Oh, hey there. So before I launch into this whole spiel about my love of all things that revolve around thank you cards, I should probably introduce myself! My name’s Anna. I’m a 19-year-old born and raised Southern Californian (no, I don’t know any of the Kardashians or how to surf). I write songs and bake cookies and drink too much coffee for my own good. One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday night (because I’m a total party animal) is, well, craft. #19goingon85
SO, I thought I’d give you some tips on one of my all-time fave DIY crafts: personalized ‘thank you’ cards! The steps below will give you the gist of how to make some snail-mail that’ll make somebody’s day.
Things You're Gonna Need:
- blank cards (find these in the stationery aisle at Target/Walmart/CVS)
- black pen (I use a thin Sharpie)
- water colors
1. Brainstorm Your Card
One of the key things I’ve found about making cards is that this is one of those you can’t just ‘wing’ unless you’re a thank you card designer extraordinaire. I’m not one of those. So before you put pen to paper, brainstorm what you want the card to look like. Maybe it’s a Bible verse, or a funny quote from “Friends.” Once you’ve got your idea, practice writing it out on a piece of scratch paper first.
2. Be messy about it!
When it comes to the watercolor end of the spectrum, there is no messing up. One of my favorite ‘watercolor’ designs is just mixing a bunch of different colors to make one big splotch where you can write a cute ‘thank you’ or ‘congrats’ on the front of the card. Here’s what I’m talking about:
3. When in doubt, PINTEREST it.
The hardest part about making your own thank you cards is most definitely getting your font down. The best way to beat the challenge is tutorials on Pinterest. They give you step-by-step pictures that teach you how to write each letter. Below I’ve attached a few of the different tutorials I use!
4. Sign, seal, and deliver it!
Now that you’ve got a personalized thank you card, slap a stamp on it and send it off. It’s crazy that a simple card can make somebody’s day, but going the extra mile to personalize something just to say ‘thank you’ puts a big smile on somebody’s face. Not only did you take the time to say thank you, you took the time to get personal with somebody. Maybe you wrote out a lyric from their favorite song, or found a cute saying like ‘I love you a latte.” (I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love that?)