Creative Thank-You Cards

Show someone your appreciation with one-of-a-kind thank-you cards made from scrapbook supplies.

Stamp a Thank-You Card with Bleach

Design by Renee Camacho

Renee dipped a foam circle in bleach, then stamped to create a dotted design. She filled the center of each circle with an ink-stamped flower design.

SOURCES: Technique Tuesday (large flower, alphabet), Hero Arts (small flowers). Ink: Nick Bantock for Ranger Industries. Pen: Sharpie. Stickers: Hero Arts (rhinestones).

Stitch a Patchwork of Paper

Design by Debbie Gaydos

Debbie stitched 3"-square scraps of patterned paper together with a zigzag stitch to create this quilt-like card. Ribbon scraps tied to the edge give the card a lighthearted look.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green), Die Cuts With A View (brown). Patterned paper: Chloe's Closet (stripe), Junkitz (circles), K&Company (polka dots). Ribbon: American Crafts (blue, green, purple, and yellow stripes; green, pink, and red dots), May Arts (white dots), Offray (brown), We R Memory Keepers (light blue and green stripes, blue and green dots). Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.

Repeat Stamps on a Card Front for Impact

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki repeated a thank-you stamp on strips of patterned paper. Nikki tied her greeting together with a larger message stamped on a scrap of paper adorned with buttons.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, black, green), SEI (blue). Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations (pink plaid), KI Memories (blue pattern), Lasting Impressions (pink dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (large dot, stripe). Stamps: Purple Onion Designs. Buttons: Doodlebug Design.

Hand-Cut Designs for a Custom Card

Design by Erica Hernandez

A paper-pieced coffee cup sets the stage for this cleverly worded thank-you card. Erica inked the edges of her hand-cut piecings to add definition.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (red), My Mind's Eye (brown polka dot, green stripe), American Crafts (green with dots, lines). Font: Adler off the Internet. Digital Stitching: Two Peas in a Bucket.

Create a Quick and Easy Card from Scraps

Design by Melanie Louette

For this thank-you card, Melanie turned tiny scraps of patterned paper and cardstock into flower accents. She used rub-ons for quick stems. A small piece of ribbon hides the seam between two blocks of solid cardstock.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, ribbon: American Crafts.

Embellish a Card with Pressed Flowers

Design by Cathy Blackstone

Cathy used pressed flowers to add a realistic touch to her thank-you card. To get the look, place flowers in an old book for a week, then attach using a dry adhesive.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ribbon: Mary Arts. Stem: Embroidery floss.

Make a Card Base from Patterned Cardstock

Design by Cheryl Baase

Cheryl folded double-sided patterned cardstock to make her thank-you card base. She trimmed the front with decorative-edge scissors to let the inside pattern show through.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Punch: McGill, Inc.

Punch Mosaic Tiles from Patterned Paper Scraps

Design by Denise Levy

To use up scraps, Denise made a mosaic from paper-punched squares. A neutral background and matching die-cut letters unify the thank-you card design.

SOURCES: Patterned papers: American Crafts (brown, green, yellow circles), BasicGrey (floral, solid green), Chatterbox (plaid), Mara-Mi (green with white, light blue circles). Die-cut tools, dies: Cuttlebug. Punch: EK Success.

Make an Artistic Card with Paper Accents

Design by Nic Howard

Nic used simple paper accents to make this graphic thank-you card. She hand-cut the sun from computer clip art, then wrapped a scrap of double-sided patterned paper around a pencil to make a 3-dimenional spiral.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: FontWerks. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp.

Use a Paper-Piecing as a Card Focal Point

Design by Vicki Boutin

A vibrant paper-pieced tie is the focal point of Vicki's thank-you card. She stamped stars onto the paper piecing, then placed contrasting brads through the centers to add interest.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brads: Imaginisce. Stamps: Gel-A-Tins (stars), Kelly Panacci for Sandylion Sticker Designs ("thanks"). Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Sakura of America.

