How to make a business card

How to make a business card

Learning how to make a business card yourself may seem like a difficult task, but it has many advantages over ordering business cards for your company. When making your own business cards, you have complete say over the design process. Furthermore, using your own creativity to make a business card ensures that your company will be represented exactly as you want. TheRoyalStore.com offers iClickn’Print, a free online design program that makes business card creation a convenient and cost-effective process. iClickn’Print lets you make your own business card templates, work on and print up to ten at a time, and save them so you can conveniently print out business cards when you need them—anywhere, anytime.

The best way to begin making a business card starts with choosing a quality business card stock. TheRoyalStore.com offers several categories of business cards including blank business cards, embossed business cards, foil business cards, and design business cards. The cards you pick will send a distinct impression to your business contacts, so choose business cards that appropriately reflect your business.

All business cards from TheRoyalStore.com are made with tough 65lb card stock and will stand up to the wear and tear of business card handling.

iClickn’Print gives you access to a variety of design options to learn how to make a business cards in a creative, hands-on way. Once you open iClickn’Print, you’ll be able to choose a blank template to create your business card from scratch or choose a pre-made template. In the “Backgrounds” menu, click on “Cards”, then “Cards on 8.5×11 Paper”, and then “Business Cards” to pick out a business card template.

Business card templates in iClickn’Print display as 8.5”x11” sheets with perforated business cards. Once you have your template, go to “Suggested Wording” and choose a text layout under “Business Cards”. This will give you a series of text boxes, one for each business card on your template sheet. Simply edit the first text box with your own content, make sure that box is selected, and then use the “Synchronize All” feature to copy your text onto the rest of the business cards in your sheet.

You can edit your text using an assortment of fonts and colors, create shapes and lines for decoration, and even import your own images or a company logo to make your business cards more personal. Best of all, you can edit and print up to ten business card sheets at a time—this is perfect if you’re working on business cards for several employees or if you need to print your business cards in bulk.

September 24, 2019 by Jav

In this post, you’ll learn how to make business cards on Design Space that can be cut using your Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2. Also, included are steps on making an identical thank you card with your DIY business card.

If you run a Cricut based business, you NEED business cards. They make it SO easy to get the word out about your business. And if you have business cards that you made yourself, you can easily stand out from the crowd. For more reasons to get a business card, check out the bottom of the post.

How to make a business card

Before we start the tutorial, just wanted to share what’s going on behind the scenes at Cut N Make Crafts. Well, I’m currently working on another of my side-hustle for luxury cake toppers which is going super awesome. I started an Instagram account for my new business and within a month I now have 2k followers. I’m pretty excited about the growth as it’s working as a motivation boost for me. Usually, I lose interest in ideas pretty quick if I don’t see any changes and that’s one reason I ditched my sewing pattern business because it wasn’t going anywhere after a certain point. Also, I just teamed up with another cake artist for a giveaway and a charity event. YIPPEE! I believe these collabs will be great in getting the word out. To stay updated with my monthly Cricut Business reports, make sure you sign up here.

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Importance of Business Cards

  1. Business Cards give an everlasting first impression and make you look like a professional rather than someone selling stuff as a hobby.
  2. Business cards are GREAT for building a connection. They give you the opportunity to get your word around without much trouble as someone might just share your card with their friends and family.
  3. You can take your business cards literally anywhere you go and advertise your business there. This is great when visiting an island or going on tours as you can simply hand in your business cards at a local shop to book a deal with the owner.
  4. They’re small but mighty so you can easily carry a bunch of them in your wallet.
  5. Business cards are a great way to show your creativity and make a lasting impact on a person you hand it to.

Why You Need Business Cards

If you’re not convinced about creating business cards for your Cricut business, here are some benefits of having business cards for you.

Now that you know the importance of having a business card, let’s see how you can easily make one using your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore 2 on Design Space.

How to Make Business Cards Using Cricut

Watch this video to learn how to make these cute business and thank you cards in Design Space.

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Tips for Creating Awesome Business Cards

Before you start designing your new business cards, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

  1. Keep the color contrast in mind. Use a light-colored text on dark background and vice versa. If the contrast between the text and the background is not strong, it can be really difficult to read the text for some people and you don’t want to do that.
  2. Leave some room around the edges to make your card look more professional.
  3. Follow a color palette instead of randomly choosing colors.
  4. Make sure your business card colors match with other graphics such as your logo, tags, and thank you cards.
  5. Don’t change your business cards too often.
  6. Make sure you include your social media handles along with an email address and phone number.
  7. Although you can go crazy with the size and shape of your business cards, make sure they are big enough to easily fit in your wallet.
  8. Use simple easy to read fonts for your business contact information so people can easily read and understand it.

