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What is a Thank You Card?

A thank you card bears a note or a letter that shows and expresses gratitude to the recipient. Thank you cards are the medium wherein people can both express their creativity and appreciation to a person, a friend, or an organization. It is simply logical and appreciative to thank someone every time you receive a gift or a favor. Gratitude can be expressed in so many ways. You can say "Thank you!" to someone, or you can also send a creative thank you card to that person. Not only does a thank you card show your gesture of appreciation, but it also is reflective of the kind of person you are.

How to Create a Thank You Card

Sending out thank you notes is not old-fashioned; it is something that continues to be a special gesture in the modern digital world. In a New York Times article entitled, "The Found Art of Thank-You Notes," fashion publicist Cristiano Magni, said these cards or notes strengthens the bond with the people in your personal and business life.

Creating thank you cards don't require tons of technicality. All you need to do is express the right words of gratitude and add flair and creativity into the design. The steps below will serve as the perfect recipe on how you can make a thank you card that can be used as a response to birthday invitations or Christmas greetings.

1. Radiate Positivity

When thanking someone, it's a must to smile to channel your happiness and appreciation. But how can you do that when you are not personally expressing your thanks to the person? It's simple. Use card designs and colors that radiate positivity and channel elegance. Most thank you cards use elegant designs and minimal elements that promote peace and calm.

2. Add Personality

Most thank you cards are sent out for personal reasons, so adding a personal touch will make it more sentimental and genuine. You can always add designs reflective of the sender and the receiver's interests and favorites. Think of a design theme and gather up your arts and crafts resources. When you want to create a handmade card, get your creative juices working, and make a masterpiece. If you opt to design digitally, launch an editing app, and start sketching the graphic designs.

3. Execute Creativity

It's time to adorn the thank you cards with the borders, colors, typography, shapes, and outlines. You can choose from tons of design inspiration; there are minimal, classic, elegant, and modern card designs that you can draw inspiration. Creativity varies for each person. What may be pleasing to you may not be as pleasant for others. But, this notion shouldn't stop you from executing your real creativity.

4. Express Gratitude

In the making thank you letters or notes, always express the message respectfully and formally. There is a basic guideline on how to write an effective thank you message. According to an article from Michigan State University, the message of thanks should include the following; the greeting, the reason why you are thanking the recipient, the appreciation message, the plan on using the gift, the closing thank you remark, and sender name with signature. Write the letter or note legibly and neatly to foster effective communication.

5. Influence Others

Bask in the goodness and generosity and pay it forward. There is simply no other more direct method in accessing our emotions and expressing them than through notes. Make more personal and heartwarming thank you cards and start influencing your peers and other people to send some thank you notes, love letters, and letters of acknowledgment. Despite the advancements we have today, thank you cards are still being used and will continue to be used if all of us will practice it day by day.