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Creative Business Card Ideas To Give You Inspiration

It's easy enough to find a printing company and order business cards using a pre-made template, but I'm going to focus on making cards which have a design completely unique to you - whether you make them entirely from scratch without a computer, or you add a DIY element to a printed card (from painted brushstrokes to buttons and machine sewn lines).

It's probably not a good idea to make your own business cards yourself if you're the owner of a large business, but for small businesses (especially creative or craft/art based ones) it is a nice touch for customers and potential customers.

I hope you find the ideas on this page useful!

Sewn Cards

Running business cards through a sewing machine adds interest and gets people's attention. It also shows a creativity - perfect for a craft business.

Running business cards through a sewing machine adds interest and gets people's attention. It also shows a creativity - perfect for a craft business.

A Range Of Highly Rated Business Card Products

Having a good quality card is important in creating the right impression to your customer or client. You can even choose textured card to make it stand out even more.

If you want to design your cards on the computer, there are a few options for software programs that make the job really easy.

An Introduction

Business Card Making Options

Business cards are a must-have for any business due to the importance of word-of-mouth marketing for the growth of a business. If you do any kind of professional or casual networking I'm sure you have business card already, and if your business does any events, shows or fairs (e.g. craft fairs), it's vital to have a stack of business cards for people because they may want to book you for a future service or buy something from you at another time. If they can't take your details easily, they will probably forget about you or at least won't be able to find your website.

Even if you have a business that is 100% online retail and you don't network, putting a card in every parcel is a good idea because people may keep it for future reference - especially if you put a discount code on them or they have a stand-out design.

Adding extra design elements and textures to make your business cards stand out is very important in encouraging people to keep your card rather than binning it, plus it will make your business come across as innovative and be memorable to your target market. This is especially important for creative businesses; for instance, if a graphic designer had a plain or old-fashioned style of card, I'm not sure I'd trust their design expertise. Where design or creativity is a part of the business, business cards offer an opportunity for you to show off!

Because the number of business cards that would need to be made is usually quite high, they need to be as cheap as possible without looking bad quality, AND they must be reasonably quick to make. To save money, recycling materials is a great idea. Don't scrimp on quality for the sake of just a few pence however - I am much more likely to take note of a quality card thickness and vivid print.

Business cards can be made in all kinds of sizes and shapes, however I would stick to the regular 2" x 3.5" size (or at least use dimensions no bigger than this) - as this size is designed to be useful for keeping in wallets/pockets etc. But the most important thing about business cards in my opinion is making them suit the style of your business; so for instance, cartoons would be fine for children-orientated businesses, but not for professional advertising agencies.

DIY Business Card Tutorials & Examples

Custom Rubber Stamps

The business name in this case is printed using a custom rubber stamp, and because of the relatively large ink area on the text, the ink creates a naturally 'distressed' effect - which looks pretty funky!

The business name in this case is printed using a custom rubber stamp, and because of the relatively large ink area on the text, the ink creates a naturally 'distressed' effect - which looks pretty funky!

More Business Card Craft How-Tos

Three Different Ways to Use Paint - To Color the Backs of Your Business Cards

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This diagram shows 3 different ideas for applying paint to the backs of business cards in small-ish batches, to add a handmade touch and a unique pattern/texture:

1) The first idea is where you lay the business cards out, face down, on top of scrap paper (such as an old newspaper) and then tape lengths of yarn or string at both ends onto the newspaper. This is done in a random arrangement so that the string passes over each card at least a couple of times.

Then simply spray paint quickly but carefully over the top. You can do one color or a variety of shades, and once it's dry, you can remove the yarn to leave a pattern.

2) Next is the classic paint splatter technique; you'll just need a piece of thick cardboard, a paintbrush and paint. Put a bit of paint on the brush, hold the cardboard 10" or so above the card and flick the brush downwards against the card. Paint will spray over the card and give a cool look. This technique is pretty fun to do and you can use any number of different colors.

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3) This last example is where you simply dip the handle end of a brush into acrylic or poster paint and dribble it all over the backs of the business cards, which produces an interesting artistic design and texture.

Woodblock Printed Cards

Pop-Up Cards

Creating Business Cards on the Computer

Film Negative Idea

These business cards consist of a 'screenshot' of Illustrator on a 35mm negative. Fun and unique idea.

These business cards consist of a 'screenshot' of Illustrator on a 35mm negative. Fun and unique idea.

Ziplock Terrarium Freebie

I like the idea of including a little extra something with the card - especially if it's a mini terrarium in a ziplock bag!

