Now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start writing out those thank you cards. Not only to all the wonderful people in our lives that took the time to give us something thoughtful, but also for the people who obviously gave us a regifted item!
This year my Grandmother gave me an egg cooker. After opening it, she went on to tell me she won it at a white elephant party and didn’t know what to do with it. So, she figured that she would give it to me.
I guess I got grinched by my grandma this year.
Handmade Thank You Cards
This year, we decided to make handmade Thank You cards.
Thank You cards are always nice to receive, but a handmade card is just that much more special. Using the Cricut machine makes it super simple to easily create custom cards!
I won’t be totally starting from scratch. Instead, I picked up some plain white, standard-sized note cards. I’m going to use the Cricut machine to cut out a custom ‘Thank You’ design to add color, depth, and originality to the standard thank you card, for a fraction of the price!
- Cricut machine + Cricut Design Space
- Cardstock paper
- Glue (I recommend craft glue)
- Blank note cards with corresponding envelopes
Creating Your Design Using the Cricut Design Space
- Open up a new project in Cricut Design Space.
- Select the Images icon from the left pane and type “Thank You” into the search box that appears in the upper right of the screen. Scroll through to select a design you like. You can also create your own design using the Text feature.
- I created my own by selecting Text and typing “Thank You” in the workspace. I changed the font to October Twilight (this is my absolute favorite script text).
- Once you’ve typed your text and changed it to the font you like, ungroup the letters using the tool in the upper right of the screen. This allows you to move the letters independently of each other.
- Arrange each letter so it’s overlapping the adjacent letters.
- Even though the letters appear to be connected, your Cricut machine will still cut them individually. So, we need to weld the letters together to cut as a single object. To do this, highlight all of the letters and select Weld. The Weld tool is found in the lower right corner of your screen.
- Next, measure your note card and change the size of the “Thank You” to fit nicely on your card.
- Once the “Thank You” design is complete, select the green Make It, which can be found in the upper right hand corner of your screen.
- Finally, select the appropriate cut setting on your machine for the paper you are using. For the heavy glitter card stock from Michael’s that I am using, I find the Lightweight Chipboard setting works best. To adjust for Lightweight Chipboard, set your machine dial to Custom and select “Lightweight Chipboard” from the material list in Cricut design space.
- Attach you paper to your cutting mat, load it into your machine, and start cutting.
Assembling Your Thank You Card
The assembly of this projection not be any simpler! Just remove your completed design from the cutting mat, and glue to your card.
Although I used hot glue for my project, I would suggest using craft glue with yours. The setup time of craft glue allows you more flexibility to adjust the placement of your design on the card.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and inspiring. It really is a quick and easy way to customize a Thank You card to create a handmade look.
If you would like to watch exactly how I created and assembled my Thank You cards, you can view the video here:
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