DIY: Indigo Dip-Dyed Business Cards

We might be living in a digital world, but paper business cards are still a vital part of networking, so it’s important that yours are memorable. These hand-dip-dyed cards are striking and simple to make—perfect for new college grads hoping to stand out from the pack.

Click through for the easy DIY instructions

Blue dye
Business cards (Minted’s TripleThick cards work really well)
• Water
• Paper towel
• 2 shallow bowls, wide enough for the cards
• Another small bowl to mix the dye in


1. In a small bowl, mix the dye according to the packaging instructions. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and the second shallow bowl with the just-mixed dye, just enough to cover the bottom of the dish (it should look almost jet-black).

2. Cut one business card into smaller strips to use as test strips; you’ll want to experiment and figure out how dark you want the dye to be and how much water you’ll need to dilute the dye in the bowl. You can also use the test strips to nail down your dip-dyeing technique (i.e. card-placement angle and soaking duration).

3. When you’ve figured out your technique, dip the business card into the bowl of warm water to your desired line.

4. Quickly remove the card from the water and dip it into the dye for just a moment. The water from step 3 will help the dye spread on it’s own, creating a natural gradation. Keep in mind that the deeper you submerge the card into the dye, the more saturated the color will be overall (see the photo below for different dye variations).

5. Place each card on paper towels to dry; you can also layer paper towels and a few heavy books on top to ensure the cards dry flat.

Experiment with different techniques to get a unique, varied look.  

Try this same dip-dye technique on everything from your personalized stationery
to wedding invitations, escort cards, menus, and thank-you notes.

More DIY Ideas:
DIY Watercolor Wedding Invitations
• Printable Watercolor Ceremony Program
DIY Watercolor Gift Wrap

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