Calling all color-lovers, I have the card for you!! I was looking at ways to re-vamp my business cards and I wanted to create something that portrayed my brand, which is bright and colorful, while also showing my handcrafted aesthetic. So I decided, why not create some eye-catching hand painted business cards to represent my fine art and art print business! The cards have been so well received I figured i'd share the "how-to" with all of you!
What you'll need:
- printed out business cards w/ crop marks - I use A4 (similar to US letter size) 250g paper
- paint brushes
- paint - I use acrylic paint, choose colors that speak to you!
- x-acto knife or box-cutter
Step 1: Paint
Take your printed business card pages and place the page text side down. Start with one paint color and freely paint strokes across the back side of the page. I like to use warm colors as my base, but feel free to use any color your heart desires :)
Pick up a second paint color and paint strokes in the empty white spaces. Take some time to blend the two color together.
Wait for the paint to dry and start in with a third color. I like to use a darker color here to add some depth.
Keep layering your page with different colors, but not too many layers. You don't want the paper to get too damp and heavy.
Step 2: Cut
Once your page is fully dry, place your page text side up. Using the crop marks as your guide, place align your ruler with the crop marks and cut horizontally and vertically.
STEP 3: Details
This step isn't necessary, but something I like to do. Take a look your cards and give them a touch-up if you find they're in need of some color or detail.
STEP 4: Cut
If you so wish, snip the corners of you cards to give them a unique shape!
STEP 5: Gloss & Finish
Add a layer of gloss on top to seal in your paint and add a little shimmer and shine!
ET VOILA !
Your cards are ready to meet the world!! I love it when paint accidentally ends up on the front side of the card, it's little imperfections that makes handmade so one-of-a-kind!
I would LOVE to see your versions! Tag your finished cards with #ettavee !!