embellished note cards

Did you receive anything wonderful for Christmas? Or attend any special parties? Maybe you enjoyed lunch out with a girlfriend or a casual get-together with your neighbors? I do hope so … that is what makes the holidays so much fun.

Have you sent a thank you note yet?

If not, I have just the project for you.

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I have created four different printable note cards that you can download and print at home.

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You can simply print and cut and use them as they are.

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Or you can embellish the cards to give them a bit more personality. I’ll show you four of my favorite options: rounded corners, layered, glittered edges and watercolored.

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This one is pretty straight-forward. But I always love the simplicity and modern sensibility of rounded corners on a note card.

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You can purchase a corner rounder at most craft stores in the scrapbook section. Mine is from the Creative Memories line and I’ve had it for at least 10 years! You can purchase it {here}.

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Another simple way to dress up a plain notecard – give it a layer of color.

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First trim off 1/16th inch from each side {so that the finished card size is 3 3/8 x 4 7/8}

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Cut your background paper {a solid color cardstock is great, or your favorite scrapbook paper} to 3 1/2 x 5.

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Now attach the layers.

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I use that crazy tape gun {purchase here}, but I also think Glue Dots {or strips} are pretty ingenious.

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Stick on a couple of glue strips, then center on the cardstock and press to adhere.

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Stickles is a great product of glitter glue that dries to look like you just glittered the edges {not lumpy like you think glitter glue would dry}. I’m assuming you can get it at most craft stores or you can get it online {here}

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Using a scrap piece of paper behind, angle the tip against the edge of the note card, gently squeeze and run a line of glitter all the way down each side.

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So pretty.

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Pull out your children’s water color set {or you own!} and paint just the edges of the note cards.

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Or paint a thin line just a smidge away from the edges.

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Four easy ways to make the cards your own.

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If you’d like to create your own thank you notes, please purchase the digital file by clicking on the buy now button below.  Each card is formatted with four to a page so you can print just your favorite sentiment, or all of them.  You’ll need adobe reader to view the pdf which you can download for free {here}

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Just in case you are curious:

I have a Canon Pixma ip8500 printer which I think is great. It is a photo quality printer that has 8 ink cartridges and takes heavy paper nicely. I appreciate that. However, it is discontinued. I’m doing a bit of research on other great printer options, but as of now, I don’t have a great suggestion as I haven’t given any other ones a try.  I wouldn’t want to make a recommendation without knowing if it is a good one or not.

I can say that if you are hoping to print stationery from home, try to find a printer that will accept heavy paper {up to 120 lb}.  I’m guessing that the more ink cartridges the better the color will be, so maybe look for one with multiple colors rather than the basic black, magenta, cyan & yellow {mine takes those plus green, red, photo magenta and photo cyan}.

One more thing:

Paper Source has a really great selection of card stock & envelopes. One of my favorites to print on is this paper:

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{luxe white}

If you are looking for a super heavy paper, the luxe white comes in 300 gsm as well. You may want to double check that your printer will accept such thick paper, but it is wonderful!

I love all of the colors of their cover weight paper

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And if you are in need of envelopes, they have some great ones as well

 

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56 Responses to embellished note cards

  1. Debbie Dabbs January 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Emily,
    I purchased these adorable cards, ordered my paper and envelopes and printed them out today! I made envelope liners out of black and white toile paper and embellished with the silver glitter edges! I must say these are the cutest little notecards I’ve had in a long time. I can’t wait to “gift” my friends with sets of these for their birthdays. Many thanks and I can’t wait for your next “printables”!

  2. EarlyGirl January 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Emily, I love these cards – I make my own cards all the time. Haven’t actually bought one in years. I find it to be so much more personal (and creatively fulfilling) that way. As for your printer, I have the Canon i9900, which is an 8-color home printer that can print up to 13×19 with a full bleed! The quality is fantastic, and I have printed on everything from high-quality photo paper to a piece cut from an old cardboard box (yep, cardboard. That made for an interesting project). The paper feeds through the back and stays flat, so you can print on extremely thick stocks. It’s also relatively fast, even at the highest quality setting. I highly recommend it!

  3. Barbara July 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    I love your blog! Just discovered you and I’m a new fan!

    I’ve used watercolor paper before (comes in a pad from the art store) to print photos. Looks to have a similar texture to what you’ve shown here. It goes through my very mediocre printer quite easily, one sheet at a time.

    Continued success,
    Barbara
    The Treasured Home

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