7 Great examples of Artist Business Cards


Everybody needs a business card these days.

With the price of printing coming down dramatically, the advent of business card making machines in shopping centres and programs on the computer, basically everyone at some stage has at least thought about having their own business card. I bet even Nana has thought about sticking a business card to her apricot jam to get the edge over her neighbour at the Country Women’s Association jam sales!

So if you’re an artist trying to make a go of it in an increasingly saturated & difficult market, what are some good examples for your business card?

Putting your art work on your new business card is a good start as it immediately lets people know what style of artwork you do and how good you are at it.

To give you an idea of how effective this can be, I’ve searched the internet and found some of my favorite artist’s business cards.  I’ll also give a brief review of why I think they’re so good.

Artist Business Card #1

It might come as a surprise but letterpress can be printed very nicely onto wood just as well as onto traditional card stocks. This example comes from a professional letterpress studio which has been very innovative in their use of this beautiful technique. The front face of the cards is a slice of wood veneer on which the logo and company name has been printed in a dark colour to stand out well from the wood grain. The back of the cards has been printed more traditionally on a cotton card stock and the two layers have then been laminated together to create a unique hybrid card of wood and paper. http://cardobserver.com/gallery/clever-layered-letterpress-wooden-business-card-design-for-a-photographer


Artist Business Card #2

Paola Bazz is an Italian-born and artist now based in Manchester, England. The use of recycled material, such as printed-paper, cardboard and wood, characterises much of his artistic production, and this grunge-inspired business card was printed on the back of a recycled Metro ticket.


Business Card #3

When an illustrator from Norway asked Elegante Press to create business cards for her, the first idea that came to them were letterpress business cards that she could paint with watercolor ink. They thought it would be a perfect synthesis of two spectacular techniques – letterpress and water-color painting.
They printed contact details and a Scandinavian Moomin motif drawn in thin line. The illustrator can use it as a one color letterpress business card or she can color the card with watercolors in whatever color she wants, then each card revives, and gains a whole different energy in a small unique work of art.


Artist’s Business Card #4

Designed to resemble a classic take-a-number ticket, this inventive business card was devised for Dutch agency Counter Creatives by designer and art director Valery Overhoff. The compact format and unconventional shape called for a creative use of space, and Overhoff manages to feature multiple typefaces and both vertical and horizontal text.


Artist’s Business Cards #5

An anime artist from the UK, DestinyBlue created this beautiful piece of bespoke art for her latest business card. She’s since gone on to use the same illustration as a banner poster at the conventions where she sells print of her work. “People often ask is if the flowers are actually illuminated with glow paint or lit up with LEDs XD,” she says. “They aren’t, but it really can look that way in low light, so I’m very pleased with how this turned out.”


Artist’s Business Card #6

Featuring a botanical illustration of tropical blooms and a clean sans-serif font, these business cards from Aurora certainly make a stylish first impression. The South African studio specializes in whimsical artwork and design, so it’s fitting that their business cards reflect their unique skill set. The cards were designed in-house and include gold embossed details. https://weareaurora.com/


Artist’s Business Card #7

Brazilian designer Matheus Dacosta puts an artistic spin on traditional business cards, adding kaleidoscopic, hand-painted designs to every individual card. Each miniature work of art is sure to make a memorable impact — or at the very least, make the recipient reluctant to simply toss it. http://matheusdacosta.art.br/

Feel free to link to your favourite artist or art business cards in the comments below. We might even be able to add it to the post above!

Inspiration - 9 Jan 2012 - by Rob Jennings

About Rob Jennings

When he found himself embroiled in a conversation with someone talking about their ‘customer-centric core competencies’ he realised it was time to create a Web Design Agency that was less about self promoting buzz-words and more about people and giving them the tools to understand the web.

The idea behind We Push Buttons was to create an environment where business owners can learn about building their organisation, whether it be with an outstanding website, SEO or any other marketing ideas. Coming from the art industry and online retail background he knows first hand the needs of growing a business in a tough environment.