Friday, June 18, 2010

Moving Announcement Cards

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There’s a saying in a movie that goes something like “If you build it, they will come.” Well, we’re going to put that to the test. You see, we have been trying to sell our house for the past 2 months, so that we can move. So I decided that I’m going to make some moving announcement cards to announce our move! I hope to send these to our friends and family, once we finalize the move, so that they have our change of address and other information on hand. So as the saying goes, “If I make them, we will move.”

My inspiration for these moving cards comes from pictures like these of moving boxes and shipping labels. I envisioned a piece of a cardboard box with the shipping label slapped across it, with the new address written in.

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • A background that looks like a cardboard box. I used this “Moving Day Collection”, available here for less than $8.
  • A font that looks like handwriting that you would find on a moving box or shipping label. I chose to use Chalk Talk, available here. I happened to have this font already, but you could use whatever font you like, that would simulate your handwriting.
  • A narrow condensed font.
  • Some preset brushes, shapes, and lines that come standard in many different software programs (i.e. rounded rectangle, postage stamp shape, wavy lines, and circle).
  • Picture of your family to use as a custom postage stamp.
  • Cardstock and printer, if you are printing them yourself at home. (Or you may send them away to print.)
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Gather all of your ingredients. Feel free to make adjustments, according to your own tastes. Choose your software. I have chosen to design the announcement in Photoshop, with some help from Illustrator. You can use the program you feel most comfortable with.

I opened up a new document in Photoshop that was 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall. I placed my cardboard background. To make the label, I used the shape tool (other similar methods exist in other software programs) and drew a rounded corner rectangle. Then, I added the outline to make it look more like a shipping label. I typed my new address, using the handwritten font I had chosen.

I wanted to create a little call out to draw your attention to the fact that we moved, so I typed “We have moved!” above my shipping label and tilted it slightly askew to look more authentic. I used an artistic brush that came standard with my Photoshop program to draw the circle around that phrase and also the arrow, pointing to my new address. This gives it the look that it was drawn by hand on the cardboard box.

Next, I created my own “postage cancellation stamp” by drawing a wavy line in Illustrator and then duplicating it 3 more times. Using a standard condensed font, I typed the date (hopeful thinking, that we will be moving by then!).

I created my own postage stamp, using a standard postage stamp shape that came with my software and a photo of my children. Then, I positioned the postage cancellation over the custom postage stamp, as if it were canceling the stamp.

Here is my finished Moving Announcement Card. (I really hope I get to use it soon!) Now it’s all done and I can go in and edit the address when we have that information available.

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  1. I think this is great. But if you don't already own a cardboard background, I suggest saving your $8 and taking a picture of a cardboard box. Upload, crop, correct...if you're using an editing program to make a similar card, I'm sure you can figure out how to use a photo as your background. Cardboard boxes are easy to find. And free.


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