With its templates and simple interface, Microsoft Word makes making business cards for your company a quick task. Word’s simplicity doesn’t always allow for certain tweaks and customization which you might be used to, including adding a watermark to the business cards. While you can add watermarks to full-page Word documents, it’s not possible to automatically do that to a full page of business cards. There’s a watermark workaround, though, which will help you easily mark your territory.
Using a graphic watermark is an optimal way to get some visual interest on your business card and separate it from the pile of little rectangles with little typefaces. Your watermark can be your company logo, a customer-favorite product or even a head shot of the employee whose card you are making. Additional text also can be an ideal way to get your company motto or slogan onto your business card while making sure it stands out apart from the other wording on the card.
The key with a graphic watermark is to ensure it remains visible while not overshadowing the text on the card. To do this, first add the graphic by clicking the “Insert” tab, then clicking the “Picture” button. Browse to and double-click the picture for the watermark. Once the image is on the card, click the new pink “Picture Tools” tab and ribbon. Click the “Position” button on the ribbon and choose “Square Text Wrapping,” which lets you move the watermark into any part of the business card. Click the “Recolor” menu on the ribbon and choose “Washout,” which takes the vibrancy out of the image but still lets it show through. Click the “Send Backward” button on the ribbon to place the picture behind the text on the card, giving it that watermark look. Once the image is complete, right-click it and select “Copy,” then click each business card on the template and select “Paste.”
Add a text box to the card by clicking the “Insert” tab, clicking the “Text Box” button on the ribbon, then choosing “Simple Text Box.” Word adds a text box to the template and a new orange “Text Box Tools” tab and ribbon open. Click inside the text box and type the text, such as “Confidential” or “Open 24 Hours.” Click the text box. On the ribbon, click the “Shape Fill” menu and choose “No Fill.” This takes the white background off the box so it doesn’t block text. Click the “Shape Outline” button and choose “No Outline,” which removes the black border. Drag the text to your preferred place on the business card. Highlight the text and click the “Home” tab. Change the text’s color to a light gray, red or your preferred watermark color. Once the text box watermark is complete, right-click it and select “Copy,” then click each business card on the template and select “Paste.”
If you don’t already have business cards, try one of Word’s included templates. Click the “File” tab, click “New,” then double-click the “Business Cards” button on the Available Templates screen. Double-click the “Print business cards” file folder icon and choose a template to work with. These templates do not have text watermarks, but are completely customizable to your organization’s requirements.
These instructions apply to Microsoft Word 2010. Earlier or later versions of the software may have variations.