Step-by-step Tutorial for Making Business Cards on Design Space

Designing business cards involves several different steps. Here’s a short summary of the steps involved.

  1. Pick a color palette. This should be the same palette as your logo and other graphics.
  2. Save the color palette along with the color codes on a Word document on your computer so that you can refer to this document in the future whenever you’re designing your business graphics.
  3. Look for images to add to your business cards. You can purchase them on Etsy or grab a free one from pixabay.com. However, free images might not be of good quality. You can also use images from the Design Space library.

Alright, now I’m off to cooking dinner for a bunch of guests coming over our place all the way from Sydney. If only, Cricut could do this for me. 🙁

MS Outlook is a popular email management tool. You can create and attach a business card along with the emails sending through Outlook. The process of creating a new business card in MS Outlook 2016 is also quite easy and short. You can choose the desired card layout, images, contact fields, and graphics as per your needs.

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  1. In MS Outlook, go to the Home tab. In the New Items group, select the Contact option.
    How to make a business card
  2. To create a business card, click the Business Card box.
  3. In the Edit Business card box, under Card Design, provide the details like layout, image, image area (in percentage), and image align information.
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    • A particular color can be selected using the Background option.
    • To add an image and logo, just select image option to select images, size it and position as per your convenience.
    • To add and remove different stuff, you can use the Fields option.
      • If you want to remove an item, then go to Fields, and click Remove.
      • Positioning the text on the card is also quite easy: click any field under the Fields option, and by using the UP and DOWN arrows on the keyboard, place the field anywhere you want it.

Add or edit an image in Business card

The Electronic Business Card in Outlook not only incorporates the business details, but also an image to make it more attractive. This is how you can add an image to the business card.

  1. After opening the Outlook, go to Contacts and open it.
  2. Click View, then go to Change view and choose the Business card option.

How to make a business card

  • Choose the business card whose profile picture you want to change and double-click it.
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  • You can either double-click on the picture icon or choose Options>>Picture>> Add Picture.
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  • Browse the picture that you want to have on the Business Card and add. It will be the display picture, and whenever you add the Business card, the selected Picture would be on its profile.
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  • Share Business cards with others

    The business card can be shared with others using the email messages. If the user is using MS Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007, then the business card will appear exactly as the sender has sent it. Receiver can right-click the business card and save it to his Outlook contacts. With versions earlier than Outlook 2007, the user will see the business card as an image. But a .vcf file is attached with the business card. The .vcf file can be opened and information will be saved in the contact list.

    Benefits of Outlook business cards

    1. It is absolutely free.
    2. In can be forwarded multiple times.
    3. Can have clickable links.
    4. Only the email address is needed to send the business card.
    5. Changes can be performed in seconds.
    6. It is accessible from the email.
    7. Recipient does not need any app to open the business card.

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    Using Business Cards Maker is definitely one of the best tools to design a business card, nonetheless, you may have some specific needs on your card that aren’t covered within our tool or you may be already familiar with Microsoft Tools. Eventually, Microsoft Word is a good solution to design your cards – Keep in mind that Word isn’t a professional tool for business cards and therefore further customization and attention is needed while designing your cards.

    In this article, we will describe in simple steps how to build a business card in Word 2010. Microsoft Word 2013 and more recent versions are also covered within this guideline. If you are running MS Word 2017/2018 or any MS cloud solution, the steps are pretty much the same.

    1. Define your Business Card Size on Word

    The first step starts with opening Microsoft Word and going to the “Layout Tab”. This tab handles how MS Word will display the page for you and in specific: it helps you to define a particular size of the page. This will be applied to both the front and the back of your card.

    Under “Layout” go to the “Size” tab and then select the last option: “More Paper Sizes”. A pop-up window will show-up and here you have to define the following things:

    • Width: 3.78
    • Height: 2.4

    The above values are mentioned in inches.

    2. Add Margins on your Business Card

    Still under this pop-up window at “Page Setup”, we should also define the margins of your business cards. Therefore, head into the “Margins” tab:

    • Top: 0.24
    • Bottom: 0.24
    • Left: 0.24
    • Right: 0.24

    The above values are mentioned in inches.

    You may notice that your margins were larger before applying these changes. We want to have shorter margins because our business-card is eventually smaller than a regular A4 page, so we have reduced the margins to around ¼ of the regular margin.

