DIY Cards from the Heart
By using your own stamps and a little glitter you can make your own thoughtful cards that save money in the long run. Also, what’s more meaningful than sending something personalized to express your gratitude?
There are times in life when you want to express your gratitude so fully that simply shooting off a casual ‘Thanks so much!’ email just won’t suffice. An old-fashioned handwritten thank-you card is definitely in order in those cases.
Today I want to tell you the amazing new trick I learned to making your own cards that saves money in the long run. Also, what’s more thoughtful than sending something personalized to express your gratitude? Nothin.'
The cards I made today were inspired by a recent trip to Michael’s craft supply store. For less than $25, I got all the supplies I need to be stocked in cards for months and months to come. The best part is that each card I make is unique and different.
All you need are a few stamps, some ink, and my favorite.. glitter pens! For the actual cards and envelopes I just used thick cream-colored resume paper, but if you want to get really fancy, cardstock is great. Here are the beautiful stamps I got at Michael’s. The single flower was only $1!
1 pack glitter pens
2-3 Stamps of your choice
Pilot G-2 .07 Black Pens (or similar pens with ink of a similar weight
Step 1: Choose a simple stamp for the outside of your card. I loosely drew a box around the flower shapes seen here. I measured it but retraced the line multiple times for an organic feel. No need for perfection here!
Step 2: The simple ‘Thank You’ message on the interior gets the point across perfectly. The more simple and streamlined the better – you can always embellish with glitter and your handwritten message!To add a little depth and color variation, I overlapped the ‘Thank You’ and the second flower stamp. I also stamped the flower once on a scrap piece of paper so it would appear much lighter on the final product.
Step 3: Glitter makes everything better! I did a rainbow for the swirls around the flower, and green coming up the stem. It was so easy to make multiple cards at a time, I’ve decided this is going to be how I send out Christmas cards this year… HOMEMADE and SIMPLE!
Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.Read More »