Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How to make your own business cards

When I was at the craft show on Saturday, I asked a couple of the vendors if they were on Etsy.  One said no, that the whole Etsy thing overwhelms her.  I handed her my business card and said she should check it out.  She commented that even setting up a business card seems overwhelming to her.  I realized that there might be others like her out there, so I decided to try putting together a tutorial on how to set up your own business cards.

First I have to say that there are so many easy to use products available now that you can print almost anything yourself and save yourself a lot of money.  Probably the biggest name brand in printable products is Avery, and they do produce a good product.  I tend to gravitate towards their materials because they are readily available, not too expensive, and easy to use.  Plus, they have an awesome website with lots of templates to use.

For my business cards, I use an Avery business card product, number 8371.  The product number is important because you want to be sure that the template you use for your cards will work on the blank product you purchased.  There's nothing more frustrating than cards that won't line up correctly!

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If you buy a "generic" check to see if it references an Avery product it is compatible with.  A lot of big box office suppliers sell their own store brand and these are good to use if they are compatible.

Here is what I did to make my own business cards:

1.  I purchased Avery blank business cards, number 8371.

2.  I went onto the Avery website to download a template that would work with these cards.

Go to to get started.  Once there, click on the "Find a Template" button. 

Next enter the product number of your printable product and click the search arrow.  In this case, the number was 8371

 This will take you to a page with lots of templates to choose from.  In this case, I chose the blank, wide format.

Next click the button to download the template to your computer and follow the instructions on the screen:

Once you get the template downloaded, go ahead and open it.  You'll see what looks like a table with 10 spaces per page:

This is where you'll design your card.  You can make it as simple or as ornate as you like.  You do want to make sure you have basic information on it.  Just design the card in one "cell" or rectangle of the table like this:

When you're satisfied with your layout and design, highlight the text to copy it, then paste it to the other cells, like below:

Be sure to SAVE your card layout--you don't want to have to do all of that work again!  Next print your cards.  I recommend printing a test sheet or two on plain paper before using your printable business card  stock

Have fun making your cards!

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  1. very useful and informative post...i learn a lot from it that might needed when use for Metal business cards.

  2. Nice post and so great info. Can i use these instructions for the plastic business cards? Thanks for sharing all the details.

  3. You know, I don't have any experience with plastic or metal business cards, so I can't say for sure. I guess you could try it and let us know how it goes!

  4. The post have help me to custom business cards. The post have really great idea for business card maker


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