I like the idea of including a little extra something with the card - especially if it's a mini terrarium in a ziplock bag!

Newspaper Business Cards

These cards are made from an old italian newspaper, with a printed section then taped onto the centre. Very cool.

These cards are made from an old italian newspaper, with a printed section then taped onto the centre. Very cool.

Creative Ideas to Inspire You

Rubber Stamped Cards

Transparent Cards

Handmade Paper

I love the texture of handmade paper - and this particular example has plant seeds inside so it will sprout when planted!

I love the texture of handmade paper - and this particular example has plant seeds inside so it will sprout when planted!

The Best of Business Card Design

Business Card Videos

Please Leave a Comment!

marymaine on August 19, 2018:

Valuable for those people who are looking to save more money on making business cards. Lovely post!

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hours creative from Devon, England on May 09, 2016:

Very Nice ....Thank you for sharing this important information with us. now i create own business cards .

Alicia McKay from Lane Cove on July 16, 2015:

Amazing tips and tutorials, everyone should go ahead and create his own business card. I can share this online tool, I hope you like it: http://lanecoveprinting.com.au/product-designer/

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 05, 2015:

Plenty of great ideas you have here to make your own business cards, even for us writers. Voted up for useful! They might come in handy someday!

Facundo on August 09, 2014:

very good job is fantastic!

Ninjinka on May 31, 2014:

Wow this is amazing. New favorite lens!

harrybigg on January 14, 2014:

These are great. I think the block printed ones are particularly striking. Great work!

sweetstickyrainbo on December 08, 2013:

I like the transparent business cards

UKBusinesses on October 01, 2013:

Some great ideas to make your business stand out!

Leafletsprint on September 17, 2013:

Hi Its nice article..But one thing I wish to say is quality of business cards indicates how much professional you and your services are, so don't play with your brand,Better to give that job to a printing agency

Kimberly Schimmel from Greensboro, NC on September 06, 2013:

I love the pop-up card!

jura on April 24, 2013:

Great ideas i have to try some of them.

Underrated on April 22, 2013:

Really helpful

Leafletsprint on November 09, 2012:

Um awesome ideas..But i don't like that newspaper business cards ,Its looks ehh..!Any way nice sharing

handcrafted-coolery on October 23, 2012:

Thanx, lots of helpful ideaas here

jhouston on September 27, 2012:

After designing a beautiful business card, you should look for display boards to place your business cards to help promote and gain more exposure for your business.

simpletouchclea on September 26, 2012:

I love, love, love the Italian newspaper idea. So creative and an attention grabber from the start and not just a regular business card. I will be working on a way to create some on my own to stand out...great lens.

ZandriaKajewski on September 19, 2012:

I would love to create my own cards the only problem is that I have no printer. Any ideas?

Ronald Tucker from Louisville, Kentucky on July 10, 2012:

Excellent selection of "calling cards" and useful links. The creativity shown in the design of so many of these business cards is almost overwhelming...something for every business niche!

lesliesinclair on June 26, 2012:

Truly valuable lens, with novel ideas. thanks.

CanvasArtPrint LM on June 13, 2012:

The pop-up business cards are something else! Great lens.

UKGhostwriter on May 26, 2012:

Fantastic lens ..pinned too!

anonymous on May 24, 2012:

Really nice :)

ourmarket on April 23, 2012:

Nice lens I bookmarked for later viewing Thank You

JonCJones on March 06, 2012:

Sewing a business card is very creative and I like that idea!

Jon C Jones

overnight business cards

MGuberti on March 04, 2012:

Wow, those cards look good!

IamBronwen on February 23, 2012:

LOVE! Such creative ideas :)

Kauai-Real-Estate on February 10, 2012:

Aloha from Hawaii... I am a real estate agent on Kauai, and I pride myself on quality business cards. Some of these were over the top... but funny! I "liked" your page.. solid work. feel free to check out my lens... I am new to it so feel free to give me some pointers!

plifeprint on January 20, 2012:

Great Stuff shared..I liked all pics

atticanibal on January 12, 2012:

great ideas :)

InstyPrints on December 07, 2011:

Great and inspirational ideas! We hope to see more.

diaperbagdiva lm on October 13, 2011:

This was an awesome inspiration site for new business card concepts. I love it!

Shanir LM on July 06, 2011:

These are all neat ideas :) nice lens

hessa johnson on June 22, 2011:

I really like some of these ideas. I'm going to pass this one on to friends.

FunkyJewelleryUK on May 17, 2011:

Great lens! Adding to my favourites as it is very inspiring. Great work :)

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