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Project Pointers: Not-Just-For Business Cards

Project Pointers: Not-Just-For-Business Cards

Business cards don’t have to be all business, as their name might suggest. Though they are traditionally used for professional networking, they can be used for social networking as well. They’re a great way to pass your contact information on to new business acquaintances and people you meet while travelling or socializing without having to find a pen and paper or crowd your phone’s address book. And they can say as much about you as they do your business!

What Kind of Paper Should You Use?

Buying business card paper should be easy, and we’ve chosen some time-tested paper just for you. We recommend using cover paper in 65 lb., 80 lb., or 100 lb. Here are some of our favorites:

Aged Parchment Card Stock

Business Cards Astroparche Aged Card Stock

Recycled Natural White Card Stock

Business Cards Classic Crest Recycled Natural White Card Stock

Beargrass Metallic Card Stock

Business Cards ASPIRE Petallics Beargrass Card Stock

The versatility of business cards makes them an ideal way to introduce yourself or your business and express your personality. Your business card design is limited only by your creativity. The Paper Mill Store offers a huge range of papers, so you are sure to find the one that suits your business card.

If you need a little inspiration getting started on your business cards, we also have several free templates you can download to get your creative juices flowing.

Final Project Size Free Downloadable Template
3.5″ x 2″ Horizontal Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS
2″ x 3.5″ Vertical Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS
3.5” x 2” Horizontal (10 per sheet) Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS
3.5” x 4” folded to 3.5” x 2” Horizontal Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS
4” x 3.5” folded to 2” x 3.5” Vertical Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS
3.5” x 2” Horizontal with Rounded Corners Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS
2” x 3.5” Vertical with Rounded Corners Template Download Word Template Download PDF Template Download EPS

Old Cards, New Tricks

Not sure what to do with your old business cards? From the practical to the creative, there are tons of uses for your outdated cards.

  1. No more spilled coffee! Carry a few in your purse or pocket to balance unsteady tables at restaurants or coffee shops.
  2. Use them for to-do lists, short shopping lists, or quick notes!
  3. Stash them away to use as kindling for your next campfire or backyard party.
  4. Give them to your kids – there’s no limit to their creativity!
  5. Create a cool wallpaper design for your home or office.

Or you can get super creative like this company, who used their old business cards to create a giant three-dimensional logo!

Happy networking!

Steph Schinkel
Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.