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This is an awesome hand-made "Loading Message" card and it is super easy to make! Watch as you pull the card out from the envelope the bars will actually "load"! This card isn't just great for techies, its great for everyone! The card measures about 6.5 inches wide and 3.6 inches high and will fit nicely in #8 size envelope.

I have made greeting cards similar to this one before, and actually, its almost like a theme of cards with the similar style/design and I can proudly say that "It's back and better than ever!". You may have seen my other greeting card instructables ("Loading" Christmas Card" and Retro Valentine's Day Card) before and think "why did he make another one?". Well, this one is customizable!

Located in step 2 are 3 files; A .docx file, a .pages file and a PDF. This way it doesn't matter whether you have a Mac OS or a Windows OS, you'll be all set either way! With these documents you can edit the text on the card and/or replace it with your own personal message!

As you can see in the photos, this card was specially designed to look like an old computer's loading window. Also, there are various improvements in the way the card was designed compared to my previous ones. Now what are you waiting for? Let's get started!

Step 1: Supplies

To make this card you will need:

Scotch Tape

Scissors

An X-ACTO Knife

A Printer

2 Sheets of White Card-stock - not shown in photos

Something To Cut On (i.e. A Cutting Mat) - not shown in photos

Step 2: Customizing Your Card

As mentioned in the intro, you can customize the card! But before you can begin customizing your card you will need to download and install the "silkscreen" font from fontsquirrel.com. Once you have downloaded and installed the font you may be begin customizing your card! To do this you will need to download the appropriate file from this step (If you have Windows, download the ".zip" file; it contains the ".docx" file. If you have a Mac download the ".pages" file).

If you don’t have Microsoft Word or Pages you can download the PDF and manually add your own text to the card. The PDF does not have any editable text fields, but you can easily add your own using just about any software. After you have downloaded the appropriate file, add/edit text to your satisfaction. Once you are pleased with the results print both pages on to sheets of white card-stock.

Windows users: Download the ".zip" file; it contains the ".docx" file.

Step 3: Cutting

Use a pair of scissors to cut out all the 3 parts of the card from the 2 sheets of paper you just printed. Then use an X-ACTO knife to remove all of the dark blue rectangles from the front of the card. This can be tedious, so just take your time and make sure that you are giving it your best! This will also be very strenuous on your hands so if you need, every few rectangles put the knife down, flex your hand, and resume cutting. Don't forget to cut out the bigger one on the far right of the card.

Step 4: Assembling

Now its time to assemble the card! Place the front of the card onto the back of the card (the mostly white piece). Make sure they are lined up exactly on top of each other. Also make sure you can see the dark blue coloring through the holes on the front of the card. Now place a long strip of tape across the entire top edge of the card, leaving half to hang off. Fold the tape that is hanging off over to the back of the card. If you have any excess tape like as shown in the photos, use your scissors to cut the excess tape off. In other words, what you are really doing is making a pouch by taping closed the edges of the card from the outside. Do this to all of the edges of the card except the right edge. Then, using scissors, cut the white square out from the right side of the card.

Step 5: Finishing

Now all you have to do to is insert the remaining piece with your personal message into the "pouch" you just made. It may be a tight squeeze, so if the card doesn't slide in out of the pouch easily, you may need to trim it down a little on the top and bottom. That's it! Your done!

