Make Your Own Business Cards

How To Make Your Own Business Cards

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Making your own business cards gives you the ability to print as many as you like, anywhere and anytime – and it’s never been easier! Perforated business card sheets, ink cartridges, and abundant software get you on the road to having total control over your business cards without having to step outside your home.

How To Make Your Own Business Cards

Want to give your networking efforts a boost? Here’s how to make your own business cards…

Software

Find the software on your computer, or use websites that provide templates. Word processing software usually has a template for business card creation that lets you insert images, choose from hundreds of fonts and position the content wherever you want them.

Creating business cards requires some skill with the mouse and the commands that the software requires. It helps to give yourself some extra time to experiment with it before you start. Tutorials can help you and don’t forget to use the help menu when you get stumped.

Artwork

Identify the artwork you want to use on the business card. If you can’t use anything from your own resources, consider websites that provide free artwork, such as photos or drawings, that don’t require attribution or royalties. Some websites suggest a small donation to use their stock. The colors you get from ink cartridges are remarkably true, so unless you’ve changed the settings on your monitor, you should get what you see.

Layout

Lay the card out, keeping in mind that your business and personal name are key, followed by the contact information. The rule of thirds works well for designing business cards. Divide the card into thirds horizontally and vertically and try to balance the content based on each third. Use a larger font size for these elements and smaller fonts for the rest of the material. Don’t overload your card with content and leave plenty of blank space, also called white space.

Editing

Proofread it once and send to someone else to review, preferably someone who isn’t working on the project with you. After you work on a project for some time, you may not catch small errors. A fresh set of eyes can spot them quickly and the feedback may include objective suggestions about making the card easier to read.

A good way to proofread your work without any assistance is to read the content backwards. It’s surprising how many errors instantly appear when you read content out of context.

Printing A Sample

Print a sample on low-quality or economy printing, which gives an idea of how the cards lay on the sheet, saving the content of the ink cartridges. Some packages of card stock include a sheet that has the margin printed on them, making it easy to spot issues with the margins throughout the sheet. You can also copy that proofing sheet if you’re planning on printing the cards in batches.

Make any corrections to the sheet of business cards so that each card fits exactly on the card stock as you intended. Once you’ve made all the layout nudges you need, change the printer’s settings to high quality and print the cards. Let them dry a few minutes before breaking the perforations or cutting them.

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8 comments

  1. Self-made/ rpinted cards are a good idea if you are in a creative feild…like photography, graphics, event management, fashion, gift industry etc. But say you are in a profession, which is highly regulated like the financial industry…its best to get the cards printed professionally and make sure they are compliant as per your industry norms.

  2. FYI – PrintingforLess.com has some awesome free business card templates. They’re not just cool, but they’re FREE. That makes a difference…

  3. I am an architect. How I present myself is important. I designed and printed my own business cards, and have never had a problem with running or smearing ink, except when I was experimenting with the card stock. Card stock is important, and you can not skimp. You also must use good quality ink and high DPI. The cards that look cheap are the professionally printed ones. I have color graphics in mine and multiple size and color text. I can also tailor the text in the card for the particular venue that I am attending. I also print additional information on the back, which can increase the impression that I leave behind. My cards also do not look like everyone else’s – they are not a plain white card with black print – and they are the heaviest stock that I can find. Also do not keep to many cards in your pocket for to long, because even the best will wear and become bent.

  4. I strongly recommend against home made business cards – to me they are unprofessional and show a lack of attention to detail. I remember the first set I made in a career centre: the ink wasn’t waterproof and it ran and when it didn’t run it smudged. What a terrible first impression to leave on a person.

    I was able to buy 200 attractive, professional business cards for about $30 and I had them in 2 hours. I brought them to a recent event and made a hug impression on a crowd of people in the career industry: no one else had done this so it still makes an impact.

  5. I think the made @ home business cards are unprofessional and tacky. There are plenty of online sites where you can get quality, professionally printed business cards at a very affordable price.

    • Cecilia,

      I don’t think that you will have very much arguing that professionally printed business cards look and feel better than self-made business cards. However, there are a large portion of professionals without a business card.

      Self-made business cards may very well be the answer to that problem.

      Also, self-made business cards can allow for one other added benefit. The individual who is handing them out can now say, “I designed that card personally. It is a sampling of what I can do for you.”

      • If that’s the case and it’s being used as tool to show a skill, all the more reason it’s printed on quality paper with no perforated edges. Designing your own card is not the same as self-made cards from your home printer.

        • As I said earlier, I designed and print a quality business card, that can also take on chameleon properties, to best define myself in the function I am currently in. I print my cards with good quality color printing, on good quality stock. To often, people complain that their professionally designed and produced cards look and feel take and want to know where I am obtaining my cards.

          To often we are indoctrinated into believing that if we pay for it, we are receiving quality and the benefits of quality. That is not always (and often seldom) the case.

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