5 Minute Handmade Thank You Cards using Cricut Explore

Posted on Mar 1 2016 - 6:56pm by Monica
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Time for some handmade thank you cards!! But first, I have to thank you. I’ve been absent for a bit… I’ve been busy getting married and pregnant!! Little boy Snyder is due July 23 and it has been a fabulous whirlwind since the wedding in September. Please forgive me. And you’re not the only ones I’ve asked for forgiveness from… I’ve been absent from friends too. So absent that I’m just now getting around to sending my friend Autumn her sweater back that she left at my house 6 months ago. Good thing she loves me! ūüôā

Since it has been sooooo long, I wanted to send a little handmade love along with the sweater. She loves cards as much as I do so I whipped up three 5 Minute Thank You Cards using my Cricut Explore to send to her.

5 Minute Handmade Thank You Cards using Cricut Explore

5 Minute Handmade Thank You Cards using Cricut Explore

 

What You’ll Need for
5 Minute Handmade Thank You Cards

 

1) A Base Set of Cards

The reason these were so easy is that I used some plain cards as a base. This set of cards was at Michaels for $5. For 80 cards, I snagged it up. They have a great mix of plain cards and simple prints so I knew they could be used as great backgrounds for simple cards.

The Secret to Easy Hand Made Cards

The Secret to Easy Hand Made Cards

2) A Cricut Explore

Here’s a link to the one I have on Amazon. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this machine!

3) Cricut Design Studio

This comes with your Cricut Explore. It’s the online software you use to make cuts with the machine.¬†I subscribe to Cricut Access ¬†for a monthly/yearly fee which allows me to use images without paying for them individually.

For these cards, I quickly pulled out these images with searches for “balloon” and “thank you”. Here’s a link to the project in Design Studio so you don’t have to search. The cotton candy image is $0.99 even with Cricut Access but the others are included with Cricut Access.

3 Thank You Cards in Cricut Explore Design Space

3 Thank You Cards in Cricut Explore Design Space

4) A Printer

2 of these cards are “print-then-cut” which means you’ll print them on your home printer and then cut them with the machine.

5) Cardstock

I used ivory card stock for the print-then-cut images (the girl holding the balloons and the cotton candy) and for the little balloon hearts. I used blue glitter cardstock for the <3 felt thanks image. You will want to use whatever coordinates with your base cards.

 


 

Let’s Make Some Cards!

 

Cotton Candy Thank You Card

Easy, Cute, Hand Made, Modern Cotton Candy Thank You Card

Easy, Cute, Hand Made, Modern Cotton Candy Thank You Card

The cotton candy thank you image in Cricut is actually a tag so I did a quick welding of it with a circle to made it be a cute card front without a tag hole. Then I did the print-then-cut. I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink by Tim Holtz to give it a little extra pop. Next, I glued it down to the heart card that was in the box of cards from Michaels. That was it! I was done!

Girl Holding Balloons 5 Minute Easy Handmade Thank You Card

5 Minute Handmade Thank You Card

5 Minute Handmade Thank You Card

This little girl holding her balloons is a print-then-cut from Cricut. The “thank you” text is another image that is written on with the Midnight Pen by Cricut. The purple heart balloon is an image that included a string for the balloon so I removed it since the string was already part of the print then cut. I oritinally cut the heart balloon out of some polka-dot paper but didn’t like it. So I decided to ink the back of it in Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac Distress Ink¬†and use it as the front! Glue it all together on one the the Micheals cards and you are done!

Glittery Heartfelt Thanks Handmade Thank You Card

Glittery Homemade Thank You Card

Glittery Homemade Thank You Card

This adorable <3 felt thanks image is available in Design Space. It is so cute that all I wanted to do with it was have it cut on glitter paper. After cutting, I sealed the glitter with sparkle ModPodge because open a glitter card loses its sparkle fast when glitter goes everywhere. Then I glued it like below¬†and stuck it on! Make sure not to use too much glue on your handmade thank you cards so it doesn’t spill over. Voila, super quick and easy!

How to Glue Word Items

How to Glue Word Items

Thanks so much for reading!

I’d love to see your handmade thank you cards in the comments or share your tips and tricks for quick cards!

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