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Stand out with the Hot Shot Calling Cards. Cerulean dye and premium card stock make for an eye catching introduction. Perfect for networking or flirting the ol’ fashioned way.
Paper towel or scrap paper
Marine blue food dye
15 minutes + drying time
Gather your tools and materials. This project could get messy so protect your tabletop with scrap paper or newspaper.
First you need to open the dye. Place it on the counter and hold the bottom with one hand while using the other hand to lift up the top gently. If you aren’t careful this could go EVERYWHERE … and trust us you don’t want that to happen (speaking from experience here with a whole team of blue hands).
You can simply dip these cards into the dye (shown below) or use a saturated drop for some texture. If you’d like to make splatters, complete this step first before adding all of the dye to water. Take a toothpick or small spoon and tap a little dye over the cards.
Now add the dye to an empty bowl. The bowl should be wide enough to fit the cards at horizontal orientation. The bowl should also have tall sides. If the bowl is too big, you will run the risk of diluting the dye and the color will be lighter. Pour in the water until you like the color and the water depth is at least 1–1/2″.
Dip the cards in, one at a time. Try straight or at an angle.
Dip it in and then pull it out fairly fast. The dye works fast so there is no reason to let it sit for long.
Once you’ve dipped each card, set it on a piece of paper or paper towel to dry. It will take up to four hours for the cards to fully dry.
If the completely dried cards are wavy, place them in a heavy book for several hours to flatten out.
Janet Crowther is the voice and creative force behind For the Makers, an online destination for DIY supplies and tutorials. She has an undying passion for handmade goods and the art of purposeful design. Her first book, Make a Statement, is on sale now, and she is currently writing her second DIY book, due out in spring 2017. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Collin, and their daughter, Davie. Follow along on Instagram at @forthemakers.