Printed pictures are rare these days and that makes me a bit sad. It’s just so easy to snap photos on our phones, post them, and look back on them whenever we want to. So now more than ever it feels like there is something extra special about printing a photo. Especially if you’re going to print a photo and send it to someone in the mail, and not through the internet somehow, right!? Which is the idea behind these thank you cards. Take special photos in advance, knowing you will make these cards, so that the thank you recipient not only gets a hand-written thank you (also rare) but a printed photo to boot!
Also, Canon just came out with a turquoise printer and we’re obsessed!
Two, Free Editable Designs
Today we’re sharing two free thank you card design options and they are both editable! Download your favorite and easily edit to add your name and event. The grayscale designs look fabulous printed on any color of cardstock!
My sweet Hadley Jane turned one this past month and we decided, per advice I received from my mom friends, not to open gifts at her party. There were about 15 kids there who ranged from 1-10 and I’ve been told that opening presents can make the non-bday kids a little crazy. So we skipped it. There were two older family members who were not excited about that and actually made me bring their gifts inside to open in front of them, LOL. When I did open gifts with Hadley over the next few days, I did it slow and took photos of her playing with each toy. I started texting them to the gift giver saying thank you for the gift and then I had this idea! Why not take the photos, print them, and include them with a hand-written thank you ~ and I’m thrilled with how they turned out!
Download + Edit
First, visit the end of the post and click on the graphic that says “free printables”. It will automatically start a download for you of these files. Before you can edit the documents properly, you’ll need to download the free fonts Mensch and Lie To Me, and then install them on your computer.
Open the file using Adobe Acrobat Or Adobe Reader where you can edit to add your information and then save the file. Once you edit one of the invites, click the other and it will automatically update the text for you, awesome!
Select To Print
Using the amazing new Canon PIXMA TS5320 gives you professional looking results from home, within a cute compact all-in-one printer!
Click to select the following in the print queue along with selecting the actual printer:
- Page Sizing: Actual Size
- Orientation: Portrait
- Paper Location: Rear Tray
- Print Quality: Best
- Media Type: Card Stock YAYA!!! There is finally a cardstock option on a printer! Hallelujah!
Print your edited design on 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in your choice of color! Light to medium shades will work the best. There are two cards per sheet sized at A6 (4 1/2″ x 6 1/4), so you’ll also need A6 envelopes.
Trim each of the A6 cards down to size. Print and cut as many as you need.
Peel + Stick
Then simply peel the backing off the ZINC photo stickers and place onto the area designed for them on each card. I printed Hadley’s thank you’s in three different shades of cardstock, so I tried to match the photo with the color that looked the best.
Heartfelt Thank Yous Made Easy
Shea O. our Pinterest and Craft Editor, took special pictures with each guest at her baby shower and actually sent printed pictures along with each thank you, so she let me borrow a few to print. There are many different reasons to send someone a special picture and thank you, your baby’s first birthday and baby shower are just a few! We also have wedding specific thank you cards just like these and you can find them here.
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // Canon PIXMA TS5320 All-in-One Printer, Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer, and Canon IVY Cliq+: courtesy of Canon // Paper Trimmer: Fiskars // Cardstock: Michaels // Nail Polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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