    Still noteworthy you can also define the orientation of your business card. Normally the cards are in Landscape mode but you can also build portrait cards as these seem more trendy. You can also opt for different size formats: It will always depend on your printing company and the sizes they support.

    Special Note: If you are going to print with rounded corners, then leave some extra space with your text/icons or logo to make sure it won’t cut any important information.

    Feel free to close the “Page Setup” tab now and zoom-out your Word window to be able to see 2 pages on the same screen (the front and the back page).

    3. Build your own MS Word Business Card Template

    You could start already inserting your text details on the business card, but you may want to have a special background color, a gradient an image or some other shapes. Therefore, head into the “Insert” tab of Microsoft Word. Here you can add Pictures, search and download Online Pictures, add Shapes, lines or any specific Smart-Art.

    For this particular tutorial, we will head into the “Insert” tab and then we go to “Shapes” and add a rectangle shape. You will have to drag this shape to make sure it covers the whole card.

    Now you can head into the “Format” tab and define the fill color of the shape and the shape outline. We suggest you use the same color for both or alternate between white+ color. Some color combinations and variations may also suit very well.

    You may also want to insert a logo into your business card. To make this happen, go to the “Insert” tab once again and select the “Pictures” button. We recommend you to upload a high-resolution image with a good DPI and within the PNG format (transparent background).

    4. Add your Company Name and other details to your business card

    Now you can add text boxes within your business card and write your company name, phone number, e-mail, address and other convenient details. Go to “Insert” and then “Text Box”. Feel free to format your texts by adding a specific color, define boldness, underlines and other special settings you may want to add.

    Think very well of which details you may want to give more importance in your card. Be bold!

    5. Add Social Network’s Icon’s to your business card

    Go to Google Image Search and search for Icons for different social networks you may want to display on your business card. Choose PNG images with a transparent background and make sure these look similar.
    Alternatively, visit freepik.com and select a free icon’s graphic source. The benefit of using this methodology is that you will have uniformity across the different icons. You may need the following ones:

    • LinkedIn Link
    • Website
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail Address
    • Your most important social network: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or even TikTok.

    6. Save your ready-to-print Business Card

    You have now finished designing your business card and you want to save it in the best format for the printing company of your selection.

    Go to “File”, then click on “Save as”. Define a name for your document. Under “Save as type”, select “PDF” as the format of your choice. And that’s it. You are ready to have your Business Card ready for printing.

    7. Print your Business Card

    Now that you’ve gone through the hardest part, you only need to print your business cards. An easy way to do is using our website at Business Cards Maker: Select any free template; Order your desired quantity of business cards. After you place your order, e-mail us with your Microsoft Word files. We will replace them for your order and ship it right to your house/office.

    We’ve gone through a different option to make a business card. Overall, you are able to do the exact same things through our website but in case you are already familiar with MS Word you can use it to build your cards there and make them ready for print in few minutes.

    PCDOTS Team | August 26th, 2020 | How to

    Are you Microsoft Outlook lover and who is looking for complete information about how to create business card in Microsoft Outlook email client? Don’t be panic and just understand this particular blog post. After reading this how-to tutorial guide, most of the outlook electronic business card related queries will be solved.

    • How to create a business card in Outlook 2010?
    • How to edit business card in Outlook?
    • Can I send Outlook business card using email?

    At first, before starting the method to create new business card in Outlook personal information manager (PIM) program, know some important benefits of Outlook electronic business card.

    Benefits of MS Outlook Electronic Business Card

    1. Outlook business card templates can be created 100% free of cost.
    2. It can be easily forwarded to several users many times.
    3. Users can change their layout anytime within seconds.
    4. Outlook personal business card can store clickable links information.
    5. It doesn’t require any external app or program when the recipient opens it.
    6. It looks very professional so it is most helpful in digital marketing.
    7. Outlook contact cards can be directly accessible from email messages.

    How to Create Business Card in Microsoft Outlook?

    1 – Start MS Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 desktop-based email client and choose New Items option.

    2 – After that, choose the Contact option from the dropdown menu as shown in the respective screenshot.

    3 – Now you can see the blank Outlook business card template.

    4 – Thereafter, you need to fill your Outlook contact card information in the specific fields i.e. Full Name, Company, Job title, File as, Email address, Display as, Web page address, IM address, Phone Numbers, Addresses, etc. Now choose the Business Card option.

