5000 Free Business Cards from UPrinting

UPrintingUPrinting, one of the leaders of online printing, is giving five Vectips readers 1000 business cards! It is easy to participate and the business cards are great for all you designers, developers, and illustrators. Moreover, you can customize your cards with various sizes and paper stocks. Head on over to UPrinting Business Cards Printing to find out more about their business card printing services.

How You Win

All you have to do is leave a comment on why you need the cards. I’ll select the five most creative and compelling ideas, and it doesn’t hurt to link to pics of your business card design!

The contest will run until the end of Thursday October 16, 2008 and I will announce the winners on Friday October 17, 2008.

What You Will Get

If you win, you can choose any of UPrinting’s Business Cards stocks, including the eco-friendly cover stock (13 pt. Cover Uncoated – Recycled) or the the 14 pt. family in Matte, AQ, or UV at any custom size they offer such as square cards, odd sizes like 3×3, 2×2.


For over 25 years, U-Printing has been a trusted leader in online printing, featuring its signature easy-to-use website and the famous Free Project Review, a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment. U-Printing offers convenient marketing support services such as design, lists, and direct mailing to help grow small and medium-size businesses nationwide.

UPrinting offers printing for:

  • Business cards
  • Brochures
  • Postcards
  • Catalogs
  • Label & stickers
  • Posters & more..

Illustrator’s Business Card Script

While researching scripts for my 10 Free and Extremely Useful Illustrator Scripts, I came across a handy default Illustrator script. With this script you can easily create a set of business cards with different names and contact info from a template card! The script pulls names and info from a text file and then exports pdfs of the created cards.

Just go to the folder Illustrator CS3 > Scripting > Sample Scripts > Apple Scripts (I think Windows users will see a Visual Basics folder) > Datasets. Once in the folder, click on the CreateBusinessCards script and follow the instructions. If you look in the BusinessCardData folder, you can see where you can adjust the ai file and text file to customize your own cards. You can also edit the script file to adjust it to your needs. I don’t have that much experience with Apple Scipt or Visual Basics so I can’t give any tips or suggestions here. Below is a quick example I put together for two cards.

Businness Card Samples

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63 thoughts on “5000 Free Business Cards from UPrinting

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  5. The reason I’d like to win the 1,000 cards is that I’m a Industrial and Graphic designer still in college, trying to get a job. And I have to stop saying things like “I have to start on my business card” or “I have to do my website and update my portfolio..” and blá blá blá… so, instead of telling myself and everyone else around me these things, I have to actually DO THEM. So that’s my reason, I’m stopping the procrastination and actually DOING something about it by leaving this comment in hopes of winning!
    And I was reading the comments and if I win I’d gladly pay for the shipping costs! (I’m from Brasil btw! 😀 )
    So, here’s hoping for the best!

  6. I need buisness cards because they work great as scraping the ink of of screens after you print a design, also if they are printed on thick cardstock they can work great for off contact, as well as registration tabs for printing flatstock, it also doesn’t hurt to promote the buisness!

  7. Hi Rype!

    I need the cards cos I could not think of any other good reasons than to sincerely request a set of cards.

    I sincerely request for a set of cards.

    Thanks for your offering.

    Vector Rocks!


  8. I’d love to win a thousand free business cards (to be sponsored by a top-class printing leader) because this will help in our grassroots level of marketing for the freelance design studio that my brother and I started for the local small and medium-sized businesses, religious ministries, and student organizations in our quaint little town in the Philippines.

    Actually, I wanna win this so I could also say, “Our business cards were printed abroad! If you think the one we’ve handed over to you has ‘superb quality’, you bet our work has that, too.”

  9. With a 1000 new business cards i plan on initiating a new marketing strategy to grow my freelance workload involving learning the deadly art of card throwing. Instead of racing across the street to hand someone a card with a flick of the wrist I’ll throw it and stick it their neck. My cards will be both visually effective and physically memorable. And with 1000 cards i figure by the time i get down to 5 or 6 hundred i’ll have my strategy locked down.

  10. 1000 business cards would be sooooo handy! In an age of electronic convenience and accessibility, there is still a great need in old fashioned paper products. Its professional, tactile, and instant… and so expensive these days. I’m a new designer, fresh out of school and tackling the dreaded student loans. But in all ways of business… it takes money to make money… and I need business cards to circulate to get the business in… which takes money. Soooo… please pick me!!!

  11. Opportunity has shown up at the door just as I was heading out. I’d love it if Opportunity and I could carpool to our freelance jobs together. I was about to order a batch of 250 cards, and Opportunity tells me that I can win 1000 just by commenting on one of my favorite sites. Now, how great is that?

    Wow, that Opportunity sure is a swell friend. Thanks for knocking, buddy. Keep in touch.


  12. The reason why ? i don’t know or just because i cant do it by my self and i’m a young worker with nothing(money,wife, house …) but why not with card ???

  13. I am just starting out as a freelance designer and have been finding it hard to spend money on basic marketing materials like business cards, letterhead and envelopes when the money needs to go towards the huge pile of bills. I am sure many can relate.

    The number one reason I would say I deserve these cards is because I plan on using them. I don’t want these cards to sit on my desk but I hope to use them as a marketing tool with letters to prospective clients. I also see myself needing to build a relationship with a printer like UPrinting to offer competitive pricing to my future clients gained from the cards.

