Handmade Windowed Thank You Cards

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Soon after Christmas I had another occasion to write thank you notes. I did not want to use the same cards (snowflakes ones, post on these coming soon) so I decided to make some new ones.

I liked the idea of cutting a window into the card, so that is what I went with. I found some leftover paper in my stash and used some previously purchased cards.

(Side note here: When I was ready to start making the cards I realized we had no envelopes left so I decided to wait. In the past I had bought a 50 pack of cards and envelopes at Hobby Lobby and I planned to do that again. After I picked up the cards I realized that I really only needed the envelopes since we have lots of card stock that could easily be made into cards at home. I searched for some envelopes to fit 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and was only able to find these. After comparing them I realized it was much cheaper to buy the pack of cards and envelopes than just the envelopes, weird. These are the ones I got. With a coupon and tax they ended up being under $5 for the pack. That’s $0.10 per card and envelope set, whereas buying only the envelopes would have cost $0.17 per envelope after coupon and tax.)

Since the cards I used were 4″ x 5.5″ I cut the pieces of pretty paper into 3.5″ x 5″ pieces allowing a 1/4″ margin on each side. After writing “Thank You” on a scrap piece of paper I figured out approximately how much room I needed for writing the message. I chose to make my window 3/4″ x 2″. For the portrait style I cut the window 1″ from the top and 3/4″ from each side. For the landscape style I cut the window 1 3/8″ from the top and bottom and 1 1/2″ from each side.

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Above is a photo of the four different cards I made. I used two different papers and made some of each in both portrait and landscape orientation. To write “Thank You” I used a colored pencil that went with the paper. If you have a stamp the says Thank You in a straight line like that you could do that too, I didn’t though.

Happy Card Making!

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