collections / business card round up #2:

Thought it was time for more business cards, I mean because really, pretty business card posts won’t ever get old. If you’re new to the blog, be sure and check out the business card archives for more business card inspiration posts!

Ellie’s japanese tape diy cards from mint design blog
Homemade business cards from Ethan Martin
Student project publishing company cards from laumette
Creative twitter business card from Mark Pannell
Old Faithful shop card design from ptarmak.com
Best creative cards I’ve seen in a while: Glammer Education cards designed by Y&R Thailand via itevenhasawatermark.com

Watercolor letterpress business cards from Jordan Ferney
DJ Mohit’s turntable business card via Business Card Design Ideas
Ziplock Terrarium business cards from Whitluxus
Business Card from cartoulesletterpress
The Royal Chains – business cards, source unknown.
Jason Permenter cards via dailypoetics
Haven Business card design via Stitch Design Co
Awesome business card design via Simple Pretty

oh, hello friend diy business cards:

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Here are the business cards I put together for Alt – I made a couple different versions. All I used were some glassine envelopes and blank business cards, some cute wood push pins, avery labels, japanese tape, custom wood hot air balloons (made from the same place I used for my wedding invitations), and I got some custom rubber stamps made.
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For one version, I included the card and the push pin and
just designed a wrap around label to seal the glassine envelopes.
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So one side of the card was stamped with my info, the other side had the wood piece attached, the idea was supposed to be sort of like a mini piece of art or something. The push pin was so they’d be sure to pin up my card on their inspiration boards or whatever :)
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Okay, I got carried away with the stamp designs and made 3.
Well, I had 1 from before so I really only made 2 new designs.
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Hurray, that’s all! What do you think? I was only able to make a certain amount of these, the push pins are no longer sold at the store I got them at so I guess these cards are now limited edition. I’ll have to come up with something new for next year. I really love business cards, what about you?

Business Cards, from Alt Summit:

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Here are some of my favorite business cards I collected from Alt Summit! They include an assortment of great design & lovely fonts, letterpress, die-cuts, gold foil, wood, simple, & hand stamped.
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Loved Liz Stanley’s letterpress card with a patterned background & red text.
Amy from old sweet song hand stamped her lovely cards
Rachel from Black Eiffel had a beautiful letterpress cards, no color: so classy.
Danyelle from Dandee had awesome wood cards
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Loved the beautiful letterpress from We Heart Paper
Awesome Gold Foil card from Annily Green
Loved the simplicity of Amy Turn Sharp’s card: black letterpress url
Awesome typography on Erin’s card / Apartment 34
Great diecut on The Party Pass &
cute letterpress cards from The Makerie.
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I wouldn’t expect any less of an amazing card from Kathleen / Twig & Thistle
Loved the use of pattern in Rachel’s card from Raenovate
& Jordan Ferney’s cute & colorful design.
Don’t miss other business card posts from Ez, Danyelle, and Camille!
There were so many more pretty ones I missed collecting at alt.
Tomorrow I’ll share my business cards with you.

11 hand stamped business cards:

Happy 1/11/11 day :) In getting ready for Alt Summit next week, I realized I probably should get some business cards together. I have some rubber stamps and decided to look for some stamped business card inspiration. So I thought I’d share a collection of what I found.. and it just happened to be 11 designs!
Beautiful stamp cards from mae mae paperie
Unique stamped cards from Isle of Skye
Hand stamped business cards from mr.keasone
Eco-friendly hand stamped onto scraps of paper designed by Fischer Portugal from earthfirst.com
Diy stamp + hand sewn cards from creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com
Swink Business cards from swinkinc.com
Streethearts’ Business Card via Business Card Design Ideas
Diy recycled cards from Becky Tesch
Stamped cards from portfolio-7
Stamped cards from visual armory
Double stamp business cards from Adam Hill

business cards / personal collection part 1:

I was looking through my collection of business cards and decided to pull out some of my favorite’s to share with you! I really love business cards. I’ve done some business card round up posts here & here so if you’re new to the blog, check them out!
100 layer cake – beautiful, simple, letterpress
olive manna – square shape, kraft cardstock
ready go – handmade, sewn details – like the texture!
searchresq – custom lightbulb shape on wood, brilliant!
jennifer alden design – just downright really good design!
miniature rhino – using a really nice product image as design, lovely.
michael wysong – love the use of pattern – it works so well together.
katie frederick – simple, information is well laid out, like the square shape.
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the other side of the jennifer alden card. so good.
k+c sitting in a tree – handmade card, really sweet + simple.
wiley valentine – LOVE these. they’re letterpress + printed on seed paper!
nate butler – no idea where I got this card, but it’s amazing! It’s really light
wood veneer. The website on the card doesn’t work :/
Detail / Close up shots:
& that’s all! Hope you enjoyed the cards and gathered some inspiration :)
PS: If you have a unique business card that you’d
like to share, please send it my way!
I’d love to photo it and add it to my collection :)

letterpress week – business card inspiration:

