Tiny Notepad Business Cards:

You guys know I love business cards. So attending Alt Summit this year, I knew I wanted to make something fun. I had an idea that it would be neat to include a tiny notepad with helpful sayings and prompts to be productive and get things done. I contacted some local printers to see if anyone could make a 1” x 3” notepad – and found one who could!

Here are the supplies I used. I wanted a thick card so I had some backing board from clear bags that I cut down to business card size. I printed out my logo/website on sticker paper and cut that to size. Also used our hello tape and our pocket envelopes to place everything inside. Lastly, I included some fun diamond clips and temporary tattoos we had made a while ago.

I have to say these took a long time, having to cut down everything by hand. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday business cards but for a novelty kind of card, I think it’s fun. So one side I spray painted yellow and the other side I placed the sticker that I printed out.


I used a little kraft label that I printed to hold the notepad down and it wrapped around just slightly to the other side.

All the goodies fit into the little pocket. This was a lot of fun to make – it reminded me of being back in college and doing an art project or something. I really like the way it turned out!

you are … business cards:

I wanted to come up with some fun cards for the stationery show last week – these were quick & simple, but I snapped a few shots to share them with you!




The supplies on this card were very simple – I just used blank business cards, rubber stamp, labels, message tape, and dried flowers (picked up at the los angeles flower mart)


 


I used a couple different kinds of ink jet labels – brown kraft round & gold triangles.







On one side, I placed the gold label and stamped with our today stamp.






On the other side, I cut a couple of the dried flowers and taped it with our message tape.





All done! Super simple & easy. The only thing about this type of card is that it’s more novelty, it doesn’t provide a ton of info. Actually, I only put my .com address. No email address, no other information… Email probably would have been good to add.

Collections / Business Card Round Up #4:


Business cards. What can I say? I’ve done quite a few posts about business cards here on the blog and have probably shared more business diy’s than any other diy 😉 I love them! Is anyone going to Alt this year? I am not going this year. I’ve gone for the past 3 years and I’m a little sad that I can’t make it this year but we have a shop to open! Business cards are still on my mind and I thought I’d do another round-up of cards. Because I don’t think looking at pretty business cards can ever get old! Enjoy today’s collection.






simply brilliant and sweet cards
via Anna at in honor of design


via how about orange


simple and creative diy
via brittany at paper n stitch


love the use of lace and layers here!
via little red chair


little swag bag business cards
via i heart naptime


Amazing die-cut card.


via style and pepper


Free download from Amy, these tags could also make cute cards?
via eat drink chic


how about a business card that’s also a matchbook? So cute!
designed by one fine dae
via August Empress

simple flag die-cut!


via shop-around


via i still love you


Love the use of the tape, tags, and twine!


via soda pop design




via evan carlyle @ instagram




If you’re looking for some printers, I’ve used Moo and Vistaprint in the past. Moo now has LUXE business card printing and it looks super quality! When I need letterpress printing, I use Madeline at Panorama Press, she is awesome! Or take it to the next level with wood printing – my cousin & her husband own a wood engraving shop! I personally am a fan of gold foil printing – Morning print offers all kinds of paper types and printing, haven’t used them but their prices seem really reasonable!




For anyone attending Alt, be sure to check out some alt business card round up posts for loads of inspiration! Dandee, Creature Comforts, and Camille Styles… oh, and I did a roundup of alt cards here too 😉

hello diy / encouragement business cards:


I created this post for the Alt Summit blog. In case you missed it, I am posting it here at the blog. You guys know I like business cards 😉 So here’s a very simple business card DIY for you!



SUPPLIES:

– 1″ round punch
– Pre-cut business cards
– 1 sheet of label/sticker paper
– Information stamp (I got mine from vistaprint – they have some free stamp designs


available or you can pay $2-$3 or something to upload your own design!)
– Scratch-off stickers (I got mine at ebay

 

 
Stamp your cards with your information. Note: You don’t have to use a rubber stamp or purchase pre-cut business cards, I just did to save time. You can buy plain paper & cut it to the size you want, print directly onto the cards, whatever you prefer!

For this part, you’ll need some kind of drawing software to create your circles. Some free versions out there are inkscape or you can try using Aviary – I made 1″ yellow circles and typed out encouraging phrases. If you don’t mind the same phrases as mine, it can be downloaded here :) I included a couple different colored circles too. Just fill in your own coupon phrases in the blank area.

You could also do fortunes or even coupons if you have a shop. One you have them made, print them out on the white label paper. Cut them out with your punch.


Since they were printed on the white label/sticker paper, they are really easy to just stick onto the card. You don’t have to mess with glue or anything.



Then take the scratch-off stickers and place them directly over your round stickers.


and you’re done! You can also hand write a little note with arrow saying “scratch” so people know or just tell them as you hand them out.