    5 – It is time to edit business card information in Outlook. This is the default view of the Outlook business card template.

    6 – From here, you can set Layout in different styles like Image Left, Image Right, Image Top, Image Bottom, Text Only, and Background Image.

    7 – MS Outlook contact card Image and Image Area % can be easily changed as shown in the respective screenshot.

    8 – It’s time to setup Image Align as per the choice of users such as Fit to Edge, Top Left, Top Center, Top Right, Center Left, Center, Center Right, Bottom Left, Bottom Center, and Bottom Right.

    9 – It has an isolated option to change the background color, choose accordingly.

    10 – After that, users can set electronic business card text formatting such as Text Size, Alignment, Underline, Labels, Text Color, etc.

    11 – Now you can Add or Remove the fields information of Outlook personal business card.

    12 – New business card information setup has been completed, hit on the Ok button.

    13 – See your Outlook business card template information, now click on the Save & Close information. Thereafter, your Outlook business card information will be saved in the Outlook profile. In this way, anyone can easily create electronic business card in Outlook.

    How to Send Outlook Business Card Using Email?

    Just follow these simple steps to send Outlook business cards to share with other users.

    1 – Run your MS Outlook program and choose a New Email option as you can see in the given screenshot.

    2 – Enter Outlook email details in blank fields like To, Cc, Subject, Email Text, etc. After that choose Attach Items

    How to make a business card

    With the rise of the smartphone, you might wonder if you still need business cards.

    But there are a host of reasons why business cards are still relevant. They’re a tangible reminder of your business. You can still hand over a card even if a person doesn’t have their smartphone.

    What’s the best way to get cards? Do you need to have them designed and printed by a graphic designer? Or can you make them yourself at home?

    DIY business cards are easier to make than you might think. Read on to learn how to make your own.

    What Software Do I Need?

    You can design your business cards using the software you may already own. A quick Google search will bring up templates you can use inside their free Docs platform online.

    But we’ll go through a couple of options you might like to try.

    Before you start making, check out existing business card designs. They’ll give you plenty of useful inspiration for your own cards.

    Microsoft Word

    If you have Microsoft Word, then you have the ability to make business cards. Choose from the array of templates to save time. Or create your own design from scratch.

    If you’re using a template, go to File and choose New. Search for business cards in the search field. This brings up the pre-existing templates.

    Choose a template that suits your branding. Remember you can always change the template’s font, color, and graphic elements.

    You don’t want a card that looks like it came from a template.

    Edit the elements on the first card. The template then copies those details to all of the cards on the sheet.

    Save the document and you’ve made your cards!

    If you do want to make your cards from scratch, use the Table function. This ensures all of the cards are the same size and fit on the page.

    Microsoft Powerpoint

    Prefer Powerpoint to Word? You can still make business cards. Powerpoint is a design program anyway, making it better suited to designing your cards.

    When you create a slide, enter your chosen dimensions. Check what the preferred dimensions are in your country.

    Add extra space if you want color or graphics to go up to the edge of the card.

    This is known as the bleed area. Printers can’t print right up to the edge. So you need to go beyond it and trim what you don’t need.

    Add graphics and text as needed to your card. Remember not to add any elements too close to the edge. Otherwise, you risk them being cut off later.

    You can create guide boxes to make sure you don’t lose anything. Delete them when you’re finished.

    Export the design as a PDF to preserve the image quality.

    Affinity Publisher or Designer

    You don’t need to buy an expensive design program like Adobe’s Creative Cloud to make business cards at home.

    Affinity Publisher from Serif is a great alternative to InDesign. Their Designer program is a cheaper alternative to Illustrator.

    Either program gives you a lot of Adobe’s functions but without the price tag.

    Templates are available for both programs. Or create a document from scratch that’s the size you want your business card to be.

    Make sure there’s a bleed area. Use guides so you know where the edge of the card will be. Keep anything important well inside these guides.

    Add any graphic elements, like a logo, gradients, or text. Proofread your text and choose fonts that suit what your cards are for.

    Save the finished card as a PDF.

    How Do I Print my DIY Business Cards?

    If you have a good quality printer, you can print your business cards at home. The advantage of this is you can create cards in small runs whenever you need them.

    Many professional printers will expect a minimum order of 50. So you can get around this by printing your own.

    It’s best to choose a heavier card stock for more durable cards. Check your printer can handle thicker card before you buy it. It may need to go through the feeder instead of the paper tray.

    If you used the Microsoft Word template, you’ll already have multiple cards on one sheet. Just load the card and hit ‘print’ to create your business cards.

