Friday, February 3, 2012

Braille Thank You Card Tutorial

The idea for a braille card came to me early one sleepless morning.  I have no idea why, but like many of my other design ideas, it just did.  Since I used an embossing folder to create the braille, I am entering this card in the Embossing & Debossing Challenge over at Moxie Fab World where the challenge was to focus is on creative ways to emboss and deboss. 
Finished card size is 5 1/2"x4 1/4"
I purposely chose a design that was rich in textures.  I chose a monochromatic white theme to keep the card pretty and clean.  I embossed the top portion of the card
and chose a smooth, wide satin ribbon to wrap around the front.  Then I embossed the word thanks in braille on the bottom of the card using my swiss dots embossing folder.

Here is how I made the braille dots:

Supplies:
Swiss dot embossing folder
Embossing stylus
Ruler
A bright light and a pencil will be helpful, too.

1. On a white piece of paper or cardstock, create a grid and draft your sentiment in braille.

2. Using a pencil, make a grid with segments approx 1/8" apart on the back of where you want your sentiment.  (I found braille formatting guidelines here: http://www.brailleauthority.org/sizespacingofbraille/sizespacingofbraille.pdf)

3. Recreate the dot pattern with a pen or pencil, in reverse, on your grid. 

4. Using a light, place your grid on the embossing folder, lining up a single dot on your grid with a dot on the embossing folder.  Place the folder on the table and gently emboss a dot using a blunt embossing stylus.  Repeat for each dot on the grid.  
This is what it should look like when you are done!
Ever grateful for my sight,

-Amanda

*Ignorance disclaimer: I do not personally know anyone who is visually disabled or uses braille.  I just thought this might an interesting and different idea for a card.  I have tried to make the braille as accurate as possible.   I apologize in advance if I unintentionally offend.*  

4 comments:

N@ said...

absolutely fabulous!

Cissy Prestage said...

OMG Amanda! What a wonderful, heartfelt idea! A blind person would certainly enjoy and appreciate this card. They can "read" the braille and feel the beauty of the card! Amazing!

C. M. Taylor said...

It is so wonderful to see someone really think outside the box! You are a God send to a problem I was not sure how to handle. You gave me the answer. I love the fact that you so freely share your ideas and give back so generously to others. Best regards. Colleen

C. M. Taylor said...

Amanda,
I love that you so freely share your ideas and make your lessons easy to follow. Thinking outside the box is a fabulous gift. Thank you for the answer to a new opportunity. Now, I just need to make a card!
Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing.
All the best
Colleen