DIY DIY Business Cards (University Foodie)

Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Rachel Budke


DIY Business Cards

I’m sure that this isn’t exactly the most ground-breaking idea, but I think that it’s fun and serves a purpose.  Obviously, not everyone should go around handing out homemade business cards, but being a college student who also happens to love graphic design, this is certainly something that I wanted to take on.

You can make them using really any program you’re comfortable with.  I personally used Photoshop and Microsoft Word.  I printed mine on brown cardboard-like card stock.  If you’re wondering, the exact name of the paper is: Smooth Texture by Core’dinations Foundations.  Since there really is an unlimited amount of creativity that you can add to this, the instructions are a little on the vague side.  Play around and see what you like best!

The business card holder shown above is the Saddle Leather Business Card Holder from Pottery Barn, $10.50.


  • Cardstock
  • Photoshop/Microsoft Word/Other similar program
  • Printer
  • Scissors or paper cutter


  1. In Photoshop, Microsoft Word, or another program, create a document that is sized 3.5 x 2″.  That is the standard size for business cards in the United States.
  2. Add any information that you would like to have on your business card.  I added my name, phone number, email address, and website URL.
  3. In Microsoft Word, create an 8.5 x 11″ document, and paste your finished design onto this document.  You may need to resize it, so make sure it’s still 3.5 x 2″! You should be able to fit 10 business cards on each sheet.
  4. Cut your card stock into 8.5 x 11″ sheets, print out the design, and carefully cut out your business cards using scissors or a paper cutter.

Note: Keep in mind that anything in your design that is white will have no ink, and the card stock color will show through.  I tried to keep my design fairly simple and only used the color black.  If you’re unsure which colors will look best on your paper, print a test sheet with all of your favorite options on it.

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Rachel is a senior at Kansas State University, where she is studying Bakery Science. In the fall of 2013 she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She loves cooking, photography and DIY projects.

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