If you have read my other business card instructables, you will know what this is all about - make a business card that is useful, or that people really don't want to throw away, and you have a successful piece of advertising. This is a variation on my previous flashlight card, but made to look a bit more flash, and to be easier to construct - no PCB needed for this one - just some self-adhesive copper tape. The finished design costs less than a dollar to make, and they are simple enough to make up a small batch of these in an hour or two.

Step 1: What you need

  • One CR2032 battery (I got them for about 16 cents on ebay when I bought 100)
  • Two blank PVC ID cards (Again, I got these for about 16 cents - find a specialised ID card printing store on the web near you - I used www.digitalid.co.uk)
  • One 3mm High-intensity white LED (Ebay again! I got 100 for about $16, so 16 cents each again!)
  • Some double-sided foam adhesive tape (I got mine from an office supply store for a couple of dollars - you just need tape that is thicker than the battery you are using - mine was 4.5mm thick)
  • Some self-adhesive copper tape (Ebay! Mine cost a few dollars for a long roll of 1 inch thick tape, and I cut it into thinner strips, but you could also buy the thinner version)

You will also need a soldering iron (plus solder), a cutting knife, some spray adhesive, and a way of printing the front of your card - you can use a colour laser or inkjet. I printed on paper and laminated it, but have had success before with printing in reverse on OHP transparency film which can look good as well.
<p>Never suspected it is possible to do by yourself! I used to order both business cards and flyers ( I use special templates <a href="https://styleflyers.com/product-category/premium-flyers/business" rel="nofollow">https://styleflyers.com/product-category/premium-flyers/business</a> ), gotta bookmark your post, thanks!! Hard not to agree with you, that business card is very important for self promoting. </p>
Wouldn't the copper tape hit the battery while in a pocket, causing it to stay on even when you don't want it to?
The foam is thicker than the battery so it doesn't work unless you've squeezed it. I see from your other comment that you've found the UV version which is a later (and simpler) version of the same basic design that doesn't need soldering so I would recommend it over this older instructable - you can of course still choose any colour LED you want.
cool i like am am going to make one for my dad bisness<br /> ( i am a bad speller haha) <br /> good job :)
nice, its getting rarer and rarer to find creative people in today's culture. but your definatly one of them! (i know i cant spell definatly right :) )<br />
nice business cards there dude. keep up the good work!
ill second that
&lt;------ look!! new icon!<br/>
uhm.. thanks? O_o
Decided to spruse up works giftcards... So much better... (Don't worry, just mucking around. Not showing them either. Just for personal fun.)
Cool ... nice work!
i read that they have like credit cards and stuff that can do all sorts of things now --- wireless payment, fingerprint reader......................
I'd just like to say that I really enjoy your business card Instructables. They are creative and unique. Thanks for the ideas.
I have started a parts box not too long ago and I found a CR2032 battery in it O_O I have two of them cause in the picture when I seen the back of it i am just like Hey.... I think I have a battery like that!
Current limit resistor needed? The card goes in the bin if the LED burns out.
This design is self-limiting - with the voltage drop of the LED comparable to the cell voltage, as the current drawn increases, so does the voltage drop of the LED, limiting the current to around 10-15mA tops (LEDs are generally rated for around 20mA). You would need a resistor If you replaced it with just about any other colour (maybe with the exception of blue, which has a high drop as well). The disadvantage is that the light is not very bright, but it won't burn out. If you want a bright version, add a second cell in series, and stick in a resistor.
Smart idea. Dont count on that card being thrown in the other pile of business cards.
Very Cool! Great Instructable!
you spelled "forensics" wrong.
Looks OK to me........................... (Isn't Photoshop useful!.... :)
~~ forensics was spelled "forenics". he went back and changed the picture. I mean, nothing was ever wrong.
This what I was waiting for after your Dot matrix I'ble. I knew how to make these yet wanted to see your though. Nice job!! I will be making up a batch of atleast 100 very soon. Thanks for the inspiration!
looks very cheap(to make)!
That's awesome! Also would be great to keep in your pocket as a mini flashlight.
That, I believe, is the point. Cardboard business cards end up in the bin and forgotten, but useful business cards stay close at hand, constantly reminding the user about your business.

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