DIY- Business Cards With Neon Pink Edges!

Posted on 09 November 2015

Hey 3RD & HUDSONers!  I have gotten a lot of questions about my business cards so I figured the best way to answer them was to do the 1st ever DIY post on here!  { Confetti explosion!!! Woohoo! } 

I had been eyeing edge painted business cards for a while & although there are lots of places that provide this service, I always love a DIY project!  I knew I wanted a super clean look for my business cards as they directly represent the company.  As soon as I started designing them, I had my color story down- white, black & pink.  But it took many designs to get to the final result- white with black font & neon pink edges.  

Once I finalized the design, I uploaded it to under their "create" category.  I ordered the "Ultra-Thick Premium Paper, White Core".  They offer regular business cards as well but I chose to pay a little more for the thicker cards.  There is nothing like the feel of a nice sturdy business card in your hand!  

Note/ back story/ dramatic details:  All pink highlighters are NOT created equal!  LOL!  Finding the right highlighter to do the job was a challenge.  I started the project with one I already had in my collection- Foray liquid highlighter.  It was perfect- neon pink, chisel tip & the ink was not too heavy.  When it dried out, I ran out on a quick errand in search of a replacement but could only find a pack of Sharpie highlighters.  **I had my hungry toddler with me & hungry toddlers are not the most patient :)**.  But I thought- "they're both pink highlighters, they have to be the same, right??"  WRONG!  It was not neon but a darker fuchsia instead.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a hard core fan of every shade of pink, but I wanted neon pink for this project.  I couldn't find the Foray highlighters on my next supply run & ended up purchasing a Sharpie NEON marker.  Another mistake!  There is big difference between markers & highlighters!  Although it was neon pink, it was a much heavier ink which bled through the edges & onto the face of the cards!  EEK!  These 2 mistakes resulted in about 12 casualties.  Poor cards (teardrop...)  After laying these cards to rest, I finally found the Foray highlighters again & was able to finish my cards!  Hey- everything in life is a learning process right?! :)

Once I started painting the edges, I quickly noticed there was a right way to do it.  I did about 3-4 cards at a time & held them tightly as I painted.  Painting the edges in 1 steady stroke worked best & resulted in a smooth consistent color throughout.  Starting & stopping only led to uneven saturation.  The chisel tip was essential here because the angle allowed me to lightly pass the highlighter over the edges.  The paper took the color immediately like a sponge.  

After painting, I left them out to dry.  They don't take long at all to dry but I left them out all night just to be sure.  

That's it!  Seriously!  Done & done!  

I'm so happy with how they turned out!  Let me know if you have any questions as I very well may have left something out ... since this is my 1st DIY post & all.  ;)

Until next time insiders!




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