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Thank You Card Ideas

4 beautiful card designs to help you say thanks
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I am a cardmaker at heart—and thank-you cards are certainly at the heart of my arsenal. If you take a look at my stamps, you’ll find tons of “Thank You” sentiments that are well loved and heavily inked!

It’s a great idea to have a stash of thank you cards on hand and if possible, it’s nice to have a selection of styles and layouts to fit the occasion or the recipient.

Today, I’m sharing several simple thank you cards ranging from elegant to whimsical. With these cards as inspiration and a few helpful hints along the way, I’m hoping today’s article will jump start your card-making mojo!

 

Say it with Simple Elegance

Handmade wedding thank you card idea

Elegant Thank You

Supplies: Vintage Cream cardstock, Fine Linen Cardstock, Inside & Out: Thank You stamp set, Mat Stack #1 Stamp Set, Kraft dye ink, Gold Shimmer Cardstock (Papertrey Ink) • Tie The Knot Cartridge (ProvoCraft Cricut) • Gold Embossing Powder (Zing!) • card by Amber Daigre

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Elegant or sophisticated thank-you cards are a wonderful staple to have, and you can save tons of money by creating your own! For my elegant Thank You card, I used my Cricut electronic die cutting machine to cut out the letter “T,” and then I used stamps to finish off the sentiment. The beautifully ornate letter adds dimension, flair and character to this simple card. To add even more dimension, I heat embossed the stamped sentiment in gold, which injected the perfect amount of class! A card like this would be perfect as a gift set or as a note card for a thoughtful wedding gift. The muted palette of this card also makes it a great option for guys!
 

Go Graphic and Get Creative

Fun handmade thank you card idea

Modern Thank You

Supplies: Black, white, Pure Poppy, Rasperry Fizz, Hibiscus Burse, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Plum Pudding cardstocks, Block Alphabet Die Collection (Papertrey Ink) • Standard Square dies (Spellbinders) • card by Amber Daigre

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Go against convention by arranging your sentiment in a new and different way! That’s exactly what I did for this graphic and colorful card. By using the negative spaces of each die cut letter, layering a colorful scrap of cardstock behind each one, I created a thank-you grid that is fun and different! Each of the squares is adhered with dimensional adhesive to add depth to the card.
 

Forgo the sentiment

Cute and girly handmade thank you card idea

Subtle Thank You

Supplies: Black and white cardstock, New Leaf, Royal Velvet, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink) • Pinkini, Tutu Pink , Chablis, Navel, Pollen, African Daisy, Mexican Poppy (Bazzil) • Quirky Flower rubber stamps, Thank You Definition background cling stamp (Hero Arts) • Provencial Grey Pigment Ink (Impress Fresh Ink) • card by Amber Daigre

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Who says that the sentiment has to be the focal point of your thank you cards? Why not use a background stamp to convey the sentiment of your card, but add colorful embellishments as the stand out feature of your creation?

That was my thought behind this simple and colorful thank you card. In pale gray, I stamped the Hero Arts Thank You Definition background stamp, which features all sorts of language about gratitude and appreciation. For my focal point, though, I chose to paper-piece several fun flowers and add them to the bottom corner.
 

Embrace the White Space

Fun handmade thank you card and stamping idea

Colorful Thank You

Supplies: white and black cardstock (Papertrey Ink) • Playroom stamp set {for banner images} Clear and Simple Stamps, Mat Stack #1 Stamp Set {for bottom sentiment} (Papertrey Ink), Tiny Dot Alphabet Stamp Set (Hero Arts) • Jet Black Ink (Ranger Industries), Watercolor Markers (Tombow) • card by Amber Daigre

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I love using white space on my cards, but I’ve heard many cardmakers express some apprehension about leaving open space on their cards. For this card, I took the opportunity to demonstrate a fun way to use white space on a whimsical card.

First, I stamped the banners on an angle to fill up the majority of the top of the card. To keep the eye moving across the card, though, I continued the sentiment into the opposing corner of the card. Even with all the open white space, this thank you card looks complete and well balanced.
 

I hope you’ll accept the challenge to create a stash of diverse thank-you cards, so you’ll always have one ready to go when you feel impressed to share your gratitude. For extra help, check out the Ella eBook, 31 Thank You Cards, featuring the work of Kimber McGray, Kristina Werner, and Heather Nichols.





Amber Daigre began card-making in October 2010 when she needed a card for a friend’s wedding. She’s been an avid papercrafter ever since. You can find Amber’s creations in the pages of Paper Crafts Magazine and on her blog, Damask Love.

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