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Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Crafts, Etsy Cuteness | 6 comments

Pop Up Business Cards

Hi There!

I’m headed to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – On the Road Portland aka #DisneySMMC in just a few days, and I’m super excited about it!  You can read all about my Seattle adventures 2 years ago here.  But, there was one thing..  I needed new business cards!  I starting researching, and sure I could have had some cheap ones made, but they’d be forgotten 2 seconds after someone received it.  So, I started brainstorming creative business cards that I could make myself.  I quickly decided a pop-up business card would be a really fun way to stand out from the crowd.  Now, I’m a little embarrassed at how much time I actually spent trying to make this work. A pop-up business card is by no means an easy thing to make.  There were at least 40 failed prototypes, and each card takes a ridiculous amount of time to assemble.  But I was persistent!

If you’d like to see the finished product in action check it out here-

Now, how did I make such an epic business card?!

Well, it took an extreme amount of time, and some creative tools, like my Brother ScanNCut and Adobe Creative Suite.  Maybe I should also add that I have a degree in fine art..  Finally, I get to use it!  Ha! 🙂

First thing, I created the structure of the business card in Adobe Illustrator. This was then transferred into the Brother’s proprietary software, ScanNCut Canvas. After all the adjustments and conversions were made, I transferred a cutting file to the ScanNCut via USB.

From here, I took the original Illustrator document into Photoshop and designed all the graphic elements.

I have a really low-end printer, and unfortunately this showed, so I then sent the graphics to a professional printer.

Once I had the prints back, I could start cutting!

Each print is attached to a cutting mat.  The mats are sticky, but they quickly get un-stuck.  So, I use painter’s tape to attach the prints.  This works well without having to try to tacky the mat again.

Pop-Up Business Card

It’s loaded, and it’s time to start cutting!

Pop-Up Business Card

Each print requires 2 passes.

Once everything is done, it looks a bit like this-


Then we assemble!


With a little glue..


And Bam!

Pop Up Business Card

Awesome business card!

I’m making these available in my Etsy shop, if you’d like me to create these just for you!

I can’t wait to attend #DisneySMMC On the Road Portland and hand these cards out!  I’ll also be headed to a MyPrintly event at the same time, and hopefully be inspired to create some great new projects to bring back to the blog!

Follow along the Portland adventures on Twitter, Instagram, and a new thing I’m trying out Periscope!  Find me @PixieBudget!

See you then!




  1. These are awesome! Can’t wait to see the pop up action in person! (As I finish up my biz card crafting this weekend!)

  2. Those are so cool! I have considered making my own, but I’m worried that either my cutting mat will be too sticky and the paper will curl when I pull it off, or the mat won’t be sticky enough and the cuts will get messed up.

    • Thanks!! 🙂 I used 100# card stock and haven’t had a problem with it curling yet. The social media icons are really tiny too. The painter’s tape to kept the prints from moving and that worked out great. Definitely go for it when you have a chance! 🙂

  3. Shannon, your business cards are some of the best I’ve ever seen! So clever and really attention grabbing. So great to meet you at MyPrintly and Disney Social Media Moms in Portland 🙂

    • You are too sweet! Thank you! It was fabulous to meet you too! I now know who to call if I decide to RunDisney! 🙂

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