Print a Thank-You Card Sentiment onto Patterned Paper

Design by Carrie Colbert Batt

For this thank-you card, Carrie selected a block font with negative space inside. By printing the words onto pattern paper, Carrie allowed the paper to show through in small portions while still conveying a message.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras Lass (multi and pink), KI Memories (black). Computer font: Class Act by Two Peas in a Bucket. Ribbon: Making Memories.

Layer Punched Flower Shapes to Add Dimension

Design by Polly Maly

Polly made layered punched flower shapes to create a three-dimensional bloom. She topped the flower with a punched sun-ray shape, and secured the stack with a silver brad.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Punches: EK Success. Rub-ons: Making Memories.

Use a Metal-Rim Tag to Frame a Word

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

Use coordinating paper, cut into rectangles, for this whimsical card. Cover the seam with a strip of cardstock, then attach a large tan tag with a round metal-rim tag onto the upper half of the card. Tie three ribbons around the cardboard tag for added charm.

SOURCES: Patterned paper, circle die-cut: KI Memories. Cardboard tag: Westrim Crafts. Metal-rim tag: Avery Dennison. Ribbon: Scrapbook Wizard, Making Memories, and Me and My Big Ideas.

Decorate a Card with Woven Ribbons

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin created this woven card design by cutting a rectangle of cardstock, taping down the horizontal ribbon, and then threading the vertical ribbon through. Different widths and patterns keep the thank-you interesting.

SOURCES: Cardstock, chipboard, enamel flower, rub-ons: Making Memories. Ribbon: KI Memories (pink stripes), Making Memories (all others).

Machine-Stitch Card Accents to Add Texture

Design by Mellette Berezoski

To highlight and add texture, Mellette machine-stitched over the large circular designs on her graphic patterned paper. To avoid cutting through stitched lines, she trimmed the paper to size before stitching on the card.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Luxe Designs (blue), Chatterbox (stripe), Autumn Leaves (green). Vellum: DMD, Inc. Sticker: Deluxe Designs. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Felt: Junkitz. Ribbon: May Arts.

Turn Simple Shapes into a Quick Card

Design by Megan Boettcher

Megan used simple square and rectangle shapes to make this quick thank-you card from scraps. She matted three punched patterned-paper squares on blue cardstock to help them pop off the orange background.

SOURCES: Cardstock, brad, plastic flower: Bazzill Basics Paper.

Make Eyelets Practical Card Elements

Design by Jackie Bonette

Jackie gave eyelets a practical purpose on her thank-you card. She connected the card pieces by running ribbon through the eyelets in each piece.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid), Making Memories (green). Rub-ons: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: KI Memories. Eyelets: Eyelet Outlet.

Use Up Scraps

Design by Katie Thorton

Katie used scraps from a scrapbook page to make this animated card. She cut around a circular motif on a piece of patterned paper, then doodled around the edges of her card.

Stamp on a Transparency

Design by Nikki Krueger

To make this thank-you card, Nikki stamped flowers onto a transparency. She colored a few of them using a safe-for-slick-surfaces pen for an extra punch of color. To tie the greeting and background together, she replaced the "o" with two layered patterned papers stamped with the same design.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Sassafras Lass (stripe), Daisy D's Paper Co. (blue), BasicGrey (red). Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Paper Salon (on paper), StazOn by Tsukineko (on transparency). Pen: American Crafts.

Combine Stamps to Make Custom Card Designs

Design by Maggie Holmes

Maggie merged two stamps to make her thank-you card graphic. She inked a circle stamp, then pressed a heart of the wet stamp to remove some ink before stamping on her card.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Stamps: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Rub-ons: Making Memories ("thank you"), BasicGrey (swirl).

Use Stitching to Embellish a Thank-You Card

Design by Cathy Blackstone

To subtly embellish her card, Cathy machine-stitched lines for a flower stem and hand-stitched grass. She also used hand-stitching to attach the ribbon and metal-rim tag for a cost-effective card.