  14. Here’s my story…
    I’m a newspaper advertising designer. I’ve been worked at this job for 10 years and have never had a business card. You see we’re the dept. that creates business cards for every other department. Yet, I do not have my own business card. I would really LOVE to win this because 1,000 business cards would probably be enough to get me through retirement. 🙂 (that’s another 25+ years from now)

  15. I need them because [some great tragedy that happened to me goes here] and [something about how I have no money because the US economy is crashing goes here] also [a really good reason why I deserve them over other people and a reference back to A) my great tragedy and B) how I have no money] and [finally how I would like thank you for this great opportunity].

    There you go a standardized form that everyone can use and will use. And the reason I would be worthy of the cards is because I am a creative student/freelancer and no will hire me because of (A) so I am (B). And finally (D).

  16. In the words of Senator Obama, it’s time for change. It isn’t about the past; it’s about the future, and I am forging a new future in freelance design.

  17. I would really love to win the business cards. I recently got a whole bunch printed, nice paper and all and I couldn’t be happier. Little did I know that the guys that I rent a working space with was splitting there business up and decided to move away from the office.

    I found a new place but it doesn’t look that professional to have the wrong adress on the card. So a little advice to all thinking about going freelance, don’t include your adress unless your planning to work from your home and plan to stay there.

  18. I really want to be able to take on more freelance work and promote eco-friendly design/printing. Instead of using them as business cards, I would use these cards and make a mini promo for myself, making sure to showcase my talents without crowding the card or “over doing it”. I might even take it a step further, and carefully create die-cuts for each card as well (but that is totally hypothetical).

    That way I can be armed with two ways to introduce myself to prospected clients, a business card (already taken care of)… and a fancy eco-friendly promo card.

  19. Dang! I would love this opportunity! I’m trying to start freelancing on the side of my youth ministry job, to help pay the bills. This would be a huge help getting me off the ground and out into the freelance market! Thanks for the chance!

  20. How I love vectortips
    Cos of me, you get many hits

    I read your blog religiously
    Learning illustrator earnestly

    Your style blows me away
    Now there’s 5000 cards to giveaway

    I am eager to quit my company
    But what will I do for money?

    I would love to do freelance
    Please give me this very chance

    Uprinting would bring me hope
    Distributing cards around the globe

    It would be so so nice
    If you would let me win this prize!!!

  21. I need new business cards because I want a second chance at designing mine but can’t afford to get them printed.

    I originally designed mine with my contact info inside a word search, but circled so you wouldn’t have to find it. (See http://www.thegriddle.net/random/business_card.png) The idea fit with my career choice – making puzzles – but most people were confused when looking for my contact information. I’m thinking either putting the contact info outside of the puzzle, or ditching the word search altogether in favor of a sudoku on the back of the card.

    Second, I finally created a logo for my web site/business and would like to have it on my card when I give it out. I hate that my logo isn’t on my old cards because I think it would have vastly improved the design.

    Furthermore, at my day job my boss of a year and a half retired in late July and asked me to create a retirement business card for her to give out to friends, and it looked way nicer than the cards I made for myself – partially because my vector graphic skills improved a lot since I started using Inkscape.

    I would really like a chance to make myself a new card and have a bunch printed. If I get the opportunity, I will try to make the vector graphics community proud.

  22. Lehman Brothers! Boy was I a fool.

    Now trying to put my hobby of illustration and web design to a new purpose where the buck stops at me, no one else.

    Free anything at this point would be a nice bonus.
    Thanks for the great tips and tuts Vectips

  23. Alexis,

    Let me check on that. I think the giveaway includes free shipping to USA & Canada. For other countries, shipping must be paid by the winner.

  24. I’ve always dreamed of having a super swish business card. I’m going freelance and quitting my thankless job, but I’m on a serious budget. Nothing would give me more pride and confidence in what I do than presenting my new swanky card to my former employer/old college friends/people who doubted me etc… I want to be professional and be a great designer, the added confidence would help me on my way! just like Vectips does!…. actually it seems theres quite few people in the same situation who deserve it more than me. give it to the ramen and infested dog food girl! getting laid off may well be the best thing that ever happend to you. good luck.

  25. Hmmmm, it’s not the most creative reason, but after being laid off, I need more cards to get my freelancing name out there. And I’m poor now. Eating Ramen noodles and hoping not to have to buy my dog melamine infested dog food from China.

  26. Hmmmm, it’s not the most creative reason, but after being laid off, I need more cards to get my freelancing name out there. And I’m poor now. Eating ramen and hoping not to have to buy my dog melamine infested dog food from China.

  27. College…$70,000
    MacBook Pro… $3,000.00
    Creative Suite… $1,800.00
    Getting my first freelance client with vectips/U-Printing’s free business cards…Priceless.

  28. I’d love 1000 free cards. heck, i’d love 10 free cards. why? because the price of gas in GA is killin’ me. and while you’re at it, can you look into getting me a free scooter too? i know i’d look like a dork, but man would it save me money at the pumps. thanks!

  29. hum….I want this cause I’m starting my emprise and infortunately i don’t have a lot of money to produce my cards.
    Other day I have to give my phone number to a client, and how i don’t have a paper, i write it in a tissue paper….


    I don’t know why, but that client don’t call me more.

  30. Well, all I can say is, I am piss poor, always a day late and a dollar short is the way I get to rob Peter to pay Paul!

    SO, not for nuthin’, but it would be wicked awesome if I could get some cards!

  31. well, i’m just starting out in design. i think having a nice set of business cards would do wonders towards making me feel like a professional and that feeling would hopefully result in getting more work. thanks, i really enjoy all of the great tips here.

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