DIY: 35mm Film Slide Business Cards


Want to make some business cards for your photography business that stand out from among traditional cards? Try making some in the style of 35mm film slides. Last week we shared photographer Lars Swanson’s beautiful slide cards, and this week we have a step-by-step look at how you can make something similar.

The cards featured in this post were created by Slovenia-based freelance photographer Jernej Lasič, who decided last year that he wanted to create a set of DIY business cards that would be simple, inexpensive, and different.

Luckily for Lasič, he had a whole bunch of old 35mm slides sitting around from the days in which schools would use slide projectors to teach students. After pulling them out from his closet and dusting them off, Lasič decided he would repurpose the slides for his business.

The first step was having his contact information printed in the right size on semi-transparent film. He found some suitable sheets and printed onto them using a laser printer:


He then cut them out into squares that are the size and shape of 35mm slide film squares:


The next step was to simply replace the old 35mm film squares in the slides with his new contact info squares:



You’ll need to peel apart the old slides to get to the original film squares, and you can use some superglue to put the slides back together. The glue and the semi-transparent sheets are the main costs in this project, so you should be able to do everything for around $10-$20.

The resulting business cards can be viewed in ordinary light, when held up to the sky, and when placed in front of light:



You can also store them in old 35mm film slide cases, or stick them into your projector if you’d like (use fully transparent sheets if you’d like for them to project well, of course):


Image credits: Photographs by Jernej Lasič and used with permission

  • Vlad Dusil

    Call me snobby, but if I went this route, I’d shoot my info on film and have it developed into real slides! I know this is cheaper, love the idea either way.

  • Anthony Burokas

    Paper slides would be way classier than plastic frames. And you only get that with developed slide film.

  • KewlDewd

    This would look a LOT better if he did white text/graphics on black background since real film is dark. White paper in a white slide frame doesn’t look right.

  • KewlDewd

    That would be cool, but it would be hard to read unless you hold it up to the light.

  • jesusstarck

    Really amazing information sharing with us. I think this is a great idea to make a new business card and I have to say that this information will help to make a new business cards at their home.

  • ersanbeskardes

    would anyone know where to get semi transparent paper like this?

  • Mr Hogwallop

    Ok, you hand me this “card” where do I put it? How do I keep or file it? Kind of an art skool project.