Ambigram Greeting Card Styles
The descriptions below provide a notation "(_)" as a key to the ambigram style of the greeting card titles further below.
• 180-Degrees (r)
The majority of my greeting cards can be rotated 180 degrees (turned up-side-down) and still read the same.
Using "normal" letters, it is much like looking at the word NOON when written in all caps.
• 90-Degree Acrostic (q)
All of my Scripture Art [link not yet active] fits the "Acrostic" category - the ambigram is formed by a sequence of words whose initial letters do their second job as one new word or phrase when rotated a quarter turn - and can be formatted to fit on the cover of a greeting card.
• Infinity Chain (i)
Some words and phrases are better suited to a rotation that overlaps its inversion, in an infinite chain. For example, you may want to try the word "SURPRISE," and invert the initial "S" with the "S" near the end of the word instead of inverting it with the final "E." If you were to do this, you'd have it reading "SURPRISE" in one direction, and "ESURPRIS" in the other direction, so repeating the word as a continuous chain would allow you to read the full word in either direction. These "Infinity Chains" look nice arranged in a ring.
A reflected ambigram is also called "bilateral," whether on the vertical or horizontal axis.
• Mirrored (on Vertical Axis) (m)
Greeting Cards in this category will look the same when viewed in a mirror or when viewed through the other side of the paper -- much easier to see when back-lit.
Using "normal" letters, here are a few examples: OTTO, MOM, TAT, OXAWAXO (OK, so that one's not a real word, but it gives you a visual image of letters that look the same left-to-right).
• Lake Reflection (on Horizontal Axis) (l)
I am more likely to reflect Word Art [link not yet active] in this way than a Greeting Card. These ambigrams will work when flipped on the horizontal axis, like seeing it in a reflection on the surface of a still lake.
Here are some examples in "normal" letters. (The mixing of upper- and lower-case lettering must be permitted here, as some of these examples would not work without it.)
OHIO, HEllO, COD, BOX, OK.
Perception Shift (o)
Also know as "Oscillation," a Perception Shift can be described as seeing more than one object or message within the image without rotating or flipping it. One common example is "Do you see a silhouette of two faces, or an ornate vase?"
Yes, you will even find greeting cards that aren't made with "real" ambigrams. In the "Love and Friendship" section below, the thumbnail image with a child's hand showing the American Sign Language sign for "I Love You" is an example of this. I have added lettering to finish writing the words "I Love You" on the wall, and there is room above the hand to put the name of your or your child's recipient, written as though with the unsteady hand of a child in the "crayon color" of your choice. Whether you have a Grumpa, MeeMaw, PopPop, Gigi, Uncle Tio (yes, I know that's redundant), Auntie Bubba (what my own nieces and nephews call me) ... if you can spell it, I can put it on the card for you.
Greeting Card Categories and Partial Images
Love and Friendship
"You Are Cute as a Bug" - (r)
"Hugs and Kisses"- (r)
"Live Laugh Love"- (r)
"Missing You"- (r)
"I Am Nuts Over You!"- (r)
"Just Because"- (r)
"You Are My Shining Star"- (r)
"You Are My Sunshine"- (r)
"You Are Special"- (r)
"I ♥ (Love) You" - (o)
"(Provide Name) I Love You" with ASL Hand - (n)