Papercut Thank You Card

Thank You Card

My dearest cousin Karen did me such a kindness a while back, that just sending an email was not enough. So I wanted to make a card as stylish and elegant as she is.

I had an idea a while back for a papercut card backed with vellum, and this seemed like the perfect time to make it a reality.

Thank You Card tutorial Step 1

I started by formatting the image I wanted to cut out in a Word document. I drew a text box the size I wanted the window to be, and then I put another text box on top with my words inside. Make sure the second text box has no outline and no fill selected so you can see the one behind it. Then position the second text box so the letters line up on the bottom, joining them to the paper that will be left behind when you cut it all out.

Thank You Card tutorial Step 2

Cut your cardstock to size – mine measured 11″ wide by 4 1/4″ tall, and then I scored it so that when the card was folded it fit inside the 5 1/2″ envelopes I have.

Position your printout where you want to make your cuts, and tape everything down sturdily.

Thank You Card tutorial Step 3

Cut the window out with a sharp exacto knife, being careful you don’t cut through the letters. Those have to stay behind.

Thank You Card tutorial Step 4
Glue a piece of vellum behind the cutout. I had this piece of vellum with silver embossed starts on it I really liked, but I think it would be fun to make a stained glass effect with different colors of vellum.

I typically don’t like making handmade cards. They’re often just as much work as a full scrapbook page and it’s something that is so transitory. This one was simple enough that I won’t feel bad when the inevitable happens and Karen throws it away, but it’s special enough that I think it will tell Karen I think she’s special too.