Business Card Inspiration #17

My brain is all over the place right now with last minute prep for the National Stationery Show (which kicks off this weekend – eeek!) so in an effort to make myself focus I started gathering some of my favorite business cards from Instagram from the last few weeks. And of course I had to share them with you!

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1. Beautiful gold foil business cards from Mon Voir Calligraphy and printed by Copper Willow

2. Blind impression on different paper colors for a rainbow effect – love this idea! Designed by Anthony Lane and printed by Studio on Fire

3. A fun black ink spatter pattern on chipboard from Ink Meets Paper

4. Classic black + white business cards by Enjoy January

5. Modern hand lettered black + white business cards by People I’ve Loved for artist Michelle Morby

p.s. If you’d like to submit your own business cards for a future post just tag your photos with #osbpbusinesscardlove on Instagram!

Business Card Inspiration #16

Time for more business card inspiration! Here are a few beautiful business cards that have caught my eye recently…

Business Card Inspiration via Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Holographic foil business cards with pink edge painting for Kelly of Ban.do / Printed by Presshaus LA

2. Shanna Murray / Instagram

3. Christine Wisnieski for Trentina / Instagram

4. Mae Mae & Co / Instagram

5. Folded business cards (the front side features a repurposed one-of-a-kind art print!) by Birdwalk Press for Casey Blanchard

Business Card Inspiration #15

I love seeing beautiful business cards pop up on Instagram and Pinterest – so I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites from time to time, starting today! Sound good?

Business Card Inspiration via Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Belinda Love Lee / Instagram

2. Pen and Peplum

3. Kirk from Sycamore Street Press / Instagram

4. Akula Kreative Watercolor + Rubber Stamp Business Cards

5. Anna of Rifle Paper Co. / Instagram

Perpetually Chic’s Letterpress + Calligraphy Business Stationery

I love love love a beautiful business card – who doesn’t?!? So I was thrilled when Sarah from Studio SloMo sent over the letterpress and foil stamped business cards and custom business stationery that she designed for her friend Lauren of Perpetually Chic. I love the crisp navy and white color palette – and of course the beautiful calligraphy logo by Julie Song Ink!

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From Sarah: My good friend Lauren Craig of Perpetually Chic came to me for help in redesigning her blog from logo to stationery to website. She loves all things simple and timeless which comes across well in this paired down set of business stationery. We used a white and navy duplexed paper with letterpress printing on one side and white foil stamp on the other for her business cards. The clean letterpress printed notecard showcases the “Perpetually Chic” logo Julie Song so beautifully hand lettered. Lauren typically uses a metallic gold pen to address the deep navy envelopes.

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Thanks Sarah!

Logo Design: Julie Song Ink

Stationery Design + Printing: Studio SloMo

Studio SloMo is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Sarah’s beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Studio SloMo

Watercolor + Gold Foil Edged Letterpress Business Cards

I’m so unbelievably excited to share a very special project with all of you today – my brand new business cards! After launching the new design back in March, it was definitely time to update my business cards. I’ve always been impressed by the amazing custom work from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress, so I immediately turned to them for help translating the beautiful new logo (by Liz from Linda & Harriett) into an equally beautiful business card. When it comes to my own personal projects, my approach is always to pick a designer whose work I absolutely love and then just let them run with it –and Samantha and Whitney completely knocked it out of the park! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out!

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From Samantha and Whitney: We took strong inspiration from the watercolor logo designed for Oh So Beautiful Paper by Linda & Harriett. We wanted the card to complement the logo without feeling visually overwhelming or too busy.

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Because we can’t achieve the exact same look as watercolor with letterpress printing, we had to be creative as to how we showcased that tonal variation. We opted to print using three different shades of pink to give an ombre/gradient effect and then added a wash of color along the bottom for a pop of interest.

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We brainstormed various ways to add the pop of color (from dip dying using vegetable and fruit dyes to pigment dyes), but ultimately decided that actually watercoloring each card by hand was the way to go. We spent hours testing different watercolor mixes and saturations to come up with the perfect palette of paints.

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Every card was individually painted with a wash of watercolor on each side prior to being trimmed down, so each card is unique and has a slightly different look/color scheme due to the variation in concentration of the wash.

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All pieces were lovingly printed by hand in our Dover, New Hampshire studio and are printed on thick, 220# 100% cotton. As the final finishing touch, Smock foil edged the cards in metallic gold shine foil!

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I hope you love these business cards as much as I do!

Design / Letterpress Printing and Watercolor: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Foil Edging: Smock

Logo Design: Linda & Harriett

Smock and Gus & Ruby Letterpress are members of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more beautiful work from Smock right here and more wonderful custom work from Gus & Ruby Letterpress here!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper