I researched the Etsy forums and on Google and came up with this easy and pretty solution! Here is a tutorial. I hope it will help you too!
Items needed for your earring cards:
A. Perforated business card sheets (As an alternate, you could use card stock and cut it yourself on a paper cutter)
B. Color printer (or you can hand color with markers. Just remember your time element for preparation if you do a lot of earrings)
C. Push pin, nail, or other tool for poking a hole.
D. Thick cardboard to use as a protector when you poke the holes.
How to produce your earring cards:
1. Buy perforated business cards on sheets from your office supply store.
I had mine on hand (as a graphic designer, I have TONS of papers of all kinds from over the years and am glad to use some!).
2. Set up your design in your software.
I did not use my graphic programs and used Word quite successfully.
In fact, Word has all the Avery templates for business cards, labels, etc... If you get another brand, usually the box will have the "Avery equivalent" number so you can select the right template in Word.
Here is a Microsoft tutorial on making a business card in Word. It may help a few of you. If you use a MAC - sorry - can't help!
You can select your software based upon the complexity of your design. You may want to use a graphic program for more control over your design if you need.
3. Figure out a design that is simple.
Remember that your earrings are the focus when they are displayed on the card.
I chose to write my web site URL down the middle and used the same font that is my identify on my banner, web site, and blog. You may want to use a graphic of your own identity or some simple text.
4. Decide what color or colors you want to include.
For my design, I selected five colors that are in my banner and identity graphics, as well as my business cards. Each earring card is a different color so it is not busy and I select the color that will compliment the earring colors.
6. Select the earrings for your first card and select your card for those earrings (if the designs or colors are different like mine).
7. Place the card on the thick cardboard piece. This will be a protector for punching holes.
8. Take your tool (I use a pushpin, but you can use a nail or even a very small punch from the craft store) and punch tiny holes, locating them logically in relation to your design on the card. You can eyeball them rather than measuring them. At least that has been successful for me.
MyFriendsandMeDesign adds that a 1/16" round punch from McGill Punchline works well if you like a little larger hole than a push pin tip. She says, "It has a 2" reach, which is awesome! Now we just need to figure out a way to handle lever-back earrings!"
On the back flap of the earring cards, she writes what materials were used.
Price tag is always needed, of course and having both the price and materials noted makes craft fairs easier for artist and customers.
The extra touch of the artist's signature is special. (She has always appreciated signatures -- in books, on baskets, on artwork and even puts her initials on cross stitch!)
sohobeads says: "You can use a hole punch to make your holes in the card. I use one that punches stars. To put leverbacks just punch two holes, one under the other, leave some room between the holes and then slip your leverback earring through them."
ZestyB also offers, "Did you know you can purchase plastic hang tags to stick on the back??
9. Thread the earrings into the holes and there you have a beautiful way to display and package your earrings!
Your earrings are made with care and love. Why not display them as such!
Gemmafactrix has a great solution for earring cards: "I LOVE my moo cards. I'm currently using them as earring cards. They're a bit more expensive, but I work this into my overall item price. They're definitely worth it.!"
Here is a photo of how Gemmafactrix uses the moo cards for earring cards.