Traditional business cards are great for many reasons, but if you want to clearly stand out from the rest, you have to try something different.
Not only do clear business cards stand out from the ordinary cards those other guys are handing out, but they offer multiple other ascetic benefits and creative opportunities.
By using a transparent background, certain types of creative touches can be added to the design that would not be an option on a cardstock design.
Getting your own clear business card made may seem like a lot of hard work, but given the range of available stocks and the capabilities of modern printers, it is less complicated than you would imagine.
Step 1. Back to the basics
If you are looking to create a card that fits the traditional dimensions, it doesn’t matter what type of material you are using. The specs are the same, so start with the basic settings.
In the program of your of choice, create a new document sized 3.5 inches by 2 inches. Set the color mode to CMYK and the resolution to 300 pixels per inch.
Need a refresher on a few design program basics? Check out our great tutorials for creating business cards in Photoshop, Word or you can even one of the many templates available from professional online printers.
Step 2. Add your info
Information you would use for a classic business card should be on your transparent card: name, title, company, area of expertise and contact details, such as a phone number, email and website.
Keep it relevant and simple. Only add additional information that will increase the overall effectiveness of the design.
Step 3. A creative design
The transparent card itself will be eye catching enough, so you won’t need complex or ultra-special artwork.
However, you should still have a classy design that complements the transparent effect. If you have a logo, be sure to include it and position it where it will be impossible to miss.
Lay out the design elements so every detail is clear and readable. Select fonts that are easy on the eye, and use graphics and colors with a good contrast.
Step 4. Buy your stock
Plastic stock can be found in most stationery and office supplies stores. However, not all types of plastic stock will work with all printers, so check the compatibility beforehand.
Since this stock is more expensive than the ones commonly used for business cards, remember to test your design on normal paper first. Use a sharp precision knife or trimmer to cut out the cards after printing.
Step 5. Online printing
If you don’t feel comfortable printing your own clear business cards, consider using an online printer.
You won’t have to scour the store for the plastic stock yourself or worry about compatibility issues with your printer. You’ll be able to focus on artwork and personal information.
Plastic makes perfect!
Designing and printing a clear business card (like some of these awesome examples) is actually fairly simple, and if you follow these basic steps, you won’t have any problems making your own.
With just a little creativity and some good ol’ plastic stock, this type of card will easily stand out and make a strong impact on potential clients, presenting you as a cutting-edge, creative and modern professional.