Welcome to art class! Just kidding. Well, I guess not really. Today it’s all about ‘How to DIY Your Business Cards’. I swear I will never stop being the girl who swoons over paper products, geeks out over an array of colored markers and who could spend her day creating something out of glitter, glue and Popsicle sticks. Who doesn’t love a good craft project, am I right?
Everyone wants a gorgeous and unique business card, but if you are just starting out you may not have the budget to go all in for those double stock letterpress business cards with four different ink colors. I’m going to show you a simple and inexpensive way to create a great piece to be handing out as a representation of your brand, but gives you that unique look to stand out in a sea of 2″ x 3.5″. Keep scrolling to get the step-by-step process.
Your supply list is as follows:
1. Blank letterpress business cards (the ones I previously bought have been discontinued so I haven’t found a new source for this yet!)
6. Uchida Embossing Heat tool (a hairdryer or even toaster would work as well)
The first step you will have to do is create the design files for your custom rubber stamp. This will be your logo for sure, but I also designed a second stamp to use as the back side of the card with my contact information. I handle the design end myself and use Simon Stamps to order them. However, if you are not confident in the design area you can hire a designer to create and prep your files for you or find one of the many custom rubber stamp companies out there who are full service.
Once you have all of your supplies, the first step is to use your embossing stamp pad to stamp the part of the your business card that will be embossed. You won’t see anything on the paper because it’s clear, but then you will gently pour on your embossing powder over it. Be liberal because you want to make sure that you have your logo or design covered completely.
You will then shake off the excess powder and see that the powder has adhered to the embossing ink. I usually give it a quick blow or two to make sure all of the extra powder is off the card. You will then use your heat tool to create the embossed effect. As I mentioned above, I have a heat tool specifically for this, but a hair dryer would work or holding it over a toaster.
And I decided not to emboss both front and back so my second stamp which contains all of my business information is stamped on the black in regular black ink. Please note: I have removed my phone number for obvious reasons. A pretty cool look, right?
Embossing powders come in all colors and styles so you will surely find something that goes well with your brand. Have fun with it and be unique!