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I don’t know the last time I went to an event where I felt like I needed business cards, and I’m so much of an introvert I probably didn’t hand any out anyway. But if you need business cards, it can be fun to personalize your business cards in a way that makes sense for you.
Do People Still Use Business Cards?
I want to say no, but I think that some people do. If you’re at a conference or a talk, it’s a little lame to have to write down someone’s information and a little too personal to do that “you text me and I’ll text you” thing.
Because I don’t get out much it still feels very grown up to exchange business cards. #adulting
But I’m a creative soul, so I don’t want to have business cards that look like everyone else’s. Maybe you want to personalize your business cards too?
What to Put on a Business Card
If you have an unconventional job, it might be difficult to decide what to put on your business card. I’ve had cards focused on particular jobs, on books I wrote and just on me as a writer, which is what I went with on this one.
Probably the minimum of what should be on a business card is:
- your name
- some kind of title or explanation of what you do (mine: writer, editor, creativity enabler)
- email address
- website address(es) if applicable
- social media handles (I’m Our Daily Craft everywhere but Minimalist Crafter only on Facebook for now, so I indicated that)
I did also include my phone number but I’m not sure if that’s totally necessary. I don’t really expect anyone I might hand my business card to to call or even text me. It’s more of a “check me out online” card. Please don’t call me. Really.
How to Personalize Your Business Cards
Of course what you do to make your business cards your own might depend on what you do for creative fun. If you like to draw, maybe a doodle on the back would be just the thing.
You could write a haiku on the back if you’re a poet or writer, print out tiny photos to glue to the back or have printed on if you’re a photographer, include your headshot or book cover or whatever you want to share.
I’m into all sorts of creative things, but I decided I wanted to personalize my business cards with watercolor. It’s super simple to do.
Using Watercolor to Personalize Cards
First, I printed out some business cards. I made these in Canva, copied the image into a Word template and printed on business card sheets.
Because all the cards are together, it makes it really easy to paint some random strokes on them. I used several different colors and didn’t really think much about what I was doing.
Allow to dry and remove from the sheet.
Paint the other side. Here I did more doodling because the cards weren’t stuck together anymore.
I have to say I love these even more than I thought I would. Each time I look at them I have a new favorite. Now I just need an event where I need to hand out business cards.
If you could personalize your business cards, how would you do it? When’s the last time you gave someone your card? I’d love to hear about it!