I think these would be fun and memorable because they involve some effort on the receivers part to see the secret message underneath. Once their fortune or coupon or whatever message is revealed, they may hold on to it and always remember your information!

happy friday / business cards:


I remember the first time I ordered 1000 business cards. I thought to myself, this will last me a lifetime. But with craft shows and an online shop, I quickly realized I would go through these cards pretty quickly. So I thought I’d share all my business card designs from over the years. It’s cool to see the designs evolve and change over time. While I’d love to have a lovely letterpress card or do a quality handmade card, I go through these so quickly so it wouldn’t be the most efficient idea for me.. still, I so appreciate and love collecting beautiful cards from fellow bloggers and companies. Some of my go-to places to print are vistaprint and I also print locally at ultradotmedia.com too – their service is okay but they have some great printing prices :) 







So any exciting weekend plans for you? Our weekends are filled with craft shows and this weekend, we are headed to San Francisco for Renegade Craft Fair! If you’re in the SF area, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello :) We’ll also be at bloomfestLA  which looks like a pretty cool free event – More information at our events page. Call us crazy but we’re waking up at 2am on Saturday and driving straight to SF – we’ll see how it goes 😉 Hope you have a fantastic weekend friends! xo.

Collections / Business Card Round Up #3:

Haven’t done a business card round up post in about a year! so I thought I’d put another one together. There are so many amazing cards out there, I think business cards are definitely some of my favorite pieces of graphic design. People can get so creative on a 2″ x 3.5″ piece of paper! 😉 Enjoy!
jaqk cellars via graphic-exchange <-- go here to see tons more amazing branding!








cool graphic cards from John Cheese


Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie design via Lovely Stationery Designed by Glasfurd & Walker





Gold Spray Painted Edges via Camille Styles, Genius!


In case you missed it, you can see
all the past business card posts here!

If you’re not into the whole DIY thing, printed cards have been sufficient for many years. Here are some great printing resources. uprinting.com print 3 sizes – which is kind of cool, wood business cards, and here’s a great resource for cards.

my alt summit business cards:

I know I just did a business card diy a couple weeks ago but wanted to share my alt cards too! If you missed my cards from last year, you can see them here. Looks like I used the same yellow card stock again this year 😉 Well anyway, I totally forgot all about my business cards for Alt this year, so I threw something together the night before. Here is another quick + easy business card diy for you!
Items I used:
Curry business cards from Paper-Source
Paper clips + vinyl decals from The Wanderlust
‘you are beautiful’ custom stamp
black felt ink pad
I designed the label with a wrap around design in mind. I lay out the text in Illustrator but if you don’t have that, you can probably use word or photoshop. You can download the templates for whichever size label at the site. So for my design, the info went on the front and the quote was wrapped around to the back.
I did two versions of this card. #1 – I stamped it with a “you are beautiful” stamp.
The 2nd version included a little animal paper clip + a vinyl decal.
They’re fun, simple, + easy cards. Anyone can make them!
If you have any questions, just let me know :)

hello diy / shapes business card:

Today’s weekly DIY is a charm-stamped business card.
Pretty simple + easy to make!
Items you need:
Hammer
Glue
Optional:
Self Inking Stamp (I got mine from VistaPrint!)
Pick your letters and hold the stamp in place.
Pound on top with a hammer a couple times to make impression.
For the triangles, I wasn’t sure which letter to put so I just put an ampersand 😉
I typed out my company and website address with a typewriter.
For gluing the charms, I decided to use 2 types of glue, just to see how it’d turn out. A tape glue and regular glue. I used the 3M 700 ATG gun (if you don’t have one, get one! They are magical! so easy to use and the tape is strong!)
Regular glue used here. Each works equally well.
and you’re all done! and easy + simple business card DIY.
You could also just stamp the card since realistically hand typing the cards may take a while depending on how many you make. I ordered a self inking stamp from vistaprint for free! For only $2.99, you can edit the fonts yourself which is pretty cool. They have great quality stuff, I’m a fan.
That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this DIY :)

business cards / personal collection part 2:


Goodness, there are so many fantastic business cards out there. and certainly in the craft scene because people are so creative – these were all collected at the various holiday craft shows – just had to share them with you!





Love the pattern on Voz.

Gold sparkle on Alana Douvros Jewelry.




Recycled cards like wood cut maps using wood scraps are so cool.

Love rusty cuts using vintage slides for her cards.




beautifully designed letterpress tag









Cards pictured:



lo fidelity love

pie bird press

paper jam press

woodcut maps

panorama press

with love xox

stitch & hammer

rusty cuts

alana douvros jewelry

voz clothing and art

gamma folk

manvsink


Collections / Business Card Round Up:

I haven’t done a business card post in a while & have been coming across lots of fun cards lately so thought I’d do a collection for your viewing inspiration. I’ve had the same business card design for about a year now, so I need some new inspiration! Alt summit is around the corner too so that’s a motivator to get moving on a new design 😉 Hope you enjoy these lovely designs friends! xo.
Edible cards: Dog biscuit by Sergio Freitas via card observer + Chocolate card via Business Card Ideas
more edible business cards here — what do you think of edible business cards? I think it’s an interesting idea but doesn’t it sort of defeat the purpose if they eat your information? Haha. Really on the fence about this one 😉
Carabiner Outdoor Connections by Staci Designs
Viewzi via Nathan Smith
Ticket business cards by Terri Mitchell and Megan Landry via cardonizer.com
Diy Calling Cards from Pugly Pixel
Fabric Backed Business Cards from Here’s looking at me kid