I’ve seen business cards on napkins, fancy papers and embossed into plastic, but do you know what my favorite material for them is? Wood.
It’s sturdy and accents any design with its beautiful grain and natural color.
Of course, it’s tricky to have a business card made on wood, but I think it’s worth it to have something you’ll be proud to give out.
And if you pull off the look, a classy, wooden business card will definitely find it’s way into a contact’s memory.
Here are some great examples to get your creative juices flowing.
1. This business card cleverly designed a laser-cut hole through the top so the designer could slide a colorful ribbon through it. The card stands out beautifully because of it!
2. This skull creates an unexpected and unusual shape for this card. It’s a nice touch that is a cool accent in anyone’s wallet.
3. What better way to make your name stand out than by making it completely see-through?
4. I appreciate this card for its nice design and for the fact it depicts a woodpecker… in something that's made from a tree. Get it? Conceptually it ties everything together.
5. Who says business cards have to be rectangles? Here the designer created wooden tokens to hand out to prospective collaborators.
6. There are some delightful creatures etched into this card. The thick edges of the wood allow for an amusing bite out of it by these characters.
7. Wood on wood looks great, but it doesn’t have the same oomph and contrast this white type treatment has. Wonderful font choice, too.
8. Here’s another unconventional card. This time the designer has cleverly created Scrabble tiles to spell out their initials. They take advantage of the wood to craft a small, sturdy object.
9. This card features some great drawings on it and is really fun and expressive. Having it etched in wood gives it a feeling of permanence.
10. A small depth gives you the ability to bend and pop this card out and into a unique, tiny chair.
11. Lasers are more precise than hands. They’ve carved out some incredible, intricate details on the globe that would be much harder to replicate any other way.
12. Creating a wooden ruler business card is perfect for a handyman where his business involves a lot of measuring. (His last name also is Carpenter. Perfect.)
13. Like the ruler, this house is a clever solution for an architect to have - the same material they use to build their designs.
Paper is overrated
A lot of these designs take advantage of the involved process and use a laser to cut out interesting shapes within the wood or go beyond your standard rectangle shape.
Some play with varying colors of wood and use this contrast as a way to accent their name or other information.
Whatever your ideas are, remember you don’t see business cards in wood every day, so take advantage of the material. Those who receive your cards will find them memorable!