Cheap Lamination!

by Char Jorgensen.
(Woodinville, WA)

Since I set up outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, it can get very damp which can cause my cards to curl. If they get wet, the color runs.

That is not good for business so I ‘laminate’ my cards on both sides to keep them from curling.

I didn’t buy a fancy laminate machine. I use clear packing tape.

Here is how I do it:

Lay out 5-6 cards on a counter top leaving about 1/2 between them.

Pull out enough tape to cover (don’t cut the tape off, leave it on the roll).

Let the tape ‘bow’ down in the center and line it up to cover the center cards. I then work with my right hand and lay the right side down and smooth the tape over the cards. Then I use my right hand to smooth the left side down.

Cut the tape end – hang on to it or you will have a hard time finding it again!!!

Flip the cards and tape over and repeat the process.

Once this is done it is time to cut the excess tape away. Instead of ‘cutting’ like you would normally do with scissors, try leaning the scissors against the edge of the cards and sliding the sharp edge against the edge of the card. This will save your hands!

The advantages of this lamination method are that it is cheap and keeps the dreaded curling from happening.

You can also use a dry erase marker to mark your prices on your laminated cards, and then wipe them off and re-mark the price.

If you use a labeler to mark your price, you can easily slip a price off and replace it without damaging your cards.

Happy Wrapping!

Char Jorgensen
The Twisted Wire Studio


Cheap lamination
by: Marci

What a great idea! I live in a damp envrionment too and am constantly having to toss out business cards, earring cards, jewelry tags, ect. that have curled or turned into a mess from moisture. Thanks for this!

Laminating is Essential!
by: Fire Blessed Art

Not too long ago I also started laminating my cards and tags. It’s amazing how much better they look and I don’t have to worry about remaking the cards. I don’t laminate my business cards, but I do laminate anything that will sit out – price tags, informational notes, etc. I also live right on the ocean (Northern California coast) and since I started laminating, everything looks and lasts so much better – no more curling, for sure! The other great thing is that you can use double sided tape to position your cards and tags, and it doesn’t damage them. I bought a cheap laminator from Staples and it works just fine. I like the idea of the packing tape when I only have a small item, but even then I usually just use the small business card laminating sheets.

Easy cutting method
by: Anonymous

I am just getting started and like the idea of laminating my business cards for certain occasions. I would suggest using a rotary cutter like quilters use for cutting the tape around the cards after laminating. It is very easy to keep a straight edge this way.

Great Lamination Ideas!
by: Rena

What great ideas here – from the quick and inexpensive tape lamination, to the rotary cutter for nice tidy cuts!

Very useful idea!
by: Sally Vonada

Right after I read this tip, I was making cookies from an old family recipe that my mother had handwritten on an index card. The handwriting is fading, and there are some cookie-making spots on it, but I felt I needed to preserve the recipe as a small remembrance of my mother.

Out came the packing tape and it is now “laminated.” Thank you!

Cheap lamination
by: Anonymous

I haven’t tried the rotary cutter but I do know that my scissors get sticky and are easy to clean. Not sure if the rotary cutter would get sticky too! I will clarify that I use business cards to put my products onto – not my regular business cards. I have earring cards that are made from business cards that I cut in half – a suggestion I got from this site! Once they are ‘laminated’ then I cut and punch holes in them for earrings. I tried the small laminator at the craft shop and ended up with a lot of waste and messy cards. The packing tape is the cheapest method I have found! Glad to see there are other uses besides this one!
Also, keep a copy of your medicines laminated and in your wallet for emergencies!

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  1. I love it !!! I do a lot of show out here also and I will remember that.

  2. A great idea! However, I wouldn’t laminate the back of the business card because I often want to make a notation or say thank you when I put the card with a purchase. Customers may want to write something on it also. Most pens won’t write over the tape. Thanks for the tip.

  3. What a great idea…I had to laugh, as you really hit a chord with me! We’ve all been there with rain, damp, etc! I print my own earring cards and also my tags for the other pieces. I use colors, and one show, some items were knocked over onto the damp ground…need I say more? They looked like a 2 year old did the design on them, and I was very embarrassed for the rest of the show.

    I use folded tags, so I can put the name of the piece, and list the components, stones, etc. This saves time having to explain to people over and over again what’s in the piece. So..I’m pretty sure your way would be best to use on those, as my laminator would make them too stiff to fold. Thanks for the tip! When I see suggestions that make this much sense, I wonder why I never think of them myself! haha…


  4. Robin Showstack says:

    I am so going to try this. Hopefully I won’t have anymore yucky looking cards!

  5. Wow, what a simple yet absolutely brilliant idea! I will definitely do this for my tags and my earring cards, for sure! Thank you! 🙂

  6. Chris King says:

    Why not just have your cards done professionally so that you don’t have to do this? Business cards are fairly inexpensive, but even if you opted to have a graphic designer design one for you and you spent a hundred bucks or a bit more, you’d have 1,000 cards that were double-sided, easy-to-read and probably the nicest out of all the vendors participating. You would have no problems with edges or color bleeding from someone with moist fingers either. It is sad if someone wants to get in touch with you later only to find that your phone no. or name has bled into oblivion. And it really is not professional. For tags? Yes, packing tape would work but if the tags are relatively small, regular Scotch Magic tape will work nicely. If you have an X-acto knife, just trim out. I’d have to see exactly what you’re doing to see if there is a nicer or easier way. For my shows, I did my tags in color and set them 10-up on a file and had Staples run a few sheets on card stock on their laser printer. Then I trimmed them out, punched little holes with a large embroidery needle and strung them. Laser printing will not run. If you want to look good, you’ve got to pay a little bit. First impressions go a long way.

  7. Chris King says:

    As far as not wanting to laminate the back of a card . . . biz cards can have a semi-gloss or high gloss coating on the front and be uncoated on the back so that a ballpoint pen or marker can be used for notes. When I design cards, I usually put about 4 very thin light grey lines so that writing stays neater.

    I also agree about fold-over cards with info about care of jewelry and the types of beads/crystals/materials used.

  8. In response to Chris King, instead of using an embroidery needle to make an uneven hole, you can buy a single paper punch that makes smaller holes than regular (monster holes). I have had mine for years and it is invaluable. I think that I bought it at Staples, or at least they can order one for you. I like your idea of having your cards professionally done, as it is not expensive. Once you have a template, you are well on your way…

  9. Till now I have done only indoor shows,
    but I will keep these ideas in mind,
    you never know what the future might bring.

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