Work It! DIY Dip Dye Business Cards
Is getting your act together on your 2015 to do list? Perhaps you’re hoping to start your own side business making something you love. Or just feel like generally sprucing things up on the business front! As much as everything has gone digital, beautiful business cards are still a highly coveted item. Gold foil details, letterpress type and even confetti are all fair game. As part of our #31DaysofDIY series, we’re going to show you how to create your own Dip Dye Business Cards in a few easy steps.
No idea what #31DaysofDIY is? It’s a brand new tradition here at Brit + Co that’s all about kicking off 2015 right. We’ve challenged ourselves to make or learn something new every single day for the month of January, and we’re inviting all of you along for the ride. From DIY basics like Sewing 101 to learning to design and laser cut our own stencils, we hope this month of making inspires you to make all year long.
Tools + Materials:
– Rit Dye
– card stock or business card stock
– inkjet printer
– scissors, xacto knife or paper cutter
1. Mix up a batch of dye. We used 1 tbsp Rit dye plus 1 1/2 cups hot water.
2. Fold your card stock paper in half.
3. Dip the un-folded edge of your paper into the dye 1/3 of the width of the business card template. Dip again 1/4 of the way, and then 1/5. You want to create an ombre design with the dye.
4. Let dry. Then flatten your paper overnight in a stack of heavy books.
5. Print your business cards using an inkjet printer.
6. Use scissors, an xacto knife or a paper cutter to cut out those cards. Hand ’em out!
We went with blue and red dye — you know we love it.
Mix up a batch of dye. We used 1 tbsp Rit dye plus 1 1/2 cups hot water. Then, fold your card stock paper in half. Time to start dipping.
Dip the un-folded edge of your paper into the dye 1/3 of the width of the business card template. Dip again 1/4 of the way, and then 1/5. You want to create an ombre design with the dye.
Let dry. Then flatten your paper overnight in a stack of heavy books. Print your business cards onto your newly dip-dyed paper using an inkjet printer. Use scissors, an xacto knife or a paper cutter to cut out those cards. Hand ’em out!
How fresh are those?
Ever made your own business cards? Share photos of your creations to Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofDIY. We’ll feature our favorite projects and makers throughout the month of January here on Brit.Co.
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
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Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)