Business cards are a great way to help people remember your products and services. They are an absolute must if you will be going to craft fairs or networking groups. So we put together this simple tutorial on how to make your own business cards that are custom made and unique – just like you and your handmade business!
Here’s how to make your own business cards:
Step 1: Gather Some Inspiration
There are all sorts of places to find inspiration and ideas for your unique custom made business cards. You may want to create a secret Pinterest Board to collect all your favorite business card design ideas to use as inspiration.
Once you have the inspiration, the next step is go through these cards and determine what you like and if they seem to follow a certain pattern or style. Maybe all the cards you choose are minimalist in nature for example.
Step 2: Open Your Image Design Software & Set Up Your Document
Personally, I love and use Photoshop almost exclusively for everything. However, I know that Photoshop is not for everyone because it is not the most user-friendly software and it does take some time to learn how to use it!
So…if Photoshop is not for you – You can create your business card in a document like Microsoft Word or Paint or even use an online image editing service like PicMonkey.
NOTE: SUPER IMPORTANT! If using Photoshop, or Pic Monkey, you will need the pixel value of your document size. For a standard sized 3.5 x 2 inch business card, you will absolutely need to make sure you enter the pixel resolution at 300 ppi dimensions. This means: 1050 pixels by 600 pixels. This will ensure that when you cards are printed they will not be blurry and will be at print resolution!
You’ll also want to set some guides on your document. In general, you want to leave about .25 inch margin around the card. DO NOT PLACE any text or important images in this margin, as it will likely be cut off during the printing process! If you want to be on the truly safe side, set a margin of .5 inch!
Step 3: Arrange Your Logo/Photos/Text/Etc. In The Layout You Choose From Your Inspiration
After you’ve set up your document, next place and arrange in your text boxes, photos, and anything else you might like to add on your card. This will all depend on which software you are using but if you use a software program you are familiar with it should be just like creating any other document or image file you would make.
Also – Don’t forget to design the back of the card! This is a great place to feature your products or offer a special offer to anyone you give the business card to!
Step 4: Save as an Image File
In order to upload your business cards to your print service, you will need it to be in an image file. If using Microsoft Word, you can do this by “Save As -> Image” and that will save it as an image. If you’re using Photoshop, be sure to save the .jpg file at the highest quality. You will need to do two separate image files for both the front and the back of the card.
It’s also important that you save the original files as well just in case you’ll need to make edits later down the road!
Step 5: Order Your Business Cards
When you go to order your business cards online, you will be faced with a ton of choices. Here’s what to consider:
- Matte VS. Glossy – Choose Matte unless you absolutely know you want glossy cards
- Paper Weight – The heavier the paper weight the better, but do what is within your budget.
- Quantity – I recommend only ordering a small amount to start – maybe 250 or so in the beginning. This way if they don’t turn out as you anticipated, you can always redo them later.
I hope this little tutorial on how to make your own business cards is useful and helpful for you. If you have any questions about the whole process, ask away in the comments section below! 🙂