Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Rachel Budke0
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.
- Photoshop/Microsoft Word/Other similar program
- Scissors or paper cutter
- 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.
- Add any information that you would like to have on your business card. I added my name, phone number, email address, and website URL.
- 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.
- 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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