    Did you use another program to create a single card design? You’ll need to place several copies on the same sheet.

    Whichever option you chose, print a few sheets of your cards. Let them dry before the final step.

    Cutting

    You can use a metal ruler and a scalpel to cut the cards if you want. Use a self-healing mat so you don’t damage the surface underneath.

    For quicker results, use a guillotine to cut the sheet into separate cards. You’ll get a neater finish than using scissors.

    Do You Want a More Professional Finish?

    Printing your cards at home works well for short runs or temporary cards. But what if you want more cards in one batch?

    Choose a professional printing service for more than 50 cards. This option also works well if you used a program to create the design for a single card.

    Their software is equipped to turn this design into a whole box of cards.

    You can still make your business cards at home. But you get the benefit of a professional finish for the printing aspect.

    Send your PDF document to a service that handles printing. They’ll print and trim the cards for you.

    Your Only Limit Is Your Imagination

    Now you know how to make DIY business cards at home. Do your research first to get great ideas for how to create your design.

    Check if your home printer can handle the card stock you’ll need. Or outsource the printing and trimming to a professional service.

    First impressions matter. Make sure your business card is something you’re proud to give to a potential customer.

    Keen to improve your business’s marketing? Why not check out our business tips articles for more advice?

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    Business cards are a key marketing tool that every small business owner should have at the ready to hand out to potential customers. Professional designers charge a considerable amount of money to design and produce cards that are smaller than the standard size. If you’re on a tight budget, you can save a lot of money if you make the cards yourself. With a word processing program and some creativity, you can make memorable small business cards for your company.

    Step 1

    Open a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org or WordPerfect. Proceed to the envelope and label module and open the label section.

    Step 2

    Select a business card template from the list in your program. Open the properties of the template and adjust the dimensions to the size you want for your small business cards. Standard size business cards are 3.5 inches wide and 2 inches high. Small business cards are typically the same width but 1 inch to 1.5 inches high.

    Step 3

    Enter the number of cards you want to print on one sheet of 8-inch by 11-inch business card paper. You might have to adjust the margins around the template and the spacing between each card to print as many as possible on one sheet.

    Step 4

    Type your name and contact information into the fields for the cards and include your business logo. Because the cards are smaller than standard size, you will either have to restrict the amount of information you include, use a smaller font size, or arrange the information creatively. For instance, you could place your name and business name on the left side of the card and place your phone number, email address and website address on the right side.

    Step 5

    Print the cards onto the sheet of business card paper and cut them out. You can get smooth edges if you use a paper cutter.

    How to make a business card

    Although a business card is usually used to introduce yourself in person, it can also be useful to send a digital version with your emails. If you’re introducing yourself online, surely it makes sense!

    There are a couple of ways to create electronic business cards if you are using Gmail.

    a) The vCard Method:

    Go to your Google account and select ‘Contacts’. This is normally found by either typing ‘Contacts’ into your search bar or by clicking on the block of 9 squares next to your profile picture (if you’re signed into Gmail).

    How to make a business card

    At this page you’ll see a big red + icon (the add contact icon). If you need to add your details click this or locate your details in your contacts if you already have it saved.

    How to make a business card

    How to make a business card

    Add or Edit the contact information you want to share with your contacts.

    You can click on more fields to add any new extra filed like website URL, Address etc.

    When you are done click the three dots and select Export.

    How to make a business card

    You’ll be able to export as a vCard or as a CSV. Choose vCard. vCards are readable on all phones.

    How to make a business card

    Select a location to save your file and click OK.

    You can also upload to Google Drive, so that you can send it from any of your devices.

    Sometimes this file gets automatically downloaded in your default folder.

    Once you’re ready to send your vCard to a contact you can simply compose an email and add the file as an attachment from your computer or Google Drive.

    The recipient will then be able to just click the attachment and save your contact details in their contacts.

    b) Third Party Business Card Apps

    There are various third party apps that will let you create a professional looking and readable business card. These are either saved to your device or can be sent from within the app.

    Covve, is among other things a great business card maker app. It allows you to create and customize your own digital business card and share it at a tap of a button. It also allows you to keep notes against the people you sent a card to so you remember who they are and where you met them.

    By setting up your digital business card, you will never need to carry those paper cards again!

    If you are looking to digitize the stack of paper business cards flooding your desk, Covve has just released its AI-powered business card scanning engine on iOS and Android: Business Card Scanner by Covve.