To design your own double-sided business card, you need a software program with double-sided business card templates. Common word-processing and desktop publishing software typically provide such templates. With the front and back of your business card designed, you can save and send the file to local or online offset printing companies for printing.
If you don't have the necessary software, you can design double-sided business cards on websites that provide D-I-Y design tools like VistaPrint and Moo. Typically, such websites provide customizable templates and allow you to place orders for the cards as part of the service.
Conceptualize your double-sided business card design. Software programs often have pre-designed business card templates to which you can add your own details. But if you have specific design ideas for a double-sided business card, get out a piece of paper and draw two business card-sized squares -- 3.5-by-2 inches. Use the colored pencils to draw where you want your logo, images and the text to be on the front and the back your business card.
Launch a blank, double-sided business card template in a word-processing or desktop publishing program. Name and save the file before you begin adding design elements and text to it.
If your software program doesn't have a double-sided business card template, name and save the template as two files; design the front of your business card in one file and the back in the other. A professional printing company can create a double-sided business card with the two files.
Add design elements to your business card. Place photos and other graphics first because they are typically the most challenging to size and place in the small space. In many programs, the Insert menu is used to drop in graphics like your company logo or a photograph, perhaps your own if you're a real estate agent. Crop or size photos and graphics with the software's tools and place them where you want them to appear on the card.
Tips for creating memorable business cards:
- Choose colors that represent your business, advises Entrepreneur magazine. For example, use primary colors for a kid-friendly business, pastel colors for a bakery and conservative colors, like black and maroon, for a law or accounting firm.
- Make the most essential piece of information about your business stand out. Whether it's your business's unique name, its 800 number or slogan, the essential piece of information should be centered on the card, in bold-face, large type and in a striking color.
- Go totally unique, advises Mashable in its article "30 Unconventional Business Cards." You could, for example, print your company's QR code on the front of the business card, giving those who receive it a way to access an array of information about your company with a smart device.
Typeset the information you want on the business card; this is where you experiment with fonts and colors to find the ones that suit your taste. A double-sided business card allows you more space to add text. So, consider typing your name and immediate contact information on the front of the card and the rest of the information on the back, such as your business's physical address and quotes you've chosen related to your business.
Print a mock-up of the business card on a color printer. Then, cut out the front and the back of the card, following the crop lines typically added by the software. You can use tape of a stapler to attach the front and back to each other. Ensure you are satisfied with the design before you save the file and forward it to the printing company.
Have another person proofread your business card line for line, checking off each line with a red pencil as she verifies the information. No matter how little information there appears on the card, it's always a challenge for the person who typeset the information to see any errors.
Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.