How to Make a Business Card Holder . . . From Playing Cardscomments (7) December 12th, 2011
If you're looking for a fun, compact gift to give your guy, try making this business card holder from playing cards.
Let's talk lamination: If you don't have a laminator at home to use for this project, call around to your local copy shops—many of them have self-service laminators and pouches.
. . . And let's talk cards: This project is designed around a standard-sized playing card. Feel free, however, to experiment with novelty playing cards, loteria cards, and tarot cards. Just keep in mind that these may be slightly different sizes. I used some loteria and tarot cards in the samples above, and I needed to trim them down a little to fit the template.
What you'll need:
- Downloadable template (see link below)
- Five playing cards (per case)
- A sheet of 65# cardstock
- Metal straightedge
- X-Acto knife and cutting surface
- Bone folder
- Glue stick
- Poly fiberfill
- Five-mil lamination pouch
- 1/8-inch hole punch
- 1mm stretchy beading cord
- Craft glue
- E6000 adhesive
- Masking tape
To begin this project, download this template and print it onto cardstock. Then, gather five cards. Three of them will show prominently on your finished case, so use face cards or really cool backs. The other two cards will show on the inside of the case, so you'll probably want their backs to show.
(When I make these cases, I save the face cards, aces, and jokers for the outsides, then use up the random number cards for the insides.)
Cut the card case template out along the outer edges, using a straightedge and X-Acto knife. Then, score all the remaining lines with a bone folder.
Here's a key thing to remember: The side of the cardstock with the lines will be the inside of the finished case. The side with no lines will be the outside.
Gently bend the cardstock at all the scored lines. Don't bend it too sharply! All we're doing at this point is making light fold marks that will show up on the other side of the cardstock, as shown.
Then, use those folds as guidelines as you glue playing cards to the cardstock using a glue stick. Here, you see the cards you'll need to glue down for the outside of the case. (That half card on the right side will end up as the front of the pocket inside the case. But don't let this confuse you!)
Most playing cards look the same whether they're right side up or upside down. If you're using cards that must face one way, be careful how you place them! Here's a card case with one-direction cards—see how they're placed with their tops together?
Shown above is how the cards should be placed for the inside of the case. In the finished case, the business cards will be partially covering the card with its back facing.
With all those cards glued down, it's time to laminate. Place the case inside a laminate pouch. In fact, with careful placement, I can get two card cases in an 8-1/2-inch x 11-inch pouch. (Just make sure there's 1/4 inch of space between cases.)
Run the pouch through a laminator to seal the plastic.
As you cut, leave 1/8 inch of laminate around all sides of the piece.
Then, score the piece firmly on all of the scored lines. (The laminate may resist scoring, so use firm pressure and run the bone folder back and forth a few times as needed.)
Now, we need to make a tiny adjustment to help the pocket fold together better. Use scissors to carefully cut into the 1/8-inch edge of the laminate at the corners shown here. You'll be cutting diagonally into the corner, but cut only the laminate—not the cardstock.
Trim away the 1/8 inch of laminate at the two edges shown. This is the only place you'll want to trim that closely—that 1/8-inch edge is very important to keep the laminate sealed along all the other edges.
As you fold the case along all of the scored lines, the printed lines themselves should be facing the inside of the case.
Now, we need to make a little strap to hold the case shut. Begin this by punching a tiny hole in each side of the pocket, as shown.
Cut an 8-inch length of stretchy cord. Thread one end through the first hole and tie a knot in the card twice. (You need a large knot so it can't pop back through the hole.) The knot should be on the inside of the case.
Bring the other end of the cord around the outside of the case, and pass it through the second hole. This is how the cord should look on the outside of the case: It should lie flat and not be pulled too tight.
Tie another large double knot at the inside of the case. Trim both ends of the cord close to the knots, and put a small drop of glue on each knot to make it sturdier.
Time to glue the case together! Prepare four small pieces of masking tape. Then, apply E6000 to the two flaps of the pocket, as shown.
Fold the pocket up, adjusting the sides so they fit together precisely. Wipe away any glue that oozes out between the layers. Then, place the tape around the edges to hold the case together while the glue cures.
Leave the case taped together like this overnight, until the glue has completely dried. Then, remove the tape and your case is ready for giving.
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