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Showing Gratitude – DIY “Watercolor” Thank You Cards

By December 23, 2016Etiquette

Showing Gratitude – DIY “Watercolor” Thank You Cards

Lets say Thank you

The other day, someone dear to me got me a gift. It was something that I’ve wanted for a long time.  After learning in etiquette the value of a handwritten letter, I’ve been looking for nice cards. You know- cards that are cute and suit my personality! However, these days the trend is floating cursive and gold on cardboard (Not that it’s bad, just that it’s  not exactly what I want). Every time I go to buy a box of simple “thank you” notes, I’m stopped by Dear Mother with a “Aja, you can make those…”

She’s not wrong- I’m just a bit lazy and come up with excuses. So, today I decided to quit waiting for the perfect material and just show my gratitude! …Before it’s too late and I forget (or I come up with another excuse).

DIY “Thank You” Card

Material list

  • Card stock
  • Plain paper
  • Cutting tool (Scissors, Straight cutter, etc.)
  • Scoring tool
  • watercolor or Acrylic Paints
  • Brushes and other painting tools
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Liquid or Stick Glue
  • Stamps (Optional)

I used a couple of extra tools that weren’t mentioned in the materials list, but I just wanted to give you the basic tools. After all, this is supposed to be your card. Also, I don’t have a proper scoring tool, so I made “do” and crafted my own. I’ll show you in the steps below.

Steps

  1. First, to begin we draft an idea. This isn’t necessary, but it helps me save both paper and time. Once I have an idea I can craft away with little to no interruptions.
  2.  Once that’s done we move on to the decorating. Since I planned on doing watercolor art, I have to go about this like so:
  1. Paint colors on a sheet of plain paper.
  2. Finish art work
  3. Dry artwork flat between a flat surface, paper towel, and two heavy books
  4. Once dry cut artwork to size and paste it to card.

 

Here’s a nice preview of the finished card!

4. Once is made we can move on to scoring the cards! Scoring the cards allows us to fold the card in half. You could always just fold it in half and pinch the fold, but scoring it gives the card a more professional finish and makes it easier to align the corners. Here I am using a test card with my artwork. So, I’ll be doing this part twice.

Optional: I used my personal typewriter to add some interest to the cards. I figured it would add that adorable shabby chic/vintage look to the card. This also makes it unique in a sense.

5. Now that we’ve gotten the artwork ready and measured, we cut our card stock to size with our cutting tool. Out of one sheet of A1 cardstock (8.5 x 11) we get two bi fold cards, or four back and front notes.

Finally finish off your card with sweet words of thanks and sign off.

Final Product

Isn’t it lovely? I think I’ll need to make 24 more, because there is always going to be a need for these. Next week I’ll show you how I made those adorable envelopes to match them, and maybe you’ll get a cute cut file for your cutting machine~!

Until Next Time!

~A