Handmade Thinking of You Card Idea
I really love this handmade Thinking of You card idea! This idea was sparked the other night when I couldn't sleep. After thinking of this card, I almost wanted to jump out of bed in the middle of the night and start crafting - does that ever happen to you? Okay, so I had to wait until the next day, but it did turn out exactly as I had imagined it!
This handmade Thinking of You card idea celebrates the main organ for thoughts: your brain! What better way to visualize thinking than with a big, mushy black and white brain image?
I found this image by search Google Images and typing in "brain" (be warned, there are some gruesome pics, but overall just anatomical pictorials of brains).
I wanted to credit whomever drew or designed this particular brain, but the image was used all over the place without an originating credit. So a big "Thank You!" for whomever this "brain" belongs to!
I made this handmade Thinking of You card idea a square, 5.5" x 5.5" to be exact because I just purchased a bulk box of envelopes that fit 5.5" x 5.5" square cards - so don't be surprised if you start seeing more square handmade cards on the website.
- Cardstock for the actual card - I used an sheet of black cardstock, so that I could use the leftover material for framing the brain and the wording.
- Red patterned paper - I used some leftover paper from Valentines Day, it might be hard to see but there is "love" written all over the paper in different languages. You could use any type of red patterned paper and even just red paper to make the image and the message stand out more.
- Image of a brain.
- "Thinking of You" message - I printed out the message from my computer using one of my favorite fonts: Batik.
- Sketch paper or off-white cardstock for printing out the images and wording - I used sketch paper because I like the texture.
- Paper Trimmer or scissors or a craft knife and metal ruler.
- Double sided tape or glue - By the way, I am in love with permanent double sided tape (designed for scrapbooking). I've tried it for the first time after my glue runner ran out of steam and I heart it!
- Cut and fold the card to the desired size - in my case 5.5" x 5.5".
- Trim your patterned paper to fit on the front of the card, leaving a little space around the edges to create a border. I cut my red patterned paper 5.25" x 5.25" because I wanted a really thin border which would allow the red to really stand out.
- Glue your patterned paper onto the front of your card.
- Find your image of a brain on the internet (unless you already have one handy) and copy and paste the image onto a blank word processing page. I pasted my image onto a blank page using Microsoft Word.
- Tye out your "Thinking of You" message underneath the image - leaving a little bit of space hitting the enter key a couple of time.
- If you want your image and your wording to be the same length, then center both the image and the wording using your word processor. For Microsoft Word, you highlight everything (or Edit > Select All), then on the menu bar, click "Format > Paragraph > Alignment: Center".
- Now adjust your image and wording so that they are uniform.
- Print out your image and wording on sketch paper or paper of your choice.
- Trim your image and wording, making sure they are uniform in width.
- Now grab your extra black cardstock and trim so that they are a little bit bigger than the image and wording - these will be the "frames" for your brain and message.
- Glue the image onto its black frame.
- Glue the message onto its black frame.
- Glue both the brain and the "Thinking of You" wording onto the front of your card.
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