ISLY Business Cards


Just finished my business cards! It’s been a good 5 months since I’ve had up-to-date business cards and now I do. I’m excited to finally have some business cards I’m proud of giving away.

It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do. I wanted something nice & thick, but didn’t have the budget to have them letterpressed. I have had my heart set on a 300 GSM paper, but unfortunately no digital printer (aka the cheapest form of printing) will print anything thicker than standard card stock. Most printers won’t even print on uncoated paper, which is also what I’ve been looking for.

Instead of getting them printed, I decided to get stamps made & stamp on the paper of my choice. I found a Stratton Bristol 4-ply paper (SO THICK!) at my local art store & cut that up. I’m SO happy with how these cards feel. They’re soft, smooth, thick & ultimately delicious. Paper can be delicious. This stuff is.

I kept my information as simple as possible to keep the stamp up to date as long as possible. I think this will last me a while. Nice thing is, I can stamp my info on ANY surface (hello wood biz cards!) in ANY color. I did my standard & cut out I Still Love You stickers, but instead of putting it all inside an envelope, I totally copied Nikki’s idea (pretty sure the thought of stamping my design was also inspired by Nikki) & used washi tape (can be found here) to attach them to the back of the business card.

I’m excited to pass these out this weekend!

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    1. Katie says:

      Darling! I love the idea of the stamp. And the colors are fab.

    2. Nikki says:

      Melissa these are so cute! I want one.

    3. This look amazing! I love the font you used.

    4. Beautiful! I love your idea with the washi tape– and I’ve always loved your color scheme:)

    5. Ashley says:

      They’re adorable! Love the washi tape detail:) Perfection.

    6. Marisa says:

      I love the washi addition! They’re perfect.

    7. Kayleigh says:

      Super cute! If you went to a certain event and needed more info on the cards you could make a homemade stamp and ink it on a few of them in advance, personalize them a bit for the audience!

    8. love them! totally agree, paper can be delicious :)

    9. demoree says:

      they are great! i love that you can change up the colors with different ink and washi tape.

    10. marissa says:

      awesome! plus, i heart washi tape so i give you extra genius points. :^)

    11. rachel says:

      HI. i like your blog. just thought i’d share, has a 12pt ivory (UNCOATED!!!!) paper that they print on. if you request samples they’ll send some.

    12. Shaela says:

      super cute!! love them completely. :)

    13. Libby K says:

      i totally understand the “paper is delicious” sentiment. I bet your new choice would have a lot of carbs…

    14. Alycia says:

      they are PERFECT! I was actually thinking of you this morning when I couldn’t sleep… not in a creepy way! haha I was thinking of doing business cards eventually and thought of your beautiful calligraphy. I may be getting in touch with you soon :)

    15. MissE says:

      Was the pattern on the back printed or stamped? I love the simplicity of these cards and the added stickers are just the right bit of decoration. Awesome work!

    16. Melissa says:

      @MISSE – I had a stamp made for the back, too. I think I like the back stamp the best because I can use it for practically anything!! It’s 2.25×3.75, which is fairly large. I’m pretty sure I’ll be finding every excuse to use it.

    17. Regina S says:

      Where did you get the stamps from? I love this idea!

    18. Nicole N says:

      This is such an amazing idea! I don’t know why I have never thought of making my own business cards with a stamp before. I absolutely love what you did!

    19. Katie says:

      Hey, I’m holding one right now, and it looks great!! It was so fun meeting you at the Summit!

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    21. Adore your cards and your site, Melissa! Was lovely to meet you at the Summit this weekend! xx

    22. Anna @ IHOD says:

      LOVE! I have a stamp that I used on my paper packaging that I like so much better than my business cards. This gives such a personal feel! I kind of love running out of business cards cuz it gives you a chance to re-evaluate!

    23. Cynthia and I felt and talked about the ones you gave us for a good long while, and I am looking at it again right now. They are beautiful! It was lovely to meet you!

    24. anna says:

      love these melissa. they look beautiful!

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    27. KT says:

      Where did you purchase the stamps? So adorable!!!

    28. Hey I love this idea, where did you get your stamp made ? Looks amazing

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    31. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me breakfast simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your website.

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