8 Ideas For Unique And Affordable Business Cards

By Alyssa Gregory
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business-cardThere are a number of posts out there with collections of really cool and unique business card designs. Some of my favorites are CreativeBits, CrazyLeaf Design Blog, and Daily Poetics. While these cards are definitely unique and fun to look at, many of them are not realistic for use as everyday cards in terms of production costs. Not to mention some of them would be very difficult to carry around in your pocket or wallet.

There are other more affordable ways to make your business card pop. One of the easiest ways is by creating a well-designed memorable card with clear content. Here are some examples of colorful business cards and others with simple but effective designs (and some business card design tips, too!).

Do you want a business card that has a little more zing but is cost effective at the same time? Here are some other elements you can incorporate into your business cards to make them even more unique and impressive…and make sure they get a second look after they’ve made it to the recipient’s pocket.

1. Rounded Corners

Having all or some of the corners on your business card rounded can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your cards.

Where to Get Them:
Overnight Prints, around $45 USD for 500 cards

2. Magnets

It’s not a new idea, but making magnets out of your business cards is a way to create a useful product with your contact information. And they are more likely to be stuck on the fridge and less likely to be tossed in the trash.

Where to Get Them:
Printing for Less, around $100 USD for 500 cards

48hourprints3. Folded

Folded cards let you stand them up like a table tent on an exhibit or display, and you can make them mini brochures with additional information about your company or services.

Where to Get Them:
48HourPrint (folded with offset), around $70 for 500 cards

moo4. Mini Cards

Mini cards are business cards that are smaller than the standard size. This can make the cards stand out, yet those receiving them can still stick them in their pocket or stack them with other business cards.

Where to Get Them:
Moo, around $20 USD for 100 cards

psprint5. Die Cut

Just like mini cards, business cards in a different shape can be especially memorable. You can try something as simple as a circular card or create a custom shape.

Where to Get Them:
PsPrint, around $90 USD for 500 cards

jakprints6. Rip Cards

Rip cards are traditionally used as door hangers or rack cards with a tear-off piece at the bottom that can be a coupon or business card. But you can create your own rip cards in business card size. Use it for a tear-off basic HTML cheat sheet, a hex code color table, or even a list of resource sites for your clients. You can do this by using the back of your cards, too.

Where to Get Them:
Jakprints, $20 USD additional per 1,000 cards

alltimeprint7. Plastic

For a stand-out card, try a clear plastic design. Not only are they creative and different than most other cards, but they are extremely durable.

Where to Get Them:
AllTimePRINT, around $280 USD for 500 cards

en masse media8. Recycled

Recycled cards are a great way to lessen your carbon footprint while creating a unique image for your business. There are a lot of options out there from recycled paper, to soy-based ink, to reused paper and materials.

Where to Get Them:
Sustainable Group (paper from 100% recycled fibers), around $115 USD for 500 cards
En Masse Media (100% post consumer recycled paper), around $150 USD for 1,000 cards
United States Business Card Company (paper is from breakfast cereal boxes), around $235 USD for 500 cards

How do you make your business cards stand out? What have you found to be the most effective format?

Image credit: Brian Lary

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  • While having such enormous selection of business card printing online is great, I always find that selecting a card stock will not be easy. With all the textured card stock out there, how can you tell without physically seeing and touching the card stock as if you would at a walk-in print shop.

    Would be cool if these companies can mail the card stock that you choose with several other samples so you know what the texture will look like and such…

  • narch

    There are some good ideas listed here. I work as a developer for a print shop that can accommodate all the printing described in this article and the prices are cheaper than listed. Check out Americasprinter.com. They will also send sample kits free of charge.

  • eddschott

    Believe it or not, I know many people who still use a rolodex(tm) – the physical kind, not the electronic. If many more still do, one should consider the initial visual impact of non-standard cards (eg, #2,3,4 and 5 above) versus the ability to put them into a rolodex(tm).

  • blackunlimited

    I used Overnight Prints for my business cards and I was surprised at how nice they came out for so cheap. I designed them myself and had red, blue, and brown. I also had them glossy on both sides and they were still cheap. I recommend them until further notice.

  • BizCardsLand

    Great post! We linked back to you and quoted you on our site! Thanks!

  • Carolina


    Greenerprinter prints business cards on 100% recycled paper w/ soy inks at $39.50 for 500. If you’re interested in green printing, you can also check out our blog. Thanks!

  • Some good ideas here for a really outstanding business card. If you have a different design from the norm your business will be remembered.

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    Business Cards are such a great way to market in the real world, so simple and easy to do!

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  • Cool post..! What is the function of business cards? Thanks for sharing

  • I think the traditional size is the best way to go, since it is easily kept in the wallet. It is better to use color, graphics and other design elements to make a unique business card. I personally like a minimalist card with sharp colors and a modern feel.

  • In profession first impression does matter. Now people can get full color business cards at reasonable price. I am glad that you shared this post with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Kaycee

    Business cards are still one of the best marketing tools out there! I used http://www.zoomprinter.com/products/businesscards and received top quality cards at a great price. I have since referred alot of my friends/associates to them. I have also ordered flyers, postcards and a banner.