Personal Notecards for a Fraction of the Cost

Personal Notecards for a Fraction of the Cost

Happy Memorial Day friends!  I hope you’re enjoying the holiday today. I want to take a minute to remind everyone to thank a veteran today.  Although not all of our brave soldiers were lost in service, we owe them all a HUGE thank you for the service they provide our country.  Many men in my family have served, and I always think of them today.  My grandfather fought in World War II, my uncles have served, my brother served and spent a year in Iraq, and now my son in considering serving.  Let’s keep them all in our thoughts and prayers today.

Now, back to business as usual.   I had a brainstorm of an idea at the craft store the other day. It occurred to me a way to make really personalized notecards for a few pennies.  I have a little thing for stationery.  I love a handwritten note ~ even better if it’s on personal cards.  However, they can be a tad on the expensive side, and if you have a lot to write you can end up spending some bucks.

So anyway, I was standing at the bins of the “bargain” items at the craft store and saw some brightly colored, plain notecards.  They were $2 for a pack of ten..  I also saw some brightly colored gift tags for $1.  Boom!  That’s when the lightbulb went off and I had a brainstorm.  I thought they might be cute if I combined the two items.  So, here’s how I did it…just in case you want to whip some of these up.

 

bright colored notecards

 

First, I took the gift tags and lined them up on my Cameo mat.  I used some washi tape to hold them in place.

gift tags on cutting mat

 

For this project I decided to make thank you notes since it seems I am always in need of them; especially at the end of the school year.  So in the Cameo design program I made a gift tag shape in the exact measurements of the tags I bought.  I selected them and marked them as “no cut.”  Next, I made a text box to hold the word ‘thanks’ and added into each tag shape.  With the words all in place, I was ready to cut.

Next, I punched out the letters from each tag.  Here’s what they look like.

 

tags with word cut out

 

With tags punched, all I needed to do was stick them to the front of the notecard.  I did this a few different ways to see which I liked better.  I used glue dots so that the tag would be raised.  It was cute, but made it a little harder to read clearly due to a shadow effect.  I also tried tape, but ultimately, I decided glue was the best product to use.  Next, a dotted line was added to mimic the look of a string coming from the tag.  Now, I have super cute thank you notes to use for a fraction of the cost of buying them already made.

 

 

Here’s another idea for making notecards.  How about using those left over small pieces of heat transfer vinyl?  You know the ones I mean ~ they’re too small to do much with, but you save them just in case. 🙂  I took those pieces and cut out really simple designs to add to the front of these cards.  You just add heat for about 15 seconds, and they are good to go.

 

SO, what do you think?  I think they turned out cute and I will be happy to use them this week.  What projects have you been up to?  Do you have any ideas for those small scraps of vinyl?  I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment.  And, don’t forget, you can join my email list here and get my new posts delivered right to your inbox.

Until next time~

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20 Comments

  1. Great tutorial for these thank you cards. Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

  2. Nice project! My husband is a great letter writer/card sender (it was part of our courtship, too!). Everyone appreciates getting a real letter in the mail instead of a text or email. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

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      That’s so true. There’s nothing like a hand written card. I love them. Thanks for stopping by Lydia.

  3. What great cards! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  4. Hi Jenny,
    Great to see you at last week’s linky.
    Thanks for bringing your post to last week’s Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  5. Hi Jenny! Just wanted to let you know I’ve featured these lovely cards at Hearth and Soul this week. What a great way to keep in touch! Thank you so much for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  6. I just love the hot pink and green combination. The cards are beautiful and such a lovely touch being home made. Thanks so much for sharing your idea with us at #overthemoon link party. I’ve shared on social media. Have a great week!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  7. These are great colours love the contrast and its fantastic how you utilized your Cameo. Very well thought out.

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