Monday, July 22, 2013

Craft It: DIY Homemade Thank You Cards

Hey Gals!  Today we have an easy tutorial for homemade thank you cards (or really, any type of card you desire!) that are high on cuteness, but couldn't be easier to make!


With my shower right around the corner, I knew I wanted to make sure I had thank you cards ready to go so I could get them out soon after the event.  Now of course I could just buy a set of cute thank you cards, but what fun would that be?!  Instead, I decided to break out my stamp collection and craft up a custom set.  While I made these specifically for my baby shower, they are very easily adapted to pretty much any type of thank you card you could possibly need.

Here are the craft supplies you'll need to make the exact cards that I made, but as you see in the tutorial, I've also included some ways to adapt the project if you don't have all of these items available.



First we'll start with the thank you cards.

Step 1: Take a sheet of 8.5x11 card stock in the color of your choice and cut in half so the end result is two 8.5x5.5 cards.  I used cover weight paper in Night from Paper Source.
*Alternative: If you don't have a paper cutter available, just purchase the size A2 notecards and you're ready to go - no cutting necessary!


Step 2: Fold card in half, then score with a bone folder.


Step 3a: Select the stamps and ink of your choice and design your card!  I used a variety of Thank You stamps, along with some fun designs of chevron, polka dots, a cute baby carriage and some pretty scrolls.  I just couldn't commit to one design, and why should I?!  That's the whole point of making them yourself - the ability to customize!
3b: After stamping, cover your design with embossing powder.
3c: Remove excess powder and heat design with an embossing gun.
Note: Don't be afraid to be liberal with the powder, just be sure to save that excess for next time!
*Alternative: If you don't have the embossing supplies, feel free to just stamp


Step 4: Admire the finished product - it's really that easy!

Next up - let's jazz up the envelopes!

Step 1: Using an envelope liner template, trace the outline onto the scrapbook paper of your choice.  I used a mix of stripes, chevron, and some cute baby themed papers.  One 12x12 sheet of paper yielded 3 liners.  Also, be sure to trace on the back of your paper so any lines are hidden!
Alternate: Use pre-cut liners!


Step 2: Insert your liner into the envelope, then fold shut.  Reopen, and apply some glue or double stick tape to the back side of your liner.  Press the back of the liner into your card with some pressure.


And there you have it - custom thank you cards in just a couple of steps!  So simple, yet so cute, if I do say so myself!  Luckily I had most of the supplies already, so all I needed to purchase was the paper and envelopes.  Most of the tools were actually purchased back when I was planning my wedding, and as you can see, they still come in handy today!  So don't feel too bad if you need to purchase a tool or two - whether you are an avid crafter or just getting started, you will use these tools time and time again!  Just imagine how many cards are in your future with just these handful of items!  I was able to throw these together while watching some of my favorite mindless tv shows, and now I'm so relieved that it's one less thing I'll need to worry about before baby!  Hopefully this has inspired some of you to also create your own cards!  So tell us, what cards are you now planning to craft?!

xoxo
- M



4 comments :

  1. So beautiful, M! I'm sure your guests will enjoy receiving such a special thank you!

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  2. I love these cards! I would have thought I'd need to buy more tools and supplies, but it's really so simple and so cute!

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    1. So glad you like them! It's amazing what you can do with some pretty paper and a couple of stamps - it really is that easy!

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  3. Ok, this settles it - I need to get myself to Paper Source and finally buy an embossing gun! It's such a versatile crafting tool!

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