DIY :: Gilded Business Cards

gold business cards craft diy spray paint

Remember when Camille shared her newly-spruced up business cards last week? Well, since you were all so curious to find out how we gilded the edges of the cards (and since we’re feeling so professional today, anyway), we thought this would be the perfect time to show you the step-by-step. After trial and error with acrylic paint and even a stamp pad, our trusty gold spray paint proved itself superior once again, making the project surprisingly simple. Follow the jump for the full instructional, and be sure to show us your revamped business cards!

gold business cards craft diy spray paint

gold business cards craft diy spray paint

gold business cards craft diy spray paint

gold business cards craft diy spray paint

  • business cards
  • spray paint
  • heavy rock

  1. Stack business cards as perfectly as possible, and weigh down with a heavy rock. If you don’t want to compromise the top card, cover with paper.
  2. Spray all four sides of stack gold and allow to dry for three minutes… that’s it!

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82 Responses to “DIY :: Gilded Business Cards”

  1. Amy

    Very creative and unique! I’m sure they’re even prettier in person.

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  2. Kendra

    Wow! I thought this was going to be a much more difficult project! I definitely need to try this out. Your cards look so professional and stylish, I can’t believe you did them yourself :) Nice work.

    PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

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  3. clairezinnecker

    Everything is better with a little gold! Love this, Chanel!! Can’t wait to try it myself.

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  4. Dana

    Gorgeous! The gold just makes them!

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  5. erin | houseofearnest

    LOVE this! I used up all of my old cards and I’m so excited to get some new ones and do this to them.

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  6. Kasey

    Ohh I am so glad you posted this and I am SO excited to try this at home!

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  7. Rebecca

    absolutely love this idea and so easy // you are fab!

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  8. Women Are Gamechangers

    Interesting idea. Never thought about the edges being a different color from the rest of the card.

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  9. Jessica

    Super pretty! Beautiful with minimal effort, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Amanda

    Such a great idea! I wanted to add gold to my cards, but was told it’s more expensive. This is a much more economical way of doing it!

    Amanda S.

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  11. Serena

    I’ve been waiting for this tutorial! I can’t believe it’s SO easy – amazing.

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    • Camille Styles

      Thanks Serena…we knew y’all would be surprised with how VERY easy this one is. And saves you lots of $$$!

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  12. Chantel

    Can’t wait to try this out! My current cards are running low, it’s time to spruce them up!

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  13. Victoria Fisher

    Love this idea and love your blog

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  14. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I fell in love with these the moment I saw them and it never occurred to me to just spray them! Thanks so much for sharing, sooo easy and so chic!

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  15. Annabelle

    I’m impressed that worked so well — I would have expected you’d have to do something more involved!

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  16. Mandy

    Oh my gosh! These are awesome. I tried to do similar with a gold ink pad a few months ago and it didn’t end up looking so hot. Can’t wait to try this over the weekend!

    Mandy
    The Klury Report & Kini Style

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    • Camille Styles

      We tried it that way first too, and the lines bled a tiny bit onto the cards. I love how clean it comes out with the spray paint!

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  17. Joan

    I just received new cards in the mail and I think I will try this technique. I can’t believe it is so simple!

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  18. Emily

    These are so beautiful, and so easy!

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  19. Alicia C.

    Great idea! I could even see doing this with other cool colors like neons! Super easy, I may try when my new cards come in. Thanks for sharing, Camille.

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  20. jessica

    These are beautiful! I am going to have to try this on my cards.

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  21. Danielle of Decor & Dior

    Hi Camille! Great idea, love it! Two questions, because I have tried something similar before and failed :( #1 how do you prevent the cards from sticking together when dried and #2 how do you prevent the color from bleeding? I tried this, but not with spray paint, and the paper just absorbed the paint so well, it bled half way through the card!

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    • Chanel Dror

      Hi Danielle, so glad you love it! We had the same issues when we tried this with other types of paint. But once we used the spray paint, the cards were easy to separate and the paint didn’t bleed. Make sure you have a heavy enough weight on top of the stack so that it compresses the cards, thus keeping the spray paint from getting anywhere but the edges. Hope this helps – be sure to let us know how it turns out :)

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  22. Chic Coles

    Gorgeous! I need some professional business cards first so I can do this to them!

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  23. rachael adele // for the love of design

    i’ve been too much of a wimp to try this technique, but i love the way it so much! if you don’t mind me asking, what kind of paper was used? and do you think it would work on a thick cardstock?

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    • Camille Styles

      Absolutely! I’m not sure the exact weight of my cards, but they’re a very thick stock!

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    • Chanel Dror

      We used heavy business cards. It will totally work on any dense stack of paper, but remember that because the edges on cardstock are thinner, the pop of color won’t be as noticeable or striking. Thanks & good luck!!

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  24. Barbara

    Your cards look great! Love how this little detail makes such a big impact. Thanks for sharing your DIY tips.

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  25. Jolie Goodnight

    Um, this is one of the smartest things I’ve seen in a long time. It’s so perfect, so easy, and such a great idea!

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  26. Erica Johsnon

    I have a marriage coaching business and I love this idea because it can a that special touch to my business image!

    Love it!!!!! :)

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  27. Kristy

    What a great idea. And even greater that you shared it with all of us :)
    Thank you.

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  28. megan

    I’ve tried doing this, and they look great, but once handled the gold spray paint falls off in flakes. Any suggestions?

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    • Chanel Dror

      Hmmm… I can’t imagine why that would be. My only guesses would be that it’s because of the type of paper your cards are made of (are they glossy?) or perhaps the spray paint was on too thick?

      Let us know if you figure it out!

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    • Camille Styles

      Megan – that’s so weird! ALL my business cards have the gilded edges and I haven’t experienced any flakes! What kind of spray paint did you use?

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  29. Amit

    Are you spraying vertically down along the edges so the paint doesn’t accidentally seep through on to the cards?

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  30. Louise

    Love this DIY! Found you gals through Supal’s blog, and this is such an ingenious idea! Great idea! Can’t wait to try this when I get my business cards =)

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  31. fai

    love this! will definitely give it a try :)

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  32. Whitney

    I tried this, but apparently my rock wasn’t heavy enough and I ended up ruining all of my business cards. :( I’m thinking of using my husband’s $2 bar clamp next time, to make sure there’s enough pressure on the cards. Yours look great, hopefully mine come out closer to them time!

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  33. Wendy

    Could you do this with colored spray paint. I would like to do with pink and see what happens.

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    • Camille Styles

      Yes, that would look amazing!! Please send us pics of how it turns out! :)

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  34. Clarissa Nicole

    I just did this and it’s kind of a fail for me. Maybe because the rock wasn’t heavy enough? Idk, but I don’t want to compromise anymore cards. :-(

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