DIY Gold Edge Business Cards

September 12, 2013Sarah Khandjian
DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

New branding means new business cards so I ordered up a batch of luxe Moo cards and added a little DIY spin on them. I spray painted the edges gold and added a little gold metal heart to the back. I wanted them to hint at my crafty skills and attention to detail while still being clean and professional. I just finished gluing the hearts on all of them and I’m so happy with the results! I used a slightly different method for painting the edges and it worked so much better than my first go around. Thanks to the talented Jordan Smith who came up with the idea of using rubber bands while we were nomming away at sushi the other day.

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards


Gold spray paint
Rubber bands


Metallic gold hearts
Super glue

  1. Start with super thick business cards. This is integral! If they are too thin you won’t notice the edge painting. Divide the cards into neat stacks of about 50 cards. Place a couple rubber bands around them and then realign the edges so they are square as possible.
  2. Spray two , even coats on the edges that are not covered by the rubber bands. Allow them to dry. I’m impatient so I only waited about 10 minutes. If you’re more patient than me it’s probably better to wait around 20 minutes.
  3. Rotate the rubber bands 90 degrees and spray another 2 coats on the other 2 sides. Allow them to dry completely then bring your cards indoors and carefully separate them and place them on a table, not overlapping. I covered my desk with paper to protect the surface because the gold paint will rub off a tiny bit at first. Allow them to dry overnight to make sure the paint cures a bit and you’re done!


  • Angel Y.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I love the new design! Your husband did a great job developing. It seems like having developer husbands always works out. :P I can’t wait until my new branding is complete. I absolutely adore this DIY. It’s super cost-effective. What’s paper weight did you use for your business cards? Business cards for me are more than overdue!

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern

    September 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Sarah, the new branding is beautiful! I love the simplicity, simple-chic design always makes me swoon. And the category pages are great! So cool that you can pin directly from there. Go husband! :)

  • Sarah

    September 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks so much Angel! Developer husbands are the best, right?
    The cards are 30 pt matte stock. I highly recommend them!

  • Carmen

    September 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Love the new site and biz cards!

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  • Jeran

    September 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I love the new site. I need one of those coding husbands though. That could come in handy. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of those new business cards.

  • Karina

    September 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

    What a wonderful idea! I wouldn’t think of spraying the gold myself, I would probably ask the printing house for a gold paper.

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  • Susan

    October 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I love the Moo biz cards. I’ve been wanting to get some of their luxe double thick cards. Spray painting the edges a metallic color is a stroke of brilliance.

  • Amber Z

    February 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Love this!!! So creative! May I ask what you used to make the little gold hearts?

    1. Sarah

      February 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Amber! I purchased the small metal hearts from an Etsy shop.

  • sai

    March 7, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Hi, Sarah I’m just in the process of trying this out and I was wondering whether you had to do something to stop the paint form coming off afterwards? Or is there a particular spray paint that you used that doesn’t come off? :)

    1. Sarah

      March 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I have only tried this with Valspar gold spray paint and have found that they do rub off a bit. A lot of people recommend Montana spray paints so I would give those a try. You could also try spraying the edges (when they are all stacked up) with a clear, acrylic varnish. You can find these at most art supply stores.

  • Ole

    March 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Great work! About DIY business card, I writed a post on my blog…:

  • Sophie

    May 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    These are stunning!!! How did you do the gold hearts?

    1. Sarah

      May 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Sophie! I bought these small metal hearts and used super glue to glue them to the back of each card.

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    October 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Great post!

    If you guys would like to check out my video tutorial on how I edge painted my business cards, check out my video here:


  • Luis

    December 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Sweet tut Sarah! If anyone is considering an alternative solution to the DIY approach Oubly prints edge painted business cards on 36 pt. thick eco-friendly paper. They have 9 colors to choose from. Check them out:

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  • Sarah

    March 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Hi, I love your cards and I wanted to do something similar with mine. I was just concerned about them sticking together after they were spray painted but while they were drying.. Did you have any problems with them sticking together or do you have any suggestions how I could prevent that? Thanks!

    1. Sarah

      March 31, 2015 at 10:33 am

      They did stick some but I found that by separating them as soon as the were dry to the touch was helpful. Definitely don’t let them dry completely before unstacking and separating them. I covered the table with paper then placed them on top so they weren’t overlapping and let them dry completely.

  • Denise

    February 29, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Hello! Are the gold hearts stuck on? Or embossed? xx

  • Leonie

    March 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I have been looking for a website that does them but it’s pricey. I was thinking of this but didn’t want to distroy a new batch of business cards. I love the look so much

    1. Sarah

      March 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      You’re so welcome! I love the look of gold edge cards too :)

  • carolina

    April 2, 2017 at 9:23 am

    This is a great I idea, i tried this but the paint bled onto the business cards. Any idea why?

    1. Sarah

      April 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Hmm, I found this happens when the edges of the cards aren’t aligned perfectly square or when they aren’t held down tight enough. I hope this helps!

  • Anja

    August 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

    hey, just wondering, what kind of paper are you using? is it possible to do this on an art paper?

    1. Sarah

      August 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Hi! I had my cards printed on Oubly their extra-thick card stock.

  • Gerardo Villafaña

    August 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I need a cuotation for my presentation cards

  • Colin

    September 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Sarah! Could you share what font you used for the business cards? :)

    1. Sarah

      September 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Sure thing! I used Quicksand, a Google font.

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