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.


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


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


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.



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


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}.


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


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


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


Now attach the layers.


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


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




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}


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.



So pretty.


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


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





Four easy ways to make the cards your own.


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:


{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



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


56 Responses to embellished note cards

  1. 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,
    The Treasured Home

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

    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”!

  4. Tonia January 11, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Love these Emily. I cannot wait to use them. I’m not sure about Bless Your Heart in the south, but it’s not considered derogatory at all in WV. It’s actually one of my favorites.

  5. Jackie January 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Bless your heart, Emily. I, a transplanted Southerner, do not find it offensive at all. It makes me miss home….

  6. Dina January 9, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Emily-I’d like to swing by the Paper Source to check out paper selections first….am I able to purchase and download them now, and then print them later on? Also, can I print them only once or are they re-printable? Thank you again, they are gorgeous!

  7. Kacey @ Shes.No.Martha January 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Does anyone else feel like a First Grader when cutting these out?! Even with the easy to use dashed line, I have the cutting skills of a 5 year old. Argh!!

    The Bless Your Heart comment killed me. I don’t think most Yankees would think twice, but my Yankee brother lives in the South and can’t stand that term as most of the time it is said with some underlying bit of hatred. Or wait, maybe he just interprets it that way….

  8. Kimm January 8, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    These are beautiful! Thanks so much for offering such a gorgeous product so easy to purchase, I’ve ordered already! Also LOVED the free printable gift tags, they embellished all of our Christmas gifts and I got a lot of compliments.

  9. Jo January 8, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Love these!
    I’m off to buy them now ~ can’t wait to create mine.


  10. Lorri January 8, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    These are fabulous!

  11. Dawn January 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    LOVE!! Can’t wait to use them!

  12. sadie January 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    *sigh*…so, so lovely…always making my day one pretty thing at a time! ;)

  13. LLH Designs January 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Oh, oops…I didn’t read carefully. Not free, but worth EVERY penny!!!

  14. LLH Designs January 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    This is a most fabulous freebie, Emily! I love it! And one of my all-time favorite fonts! I love a good swashy font! So many fun finishing ideas!

    I’d love to share this with my clients. You’re awesome!

  15. Darlene January 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    these are beautiful!

  16. Kaitlin January 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    LOVE these!!!! Can’t wait to use mine!

  17. diane January 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Great ideas and I hope ideas like these bring back the lost art of thank you notes.

  18. julie @ jam-n-jilly January 6, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    i love these! my fav is the rounded edges and glitter edges! just purchased them! cant wait to print them out! these would make a great gift! thanks for creating! xo

  19. Kacey @ Shes.No.Martha January 6, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    LOVE this idea! Going to hit BUY NOW!

  20. LangeD January 6, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    The cards are just lovely and the ideas are inspiring. One note, though, I would never, ever use and that is “Bless Your Heart”. You’d understand what I mean if you were a Southerner. I’d rather have used, “How thoughtful” or “How thoughtful of you”. “Bless your heart” isn’t always complimentary in the South.

    • emily January 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      yikes … i didn’t realize it was derogatory. I just think its a sweet thing to say to someone! I hope I did not offend!

  21. Deana January 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Love love love!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the line. :)

  22. Lindsey @ The Savvy Speechie January 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    As a good ole’ SUTH-UN gal, I am always lovin’ a good notecard! Rounded corners-yes, please! I will be sure and send some of my pals your way! You go girl!

  23. KellyB January 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Love, love, love! Thank you so much :)

  24. WhisperWood Cottage January 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Beautiful and elegant! All of the ideas are fabulous!!

  25. Lucinda Cummins January 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Once again your talant inspires me. Can’t wait to use. Thanks so much.

  26. Lynne January 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Thank you, Emily. It’s always a treat to visit!

  27. Adrianne January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Beautiful! Love the glitter edges.

  28. pamela January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Emily, thank you so much for sharing these with your readers. They are lovely.
    PS paper is the best, isn’t it? I used to work there part time. I had to quit, because even with my discount it was COSTING me money! You have a great style!

