by Pamela Vale.
You can make jewelry hang tags and earring cards from your business cards for a professional, economical, creative look. Here are two examples of tags printed “2 up” on business cards and cut apart:
When I started my jewelry business, homemade tags printed off of my computer were a great option. They were fast, custom and economical.
This method also gave me time to decipher what my tag needs were, and which shapes and sizes would work best with my displays and jewelry pieces.
As my business evolved, I found that I wanted something a little more professional that would take less of my time – leaving more time to make jewelry!
I began to research custom tag companies on the Internet, but being a small business, I found most minimum purchases and prices too high.
Plus, I don’t know about you, but when I was starting out, it seemed like every time I actually put something “in print” it changed! Phone number, web address, mailing address, favorite display photo, etc.
I was determined to find a flexible, affordable option.
I had been ordering my business cards from an online printing company for years, and was very happy with the value and quality of their products.
So I started cutting up my business cards and trying out different ways to hang and attach them to my jewelry….
BINGO! Problem solved.
Why Professionally Printed Business Cards
Make Great Jewelry Hang Tags
- Extremely economical: so if information changed it was no problem re-ordering.
- Professional appearance: heavier cardstock than I could fit through my computer and really clear, sharp full color printing.
- Smart: eliminated wear and tear on my printer (not to mention the cost savings on color printer cartridges).
- Easy, time saving: I could design my cards, in the privacy of my home, on my time, in my pajamas, while my son was asleep!
- Good marketing: I could create a “look” for my printed material so that items coordinated.
- Gave me lots of options: I could choose from hundreds – maybe thousands of their stock backgrounds and graphic designs – making it really simple when I didn’t want to think.
- Cut down on “back stock”: the business cards came in small boxes and quantities of 250.
Designing My Jewelry Hang Tags
I began designing my tags right on the online printing company’s website.
It was very user friendly and the best part was that I could upload full color photos! (And at the time, I didn’t even know what “uploading” was.)
How I Used Business Cards
for My Jewelry Hang Tags
I would print my information multiple times on the card, and then cut them apart while watching TV or during a slow point at a show – (see below).
Necklace, Bracelet, and Earring Hang Tags:
For necklace, bracelet, and earring hang tags, I printed my material “4-up” on a horizontal card – cutting length-wise and width-wise to create 4 small rectangle tags from each full business card.
I would attach the cards to my jewelry using DMC embroidery floss (used for needlepoint), ribbon, or plastic “lock-ties” (from Staples Office Supply Store).
Necklace Hang Tags:
For necklace hang tags, I printed my material “2-up” on a horizontal card – cutting it length-wise, for two long, skinny tags from each card.
Again, I would attach the cards to my jewelry using DMC embroidery floss (used for needlepoint), ribbon, or plastic “lock-ties” (from Staples Office Supply Store).
Small Hanging Earring Cards:
For smaller earring cards, I printed my material “2-up” on a horizontal card – cutting it up and down to create two square tags that I could attach a self adhesive, plastic hanger to the back of.
I would use a straight pin to poke two tiny holes for the ear wires to fit through.
Larger Hanging Earring Cards:
For larger earring cards I printed my material “1-up” on a vertical card, and attached a self-adhesive, plastic hanger (available at Rings and Things) to the back of it.
Again, I would use a straight pin to poke two tiny holes for the ear wires to fit through.
These fit perfectly in 3″ x 4″ baggies for storage and display.
Jewelry Gift Cards:
I created a gift enclosure or jewelry gift tag with my information on it, to coordinate with my holiday gift wrap.
I kept the design neutral so these cards could be used all year.
Folded Jewelry Tags:
In a pinch, I have printed a vertical business card, keeping the printed information to the lower half of the card, so that I could fold it in half and use it to hang it on my wire displays.
Make Jewelry Hang Tags from
Your Business Cards
I use an online printing company for all of my printed and marketing material – business cards, hang tags, gift enclosures, earring cards, post cards, brochures, address labels… etc.
Have fun making jewelry hang tags from business cards, and good luck!
Author Pamela Vale of Creative Potential creates handmade jewelry and accessories, with vintage and new materials. Her website is home of The Family Jewels – custom, handmade, personalized “future heirlooms” sculpted in silver, embellished with vintage and semi-precious birthstones.