26 Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards

*These particular business cards and the proceeding Silhouette Cameo Tutorial are geared toward the DIY’er at heart, bloggers, and other creative businesses out there. They’re also meant to help take the guesswork out of printing double sided business cards.


For those of you wondering what the hole punch and "isn't that convenient" blurb are... well, let's just call those little buggers marketing bonuses. You see, at blogging conferences many of us tend to gather A LOT of business cards (sort of like trading cards) which can get rather messy. So we hole punch all the cards and put collect them on a binder ring. 

Back in the beginning of July while prepping early for the Haven Conference (a DIY blogger convention), I found myself putting the finishing touches on a new set of revamped business cards. Pleasantly surprised that the procrastinator in me had left for the day… I was ready to give them the little extra oomph they deserved. Taking what I learned from my second set business cards for the Maiedae Mixer- like don’t print your own business cards unless you have access to a super amazing professional quality printer- it was time to stream line their design to match the new blog design formulating in the back of my head.


Step 1: Choose the size and shape of your cards.

First things first, a typical business card is 3.5 x 2 inches. The general rule of thumb is to leave about a quarter inch allowance (both inside and out) to ensure your content isn’t cut off during the cutting process. This shrinks your ‘usable area’ to around 3.25x1.75. Since this tutorial is going for a shaped card, size doesn’t entirely matter. Which means most of those measurements can go right out the window. However, they should be used as a ‘guide.’

The size and shape of your business card will determine how many cards you can fit per page, which directly relates to the cost per business card. A standard letter sized paper (8.5x11 inches) you can fit 10 Standard 3.5 x 2 inch Business Cards. However, creating a shape within that size is quite difficult. For the purposes of this tutorial, the sample shapes will be 3.5x2.7 inches.

Step 2: Brainstorm ideas for your business cards.

At a minimum, bloggers should include on the following items on their cards:

1. Name and blog/business name
2. A photo of you/your team
          -Your peers and readers will find it easier to recognize you.
3. Contact information
          -It’s debatable whether or not a phone number is required, but at the very least it’s best to provide your business email.
4. Social media handles
          -To de-clutter your business card, try omitting the full http://www.SOCIALMEDIA.com/username since the first part creates redundancies. Using a combination of their logos (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and your usernames brings the card up a notch from super wordy to recognizable icons.

Here are a few additional tips/ideas to create business cards as unique and fabulous as you are:

1. Keep the colors, fonts, elements, and patterns consistent with your bog theme or the direction you plan to take your blog design.
2. QR codes, are a great addition and provide convenience. Open Google Googles, let it read the code, and they’re on your site.
3. Consider jazzing your business cards with a homemade business card envelope, including a little treat to please their sensory (candy, dried herbs, etc) and/or in the case if this post, a unique shaped business card cut out using your Silhouette Cutting Machine.
4. Try to create business cards as unique as you are. Add a little sumin’ sumpin’ about you.
          -Your peers and readers will eat it right up. Try something quirky. Start a hashtag trend, come up with a joke, dazzle them with an invaluable tip, etc. Try something out of the ordinary to stand out, step out of your comfort zone until you’re practically wearing your heart on your sleeve- er business card.
5. One last thing, while attending conferences, I found it helpful when business cards left a little bit of white space to add a note or two about the individual so I wouldn’t forget them in the sea of faces.

Still itching for more tips?! I have quite a few business card design concepts for you right here.

Here are a bunch of creative business cards collected from Haven from some of the most talented bloggers around:
Check it out on Instagram.

For inspiration, check out these amazing blogger business cards:

  • This fabulous blogger used graphical and punchy elements to make her clients' business cards pop. I’m in love with the Fonts she used!!
  • Check out these perfectly crafty cards, which include fabric scrap stitching, from Craftaholics Anonymous.
  • My girl Lauren, from the Thinking Closet (who also hosts this Silhouette Challenge), designed these business cards. My favorite part is that she designed multiple cards and even promoted them through social media beforehand. Her promotion was so successful that her readers and blog friends actually requested specific cards. Pure blogger envy over here!!
  • It doesn’t hurt to scour Pinterest to help identify what you like and don’t like in a business card. The sky is the limit!!

Step 3: Create your business cards.

Using the photo/element editor program of your choice (I used Photoshop for their layering capabilities), begin designing your double sided business cards. 

If using Photoshop, Click Here for the Photoshop Template.

