It’s business baby! No, kidding aside, I wanted to have some business cards for the blog for some time now, not because I actually need them desperately but for one you’ll never know and for two it’s kinda fun to do something with design and paper for a change. And it’s never too late to start advertising your blog in real life (not online) with nice little self-made business cards. As nearly always the case I got my inspiration from Pinterest (seriously, there is some addiction at work here) and I found these simple business cards highlighted with watercolour. And that was exactly what I needed to design my business cards according to my blog template. Really purist with just a dash of colour. Lovely.
- a white sheet of paper
- a scanner
- a design program (Photoshop or Paint will do)
- a printer
- thick white paper
- scissors (or better: a cutting machine)
Crumple up the white sheet of paper and spread it out again, then scan it into your computer. If you don’t have a scanner I’m sure you’ll find pictures of crumpled paper on the Internet.
Open the document in your design program and crop it into a business card size (normally 85x55mm). Play with the settings, add the text/your ideas and everything you want to have on your card. Keep in mind to create a front and back (if you want text on both sides of the card). I decided not to change too much on my design and mostly adopt it (except for the colour splash which will come later of course). I copied the design a few times and arranged it on a DinA4 paper.
Now you need your good black-and-white printer and a little experimenting on your side. I’d recommend printing the design onto normal paper first to control if it fits. If you have an option to print automatically onto both sides of your paper that’s super and you just do that with your front and back design. I had to print the front design first and the put the paper back into the paper feed. The problem here is that you need to take into consideration on which side of the paper the printer will print. After calculating all that print your card design onto the thick white paper and front and back should in the best case line up.
Either you get yourself a good pair of scissors or you have a cutting machine at hand, which is of course timesaving and more precise. But scissors will do as well.
Time for some colour! Seriously, that batch of white and grey cards looks a bit boring to me, so fill a bowl with water and dip the batch (secured with rubber bands) into it and leave it there until it’s soaked about one third.
Leave the rubber bands, take another bowl and two spits of wood to build yourself a construction as seen on the picture, wet part on top and fixing the spits with tape. Take your watercolours and select some shades (wouldn’t take too many), mix them with a lot of water and start dripping the colour on top of the stack. Repeat as many times as you want.
Let the stack dry for a few minutes, then carefully peel the cards apart and lay them on a clear surface to dry completely. You may want to press them flat by stacking heavy books on them.
I loved it to work with watercolours again (back to the roots haha) and the result is stunning, they’re almost too pretty to just give away. So if you want to make your own business cards (maybe even for yourself), that’s a fun and beautiful way to do it. Now who wants one?