Animated DIY Card Cleverly Mimics Computer Loading Screen

Instructables contributor goldlego, also known as Calvin Nutter, produced a clever greeting card that mimics the aesthetics of an old computer loading screen. Better yet, it's animated, and as you pull the card from the envelope, the bars appear to “load.” Nutter created a detailed, step-by-step guide on the Instructables website so you too can make your own version of this customizable item.

The card measures around six and a half inches wide and a little over three and a half inches high. This project requires scissors, an X-ACTO knife, a printer, two sheets of paper, and tape for construction. Nutter also includes a downloadable template that has easy-to-edit text for a personalized message.

With some careful cutting and heartfelt words, you'll create a unique take on a standard greeting card. Plus, anyone who used a computer in the late 90's and early 2000's will appreciate this “vintage” look!

Loading Message Card on Instructables website
Calvin Nutter website
via [Laughing Squid]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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