Claire here, and I’ve got some exciting (and slightly scary) news to share: I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and launch my own part-time interior design business, Claire Zinnecker Design! I feel incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by so many creative, talented and supportive people who have helped me reach this point and shown me the endless possibilities in the world of design, and I know I’ll be reaching out to them more than ever as I embark on this new adventure. Establishing my own business means facing a whirlwind of to-do’s (DBA, EIN, EID, website, resume, portfolio…), so I thought I’d start tackling my list by making DIY business cards (baby steps!). This design is personal and handmade, yet professional and glamorous at the same time. Keep reading to see how I made them, and don’t miss the step-by-step instructions at the end of the post…

  1. Have your favorite Instagram photos printed at 3 3/8″ x 2 1/8″.
  2. Design and order your personalized stamp, keeping in mind the size of the photo prints.
  3. Press the stamp into the pigment ink pad and firmly stamp onto the back of the card. Note: I found that the colored pigment ink actually worked better than the “embossing” pigment ink pad.
  4. Sprinkle the gold embossing powder onto the stamped card, making sure you cover the entire inked area.
  5. Turn over to shake away the excess powder.
  6. Use a paint brush to dust off any stray specks of glitter. Be careful not to touch the letters at any point!
  7. Hold the heat gun a few inches over the card to turn the powder into beautifully embossed type. Make sure not to hold the gun too close or in any one spot for too long.
  8. Embossing dries within 5-10 seconds. Repeat for each card.
54 comments
  1. 1
    CBO | September 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Congrats and good news! The world needs more creative and handy designers like you. Excited to see all the beautiful spaces you will create.

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s a big step but I’m excited to see where it will take me! xo

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    BDC | September 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    beautiful project! love it love it.

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      thank you!

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    kate | September 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    They turned out beautifully, Claire! And I’m excited for your new biz!! You’re going to be amazing!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks so much Kate!

      Reply
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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | September 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Great idea!!!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Desiree, they were so fun to make!

      Reply
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    Kate | September 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Great job, Claire! Way to persevere until you found a solution.

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Definitely took some trial and error but so glad the result turned out well!

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    Quyen Nguyen (@LiveItinerantly) | September 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    What a great DIY!
    http://liveitinerantly.com

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Quyen!

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    Kathryn Holmes | September 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Congrats Claire!! I’m so excited for you, I know you’ll do wonderful things!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks so much Kathryn! It’s scary but very exciting!

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    Carrie | September 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    These are great. Congratulations on the new venture!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you Carrie! I really appreciate the warm responses from everyone.

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    jacqueline cote | September 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Love these! Great idea Claire!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline! They were so simple and easy (the best part!) 🙂

      Reply
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    Eldon Howe | September 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Claire,
    We have all the confidence in the world that you have the talent to succeed. Good luck! Love, Eldon and Dona

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Eldon, that means so much! Thanks to you and Dona for inspiring me at a young age with all your artistic talents. Love you both!

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    babette | September 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Clever idea! And very exciting news to have you going out on your own!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      thank you so much Babette! xo

      Reply
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    Sara Faulk | September 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful and a great reflection of your brilliance. Lovely and classy and chic!
    You will be sought after!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Such sweet words, Sara, thanks for the boost of confidence!

      Reply
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    korylee | September 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    These are too cool! Congrats on the new business!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you so SO much!! 🙂

      Reply
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    betty mccutcheon | September 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    The cards are great Claire. You are so talented. Good luck on your new adventure.

    Love,
    Grandma

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    • clairezinnecker | September 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Grandma!! Love you and miss you!

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  15. 15
    Christopher White | September 20, 2013 at 12:29 am

    This is such great news. I’m very proud of you. The cards also look great.

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much Uncle Chris, love you!

      Reply
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    Claudia Henderson | September 20, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Claire, What a brave and talented woman you are. I am so happy for you. How exciting. I am sure you will do great. You are very gifted.

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much Claudia for your kind words! 🙂

      Reply
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    Gail Roessler | September 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Your cards are like a little present. Congratulations!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Gail! I’m glad you like them!

      Reply
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    Sharen | September 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Claire! Congrats! What a wonderful gift you have been blessed with …and now sharing with the world. Love!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you Sharen, I’m so grateful for the warm responses from everyone!

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    Natalie Paramore | September 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Love all of this Claire! Such talent!

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Yay! Thank you Natalie that means a lot!

      Reply
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    lisarafferty@circlecanimalhospital.com | September 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

    You, my dear, are a rock star! Everything you create has a bit or a lot of you in it…. Unique, beautiful and interesting. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. Very, very proud of you!
    xoxo, lisa

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you Lisa! I’m so glad people are responding so warmly!

      Reply
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    Patti | September 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Claire, You are so talented! Even your new business cards are demonstrations of your creativity! Best wishes on your new adventure!! – Patti

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Patti, thank you so much! I’m so blessed to be surrounded by so many supportive friends and family.

      Reply
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    Shauna Smith Congelliere | September 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Love it! You can find all of the supplies you need through my SOHO business as well… save on running around town or on shopping from multiple suppliers. Personalized stamps, heat tool, emboss ink, emboss powder… yes’m! http://www.StampinglyYours.stampinup.net

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    • clairezinnecker | September 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Shauna!

      Reply
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    Genevieve C. Hoelscher | September 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Claire – So proud of you! Congratulations on your new business venture. Very brave, but
    no doubt, you will “wow” all of us. You know I am a huge fan of yours. Love the embossed
    photo cards. I, totally agree with the first person that commented, “the world needs more
    creative and handy designers like you” !!
    Genevieve

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    • clairezinnecker | September 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words Genevieve! It means so much to be surrounded by such supportive people.

      Reply
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    Lyuthar | September 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I quite impressed to see your business card design. That’s sound amazing !.

    Twitter: @lyutharjacob

    Thanks…

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    • clairezinnecker | September 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      You are so kind! Thanks so much!

      Reply
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    Rachel | October 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    My sister and I are starting a business and just loved this idea so we decided to use your diy as inspiration for our business cards. Did you have any trouble with the ink running since the cards are coated a bit? Thanks! Congrats on your business!

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    • clairezinnecker | October 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Glad you like them, Rachel!! I actually did have trouble with ink smearing when I used the clear pigment ink…when I used the gold pigment ink pad it worked perfectly! Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

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      • Rachel | October 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        Thanks so much for the info!

        Reply
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