1. Go to town on creating the overall business card shape. This shape will be your foundation and bottom layer of your business cards. Use the Standard Business Card Shape as your guide. Mine ended up being slightly narrower yet taller than the standard size. Keep in mind if your image is non-symmetrical, mirror the shape when working on the backside.
2. Insert Social Media Images of your choice. Here is a good freebie, and here is another.
3. Now’s the time to get your creative on. Shift elements around, add color, play around with sizes, and move pieces specific to the front or back of your card.
4. Once you’re satisfied with the overall design, save three images as a .png- front, back and the business card shape by activating and deactivating the applicable ‘eyes.’ Don't forget to leave out the white 'background' to preserve transparency. If using a non-symmetrical shape, a fourth image file is required.
5. Don’t forget to delete or ‘hide’ the standard card image when you’re ready to save.

If using Silhouette Studio, Click Here for the Silhouette template.

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1. Follow the same steps above except #4. Feel free to delete or move all the template images off the working area (the photo outline, the sample image, etc.) leaving just the light green outlined boxes and keep your shape size within the template boxes.

If you’re not using Photoshop but rather a program which allows layering, you may find these additional steps helpful:

1. Download, then upload the sizing image from Step 1 as your bottom layer, to use as a template/guideline.
2. To keep things organized, try separating the front and back elements into folders or sections.
3. Begin adding all the required elements- name, blog name, etc. in no particular order, size, font, etc. (unless you already have a good idea where everything’s going).

Step 4: Duplicate the image in Silhouette Studio.

This step is critical to ensure the front and back of your cards will cut properly without too much variance.


If you used Photoshop to design your cards, Click Here for the Silhouette Studio template (if you haven’t done so already).

1. Transfer all your necessary .png images to either side of your working area.
2. Using the Trace Feature, trace the outer edge of your business card shape. If unsuccessful, try adjusting the trace settings (High Pass Filter, Threshold, etc.). Duplicate the traced image. If using a non-symmetrical shape, trace the outer edge of the mirrored shape as opposed to duplicating the traced image.
3. Move the shape (not the cut outline) away from the traced images.
4. Move your front traced image near your front .png image (the one with your business card design), then under the align window, press center. Group these together. Repeat for the backside of your business card.
5. Duplicate your front and back images two times.
6. Delete or move all the template images off the working area (the photo outline, the sample image, etc.) leaving just the light green outlined boxes.
7. If your business card shape fits within the given template boxes, simply un-group the boxes and align your images: First “Align Center,” then “Align Middle.” If you press “center” alignment, the box will move out of its current position. Repeat for the back side image. Ensure all Front images go in the Left column and all Back images go in the right column. This will ensure when the image is printed dual sided that the images will print with a front and back correctly.
8. Test print your document by printing the image twice front and back. Better yet, use the double sided print settings on your printer if it’s available. Then align your papers and hold them up to a window and ensure your images line up. 
9. Try a few test cuts through your cameo to double check for accuracy. Make adjustments to your project as necessary.
10. Save your project.


If using Silhouette Studio…

1. Complete Step 6, 8, 9, & 10.


If your image does not fit within the template, no need to worry, there’s a work around. But of course that is another problem for another day.

Your PDF should now look like this:

Step 5: Print

Since I don’t have a reliable printer (we have a love hate relationship, mmk?), I print most of my images at my local professional printing shop. They have higher quality papers, printers, than I could research, buy etc. Most print shops accept PDF files on a thumb drive, you may want to verify with your shop.

1. If you haven’t used the templates or changed some settings, ensure the “Show Registration Marks” box is selected in the Registration Marks window. Decrease the margins and mark size to the smallest settings.

2. Press printer Icon. Print as a PDF. If this option is unavailable try downloading this PDF creator. Make note of your Registration mark settings and bring a ruler with you to your printer. Transfer the PDF to a thumb drive and your image is now ready for your printers.  
3. Ensure your local printer chooses the full size image option when printing otherwise it will ‘auto fit’ and your cuts will be off.
4. Tip: Request a double sided proof before printing your entire batch. Confirm your registration marks are visible and that they match all of your registration mark settings by using the handy ruler you packed. The template settings (also in the photo above) are: all Reg Mark Margins .395, Reg mark size: Size= 5mm and Thick= .3mm.
5. Before leaving, quickly rummage through the batch to verify your order.

Step 6: Cut

Yay, we’re finally to the end!!

1. Adhere your fully dried print order to your mat.
2. Load your mat.
3. Open your project in Silhouette Studio.
4. Choose and test your cut settings. Don't forget selecting "Double Cut" usually does the trick when it skips a spot or two. I always document my cut settings in a notebook for future references.