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business cards. little three and a half by two inch pieces of paper that have potential to brand your entire company :) card observer writes an article about how important business cards really are. here are some lovely letterpress cards, since we are doing letterpress week. enjoy!
designed by: truly smitten
printed by: thomas printers
style me pretty cards by elum designs
printed by: simple song
designed by: public school
printed by: vertallee
designed by: jessica hische
printed at: the arm
designed by: jess creates
printed by: invited ink
designed by: Second World Design
printed by: Repeat Press
designed by: kyle van horn
are you inspired yet? 😉 i know it’s a little discouraging looking at all these beautiful cards when letterpress printing can run somewhat high depending on how fancy you get. but think about branding and what message you are sending to your clients. is it worth spending the extra $$ for? i would say so. :)
in the above image, sarah writes a great article on ‘tips for more affordable letterpress’ here. be sure to check etsy for great affordable custom letterpress cards — sellers like chatham and caron and vermilion star press offer lovely custom business cards cards for around only $1 each. the mandate press actually offers a pretty sweet deal: 200 simple black+white cards for only $95! here and lastly, i stumbled upon exquisite letterpress while i was looking for business card inspiration and came upon their almost free cards — their prices are really reasonable for 500 – 2000 cards. click their instant quote form here!
ps: if you haven’t had enough business card inspiration, i looked through flickr using the search term “letterpress business card”, or see the dingbat press card set (they print some great cards)

collections / business card round up #1:

business cards are such an important element in your business. you have 3.5 x 2 inches of space to make an impact. (well, not limited to that size!) 😉 i asked 2 designers whose work speaks for itself: they know their design. ellie from mint + whitney from darling dexter: both amazing blogs full of daily inspiration. i asked them 2 simple questions: 1) the importance of a good business card + 2) how to design a good card!

read on :)

importance of a good business card:
whitney from darling dexter gave us her thoughts about the importance of a good business card: In this day, it’s one of the last physical artifacts that you can give a potential client. Everything has moved online which can often get lost — so to have a card available is crucial. Due to the size, it’s generally something that can easily be stored so the chances of it being tossed are pretty slim. Most importantly, it’s a great way to inform and remind a potential client of your who you are and direct them to your online presence.

ellie, mint design blog says: When you’re trying to make a potential business connection, your card is the first “window” into who you are. A memorable card can make the difference between staying in someone’s wallet or ending up in the trash! I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money on cards necessarily, but a well-designed or unique card says a lot about who you are as a professional.


here are some lovely card designs for your inspiration:


100 layer cake. +


brckt.com +


michael b kenyon
source from here


the darling room


ellen jackson +


element +


francesca pasini +


creativesuitcase.com +


butter label +



grace bonney +


amelia lyon +


sassen design +


AIGA Knoxville +


Emerson Taymor +


lena corwin + (found via paper pastries )


somace design +

advice on achieving a well-designed business card:
ellie, mint says:
Definitely seek out a pro! Designers have training in typography, and even the simplest card deserves thought and attention by a professional. If you can’t afford a designer, I’d recommend buying a well-designed template or going the completely creative route. (Moo has a great collection of templates for those on a tight budget). If you’re an artist and don’t need to hand out hundreds of cards, maybe a collaged or hand-stamped card is the way to go!

whitney, darling dexter says:

Definitely think outside of the box. There are so many templates out there to quickly get a business card made but they don’t set you apart. Head to your local library or bookstore and see if there is a graphic design section. Usually there are great books on business card design as well as for other materials you might need for your business. It is such a small piece of paper (maybe paper? who knows the materials that could be used!) but it has to represent what your business is all about. Don’t settle. This is an opportunity to grab attention, so pay special attention to detail and spend some time crafting the perfect card.

thank you for taking the time to offer us some professional advice ladies!

more business card posts for lots more inspiration:
903 business card photos available to view at daily poetics! they are all so creative. and some other places to gather even more business card inspiration: cool business cards from creativebits.org, 100 really creative cards from webdesignerdepot.com. 54 unique cards from reencoded.com. hand stamped business cards from paper pastries, and eco-inspired business cards from greenwala. yep, tons of inspiration and creativity out there.

happy friday dear friends! xo.