I have a business card that I need converted into a vector file in order to expand our advertising onto a vehicle whether as a wrap or vehicle graphics. Is it possible to scan a piece of art and open it with illustrator to save as a true vector file?
You can definitely do it inside Adobe Illustrator.
I've done something similar multiple times.
If you're using CC, check out LiveTrace here: Illustrator Help | Using Image Trace
If you're using an older version of Illustrator, it's pretty much in the same place, but you'll want to look for something called "Live Trace" instead. Illustrator Help | Using Live Trace | CS5 and earlier
The most important thing about it is resolution and contrast in your image. (The same is true if you want to use the mobile app called Adobe Shape.)
If it's small like a business card, I wouldn't trust it to an iPhone, Android, or iPad lens, unless you have a really good third party lens on the device.
1. Create a high res scan of your business card.
2. Place the resulting raster image into Adobe Illustrator CC
3. Use Image Trace (and expand) to convert the contrast and color to vector art
4. Edit / Clean / Scale.
Good luck - and post your wrap when it's done!
I'd love to see it (I used to work at an ad agency that did bus wraps too)