5. Run your business cards through your cameo and weed your fabulous new business cards.

Step back and admire your handiwork. Here's what mine looked like all finished.

They're even shiny-er and vibrant in person.

Phew! It seems like a lot of work, but with a little persistence and elbow grease, you too can have fabulous looking business cards.  Plus, who wouldn’t want completely custom business cards to show off at Conferences?

SHOW ME YOUR BUSINESS CARD VARIATION!!

If you found this template and tutorial helpful or better yet you used it, I want to see it! Leave a comment, tweet me @bNwobsession or email me!! Don't forget to blur out your personal information such as your phone number (only takes a second for peace of mind).

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies are all sharing projects today on their blogs, so peruse the links below for a blog-hopping good time.
DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa's Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil' Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board - Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
'Happy Holly-days' Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch...
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley's Corner

Do you have a Silhouette machine?
Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we'd love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

At almost 1800 words, maybe it would be convenient to make the double sided business card tutorial into a downloadable instructional PDF? Let me know in the comments below if you’d be interested. 


Check out additional Silhouette Cameo Tutorials and other Freebie Printable/Downloads available at Black and White Obsession.


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26 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to seeing the whole tutorial, I'll be back later! :)

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    1. Thanks Kristy, my apologies for the delay. I'm super wordy and a bit of a perfectionist. Guess I had to post this in 'phases' haha. Promise it wasn't on purpose!!

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    2. I love the finished tutorial, with all the pretty pictures. Thanks for sharing your templates with us!

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    3. Awe you just made my heart grow a little bigger for sticking with me through the bumps of this beastly post!!

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  2. Love this! These business cards will definitely leave an impression!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! They were a labor of love but totally worth the uniquely handmade factor!

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  3. Can't wait for the rest thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Shatril, phew what a post! Everything should be up and running. Thanks for being so patient!

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    1. Awe thanks, I'm so thankful you stopped by Glenna!

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  5. This is such a great project! Thanks so much for inspiring me to make double sided business cards with my Portrait!

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    1. Hi Marilyn, so glad you liked them. Let me know if you have any questions!! I'd love to see your finished business cards!!

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    1. Thanks Jodi, so sweet of you to say!! Thanks for stopping by my love!

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  7. Your business cards were SO snazzy at Haven and SO memorable, they were well worth the effort! (I had no idea so many steps were involved. Respect!) And thanks for the sweet shout-out to my MOO cards. I ordered WAY more than I actually needed, so I'll probably be handing out the same ones next year. ;-) But when those run out, I'll seriously consider DIYing my own. Especially with this fab step by step.

    Thanks for being so thorough! I'm sure this will prove helpful for many. And thanks for participating in this month's Challenge!

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    1. I look forward to each and every one of your amazingly thoughtful comments, Lauren!

      I couldn't find a vendor to make them how I wanted, even though there were tons of steps, they were totally worth it in the end.

      You're very welcome for the shout out- your personal marketing was simply A++!

      I hear ya on the overstock, I still have a little under half these business cards left. Here's to hoping you'll share your fabulous DIY cards in the future!!

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  8. WOW.
    This is quite the tutorial, and I am super impressed at the work that went into making your cards and then sharing all these awesome details for us to do the same! Do you happen to have a photo of the finished cards? They look AMAZING!

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    1. Hi Brynne,

      I just uploaded a photo of the finished cards (thanks for the suggestion). There's a bunch of additional photos also uploaded. --This post may or may not have been a bit of a 'fail' since the post came in phases.

      Thanks for the kind words, hope I've encouraged you to make your own! Hopefully yours are not as daunting as these.

      Much love,
      Trisha D.

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  9. <3 Love this so much!!! You did such an awesome job :)

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    1. Awe thank you Dria, they were a labor of love but totally worth it for the uniqueness they offer!!

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  10. Wow! What a great tutorial! I love how you explained everything and with photos, too (I'm a visual learner ; ) I'll let you know when I give this a go!

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    1. Please do, I'd love to see your custom business cards!!

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  11. I didn't think it was possible, but you've outdone yourself yet again (seems to be a common theme around here)! I don't yet have business cards for my blog but will definitely consider DIYing them and mooching off of your genius to get the snazziest b-cards around!

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    1. Ohh, I can't wait to see what you come up with!! Thanks for all the inspiring words!!

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  12. Hi Trisha! I am looking to get business cards to this is so helpful. Your cards look great!

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    1. Awe thank you Tori! I do hope to see what kinda concoction you come up with!!

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