Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #11

It’s no secret that I love business cards – a great business card can be like a tiny little piece of art!  I also love it when designers and printers incorporate edge painting into business card design, from bright pops of color to elegant metallics to sophisticated black ink.  It’s been a while since I rounded up some inspiring business cards, so today I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites!

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Callie Kant via Lovely Stationery

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Swiss Cottage Designs

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Mike McQuade for Tom Dick & Harry Creative Co. via FPO

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Dingbat Press

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Parrott Design Studio

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Adam Mann via FPO

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Studio on Fire

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Bespoke Letterpress Calling Cards

Deutsche Japaner Red Gold Foil Edge Business Cards 550x336 Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #11

Gold Foil Edge Business Cards by Deutsche & Japaner via Design Work Life

Do you have an awesome business card that you’d like to share?  If so, e-mail me right here!

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Letterpress Illustrated Business Cards from A Fine Press

How adorable are these business cards from A Fine Press for author and illustrator Fred Koehler?  Matthew from A Fine Press letterpress printed the three-color design on Crane’s 110# florescent white Lettra paper.  I love the way the soft fields of color mix with the illustration outline, and the illustration itself is just so sweet.

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From MatthewFred attended SCWBI in New York last month and wanted to bring a card that reflected the children’s book he was working on.  The gray is a halftone with some subtle shading around the outlines and in Jr.’s skin tone.  The shading and skintone went down so well, I almost thought adding the outlines would ruin it, but they really made it pop!  These were hand-fed on my Chandler & Price – the registration was a bear!

Thanks Matthew!

Photo Credits: A Fine Press

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

Embroidered Business Cards and Artwork by Nina Gregier

These embroidered business cards from designer and illustrator Nina Gregier are so incredibly cool – simple in design, but with a huge impact!  I couldn’t resist checking out Nina’s website; she has a number of additional embroidered typography projects in her portfolio, including a beautiful embroidered alphabet and art prints.

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Check out lots more over on Nina’s website right here.

Photo Credits: Nina Gregier, found via Lovely Stationery

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #10

This morning I’m returning to one of my absolute favorite subjects – business cards!  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite business cards from the last few weeks, and you can check out previous business card round ups right here!

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The coolest card I’ve seen in a long time: black with white knockout (raised) text from Mama’s Sauce

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Love the overprinting and texture in this business card, designed by Popcorn Initiative and printed by Cranky Pressman via FPO

White Knockout Text Business Card Dolce Press Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #10

More cool knockout text letterpress cards, this time in white on white, from Dolce Press

Striped Blue White Double Sided Letterpress Cards Truly Smitten 550x366 Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #10

Cute blue and white striped double-sided business cards by Truly Smitten Studio

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Silver foil on gray business cards by Andfold via Francesco Mugnai

Hand Lettered Letterpress Business Card Stitch Design Co Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #10

Beautiful illustration and hand lettering by Stitch Design Co. via Lovely Stationery

Orange Turquoise Letterpress Business Cards Meg Gleeson Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #10

Colorful orange and turquoise business cards with blind impression illustrations by Meg Gleason via Design Work Life

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Simple and modern woodgrain business cards by Sona Hovhannisyan for Tereasa Surratt via Francesco Mugnai

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Pretty pastel business cards by Foreign Policy Design Group via Lovely Stationery

As always, if you’d like to sub­mit your own busi­ness cards, you can e-mail me right here!

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