These are my new business cards – and by “business cards”, I really mean “fun-times cards”, since my main intention is to use them for connecting with people at meetup groups and that sort of thing. I recently did a craft project with my sister that required a hexagonal paper punch, and I thought hexagonal business cards would be cool. In addition to looking neat, they have the added benefit of being smaller than a conventional business card, so they fit comfortably in pants pockets and wallets.
Step One: Design
The first step was coming up with a design for the card. I already had an existing logo that I made for this site (just my name with a “flat design” style long shadow on it), so I decided to leverage that instead of coming up with something entirely new. One nice thing about reusing my logo is that there is some visual consistency; if I hand someone my card and they later visit this website, stylistically they will look similar. Because the hexagon punch I’m using has a 2″ diameter (from one point to its opposing point), I designed with that in mind, then added 20px to each side for the edge bleed.
Step Two: Printing
To get the cards ready for printing, I opened up Photoshop and put as many instances of the design as I could fit onto an 8.5×11 piece of paper. I then took it to a printing place and had this printed on 8.5×11 card stock, but if you have a good printer (and card stock paper) you could just print them at home. As you can see, I added black dots to the top and bottom of each hexagon to help me line it up with my punch so the text would be vertically straight.
Step Three: Cutting
Finally, I cut the cards out of the card stock. I got my hexagonal punch from Michaels, it cost around $20. Since the punch can only cut out things at the edge of a sheet of paper, you have to take a pair of scissors and cut a small group of cards off the card stock, then punch them out. Because I left a bleed on the design (i.e., a little extra red space around each hexagon), they cut nicely and there wasn’t be any white around the edges of the cards. But if you were to design cards with a white background, you wouldn’t need to worry about that.
And that’s how I created my hexagon-shaped social fun-times cards. The cost of each card ended up being around $0.06 per card (excluding the cost of the punch), so they actually are quite cost-effective. And you can just make them as you need them – when you run out, just print more. The beauty of cutting out the cards by hand is that you can do super small print-runs. So if I decide I want to change the design, I can easily re-design the card, print out some more, and cut them out.