March 18, 2011
The gift of Minecraft

Must.. not.. make bad portal reference... THE CAKE IS A LIE! Phew :/

“Have you heard of Minecraft?”, he asked the boy. The second that the subtle look of recognition did not flash across his face, falldeaf’s mind reeled, elated at the idea of introducing him to the joy of crafting an iron pick with his own two, blocky hands.

After getting awesome grades in school and making it into honor society, I thought my girlfriend’s son deserved a sweet reward. And what’s sweeter than the gift of minecraft? :) So I gave him a quick introductory tour of the game to check for interest and he seemed excited… the trap is set.

Today was his fancy award ceremony and bringing a laptop running minecraft would not have been appropriate. And since Hallmark’s motto about having a card for every occasion isn’t true, I decided to make my own, ‘nice job at school, here’s a sweet game that will probably mess up your grades’ card.

minecraft card cover

I changed the buttons to a message but I left the options button alone.. what if I need to change the rendering options?

minecraft card inside

The education recipe is ridiculously hard to craft; the laptop recipe alone requires building a blocky chip fabrication plant...

the card

Eat it, hallmark!

reading the card

The red gift bag with the hearts wasn't my idea :/

The trick to making a card is creating two new photoshop images in the same size and shape of the paper you will be printing to. Check out this document to find the dimensions of your paper. If you’re an american, printing on the usual paper, it’s probably going to be 11” by 8.5”. Split each document in half, horizontally with a guide. The easy way to do this is to choose, View -> New Guide then select horizontal and position ‘50%’.

new guide screenshot

You didn't know this was going to be a l33t photoshop toot, did you? No, you didn't.

Then make your images, one will be the front one will be the back. Print out one image, put it back in the printer upside and print the other. My two images looked like this:

minecraft card template

I put fancy drop shadows behind the images, you're welcome.

And if you can pull yourself away from strip-mining your land to make silly diamond hats and fancy gold watches, feel free to use my .psd’s to make your own minecraft crafting jokes and memes! :)
Download the Minecraft meme template.

Here’s the font I used:

If you make a cool card or minecraft meme put it in the comments! :)


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  1. Posted Jun 01 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    That is awesome! Too bad he won’t be in the honor society long now that he’s discovered Minecraft. (;

    • Posted Jun 01 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I actually worried about that! He’s a great kid though so I’m pretty sure he’ll handle it well, probably better than me ;P Thank you for reading!

  2. Senox13
    Posted Jan 16 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    minecraft murdered my grades…

    • Posted Jan 17 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Who needs good grades?! A burger flipping job will pay for a computer and a net connection. You’ll be good to go. (Stay in school, kids)

  3. Matty
    Posted Dec 18 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    That is such a unique idea!! Very cool!
    I want to do that for my son this year…
    Do you have your template in another format to share? Maybe a PDF that I can play with?

    • Posted Dec 26 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Hey thanks for the compliment :) One of those online file conversion sites would probably do the trick.

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