SOURCES: Rubber stamp: Hero Arts. Ribbon: American Crafts. Floss: DMC Corp. Chipboard heart: Making Memories. Photo corners: Canson. Ink, metal-rim tag: Making Memories.

Tear Patterned Paper to Create a Distressed Look

Design by Renae Clark

A distressed background and torn scrap of patterned paper give Renae's card a rustic look. She tore the paper on the diagonal, layered it over a solid piece, and embellished with rub-ons and felt flowers.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. (denim), My Mind's Eye (green), Flair Designs (stripe). Rub-ons: K&Company (stitching), Wordsworth ("thank you"). Brads: SEI. Felt accents: We R Memory Keepers.

Layer Patterned Paper and Rub-Ons

Design by Carrie Colbert Batt

Carrie decorated a file-folder card with strips of patterned paper and rub-on phrases. A framed rub-on adds dimension to her thank-you card sentiment.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (dots), American Crafts (stripes). Rub-on words and phrase, leather flower: Making Memories. Frame: Li'l Davis Designs. File folder: Autumn Leaves.

Use a Grid Pattern

Design by Carrie Colbert Batt

Carrie cut patterned-paper squares to create a grid on the front of her card. She secured an acrylic charm in the center inside a leather frame to make her sentiment stand out, then added brads and letter stickers to all other squares for interest.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts. Rub-on letters, acrylic charm: KI Memories. Brads, leather frame: Making Memories.

Create a Tiny Thank-You from Ribbon Scraps

Design by Amy Licht

Amy made this 3"-square thank-you card from her stash of ribbon scraps. The mini card works great clipped to a gift bag, tucked into a bunch of flowers, or left as an unexpected treat on a coworker's desk.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Rub-ons: Bo-Bunny. Ribbons: Bobbin (red, green), Scrapworks (orange floral), Offray (orange polka dot), Queen & Co. (yellow), Making Memories (blue, purple).

Mix and Match Fonts to Make an Easy Thank-You Card

Design by Helen Naylor

Helen used her computer to create greetings in different fonts and colors. Combine the sentiments in photo-editing software, then print as one page to make a quick card. Helen dressed up her card with tiny buttons and ribbon.

SOURCES: Computer fonts: Stencil, Alexa, Dear Joe, Antique Type, Typical Writer, Tabitha, Stamp Act, and Secret Code downloaded off the Internet; and Stand Tall, Think Small, and Unforgettable by Two Peas in a Bucket. Buttons: Hillcreek Designs. Ribbon: May Arts.

Sew a Pocket onto a Thank-You Card Front

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

Leslie created a pocket on her thank-you card to hold an extra message. She sewed an index card on top of sanded patterned papers to create the holder. Ribbon, a metal flower, and an acrylic charm complete the layered look.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (narrow stripes), Chatterbox (wide stripes). Acrylic charm: KI Memories. Brad, metal flower: Carolee's Creations. Silver circle frame: K&Company. Ribbon: Making Memories. Index card: Autumn Leaves.

Use Tiny Embellishments to Boost a Card Design

Design by Christina Cole

Christina used tiny details to pump up the design of her small card and bird character. She inked the edges of the paper piecing and added a hand-drawn eye and shoelaces. Small flower stamps give the card a whimsical touch.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (blue), Daisy D's Paper Co. (red). Stamps: PSX (letters), Magenta (flowers).

Create a Mask with Stamps and Tape

Design by Anita Matejka

Anita created a masked look on her thank-you card with stamps. She used a tape runner to apply two strips of removable adhesive to her surface, then stamped a shape over the top. After stamping, she rubbed gently to remove the adhesive and filled the negative space with text.

SOURCES: Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas (stripes, woven). Fabric sheets: K&Company (floral). Rubber stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: Close To My Heart (blue), Tsukineko (black). Paper flower, rub-ons, decorative brad: Making Memories. Adhesive: Tombow.

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