<p>envia pro meu email por favor , gabriel.vilalobo@hotmail.com</p>
<p>I cannot download the .docx and the .pages file is missing it's index.xml file is missing. Help?</p>
<p>Sorry about that... It should work now. If it doesn't, you can PM me your email address and I'll send you the files until I can resolve the problem.</p>
Can you send me this even I have the same problem<br>Email-urmilasapre@gmail.com
<p>I apologize for the inconvenience. I don't know why it isn't working... I just sent you an email with the files.</p>
<p>Worked exactly as advertised! Easy to do, though I wasn't as careful in cutting out the little blue squares, but no matter. Did have to trim the insert a tiny bit for it to fit. I'd like to make one suggestion for improvement. As you can see, I left a half inch border on 3 sides of the front of the card so that I could fold it over and hide the tape. I also cut out the overlapping corners of the fold to eliminate the bulk. </p><p>Just for fun, I used a free QR code generator <a href="http://www.qr-code-generator.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ </a> and attached a special message for the geek who's going to receive this. </p><p>THANKS!</p>
<p>I cannot download the .docx and the .pages file is missing it's index.xml file is missing. Help?</p>
<p> bvnv</p>
<p>wow</p><p>kind of cool work</p><p>keep it up</p><p>http://www.conception-web-eclipse.com/</p>
<p>nice work,but can't you do it with out printing like handmade?</p>
<p>nice work,but can't you do it with out printing like handmade?</p>
<p>I used your instructions to do a makeshift version for revealing my boyfriend's birthday present - it was so fun! I love this card and I want to keep using it!</p>
<p>Nice! I like it!</p>
Amazing :)
<p>Very Pretty :)</p>
<p>Thumbs up for the work</p>
<p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Truly inspiring!</p>
<p>Thanks stevenelson55!</p>
<p>Nicely done.. Awsum</p>
<p>Thank you adamrussell!</p>
<p>That's what i call great work</p>
<p>Thanks!</p>
<p>It's a fun little card. Quick and easy to make too! I made it from thick paper and improved the card a little: I added flaps to the front of the card and glued them together using Tacky Glue. This way there's no ugly shiny tape that hold together the pieces and it looks more finished. I had to trim the inner card a little to make it fit.</p>
<p>Hello! I'm thinking about making this for a friend, so I wanna you if you could elaborate on how you added the &quot;flaps&quot; and glued them together? I'm new here and I've always wanted to make things so I'm glad I've found this site! If you could tell me how you made them I'd appreciate it.</p>
<p>I have drawn the flaps in this document. Fold them back and glue them to the other part of the card (on the numbers I've put in). Glue them inside, so you don't see the flaps on the back of the card.</p>
<p>Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/lf40f4a77p15b44 .</p>
<p>Thanks a lot! but it seems I'm forbidden from viewing or downloading this document for some reason.. I think if you message me or share a link here it would do, from something like Google Drive or Dropbox or any such service</p>
<p>Great! I love the way you avoided using the ugly tape by adding flaps! That was a really good idea! I wish I thought of that before... Your card looks excellent! Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Hi, great card! but i was wondering what font it was and where can i download the font? </p><p>THANKS!</p>
<p>Thanks! As mentioned in Step 2, the required font is &ldquo;<a href="http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Silkscreen" rel="nofollow">Silkscreen</a>&rdquo; which can be downloaded for free at <a href="http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Silkscreen" rel="nofollow">www.fonstsquirrel.com</a>.</p>
Muchas gracias se lo hice de regalo a mi novia :3
<p>&iexcl;Buen trabajo! Bien hecho.</p>
<p>clever</p>
<p>Thanks agis68!</p>
Brilliant idea
<p>Thanks!</p>
<p>what a great instructable man, all my votes are with you.</p><p>i wish from my heart that you win both the contests and win great prizes.</p>
<p>What a nice thing to say! Thank you very much!</p>
<p>Here ya go... Took me about half an hour to make. You're right about the Exacto cramp ha ha.</p>
<p>Ha ha, yeah you gotta watch out for those X-ACTO knife cramps. Nice work! It looks great.</p>
<p>Excellent marketing tool, especially for a limited number of recipients.</p><p>An additional line &quot;virus checked&quot; or similar may be worth adding, with a small part of the &quot; loading&quot; bar pre-displayed.</p>
<p>Wicked old school project. I'm gunna make one today. :D</p>
<p>It's a little scary how much I love this...</p>
<p>I've been having the hardest time trying to open the .docx file, upon discovering the fact that I don't have Word means that I pretty much cannot open the file :( Would there be any way I could get a different file format? (ie PSD, PDF, etc.)</p>
<p>I&rsquo;m sorry about that&hellip; I attached a PDF to this comment for you. However, I am not sure if you will be able to edit the text of this PDF, but you are more than welcome to try. I think you need Adobe Acrobat or something. I am going to upload another PDF to the instructable <em>without</em> text. This way people can use whatever program they want to add text manually.</p>
<p>You can load .docx file into OpenOffice.org or WordPad.</p><p>The format may not match Word exactly but both programs are free.</p><p>Do a Google search to see where you can download the software.</p><p>-------------------------------------------------------------------</p><p>Dear WebMaster, I realise that you can't be bothered to test your Web site with every Web browser under the sun,</p><p>but can you at least test it with the most popular Web browsers.</p>

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