We recently established a new tradition in our family of each writing thank you notes on Sunday afternoons. I made a family thank you note binder, where I have a few guidelines for how to compose a personal thank you note, as well as a pocket to hold pre-made thank you cards and envelopes so that my children can just grab one when they’re ready to write. I wanted to make a variety of thank you notes and found some great inspiration on Typography Mania.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
• A variety of fonts in different weights, styles, and sizes. I chose Bill Hicks 5, Made, and Linear, which are all available free at Urban Fonts, as well as a couple other fonts that I already had installed on my computer.
• A neutral color palette of tans and black.
• Ornamental swirls and swashes
Gather all of your ingredients. Feel free to make adjustments, according to your own tastes. I opened up a new letter-size document in Adobe Illustrator and then drew a box that measured 5.5x8.5, so that when I fold it in half, it will fit the standard envelopes that I have on hand (you can use the software you feel most comfortable using and change the size if you have different envelopes).
I decided to write “thank you” in a variety of languages to fill up the front of the card. I thought it would be an interesting twist and my ulterior motive is that maybe my kids might learn a little foreign language! I found this site helpful: Ways to Say Thank You to find a variety of languages.
After getting all of my type fit in place, I moved my file over to Photoshop for the finishing details. I used a variety of swirly decorative brushes and swashes of color under the text and on the edges of my card front. I already had these, which I got at Scrap Girls, but you can use whatever ornamental swirls you want to decorate and grunge up your edges a bit.
Here is my finished card, which will now be placed in our family Thank You Binder!
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