Before I left for Bali I made myself some much needed business cards. For the first episode of Rip & Remix (a DIY web-series I’m producing) I thought it’d be great to share the process of how I made them.
Only thing was I didn’t need any more business cards, I needed packaging for some new rings I’m adding to my collection. Thats when my bright idea got even brighter! I decided to use the same process for making the business cards to make the packaging. As promised in the video…you watched it didn’t you? If not, please stop reading and start watching. Thanks!
Now. As promised in the video, below is the full list of supplies you will need to make this and the step by step written instructions. Once you’ve got your cards (or packaging) made I’d love for you to share it with me (and maybe give me a few new ideas). Hashtag #ripandremix on Instagram and Twitter so I can see your work.
Step 1 // Gather Supplies
For business cards:
- Index cards or blank business cards
- Alphabet stamps
- Stamp pad
- Small cup of water
- Printable labels/custom stamp or sticker
For product packaging:
- Corner rounder
- Hole punch/awl
- Glassine bags
Step 2 // Paint Your Cards
Supplies you will need for this step:
Water // Watercolors // Paintbrush // Index cards or blank business cards
Before starting its a good idea to develop a color-scheme and a design for your cards. Use your imagination! After you’ve got that figured out take your ideas for a practice run on a scratch paper. If you like it proceed. If you don’t like it make some adjustments and test them out until you’re satisfied with the outcome.
2A. Mix your paint.
2B. Start painting your cards with your unique design. If your design has “layers” make sure to let the cards dry before adding another layer.
2C. Once you’ve finished painting your design let the cards dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 3 // Set Type
Supplies you will need for this step:
Painted cards // Pencil // Ruler // Alphabet Stamps // Stamp Pad
Hand-setting type is a FUN process. Remember, don’t expect perfection. The nature of a handmade card is that it’s perfectly imperfect.
3A. Decide where you want your type (name or business name) placed on the card.
3B. Based on where you want your type positioned use your pencil and draft a very light, easy to erase line (i.e. if you want your type on the top of the card you may draft the line at 1/2 inch from the top). As mentioned, your letters will not be perfect but by drafting the line they will fall in the same plane.
3C. Draft line on your card. Keep it light, please!
3D. Pull all the letters you will need from your alphabet stamp set. Organize them according to the spelling of the word(s).
3E. Put on some music and start stamping your cards, one at a time.
3F. After stamping give the cards some time to dry. Come back and erase the pencil line.
3G. Put your contact/business information on the card by handwriting it, using a custom stamp or printing labels from home.
You now have beautiful business cards to hand out at your next event! If you want to make product packaging skip step 3G and move on to step 4.
Step 4 // Product Packaging
Supplies you will need:
Hole punch or awl // Corner rounder // Twine // Scissors // Pencil // Ruler // Eraser // Glassine bags
In this example I make product packaging or handmade stacking rings. Adjust the instructions according to the product that you will be packaging.
4A. If you want round corners use the corner rounder to do so.
4B. We want the rings attached in the middle of the card so use the ruler to find the middle pointand draft a light, easy to erase line with your pencil at the mid point.
4C. The rings are attached to the card with twine. You’ll need to create holes to thread the twine through. Using a ring as a guide mark a series of 4 holes (2 at the top of the ring and 2 at the bottom) with your pencil. Make sure the holes fall on the drafted mid-point line.
4D. Once all 4 holes are marked use your hole punch/awl to create the actual hole.
4E. Now you will attach the ring to the card. Grab your twine and thread it through the first hole. Attach the top of the ring by continuing to thread the twine through the 2nd hole. Repeat the step for the 3rd and 4th hole. Now turn the card over, cut the twine and tie it in a knot.
4F. Your ring is now attached!
4G. Slip your ring into the glassine bag and give it as a gift.