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Get Your Own Unique, Custom Business Cards

I love business cards. Not the standard, black and white ones (like mine). I like unique, cool, custom business cards.

Phil, “the relationship geek,” is making it great with cool business cards. He was lucky enough to beta test Show Off Business Cards’ newest product: Show Off Cards Lite. You’ve got to check out the cool cards he got in return.

Show Off Cards’ primary product converts the standard, boring business card into something very cool. You become an action figure! They take your face, put it in some action scene (that meshes with your business), and then have it professionally illustrated.

The original cards are pretty expensive. You get 1000 cards for $499. That’s 50 cents per card. But if it actually gets you noticed and remembered, it’s a well-invested 50 cents.

The “Lite” version of these business cards are cooler, in my opinion. The company takes a picture of you and has an artist turn it into a vector illustration. It’s sort-of cartooney, but still very tasteful. The front of these custom business cards show the illustration in full color. The back has your contact info and the illustration as a watermark image. The “Lite” business cards only cost $199 for 500. That’s not bad at all.

Make your own custom business cards

These cool cards got me thinking. You could easily make your own unique cards. There are lots of ways to take a digital picture of yourself and turn it into a neat graphic, looking like a vector, a sketch, or some other effect. Then you could put the altered image on your business card, instead of the standard suit headshot.

Man, I’m going to lobby my employer to let me do this. Although, I don’t think we get our faces on our cards. That stinks. Maybe I can pay extra for it. 🙂

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11 Responses to “Get Your Own Unique, Custom Business Cards”

  1. Phil Gerbyshak
    April 25th, 2007

    Good luck Andrew! I love unique business cards, and have some other ones I’ll be debuting at SOBCon.

    Be GREAT!

  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 26th, 2007


    I trust that you’ll be posting your other cards online, so us virtual attendees can see them. 🙂

  3. deanc
    April 26th, 2007

    Great ideas Andrew…i’ll be back with some photos and ideas.

    I’ve actually got a whole website full of ways to make money with business cards also…it’s a very interesting topic.

    Back soon.

  4. Andrew Flusche
    April 26th, 2007


    I’m glad to see that we share a similar interest. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Phil Gerbyshak
    April 26th, 2007

    Yeah, I just may do that Andrew 🙂

    Seriously, of course I will share them. My “virtual” friends are just as important as everyone I’ll meet at SOBCon!

  6. Matt Mikulla
    April 27th, 2007

    I’ve been making my own ink-jet cards due too time constraints and I have been redesigning my logo.

    If you want to make cool cards with little design skills check out Moo cards. You can use cropped images from you flickr account to make tiny interesting cards.

  7. Andrew Flusche
    April 27th, 2007

    Hi Matt,

    I’ve looked at Moo cards before. They’re pretty spiffy. Too bad I don’t have any cool images on Flickr. 🙂

  8. Matt Mikulla
    April 27th, 2007

    Actually, you don’t need a flickr account. You can upload the images from your computer to the site.

    I’ve seen the cards before and they are sweet. 10 different images for variety.

  9. Andrew Flusche
    April 27th, 2007

    Interesting. I might have to give those cards another look. Thanks for pointing out the features!

  10. Matt Mikulla
    April 27th, 2007

    The Starbucks gum tins make excellent card containers/carriers. I’ve been stashing a few for moo cards.

  11. Andrew Flusche
    April 27th, 2007

    Whoa! I might have to get some Moo cards and Starbucks gum, just to put the two together. I love it!

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