When Lee and I designed our business cards, we wanted them to tell a story. As mentioned in other posts, we believe in ethics, respecting the environment and ideas, well crafted. We designed our business cards to reflect what we believe. My business cards have a bigger focus on the environment (but are still well crafted). Lee’s cards are different to mine (we will talk about his cards on another post).

My business cards are rubbish. Or rather, they were rubbish.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Like most people, we have empty packs that go in the recycling bin, but what if we could reduce and reuse it? The back of most packaging is usually blank and perfectly usable. While our four year old loves getting crafty with empty packs, we decided it was also perfectly valid for grown ups to upcycle these packs too.

We’re not suggesting all business cards should be made this way, while this might not be practical for many companies, it suited us, and by doing it we’re practicing what we preach.

Here is the how to guide:

1 The materials needed: a few empty packs.

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2 The tools:

  • Pencil.
  • Eraser (there may be some marks you need to remove from the card before stamping).
  • Ruler.
  • Cutting mat.
  • Scalpel
  • Rubber stamp with the design of the business cards (our stamp was made by The English Stamp Company).
  • An ink pad.

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3 The process:

  • Flatten the pack, mark and cut the card to size (85 x 55 mm in the UK).
  • Stamp each card, giving them a few minutes to dry.

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4 The result: Business cards that used to be rubbish.

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The cost of these cards is very low, each one is slightly different and it’s great for small runs.