Some of you may know that once-upon-a-time I was a Music Therapist, and back when I was a student in college I spent two summers working at Highbrook Lodge, a camp for the visually impaired. The wonderful training I received there has stuck with me my whole life, informing how I “see” the world and consider folks with visual impairments even today.
So this year I wanted to make some Braille Valentine’s Cards with a focus on texture!
I made you a little video, too:
And here’s an alphabet for you to use if you’d like to try this yourself!
Now, if I remember correctly, the best colors to use for text are goldenrod yellow and black for best non-glare contrast. That might be a cool color combo for Valentine’s day cards, too.
Do any of you have visually impaired family or friends that might enjoy a Braille Valentine’s Day card? Don’t be afraid to try one out for your seeing friends, too! Texture and “inclusion” are cool, my crafty compadres.
UPDATE: I recently got this comment:
I think it’s great that you shared this idea, but as someone who is blind and looking for some inspiration on making tactile cards, I’m disappointed you didn’t include instruction for those of us who can’t follow the graphics and youtube clip.
Fair enough! Here are the written directions for the card:
- Start with an A2 sized card. Emboss the front panel with a heart-pattered embossing folder, or a pattern f your choice.
- Using a die or cutting freehand, create a heart shape (mine is actually a scalloped heart) using 3 mil adhesive glitter foam.
- Add pearl dots in the scallops or outline the heart if you don’t.
- To create the braille text area, cut a rectangle of corrugated cardstock about two by 4 inches.
- Add your braille sentiment (i used “love” written in pearl pen”) or actually write the word “LOVE” in Pearl Pen. Either way, you have a glossy, raised text that adds texture.
By my count that gives us 5 different textures! You could also use felt instead of the glitter foam or even add some ribbon by your sentiment block. Just have fun and think of all the fun you can also have with cork paper, vellum, and flocked paper. So many ways to add texture to a card that will delight the fingertips!