thousands, but I don't need that many.  (I made that mistake once already when my sister and I started our headband business.  We're done with it and still have tons of cards.)  Here's what I came up with.

So, here's what I did.  I got on Picnik and created a layout I liked.  A business card is typically 3.5"x2", so you want to make sure you use that ratio in your design.  (If you're not sure how to create a design there you can find my tutorial on creating printables HERE.)  Once I had it all set I imported the jpeg file to Works.  (Any word processing program has a business card layout and it's usually located under the create labels section.) 

I am super cheap and I hate using all the colored ink in my printer.  I also don't think it prints out that nicely, so I decided to print the card on bright yellow cardstock instead.  Then I cut them out.
To add a little more interest I got out my Scribbles dimensional fabric paint.  You can use it on all sorts of projects.
I filled in the star with the paint.  It gave the cards a fun, unique look.


I experimented with other colors on the star as well.  They were fun and easy to make.  They still have a professional look and a pop of color, but without paying for it.

And now I don't have to scrounge around for a napkin or something to write my blog address on.
Thanks for reading. 


23 comments:

KellyH said...

You business cards look awesome!

Ruby Lynn said...

Oh those are very cute! I love the puff paint they really add that extra pop that makes all your projects so cute. I love that they look personal and homemade, which they are. Its very fitting for your blog! Thanks for the great idea.

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MandyJoyLoves♥ said...

These are awesome!!! So easy and so snazzy. Love it! Thanks for the idea.

Stephani said...

I love the blue star on yellow cardstock. I'll have to experiement with my own business cards. :) Thanks for the ideas.

Catrina Crafts A Lot said...

Those turned out really great! Great job!

Jennifer said...

Love how they turned out...much better than spending money for a million cards that you don't need :)

Unknown said...

They look great! And such a great idea to have a few on hand to tell people about your blog. I did the same when I needed some business cards, but my husband complained that they didn't look "professional" enough, plus our printer was running out of ink. So I found www.printsmadeeasy.com. You can totally customize the front AND back and save the design to your account to reprint later. My first order was free but 100 would have cost me about $18. They were cheaper and better looking than when my husband had his made at a local copy shop!

Christy said...

I love them! So cute with the pop of color on the star.

Mama Up! said...

Love them! And what a fantastic idea... it's not exactly easy to point people verbally to howbabbyformed, eek.

Rachel said...

Those look great! I've already bought some cards but the puffy paint is a great idea! Maybe I can use it to embellish my purchased cards to make them stand out more! Thanks for the idea!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I love the bright yellow and the glitter just adds that finishing touch! They look great!
xoxo
Amy

Burprags and Bustiers said...

wow, what a cute idea! And why not customize them like that, ecspecially if your making small batches. I love them!

Laura and Kelly Allen said...

I spell "momma" the same way. I swear we're not the only ones. :)

And, super cute cards.

Ash Nichols said...

awesome idea. So much cheaper!

The Tuckerbag

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

I've been needing to make business cards, too. Thanks for sharing yours. They are really great!

Blessed Rain said...

Thank you for sharing! Not just the card idea (although I've already made two concept ones this morning) but for also leading me to Picnik! I have been looking for a photo site with all of these features!

Kelly @ Run With Glitter said...

SO cute.. I just made some a few weeks ago. I love Picnik!!! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/07/mommy-blog-business-card-free-download.html

You totally taught me the the sticker trick! xoxox

Siobhan said...

Very cool, very you!!

Unknown said...

These are really lovely! Just wanted to share a link for FREE business cards: www.vistaprint.com. I use them all the time and they have great FREE stuff every month - you just pay the postage.

The Miller Five said...

Those are fantastic! I love that you did them on yellow and then painted in the star. I'm going to have to figure out a way to run into you next week, so that I can snag one of those cards. :)

Sew Much Ado said...

Those are way cute! Were you at Costco today? I think I saw you! You were aways away crossing the street though into the parking lot and I thought it may be inappropriate to chase you down :).

Trina M Curran said...

I love them! I am just about out of Feed the Birdies cards...I think I will try this! :) Thank you!

Unknown said...

Those look great!
There is also Vista Print, which quite frequently gives business cards away for free. You get to style your own, and if you don't get all crazy with them you will only have to pay for shipping. So for those of you who don't have printers or can't buy ink right now, that is another option.

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