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The ultimate non-committal greeting card?

Finding the right words can be hard at the holidays. Eventually you start to tire of wishing people "Merry Christmas" or "Season's Greetings". After a while, even "May you survive Krampusnacht with your limbs intact" loses its gloss. So why not fall back on a classic piece of placeholder text to help you really communicate your message?

In just under an hour* of painstaking cutting, gluing and folding you'll be able to give your loved one an elegant pop-up card completely free of any meaningful text. Because it's not what you write on a card that matters; it's the thought that really counts**.


*Estimated time is for handcrafting a single card. Laser cut cards will take much less time.
**Unless you have a laser. Then it's the laser that really counts.
 
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Step 1: Things you will need

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Get your kit together! You'll need:
  • Two A4 (or letter) sized sheets of card, ideally in contrasting colours. These should be thin and flexible enough to still work in a printer.
  • A printer.
  • A precise craft knife.
  • A cutting board.
  • A hard straight edge to cut along (e.g. metal ruler).
  • Strong paper glue.
  • Good short-distance eyesight or nerves of steel.
camwifi10 months ago
Do u think I could add a costom name?
PenfoldPlant (author)  camwifi9 months ago

Adding a custom name would be fiddly, but could be done. How did it turn out?

gianni leake10 months ago
This is great done it for birthday cards, it came out a lot better than I thought it would to be honest:))
PenfoldPlant (author)  gianni leake9 months ago

I'm not sure how appropriate the snowflake is for a birthday card, unless the recipient has a midwinter birthday or is an ice- wielding supervillain. Hey , that gives me an idea...

nak10 months ago
This made me happy, thanks :)
PenfoldPlant (author)  nak9 months ago

I aim to please :)

kaijura10 months ago
Voted! Funny writing, funny product, excellent handiwork! Who could ask for anything more?
PenfoldPlant (author)  kaijura9 months ago

Thanks for the vote!

Uncle Kudzu10 months ago
OK, that is funny! And well done, but also funny as heck.
PenfoldPlant (author)  Uncle Kudzu9 months ago

Thanks, Uncle. Tis the season for merriment, after all. Well, twas. Tisn't so much now.

simplebotics10 months ago
I'm going to try this.
PenfoldPlant (author)  simplebotics9 months ago

Did you try it? How did it go?

ASCAS10 months ago
That's awesome!
PenfoldPlant (author)  ASCAS9 months ago

Cheers!

artworker10 months ago
I had made many popup cards! But this is hilarious. Nice idea to say put whatever text you like.
Color combination is GR8! Nice ible!
PenfoldPlant (author)  artworker9 months ago

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

camwifi10 months ago
Even if not, I'm definately making one! Great work ;-)
what does lorem ipsem mean?
<i>Lorem ipsum</i> is Faux Latin. It makes no sense in any language, ancient or modern. There are on-line generators for <i>lorem ipsum</i> that will give you thousands of lines of this filler text. From WIkip[edia: In publishing and graphic design, <i>lorem ipsum</i> is a placeholder text (filler text) commonly used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout, by removing the distraction of meaningful content. The <i>lorem ipsum</i> text is typically a mangled section of De finibus bonorum et malorum, a 1st-century BC Latin text by Cicero, with words altered, added, and removed that make it nonsensical and not proper Latin.
it's a latin text, basically it is used by designers as "fill text"
to just have some text for make up purposes :)
"Neque porro quisquam est qui do[lorem ipsum] quia [dolor sit amet consectetur adipisci velit]" Translates to "Neither is there anyone who loves, pursues or desires pain itself because it is pain" and comes from Cicero's "De finibus bonorum et malorum". Lorem Ipsum is a nonsensical taking from that book.

The Wikipedia Article on the subject does NOT disappoint, and has the original text with the Lorem Ipsum parts bolded. If you're a language nerd like me, you'll be thrilled.
Hey there Natalie - so, we use the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" when typing etc to see the font/typeface outcomes of every letter in the alphabet. In order to see what a layout looks irrespective of content, we use the Lorem Ipsum text. I believe the core of it was once an actual ancient text, however, it has been jumbled with pseudo-Latin so that it no longer represents language. This removes the bias of cognition from the observer so that they can determine the artistic value on it's own merit. At least that's how I was given to understand it many years ago.
Lorem Ipsum translated from Latin to English means pain itself according to 3 dictionaries I checked and a book on Amazon which is sold as a gag gift to help someone sleep. Love this - for when you're tired of saying Merry Christmas some people mean it to say Christmas is Coming instead of Pain Itself. Great idea!
it mean EVERYTHING and NOTHING!! j/k graphic designers use it as a place holder for copy/words in a layout that haven't been written yet. not sure if other industries use it. i don't really know if it means anything, i think i read once that is it text from a book
Syncopator10 months ago
natalie, lorem ipsum is known as filler text, or sometimes dummy text. Often used when a meaningful message is unnecessary.
A Google search will give you more complete descriptions and even sites which will generate it for you.