DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Calling Cards

The ladies of Anti­quaria took a quick break to relocate to California (congrats ladies!), but today they’re back with another fab­u­lous and cre­ative DIY project!  This week they’re here with three options for DIY rubber stamp calling cards!

After a studio relocation and move…we are back with more DIY stamp tutorials!!  This week, we are exploring the world of calling cards, a fun and unique way to make a lasting impression on someone you’ve just met.  By using a calling card rubber stamp, you can customize and really make them reflect you!  Also, because you can make them in small batches, you can change their design on a whim and reflect your current mood & style.

To create these three calling cards, we adapted techniques from our previous DIY posts (and one sneak peek).

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Our Geek Chic tutorial, is super easy and uses very inexpensive and resourceful materials!!

1. Find vintage, or download & print (we used Hex Dot for this calling card) graph paper. Cut into 2×3″ rectangles.

2. Cut kraft colored card stock into 3.5 x 2.5″ rectangles.

3. Ink stamp (we used our Calligraphy Accent Calling Card stamp) with desired color and make print using even pressure on a hard surface.

4. Using fun colored or patterned washi tape, affix the stamped graph paper to the kraft paper backing. (If more security is desired, use double stick tape to affix the two together and use the washi tape as decoration)

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As a teaser for our next Save the Date tutorial, this calling card uses stamp pad edge painting to make the cards really pop.  This technique is so simple, you won’t believe it!

1. Using a heavy cotton paper, cut into 2.5×3″ rectangles.

2. To make the mixed ombre stamp image, use 2 different but similarly shaded colors (we used a mix of orange & red, one dark, one light).  Ink the stamp (we used our Navajo Calling Card stamp) lightly in the darker of the two, then ink over it in the lighter shade.  Stamp image with even pressure on a hard work surface.  Let the images dry overnight.

3. To paint the edges, grasp each card in the middle.  Drag the edges through your stamp pad, applying even pressure to ensure an even border…it’s that simple!!!

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By far one of the most popular DIY posts we’ve done, this calling card uses the techniques from the Hand Watercolor Save the Dates & Thank You Card tutorial.  It astounds us how many different looks you can achieve with this technique!

1. Choose the colors you desire to paint with (a few similar shades and one contrasting always looks nice).

2. Paint random and uneven lines on sheets of watercolor paper. When dry, cut each sheet into 2 x 3.5″ rectangles. Admire how lovely and unique each one is!

3. Ink stamp (we used our Typewriter Calling Cardstamp) and print, pressing evenly on a hard work surface.

So, get stamping and be creative with the most important brand you represent….you!!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paper Lovely Calling Cards

While we’re on the topic of business cards this week, Kim from Paper Lovely has just come out with an adorable line of letterpress calling cards!  Kim is offering seven design options, from modern stripes to pretty swirls and flourishes.

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Kim is offering 15% off the calling card collection from her Etsy shop through this weekend only – just use code CALLME15 at checkout!

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Chevron Stripe Calling Cards

I came across these adorable chevron stripe calling cards from Sweetbeaker last week, and I can’t stop thinking about them!  The playful stripes are just so sweet:

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Karly also offers this fun banner design in a horizontal layout:

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Cute, right?  Check out these and other designs right here!

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Letterpress Calling Cards

I’m taking a quick break from wedding invitations this morning (not to worry, I have some beautiful real invitations coming up a bit later) to share this beautiful letterpress print from Brandi at Sweet Harvey:

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Brandi kindly sent me one of these prints, which I now have up in my new home office and love it!  Isn’t it perfect for artists and freelancers?  Or even in a child’s bedroom?  Such a sweet print.  Brandi also let me know about some new letterpress calling card designs that she’s offering in the Sweet Harvey shop:

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I’m loving all the bright colors and floral patterns – check it all out in the Sweet Harvey shop!

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Luzel from iDIY found this fabulous flickr set comprised entirely of antique business and calling cards, which she was kind enough to send to me and I'm now sharing with the rest of you!  I love the way calligraphy plays a role in many of the designs:

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Check out the rest of the collection right here.  Thanks Luzel!