STACK 'EM UP CARD HOLDER


Getting promoted, switching jobs or moving to a new office? All are exciting changes that leave you with a sense of excitement, achievement...and probably a sizable supply of old business cards.

Here's a quick and easy project using your old business cards to prop up your new ones.

Kind of poetic isn't it?

MATERIALS:

1. Old business cards, about a 1 inch stack

2. Box cutter

3. Mod Podge (found in most craft supplies shops)

4. Brush

5. Pen (not pictured, oops)

6. Markers for decoration (optional, also not pictured, double oops)

Step 1. Take your stack of business cards and carefully line them up to form the block base for your card holder. Generously apply Mod Podge with your brush around all sides, except for the top, to seal them. Leave the top surface clear for now since we still need to cut a ridge into the base.

If you're not familiar with Mod Podge, let me be the first to tell you that it is the best (clap) thing (clap) ever (clap)! This magical multi-purpose goop can serve as a glue, a sealant and finisher, depending on the type of project you're working on. It's easy to apply and dries quickly so you you will only need to set your base aside to dry for about 15 minutes.

Use your fingertips to test the base after 15 minutes of drying. If it feels a little tacky or sticky, let it dry for a few more minutes, otherwise, start your marking in Step 2.

Step 2. Because we need the slot in the cardholder to be a little longer than the card itself, we'll place it across the center of the block diagonally. Using a ruler or any straight edge surface, draw a straight line to divide the block in half, into two triangles. The center of the slot will sit along the hypotenuse of the two triangles. Extend the slot on either side so that you get a long rectangle with a width that measures a quarter of an inch wide in total as shown above.

Step 3. Carefully begin cutting out the card slot by tracing the edges of your outline using your box cutter and straight edge. Be patient and try to cut through 1-2 layers at a time until you get to a depth of about 1/4 inch. This will help to keep each cut clean and avoid rips and tears at the corners upon removal of each layer. This step alone took me about 15 minutes to do so it's a bit of a process but hang in there, its worth it!

Step 4. After cutting to a depth of 1/4 inch, I used a black marker to color in the slot to give the card holder a more modern look. It also helps to hide any rips and tears for a cleaner looking finish. I also did a simple polka dot design shown in the next photo but feel free to design and customize this any way you like!

Step 5. Allow the marker to dry, then seal the top and sides of the card holder with Mod Podge. (Make sure to also seal the inside of the slot as well.) Set aside to dry for at least 15 minutes before flipping over to seal the bottom as well.

And tada! Enjoy!

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