10+ Awesome Business Card Ideas for Creative Professionals


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With so many being passed around, how do you make your business cards stand out? How about watercolour, minis, or stamps? Whether done by a professional or DIY, we have some cool business cards you may want to consider.

First, here are a few professionally handled ideas:

1. Portfolio Business Cards – Add Your Art, Albums, Book Covers, Headshots

Use your business cards as small portfolios. MOO.com allows you to put an image of your art on the back of every card. And each image can be different for every card! Musicians can add their album covers. Writers could use their book covers. Actors could use their headshots.

Create MOO Business Cards using your own photos or designs. Upload your text and logos to create cards as unique as your business!

by John Cooper

(John Cooper, Flickr)

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2. Mini Cards

Moo also offers MiniCards. Half the size of standard business cards, the minis have just as many options as the full-size cards and can also be used as gift/product tags.

by Mário Pires

(Mário Pires, Flickr)

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3. Laser Cut Business Cards

Perhaps not as easy to order and they might take a little more imagination, but with laser cut business cards you can out shapes, create pop-ups, or even have free-standing cards like the one below.

(via CardGala)

(via CardGala)

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4. Useful Business Cards

Want people to notice your cards but also keep them around? Try adding something useful to your card like a ruler (see pic below).

(Blue Diamond via Creative Fan)

(Blue Diamond via Creative Fan)

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5. Industry Relevant Business Cards

Use your cards’ shape or design to not only stand out, but to also make your profession obvious. Want to express the fact that you’re in the film/TV industry? Why not shape your cards like a clapperboard (like the one below)? How about letting people know you’re a musician by using cards shaped like a cassette tape?

(via Prem shah, Flickr)

(via Prem shah, Flickr)

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Prefer DIY? Check out these great ideas:

6. Stamped Business Cards

Have a little time and want to save some money? Try making your own business cards with card-stock cut to the standard size (3.5″ wide x 2″ high) and a stamp.

You can get yourself a personalized stamp at Vistaprint Canada.

(via Happy Serendipity, Flickr)

(Happy Serendipity, Flickr)

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7. Shipping Tag Business Cards

For another DIY option, use shipping tags. Either handwritten (if you have great handwriting) or again by using a stamp, this is an affordable way to create business cards that will stand out.

Check out this DIY tutorial from BeachBrights.

(via BeachBrights)

(via BeachBrights)

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8. Watercolour Business Cards

To liven up plain or ordinary business cards, or to express your artistic side, try this idea from While the Sun Shines by adding some watercolour paint to create something special.

They even have a full tutorial so you can try it yourself.

(via While the Sun Shines)

(via While the Sun Shines)

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9. Bright Colour Edge Business Cards

Another simple DIY way to snazzy up your business cards is to brighten up the edges.

When Izabela Domo designed this card for a gourmet bakery she wanted the cards to be bright and playful and to really stand out. She decided that edge painting the cards in a neon colour would be a great way to achieve this but she found that it just wasn’t possible to get this done with the printers she had available to her. So she went above and beyond for her client and did the edge painting herself, by hand, using highlighters. It took her about two and a half hours to do 500 cards. – via CardObserver

(via CardObserver)

(via CardObserver)

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10. Fabric-Backed Business Cards

Are you in the craft or fashion industries? Or maybe you just want another way for your cards to stand out. Try adding a little fabric to the back of your cards to create a different feel both visually and texturally.

homework has a couple of nice examples to get ideas flowing.

(via homework)

(via homework)

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Want to see more cool design ideas? Check out the slideshow below!

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* Top image by Ciera Holzenthal. Moo and Vistaprint are an affiliate links.


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