14 Non-Paper Business Cards
There's a time and place for paper cards, and then there's a time and place for interesting, unique materials that'll really stick out to your networking contacts.

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Want a business card that stands out? Then write this down: Think non-traditional, fun, functional, or possibly even edible.

Now throw away that piece of paper you wrote on, because we’re about to show you some examples of business cards that tell paper to take a hike. Give some thought to removing the traditional card stock medium from your networking strategy and have little paper-free fun.

1. A Fun Twist on Business Cards

Turn yourself away from the paper business card mentality with this bendable business card concept. Show your multidimensional skills with this flexible placard that twists to show multiple messages.

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2. Thinking Outside of Card Stock

Fun, retro, and functional, this non-paper clothespin business card will help you be remembered anytime the recipient goes to open their bag of potato chips.

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3. What a Bacon-tastic Idea

It was only a matter of time that someone took the hip hog product and turned it into a get noticed tool.

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4. Baked Goodness to Win Over Customers

A cookie business card? Yes. A cookie business card.

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5. A Sweet Business Card

Be the cream of the crop with another edible business card idea– an ice cream sandwich that is sweet and cool.

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6. Dog-tagged to Impress the Rest

Stainless steel business cards can be chic, modern or retro.

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7. Corking It Up

A similar shape and weight to paper counterparts will help keep your cork card in your contact’s pocket, and its unique structure will keep you in their memories.

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8. Getting Inked

Just because you got rid of the paper, it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the ink.

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9. A Techy Take on Business Cards

QR codes are everywhere now and can be a great way to zap potential employers straight to your personal website. We love this combination of a QR code on a metal pet tag. The concept, combined with the sleek blue color, has just enough quirk to work.

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10. Mus-chievious Fun

Plastic business cards open the door to a plethora of options, but I think this is one of the most fun venues. It’s hard to be forgotten with a calling card that gives passersby a mustache in an instant.

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11. An All-Natural Sell

Nature takes center stage with this concept. I don’t consider this paper, despite the fact that these cards are made from a form of specialized lightweight paper, because your client will think that your calling card fell fresh from an autumn tree.

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12. Stretchy & Useful

Again, a calling card that is as useful as it is informative is a great option for a non-paper, get-remembered tool. Whether your card gets flung across the room at a coworker or holds together a stack of newspapers, a rubber band option shows you’re fun, functional and willing to stretch as far as necessary to get the job done.

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13. Lego All the Way

Use these childhood throwbacks as your card and you won’t be able to keep up with all the calls.

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Go Paperless!

Of course, there are some amazing paper business cards out there, and there are endless ways to get creative that way. But just remember that when it comes to designing business cards, you can play with shape, material, color, and texture. These examples will hopefully serve as some inspiration for you.

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5 Comments

  1. very clever.

  2. do potential employers or possible business partners actually like cards like these? An icre cream sandwhich card might get me remebered for a second, but I cannot see that turning into a lasting relationship, especially when the card is melted or eaten.

    • maybe not the icecream sandwich, but most of these would certainly leave an impression on me. The main thing is getting remembered, then you can always follow up with them instead of the other way around imo.

    • Kenny Austin
      Kevin Austin (Printaholic.com)

      Great questions, Nate. I agree with loony luke, business cards can serve multiple purposes beyond sharing contact information. If you hand someone an ice cream sandwich business card, they will remember that even if they don’t remember you. Then, you have set yourself apart when you follow up with that person down the road.

      Plus, boasting a little creativity never hurt anyone :).