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Handmade business cards: The HowJoyful cards

After the re-design of my blog a couple of months ago I knew I needed new business cards so as a part of my preparation for Alt Summit I decided to finally make them. So here I show you how I did it and everything I used to make them!

handmade business cards

I really wanted a handmade feel to them because that's what my blog is all about, so printing cards was not really appealing to me in this case.

I had so many ideas but very little time to actually dedicate to make them, so it had to be simple and cute. After a few hours of stamping, printing, cutting, and taping, here is the result =]

handmade business cards


How I made my handmade business cards

The first thing that came to my mind when I thought about my business cards was the leftover, super cute, wood, handmade ladybugs that were going to be part of our wedding favors, but since we decided to go a different route, they were gathering dust in a box.

That's when there was a bright light that went off in my head!

I had about 200 tiny ladybugs with double-stick tape on the bottom so you can stick them wherever you want.

My next step was to order a few custom stamps from Jessica of JLMould, she made a couple of stamps before so I knew I wanted her to make these ones (If you ever need custom stamps go to her!) I also got a few different shades of turquoise cardboard, glassine envelopes and gathered my puncher and the Japanese tape that inspired the pattern used in my blog design.

stamped business cards

My first idea was to make little craft bags the same size as a business card. Even tho to me they looked super cute, it was way too time-consuming (the craft paper envelope part), even using a cutting machine. So I only made a few trial ones of those.

I opted for just using glassine bags that were the perfect size. I printed a little greeting explaining that ladybugs are a very popular lucky charm in Chile and punched with a scalloped round punch. Stamped both the card that I cut out of the turquoise cardboard and the front of the glassine bag so I can put one on top of the other and tape the corners.

handmade business cards

So in order to get to the ladybug (in the pictures doesn't really show that you can see the ladybug through the glassine envelope) people have to only un-tape one of the corners, I didn't tape the glassine bag shut either because it would have been too much work for the poor people getting the cards hehe.

After witnessing people opening the bags and taking the ladybugs out I can say that everyone seemed to enjoy it =]

Below you can see what the little envelope contained.

handmade business cards
handmade business cards

While exchanging business cards at Alt Summit, I received very positive feedback and it seemed that everyone loved the fact that it had a goodie in it.

And I really loved how the back of the ladybug note has a QR code to 8] -> Nerd smile!

handmade business cards
handmade business cards
stamped business cards

So there you go! the HowJoyful business cards =]

stamped business cards

If you are curious, you can also check what my current business cards look like here, along with a tutorial on how to paint the edges.

I hope you all have a lovely day!

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Friday 13th of July 2012

I bet everyone else was envious that your cards were SO cute and that you went the extra mile to include a small gift! Congrats on a creative and fab blog. I look forward to your next creation! Thanx. >...Jenny


Saturday 10th of March 2012

Your cards are amazing! they are so personalize and lovely, GOOD JOB :)


Tuesday 21st of February 2012

These are the cutest business cards I've ever seen but I wouldn't expect anything less from you. :D Awesome job!

Silver Pencils

Wednesday 8th of February 2012

Love your new cards Joy! And the fact that there's a little treasure inside just makes them all the more awesome- love 'em! BTW- Go 909! Even though we're in Wyoming- I've still kept my 909 number for my cell :)


Saturday 10th of March 2012

Thank you Brandi! I love the 909 too now =] that's why is the only thing I didn't fake from my cell number hehe =]

Kimberley - Dream. Delight. Inspire.

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

These are the cutest business cards I've ever seen. The fact that they are handmade would make the receiver feel like they had received something to treasure above their other cards. The stamp idea is wonderful and your logo is stunning (just the right combo of stylish and cute)! x


Saturday 10th of March 2012

Thank you so much Kimberley! =]