Friday, January 6, 2012
Quick and Easy Holiday Thank You Note Cards
I love sending thank you cards. I think a gift or kind word or nice intention deserves a thank you. It such a nice sentiment to receive one and no, I am not one of those people who whisper behind the backs of others: She didn't even send a thank-you card for the baby shower gift. I just get sad that thanking people is becoming passé. How can a kind sentiment be old-fashioned? I just don't get it. I digress.
Normally, I have a stack of preprinted Christmas thank you cards in a drawer, but when I went to look for them a few days after Christmas, they weren't there. I quickly remembered that I used them all last year. After silently berating myself for not getting some at Hobby Lobby earlier (knowing they were most likely all wiped out of everything Christmas-related), I looked at Walmart the Tuesday after Christmas. Even though I totally scored on 33 cent wrapping paper (by the roll, I might add), there were no holiday-oriented thank you cards, so I decided to make my own.
Holiday Thank You Note Cards
White card stock
Holiday-oriented doo dads or stamp for corner
I had some leftover green and red sparkly foam stickers that came with the gingerbread men I used on the Sugar and Spice Holiday Cards.
Actually, I sort of remember looking at them thinking they looked a lot like the candy DOTs and wondering what in the world I might use them for. Now was my perfect opportunity.
I had some precut brown craft paper note cards and matching envelopes from a different project and after many attempts at using it folded (as it came), I decided these were going to be simple note cards, so I cut them in half to create a 5.5" x 4" base for the note card.
Ah, much better. I knew I wanted an area to write a nice message, so I wanted to keep it simple. I cut a dark brown base using scrap paper at 4.5" x 3" and attached it to the note card using double-sided tape.
I then cut a 4" x 2.5" rectangle out of white card stock to attach to the dark brown base.
Now I had a nice area to write my thank you message, but geez this seemed a bit boring and drab. Then I remembered my sparkly blingy gumdrop DOTs thingys.
I separate out the greens from the reds and figured out I had just enough to make something that resembled holly. I placed the three green ones so all of the edges touched.
And then I placed the red one right smack dab in the middle.
That was it. Just enough sparkle to say thank you appropriately. I wrote my message for each gift received and sent them on their merry way!
With these being sent and all of the Christmas decorations coming down a few days ago, it really puts an end to this holiday season. But in the words of Dr. Seuss: I'm not going to cry because it's over. I'm going to smile because it happened.