I Love to Create: Making Customized Thank You Cards

Thank You notes are a lost art. Handwritten notes and cards seem to be disappearing. In a day and age where all communication between friends seems to be sent via email, text or Facebook – even the telephone seems to be becoming obsolete. That makes things like hand written thank you notes and greeting cards that much more special. Think if on top of that those cards were hand made and customized for that particular person, now that would really blow their dress up. Today on I Love to Create we are going to be delving into the world of paper crafts and whipping up some easy and adorable thank you cards.

The etiquette rule books would tell you the best time to send a thank you note is right away. I know from experience that if I wait too long so much time elapses that I feel silly sending one at all and then I beat myself up about it later. Sending thank you notes is easier said than done when you are about to have a baby and trying to send thank you notes for shower girfts or just returning from your wedding and honeymoon and trying to practice good thank you manners. However, remember store bought thank you cards are fine and dandy and will make your life that much easier. On the flip side if you are a crafty gal it may be hard for you to pass up the opportunity to do a little paper crafting, I know it is for me.

Photo Quality Printer Paper
Images for Patterned Background
Images of guests
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue Sticks
Craft Felt
Ready Made Cards
Fabric Fusion Glue

The first thing I did is flipped through my copy of Handmade Hellos for inspiration. I knew I wanted to do something customized with pictures of my guests and also wanted to incorporate in unusual paper. While perusing the paper aisle at the craft store I didn’t see any that tickled my fancy so I decided to make my own. You can do this in a number of different ways as long as you have a computer, scanner and Photoshop. I just so happen to be fortunate enough to own a copy of The Petit Pattern Book: Kids and Toys that is stocked full of adorable prints and comes with a handy dandy disk that pops into my computer for easy access. I opted for whales, apples, penguins and snails!

For the actual card I decided to use boxed ready made cards. They are the right size, paper weight, come with envelopes and are available in oodles of cute colors. I measured the envelopes and cropped my images on the computer to be slightly smaller. Also on the computer I wrote the words “Thank You” in the corner.

To customize the thank you cards I sorted through all the pictures taken at the event and found a picture of each card recipient. If I could find a picture of the two of us together that was even better. I cropped those pictures on the computer to the correct size and then printed all the images out on photo quality paper.

Once all my pictures were printed out it was time to cut. Using an oval shaped template I traced my images and cut them out. Some I knew I wanted to double up so using card stock in various colors I made a larger oval for the background and then a slightly smaller oval for the actual photograph of the guest.

After I decided what pictures were going with which card I began assembling. I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue Sticks to adhere everything. For a few of the cards I spiced things up and used lavender craft felt as my larger background oval and in those instances I used Fabric Fusion Glue.

Once you have your customized cards made only half the battle is won, now you have to actually write inside of them and get them mailed off. The only mail most people get these days are bills, how thrilled will your guests be to get a handmade card in the mail. Not to mention one they might actually put up on the fridge or pin to a bulletin board.

Do you tinker in the world of paper crafts and card making? What are some of your favorite supplies to use? Know of a place to get cute paper? Have a glue tip you would like to share? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m a jeweler after all and always looking for new and exciting tips in the paper world.

6 Responses to “I Love to Create: Making Customized Thank You Cards”

  1. Jennifer Cameron

    I very rarely tinker in paper crafts, but they have the COOLEST toys…I mean tools. I always look through the scrapbooking aisles for stuff to use with my glasswork and jewelry making. Paper punches, rubber stamps and stencils rank very high on my favorites. But I also love the Perfect Medium ink stamps and markers with Pearl-Ex mica powders to fuse onto glass. Fun stuff and looks awesome.

  2. erin@designcrisis

    I really hope you wrote this before the baby and you’re taking some time off to relax now!

    Ok, it was the cutest Thank You card I’ve ever received, but still — get back to bed!


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