• “Abundant Gratitude” Hand-Lettered Thank You Card Tutorial

    Today, I’ll walk you through how to make a stunning hand-drawn black and white thank you card. It’s admittedly not the most efficient project, so I’ve also got a ready-to-send shortcut option for those who are pressed for time.

    Free Gorgeous Printable Thank You Card + Tutorial
    This hand-lettered thank you card features plenty of contrast, florals, and a few well-placed pearls.

    Next time you have both an abundance of gratitude and time, try your hand at this floral hand-lettered thank you card tutorial! It’s not a quick project, but the gorgeous effect is worth the effort. For those who admire this motif but are short on time, a printed card set made from the “abundant gratitude” design is available here.

    The Abundant Gratitude Thank You Cards + Envelope Set

    Balancing time is a challenge for anyone, especially when you want to express gratitude with a personal touch that a handmade card provides. Today’s handmade card took me around six hours to create; and, realistically, I don’t have that kind of time to make a card every time the need arises. So, I used the design to make a set of greeting cards.

    The “Abundant Gratitude” thank you card set mirrors the hand-drawn design featured in today’s tutorial, capturing both warmth and authenticity on premium 160# stock. These cards replicate the feel of a hand-crafted piece, perfect for conveying heartfelt thanks with a personal touch.

    How to Make an”Abundant Gratitude” Hand-Lettered Thank You Card

    Gorgeous Printable Thank You Card + Tutorial

    If you have the time and interest, I warmly encourage you to craft a card like this one yourself! Here’s a list of supplies to get you started:

    1. Make a Pencil Draft of Your Lettering

    First, make a pencil draft of block letters. A parallel glider will come in really handy when doing this; that way, you can ensure the lines on letters like “T” and “H” are parallel. Then, make them 3D by displacing parallel lines to the right and connecting the lines to the original letters.

    You can learn how to make 3D lettering in this tutorial.

    Next, draw a banner, and use Sans Serif lettering inside that banner.

    As long as you maintain a nice balance of 3D letters, banners, and sans serif lettering, you can write out any message you want.

    Finish up by using a straight pen, a Nikko G nib, and sumi or Ziller ink to trace over your pencil draft. You can use stippling (tiny dots) and hatching (closely-spaced lines) to add interest and dimension.

    If you’re unfamiliar with terms like “stippling” and “hatching,” no worries. Just echo what you see above, and your design will turn out polished and professional.

    2. Add Flowers

    In the name of saving time, I chose not to draft out my entire floral design in pencil. Instead, I drew flowers at random, starting with a cosmos. To make one like it, use your pencil to draw a small circle (around 1/2″ [~1.25 cm] in diameter). Then, use your pen and ink to draw several petals that taper toward the center. Finish up this step by drawing several small marks inside the pencil circle.

    Drawing a Flower
    To make this flower, draw a faint center circle first. Then, draw petals that attach to the center circle. Finish up this step by making small marks in the center of the flower.

    Now, add shading where the petals meet the center of the flower.

    Florals for Printable Thank You Card

    Finish the flower with plenty of thin lines and shading where the flower makes contact with your lettering.

    Be sure to include some shadows on the flower in the areas where it meets a letter or the banner. This will help the lettering to not get so lost in the design.

    Next, try adding a few daisies throughout your piece. To do that, start with a circle and draw a dark, smaller circle inside.

    Drawing Daisies
    Look to where my nib is pointing. This will be the center of the daisy!

    Next, add lots of long, narrow petals, and fill them in with thin lines and shading just like you did with your large flowers. Fill in any small, enclosed spaces with black.

    Drawing a Daisy
    Try drawing several daisies and cosmos in various sizes around your lettering.

    3. Draw Leaves

    Once you’ve drawn your daisies and cosmos, try punctuating your piece with some simple leaves like the ones shown below.

    Adding Leaves
    Continue to fill in any small, closed spaces with ink.

    4. Draw Clematis Flowers and Berries

    After you’re happy with your leaves and your flowers, try adding a few clematis flowers, berries, and branches to fill in negative space. Once you’ve drawn these elements, use a small paintbrush to fill in the rest of the space with black ink.

    Adding Black to the Printable Thank You Card
    It’s easiest to create large areas of black ink with a paintbrush (sizes 0 or 1 are ideal).

    Finish your piece by making a subtle floral border around your lettering. All of the floral elements in the border should touch one another, which facilitates you getting to fill the negative space inside with black.

    Printable Thank You Card
    See how leaves and berries connect to the “K” in order to form a border here?

    Finish adding flowers, berries, leaves, and black until you feel happy with how the design looks.

    5. Enjoy Your Handiwork!

    Once you finish your design, erase any pencil guidelines and give yourself a pat on the back! This project requires patience, so you have every right to be proud of what you’ve created.

    Free Gorgeous Printable Thank You Card + Tutorial

    Remember, you can modify this project to communicate anything you want! Whether you use it on a card, mail art, or a sketchbook page, this concept will always render a beautiful visual experience.

    A Couple of Notes

    This project is intricate and time-consuming; be sure to save it for a day when you don’t have a lot going on. If you do make this project, I recommend using waterproof ink. I think that this could look really cool with some Arabic Gold watercolor highlights, and you don’t want your black ink to run if you end up going the watercolor route.

    Printable Thank You Card

    In my opinion, a motif like this looks best when made with a dip pen because it’s easy to make thick, dramatic strokes and wispy, thin hatching (i.e. lines used for shading purposes). However, if you’re not comfortable using a dip pen, a gel pen like Muji or Gellyroll would make for a good substitute. Finally, remember that you don’t have to limit your use of this technique to a thank you card; it would also be great on a birthday card or in a sketchbook.

    I hope that you feel inspired by this tutorial, and that you enjoy TPK’s new thank you card set! Have a wonderful, creative weekend, and thanks very much for reading today.