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Express Your Gratitude with DIY Thank-You Cards

by Megan Andersen
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Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

The month of December often feels like one long day; fueled by peppermint-spiked coffee and holiday music. When the dust and wrapping paper settles, one of my favorite ways to get centered in the new year, is to pull out my trusty box of water color paints, and make a big batch of thank you cards to send to all of my friends and family.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

Sure, I could order cards online with same-day delivery, but slowing down, unplugging and taking a few minutes to reflect on what and whom I appreciate does wonders for calming my otherwise vibrating mind and seemingly chaotic life.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

Materials needed:
1 pack of water color paper 6 x 9 inch
Water color paint set
Assorted brushes Paper towels and water container for brush cleaning
White crayon (optional)
Bone folder (optional but really handy)
Envelopes

I wanted to end up with cards that folded open from the bottom, rather than like a book, so working on the lower half of my 6 x 9-inch sheet of paper, I painted the word, “thanks.” It was my own simple, somewhat sloppy (yet, endearing?) handwriting, and I loved it already.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

Working in a second color, I painted some accent stars to draw attention away from the quality of my handwriting (as I was just warming up,) OR maybe I wanted to keep decorating and adding elements to make the card look super special and because I was enjoying the process.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

For the second type of thank you card, I borrowed a white crayon from my toddler, and wrote out my thanks in white crayon, on the white paper. As I’d been painting, my hand writing had improved SOME, but unless you are naturally gifted with beautiful penmanship, I found that all-caps or block letters was the safest bet for a legible greeting.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

After mixing up a color I was happy with, I loaded my brush with water and paint. I ran the brush right over the nearly invisible words. The wax resists the paint, and the result is simple and lovely.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

Make a set of them using different colors of paint, and presto, you also have a belated holiday GIFT for those friends you missed during the holiday rush.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

Let all of the painted cards dry completely before you fold them in half. If you’ve never used a bone folder, it’s a fantastic tool for achieving a sharp and clean fold.

Make your own DIY watercolor thank-you cards with tips from CreativeLive.

Pair your cards with blank envelopes, grab a pen, and scrawl out your words of thanks for all the stuff you received this year. Pop these babies in the mail, and brighten someone’s day. Creating watercolor thank you cards is a surprisingly relaxing and potentially addictive way to spend an afternoon.

 

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Megan Andersen

Known in craft circles as “Radmegan,” Megan O. Andersen has been crafting, baking, cooking, drawing, sculpting and gardening since she could hold a crayon. Follow along with her crafty adventures at www.radmegan.com.