Friday, April 24, 2009

Score 1 for Homemade!!

After a request to have business cards placed with my lip balms.

I decided to make my own and I'll share it with you. I decided to make mine dual purpose: business card/coupon.

Ingredients ;)

First - get cardstock (I decided to get mine from's the only thing in town and I'm impatient) :P (it was 110lb which is a little lighter than normal, but still a great thick feel and it was 5.95 for 150 sheets)

Second - get business card template @

Third - Have scissors handy or a paper trimmer/cutter

Optional - 3x5 little baggies to put biz card and "freebie" in.

** I used Photoshop to create part of my design and that was because I am impatient and had to cut over 300 by myself :), the tutorial though is shown in Word**

Open go to the Avery site mentioned above and download the template.
Come up with what you want yours to look like.
(if you have photoshop or an image maker, biz cards are 3x5)

I decided to make mine look like as much of a coupon as I could. (This is where I flipped to Photoshop because the tabs and borders of Word where upsetting me)

Here comes the pics!!

Step One:
use the line tool at the bottom of the page to draw dashed lines. (hold shift down while drawing and you get a straight line)

Step Two:
To make the line dashed go to "format" then select "auto shape" and I used 4pt width for my dashes

Step Three:
I wanted dashed lines and scissors. So to do that I drew the bottom line and vertical (side) lines all the way across. Then the top lines I drew 2 and separated them with a space in-between for scissors.

Step Four:
To make the scissors, go to "insert" then "symbol" pick the font "Wingdings" from the drop down menu and the scissors are the second symbol in the chart.

Step Five:
I chose to make my scissors bold and size 22pt

Step Six:
To make your text inside the dashed lines, without the hassle of a billion enters and a trillion spaces to make sure it fit and looked right. I used the text box tool at the bottom of the screen.

Step Seven:
This is what it will look like after entering your information, of course you can doll it up and pick any font and color you want to!

Step Eight (optional):
I can't stand not being able to make the text box completely center and therefore the line around the text box looks weird, so I take it away.

Make sure the text box is highlighted ( it will have a shadow thing around it). The choose "format" then "text box" then I choose "no line"

Step Nine:
This is how it looks with the line removed

Step Ten:
This is to group everything together so you can continue to copy it straight down the page and not have to do step 1-9 nine more times.

Hold Shift down and click every line and the top of the text box. Then right click on top of one of the lines and then choose "grouping" and then press "group".

Step Eleven:
This is where you go copy & paste nuts!! :D

Right click on one of the lines and go to "edit" and press "copy" or for lazy folks like me (Ctrl + C). Then click in the next business card to the bottom or side and go to "edit" and press "paste" or Lazy: (Ctrl + V).

Notice the Scissors do not come with it..but have no fear...copy & paste is here!!
Go over to your first scissors, highlight them, press copy and then go over to your new card and press paste!!


oh yeah.. and here's mine.. and yes..I had to make a gillion of them because each lip balm needs a card!! and guess get the discount too..score # 2 for you!


Hope you have a great day!!


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