  29. Kristin S January 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #


  30. Lisa Gutierrez January 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    I was actually wondering what printer you used to print your stationery. Is that the one you use for your business? I have been tossing around the idea of trying to sell notecards and such, but haven’t the slightest idea where to begin if I were to actually print my own. Do you find that is a lot less expensive for you than getting them printed? And how does the quality compare? Just curious!!

  31. Kathleen January 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Love the notecards, great idea, selling the printables. When are you going to do another small business workshop? I missed the first one…

  32. Laura S January 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Darling! I would love to know where you find all your beautiful fonts and if you use a mac.

  33. Kathleen Soleibe January 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    love it!

  34. MJ January 5, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Love those ideas to embellish!

  35. emily January 5, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    what a good idea! the wording is so creative. looking forward to more of your fabulous ideas!

  36. Jessamie January 5, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    The Stickles paint can also be found at Hobby Lobby! These are super cute!

  37. christy January 5, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Gorgeous! You are so creative! I love the font and the paper. Is the paper pictured the luxe white from papersource? I’d love to see a kids design too!

  38. tracy January 5, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    These are so gorgeous! Question for you…what sites do you like for downloading fonts?

  39. I Live in an Antbed January 5, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Those are so beautiful!

  40. Nikki Tesch January 5, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I’ll be downloading these! I love using a site called envelopemall.com. They have anything and everything in every size and they are super affordable. I used them when we made our wedding invitations. Addicted to your blog.

  41. Jenn January 5, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Emily, Thank you for supplying your printer info. I’ve been thinking about replacing mine, and I do work similar to yours, but I haven’t taken the leap yet. Have you printed on textiles with your canon? I’ve been using my Epson successfully, but it’s a bit rough with thicker paper. Any thoughts? Thanks for all your inspiration!

  42. Trish @TheOldPostRoad January 5, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Beautiful! I’ve been painting the watercolor edges for several years- and always get lots of compliments! Enjoy your day.

  43. Meg January 5, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    When I saw the title of this post, I got giddy. You didn’t disappoint.

    I love my corner rounder as well. Just so much fun!

    Question: I’m very familiar with Paper Source, but I’ve never seen their stuff look as thick as the ones in your pictures. Is the one photographed the same one as the one you linked up?

    I’m VERYYYY excited about this new direction in your business!!!

  44. Kristen January 5, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Silly question…if the printable is purchased can it be printed mulitple times or is it a one time use? Thanks!

  45. Laura Wifler January 5, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    How lovely! The cards are beautiful on their own, but are really taken up a notch when you add the establishments – and I low how easy you made it! Thank you!

  46. Dina January 5, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Thank you Emily for this adorable printable and the information! Can’t wait for more to come! I love the children’s card idea someone posted here…I have been looking for affordable notecards I can send out “from my 7 month old”, if that makes sense!

  47. Melissa January 5, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Those are really cute – I love the glitter edge and was curious how it worked. My mom and I will for sure make these.

  48. Susie Davis January 5, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    You make me want to DIY> which is new for me.

  49. jami nato January 5, 2011 at 7:19 am #


  50. Tiffany January 5, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Luv the glittered edges and I always need thank you cards. I will purchase now! I have one idea oh smart and crafty one, make one suitable for kids (boys and girls) and I will buy that one too!

  51. Tiffini January 5, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    You are the most kindest..sweetest blog! You giveaway so many lovely, practical things. I am never disappointed visiting you. I LOVE this. Watercolored edges…beautiful:)
    thank you

  52. Priscilla January 5, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Emily, thanks for sharing all those beautiful things. You really inspire me with your crafts and words.
    Big hug from Brazil,

  53. lindsay January 5, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    #1. you’re so clever with your glitter paint! I always glue the edges and then dust them in the glitter. your method seems like it makes much more sense… I wish I’d read your post before tonight! #2. Also, just used the luxe white paper tonight. the best. #3. SO glad you’re doing these printables!! everyone should have access to having beautiful stationary at an affordable price! great job, emily!

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