A Handmade Thinking of You Card
I love this Thinking of You card - mainly because I made it three years ago for my fiancee when we first started dating. We were in a long distance relationship for the first six months of our relationship and boy was that tough!
If you've ever been apart from your partner for a long period of time, then you probably understand how hard it is to keep things special, especially if you can't see him or her as much as you'd like.
I found this Thinking of You card when I was organizing some files and it brought back a lot of sweet memories of the different ways that we "stayed connected" when we were living so far apart.
I remember, aside from calling each other, we would mail postcards, gifts, handmade cards (okay, I mailed him the handmade cards), and we would email, fax, and even use a webcam on our laptops to stay connected!
Technology is sweet when you're in a long distance relationship, but it's always cool to rock it old school with some good ol' snail mail and what could be better to send than a handmade Thinking of You card?
As you can probably see from the card, I was living in Long Beach, California and he was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had found some patterned paper with traffic signs in my crafting supplies and thought it would be sweet to make a Thinking of You card.
I was already planning to visit, so this was more like a "See you soon" card - regardless it does show that I was thinking of him!
If you don't have patterned paper with traffic signs on it, consider:
Okay, it's probably obvious how I made this card, but I'll provide materials and instructions anyhow - with some ideas of how to make this card even better!
- Cutting up an old map or atlas that you aren't using (or just a little part of it) for the background.
- Print out a a colored map of the country and place little hearts on the cities where you and your partner reside.
- Use any type of transportation paper: train schedules, bus schedules, subway maps, etc...
- Cardstock - I chose a bright yellow because it complemented the pattern of traffic signs on the background paper
- Map / Patterned Paper (in my case, traffic signs) - this would be for the background of your own handrawn "map"
- Blank white (or another color) cardstock that fits inside your patterned paper, this is for drawing your own map
- Colored Sharpie Pen or marker to make your own "map"
- Bone Folder (okay, I didn't have a bone folder back when I made this card, so this item is optional -- I think I used a wooden ruler back then as a card folder)
- Cut and fold your paper to the desired size.
- Cut your patterned paper or map to fit on the front of the card, leaving about a one inch border around.
Note: To make this card thicker, consider "framing" your patterned paper with another colored piece of cardstock.
- Now draw your own little map with connecting dots from your city to your honey's city.
- Glue your "map" onto the patterned piece of paper and glue that onto the front of your card.
Ways to Make This Card Better!
- Consider getting little craft jewels (like stars, hearts or diamonds) to use on the front of your card to represent the cities.
- Consider typing out the cities on your computer in a fun or romantic font (with some space in between for the connecting dots) and printing it out on sketch paper. Use water color paints over the paper to give it a more surreal vibe.
- Instead of cutting straight lines around the patterned paper and your map, consider using a ruler to carefully tear along the edges -this will give the card a more distinctive look.
- If you choose to tear around the edges, consider using a brown ink pad to "age" the edges of the paper, making it look antique.
- Instead using stars or hearts to represent you on the "map" consider little pictures of you guys instead.
- Instead of drawing random connected dots, consider spelling out something like "Miss You" or "Hello" - or even patterning a heart using the dots.
A Thinking of You card doesn't have to be crazy intricate - my partner loved this card and has kept it over all these years and all I used was paper, glue, and a little creativity to make a personal.
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