DIY Gold Edge Business Cards

Learn to make your own edge painted business cards with this simple tutorial.

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

New branding means new business cards so I ordered up a batch of luxe Moo cards and added a little DIY spin on them. I spray painted the edges gold and added a little gold metal heart to the back. I wanted them to hint at my crafty skills and attention to detail while still being clean and professional. I just finished gluing the hearts on all of them and I’m so happy with the results! I used a slightly different method for painting the edges and it worked so much better than my first go around. Thanks to the talented Jordan Smith who came up with the idea of using rubber bands while we were nomming away at sushi the other day.

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards | Sarah Hearts

DIY Gold Edge Business Cards


Gold spray paint
Rubber bands


Metallic gold hearts
Super glue

  1. Start with super thick business cards. This is integral! If they are too thin you won’t notice the edge painting. Divide the cards into neat stacks of about 50 cards. Place a couple rubber bands around them and then realign the edges so they are square as possible.
  2. Spray two , even coats on the edges that are not covered by the rubber bands. Allow them to dry. I’m impatient so I only waited about 10 minutes. If you’re more patient than me it’s probably better to wait around 20 minutes.
  3. Rotate the rubber bands 90 degrees and spray another 2 coats on the other 2 sides. Allow them to dry completely then bring your cards indoors and carefully separate them and place them on a table, not overlapping. I covered my desk with paper to protect the surface because the gold paint will rub off a tiny bit at first. Allow them to dry overnight to make sure the paint cures a bit and you’re done!


  1. I love the new design! Your husband did a great job developing. It seems like having developer husbands always works out. :P I can’t wait until my new branding is complete. I absolutely adore this DIY. It’s super cost-effective. What’s paper weight did you use for your business cards? Business cards for me are more than overdue!

  2. I love the new site. I need one of those coding husbands though. That could come in handy. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of those new business cards.

  3. I love the Moo biz cards. I’ve been wanting to get some of their luxe double thick cards. Spray painting the edges a metallic color is a stroke of brilliance.

  4. Hi, Sarah I’m just in the process of trying this out and I was wondering whether you had to do something to stop the paint form coming off afterwards? Or is there a particular spray paint that you used that doesn’t come off? :)

    1. I have only tried this with Valspar gold spray paint and have found that they do rub off a bit. A lot of people recommend Montana spray paints so I would give those a try. You could also try spraying the edges (when they are all stacked up) with a clear, acrylic varnish. You can find these at most art supply stores.

  5. Hi, I love your cards and I wanted to do something similar with mine. I was just concerned about them sticking together after they were spray painted but while they were drying.. Did you have any problems with them sticking together or do you have any suggestions how I could prevent that? Thanks!

    1. They did stick some but I found that by separating them as soon as the were dry to the touch was helpful. Definitely don’t let them dry completely before unstacking and separating them. I covered the table with paper then placed them on top so they weren’t overlapping and let them dry completely.

  6. Thank you so much for this! I have been looking for a website that does them but it’s pricey. I was thinking of this but didn’t want to distroy a new batch of business cards. I love the look so much

    1. Hmm, I found this happens when the edges of the cards aren’t aligned perfectly square or when they aren’t held down tight enough. I hope this helps!

  7. I love the way you did this. My favorite custom playing card company makes me decks that are both glossy and have gold gilt edges and the card stock is only like 330gsm. The cards look amazing. I attempted to gilt a deck of Game of Thrones playing cards with a Krylon 18k gold leafing pen and succeeded almost but that almost is not a yes. So I did some googling. I love this approach and I’m going to use it on the 500x glossy metallic gold text and silver image with a black background cards. I’ll buy the gloves, spray paint, and rubber bands tomorrow :) I’m certain this will work. I was thinking about how when I order gold gilt decks there is gold dust sprinkled on some cards so I’m going to do this but I still don’t know how they gilt the edges of decks when you order professionally. I may just email them for my own edification. I order from but my mom is old school so she wanted 500 cards from …vistaprint T _ T I designed the cards myself and just uploaded my design and for her going with double metallics and sans serif font was a big step. She wanted glossy, not matte. So I looked at my custom deck site and yep they gold gilt glossy cards too so that’s just how I got here I love your project and how it turned out :)

  8. Absolutely enamored with these DIY gold-edge business cards! The touch of elegance they bring to personal branding is unmatched. The tutorial is concise, making the process seem both achievable and rewarding. A must-try for anyone looking to make a lasting impression. Thanks for sharing this golden nugget of creativity!

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