When my daughter, Pia, was born a couple of months ago, I received several special gifts. Now that we’ve settled into a bit of a routine, I’ve had time to make the simple but pretty thank you cards in today’s tutorial for the givers! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to adapt The “Little Black Dress” of Calligraphy Birthday Cards concept in order to make a lovely thank you card yourself.
You can watch the video below to learn how to make this card. You’ll need to download the Perfect Calligraphy Thank You Card Template in order to create it! For a list of supplies plus written instructions, keep reading.
1. Gather Supplies
First, you’ll need to gather up a few supplies:
- Perfect Calligraphy Thank You Card Template (free download)
- A7 black card (see the tutorial video above for instructions on how to make one out of black cardstock)
- White mechanical pencil
- Parallel Glider
- Arabic gold watercolor
- Pen + nib of your choice (I used a Brause EF66 nib in an oblique pen)
- Black eraser
2. Draw Guidelines
Next, use your parallel glider, white mechanical pencil, and the Perfect Calligraphy Thank You Card Template to draw guidelines on your black card. Feel free to draw X’s in between the guidelines to avoid writing where you shouldn’t.
3. Write Your Thank You Card Calligraphy
Next, use gold watercolor and your dip pen to write “Thank You Very Much” over and over again on your card. (You’ll be glad you drew guidelines in order to complete this step!)
When you’re finished, the card will look something like this:
4. Erase the Pencil Guidelines
Once your watercolor has completely dried, use a black eraser to get rid of the white pencil guidelines.
Then, step back and enjoy your handiwork!
5. Add a Note
When you’re ready to send the card, use a white pen and elegant cursive handwriting to write a note to your recipient. I like to use nice cursive on the inside of cards like this one because it complements the pretty calligraphy on the front of the card!
Finish up by making a nice A7 envelope for your card, then send it on its merry way. An envelope like the one below would be a nice fit for a project like this thank you card, but any nicely addressed envelope will be perfect!
I hope that you can put this thank you card concept to good use! I love it because it’s elegant and pretty … a wonderful way to express your thanks to anyone for anything.
If you have time, give this card concept a try. I suspect you’ll be delighted at how well it turns out and how relaxing it is to make!