(Evening everyone! Davina here, I am back from my holiday in Devon - post to come soon). Here is our Making Monday post for this week, which will show you how to make two super simple and easy types of business cards. Hannah and I both think its worth making the extra effort with business cards. Its a good talking point when you are meeting new people, and it can help to convey the message of your blog or business really succinctly.
Rubber Stamped Envelope Business Cards
As most of you will know Hannah and I just launched Seeds and Stitches last week. We needed to make up some business cards for day 1 of the blog as we were both visiting Blogtacular that day - so business cards were essential to spread the word of our new venture. We knew it was important to us for the cards to be handmade and so spent some time brainstorming ideas. In the end we decided on an idea that brought together two of our passions - rubber stamping and gardening. We filled envelopes with wildflower seeds and stamped our details on the front.
Hand painted and customisable Trodat stamped Business Cards
As well as our wildflower envelope Seeds and Stitches business cards, Hannah also made some separate cards to hand out to people with her freelance writer and stylist details on them. They were really easy to make and so far recipients have really loved them. I am now desperate to buy my own Trodat Stamp!
- Gather materials: white card, 2 colours of acrylic paint, 2 paint brushes, 2 cups or pots, a customisable Trodat stamp (mine is from Rymans) a ruler, pencil and a guillotine or scissors.
- First water down your paint: add a splash of water to the paint, and mix it together.
- Flick and whip both colours of paint onto your card.
- If you want you can press 2 pieces of card together, which will spread the dots out and give a more subtle look. I did this and loved the way they turned out. Allow them to dry.
- Once dry, mark out your business card template onto the card. I did 8cm intervals along the top and 5cm down the side. Don’t draw lines across the whole card though, just put a small mark on the top and bottom of the page. This prevents pencil lines from appearing on the sides of your cards.
- Spell your details onto the Trodat stamp, then, using the small marks at the edges of the card as a guide, stamp your details as neatly as you can. I find rolling it backwards and forwards a bit gives the best finish. Allow to dry.
- Use guillotine (or scissors) to cut out your cards, using the marks you made to ensure lines are equal.
- Re-configure Trodat stamp with your contact details, then stamp the back of the cards.