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Artist trading cards/crafty business cards

When I was making this website and designing the survey, I kept trying to think of ways to make a crafty connection to people. I wanted to give them something tangible, like a business card, that was also crafty. I also happened to have a ton of scraps left over from a quilt project, some place mat making, and my good old addiction to Jo-Ann’s. So, I decided to sew up scrappy business cards. I’ll be giving them out at the Portsmouth Open Market this Sunday. Can’t wait!

Here’s how I made them:

First, gather your scraps of fabric. I like to use a mix of different textures: corduroy, calico, denim, linen…

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Then, dig up some InterFuse, which is thick, double-sided interfacing. You could also use plain fusible interfacing and glue it to both sides of a piece of thin cardboard. Find some plain fabric for the back, where your information will go.

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Turn over the solid fabric so that the right side is touching your work surface. Lay the InterFuse on top (both sides are fusible). Then, lay out a fabric collage on top of the interfacing, making sure that all of the fusible stuff gets covered up with your scraps. Overlap the scrap edges by at least a quarter inch.

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Iron the fabric-interfacing-fabric sandwich together on both sides.

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You now have business card material. Scrappy business cardstock, if you will.

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Next, hop on over to Design*Sponge’s sweet tutorial on how to put your information on everything using a customize-able stamp. I bought a stamp and stamp pad at Staples for around $25, and I plan to use it over and over and over…

Stamp the solid fabric side with your info, spaced about 1/2-3/4 of an inch apart. You could try different colors, but I just used plain black.

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Up close:

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While you’ve got the stamp out, stamp your/your blog/your company’s name on a few more scraps of plain, solid fabric. I stamped a tagline.

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To decorate your cards and keep all those little fabric scraps together, sew back and forth around the printed side on your sewing machine.

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Ta-da!

stamped business cards on fabric card stock outlined in black machine stitching

Finally, use a rotary cutter to slice the cards apart.

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Repeat for the tagline/short title stamped fabric. Glue the taglines to the scrappy side of each card.

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Fin!

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I made these when I was taking a survey of 500 craft bloggers… you can read the results here.  If you’d like to get updates about my other projects (like a guide to running your own DIY writing retreat!), please sign up here.

6 thoughts on “Artist trading cards/crafty business cards

  1. This is the coolest idea EVER! I love this idea! I will totally be making some of these to pass out at the craft fairs I am doing all summer and fall! Thank you for the great inspiration!

  2. […] quilt backdrop; Sibel from Newburyport, MA (lovely town); and Leanne from Lowell, MA. The business cards I had made got some positive reactions, which was just lovely, having spent a couple of days sewing […]

  3. This is a gorgeous business card!It gave me alot of new inspiration. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  4. These are neat. I’ve seem them before but I’ve never seen a tutorial for them. Thanks!

    1. Glad you like ’em! They were fun to make.

  5. Very cool idea! Thanks for inspiration!
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    Andrea-Emmi41

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