One of the most important tools for freelancers, entrepreneurs or any other type of business is the business card. In this digital age where people are overloaded with information, something tangible and creative like a business card is more important than ever.
The business card is not just simply a card. Just like a logo, if effectively designed, it can create a good public perception, showcase your creativity and make you stand out from the competition.
But what if your budget is pretty limited, while printing and paper prices never stop rising? This post showcases some professional, creative yet affordable business card design.
Rubber Stamp Business Cards
Rubber stamp is perfect if you don’t have much money to spend on printing and yet you need hundreds of cards to promote your business. You can choose to order a custom stamp or make your own stamp! You can make as many cards as you wish without having to re-order. One more great thing is that rubber stamps can be made to almost any size that you want, and some can be used on any material and texture.
In this example the designer creates her own stamp and uses acrylic color instead of the usual ink.
Each card has a unique, “handcraft” feel.
Personally I prefer to own something unique, which has the person’s personality and individuality, rather than something that can be mass-produced. I believe it is the same with business cards: A card would be more valuable if the designer adds his or her personal touch. Stamping all of your business cards by hand can be very time-consuming, but it’s worth it. None of your cards will look the same:
Sometimes a stamped business card can help catch customers’ attention:
USE A DIFFERENT MATERIAL
Be flexible. Instead of ordering a bunch of expensive foil business cards, you should consider other materials. Go to an art supply store and see if there’s any nice and cheap paper that you like.
This designer chose her own papers, made all the measurements and then torn them to business card size. The cards are then rubber-stamped and hole-punched.
Personally I think the bird is a very nice touch. The only disadvantage is that the designer has go through this process more than a hundred times (and maybe even more!). But perhaps that’s what will keep her cards away from the bin right?
Likewise, the options are endless when selecting the ideal ink to use on your business card. The following business card is made for a company specializing in the retail of the refrigerating fluid. The rubber stamps are used to print the logo manually with milk instead of paint, which helps keep the logo invisible until being warmed up.
Even a project on a tight budget can achieve amazing results. In this example, the designer dipped the base of a glass in wine to create the stamp, making the cards unique and specific to the client’s profession (a sommelier).
In this case you don’t even have to have a rubber stamp or any ink pad. All you need is creativity and flexibility!
Handcrafted things are made of love
Depending on what you do, try making your card as relevant, as creative and personal as possible (after all, it’s a personal business card). These are business cards of a type designer who loves traditional calligraphy. That’s why he decides to write his own logo. No logo is exactly the same. First the designer used a rubber stamp to print the address, then he wrote his logo one by one with a calligraphy pen.
Low cost doesn’t mean low quality. Business cards like those are so special because they are limited in quantity and they have the designer’s personal mark. Yet they are also cheap and creative. The next time you design your business card, try these ideas and you might be amazed at the results.