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Making Magical Business Cards: Luggage Tag Edition

By BeFunky | Inspiration

If an object in motion really does tend to stay in motion, then boy oh boy are we on a roll here at BeFunky HQ. We’ve had a busy week, what with releasing our save project feature, new snap lines and oh, yeah, that little thing our we like to call our dazzling new Auto Enhance tool.


Since we’re on such a roll, we thought we’d take this time to make everyone’s lives a little bit more delightful, so we decided to give y’all a little something something: a brand spankin’ new Small Business section in our Designer Toolset, complete with headers for business cards and letterheads (swoon).

To kick things off, I’m going to show you how you can use these templates to knock one out of the park and make yourself an obscenely stylish business card. Start out by loading up the Designer and heading to Templates to find the Small Business section, then dance on over and select a template from the Business Cards section:


Now, from here you have two options. You can make a gorgeous business card in just about a minute by simply selecting a background photo (I’m a huge fan of Pixabay, personally) and just swapping out the default background on the template, clearing away graphics and vector elements as necessary like I’ve done here (using Business Card #2):


(hint: if you choose a background like this—space/nighttime skies, etc—it looks freaking majestic when you put it into the Cartoonizer or apply Artsy effects to it)

Gouache 3, for instance, looks like this:


Meanwhile, Pointillism 2 is looking particularly lovely this evening:



You can get epic.

As a travel blogger, I really love the idea of having a luggage tag for a business card, so I set out to make it happen. I started off with finding this nifty stock photo of a luggage tag from Pixabay and then used the Image Manager to get this tag onto the newly cleared template.

It’s awesome, but it needs a little work, especially as far as that writing goes. To get rid of the text, I just created a few solid rectangles using the Design Elements section, used the eyedropper tool to match the color and selected lighten for the blend mode to yield…


Whee—a blank tag for us to use!

The next steps were pretty straightforward. I wanted to get that tag looking vintage and worn, so I opened it up in the Photo Editor to add on some texture, using Paper 7, Fabric 3 and Scratches 2, respectively, then finished it off by upping the contrast by 19.


Our new and improved luggage tag. Isn’t it stunning?!

From there I wanted to really bring the luggage tag aspect on home, so I headed over to Design Elements and threw a couple of lines in there:


The next step is really as easy peasy as popping over to Text and adding some text in. I decided to go with Kingthings to stick with the old world feel. I also became humongously indecisive at this point (you can always toggle between your projects using the History panel on the right), so I also came up with another version of the card with less lines.

The best part about all of this is I could make as many versions as I wanted and compare them with one another thanks to the ever so fantastic save project feature—which I definitely did. Here are my two favorites:


And finally, to get these bad boys mobile you can either upload your design to a slew of sites out there that print your cards for a nominal price, or you can go out, buy some cardstock, and get to snippin’.

(This type of design, though, would look freaking excellent with the hole punched out and a bit of rope inside to make it look all the more realistic.)

You could also just use it to design your own luggage tags if you’re super fancy and just laminate them to maintain all that gloriousness; either way, whatever you choose, you’re bound to have yourself a wicked good time in the Designer’s new Small Business section. Check it out and get in on the action right here:

Show Them You Mean Business.

Photo Editing. Simplified