I needed a handful of business cards for an art fair I was doing. I only needed a small run and it seemed like a bit of a waste to order such a small batch from a professional service. There are a few professional printers that I like to use for higher runs and business products. I decided to look into DIY options for handmade business cards.
I looked through some ideas on Pinterest. I was particularly interested in these watercolor business cards I found made by Akula Kreative. The cards looked super clean and each one was one of a kind. This was a win win for a DIY project.
What I Did
The recommended custom clear stamp was not available so I decided to make my own rubber stamp. I looked through some tutorials and decided to go with the Parchment Paper Method for transferring ink to the stamp for carving. Instead of going out and buying watercolors I just used acrylics that I already had.
- Speedball® Speedy Carve Kit $10-$20 from Michael’s (cost depending on how many cutters included)
- Parchment paper from grocery store $4.31 (including tax)
- Black ink pad from Staples $2-3 (I found a tutorial to make your own stamp pad but I decided not to go this route)
- An hour to carve the stamp (more if the design is complicated)
The text on the card doesn’t look as clean as the inspiration. I think this is because the stamp was carved by hand instead of being machine made. Instead of being a bad thing I decided that I liked the handmade business card look and that this added to the meaning of the card.
The acrylic doesn’t look the greatest. I could have tried again and watered the paint down more. Instead of fussing with it I decided to just go without a background color. So far I’ve probably handed out 50 of these and everyone seems to be pleased with them.
Further Reading: Tutorials
Rubber Stamp Materials – particularly helpful if you are new to carving your own stamps like I was