When the holidays end, thank you card writing begins. This last holiday season was no exception and I was blessed with all that I received. In order to properly thank all of my friends and family, I vowed to create thank you cards that were unique and creative (sorry Hallmark). I have been crafting gifts and cards for the people in my life since middle school and I get so much joy and satisfaction out of it. The kid in me will always get excited when I receive a gift; gifts just make you feel special. But as I've gotten older, I realize more and more that the true gift is giving to others. I put a lot of time and effort into what I give my friends and family, whether it is a book, a card, or a t-shirt, and seeing them open that gift is a feeling that can't be beat.
One of the best gifts I ever gave was actually not something I made. It was something I gave my best friend's parents, who are like my second family. I have spent so much time with these people over the years and I love them dearly. Clearly for such important people in my life, the greatest of gifts is deserved. I ended up giving them a VHS copy of a 1971 British movie called The Statue. This movie wasn't easy to find either; I couldn't just run down to Target. But I searched the internet and found it somehow. Now why is this random movie such a great gift? Well, these friends have mentioned this movie numerous times to me over the years. They originally saw it in Germany, in the '70s, when they lived there as newlyweds. They loved it and always described it as being "the funniest movie ever." As kids, my best friend and I would nod our heads in agreement and probably role our eyes. "Sure it was the funniest movie ever. How great could it be, it was done in the '70s?" Their praise for The Statue apparently stuck and I was able to remember in time to purchase the movie for the holidays. Lucky me! They were so surprised by it. The reason why I loved giving that gift is not because it was a quirky, funny movie (and it is by the way - they were right, it is hilarious!), but because giving that gift meant that our conversations throughout the years meant something to me and that I listened to them. I think parents are always pleasantly surprised when they discover that their words have resonated with their children. Seeing how excited they were and how this simple gift brought back all of these great memories for them was the greatest feeling for me.
I decided to incorporate vintage postcards into my thank you cards this year. I had also started doing embroidery so I wanted to include that as well. The mixture of vintage and handmade elements always makes me super happy so I was pleased with the results. The cards were easy and a big hit with everyone. Below is how I achieved the look:
1. vintage postcards (I got mine at Precious Times), 2. thicker card stock (mine had a great texture to it), 3. your favorite pen, 4. a ruler, 5. embroidery thread (any color), 6. fabric to embroider onto (I used M.C.G. Textiles Evenweave fabric from Michaels), 7. scissors, 8. date stamp & word stamp, 9. metallic brads, and 10. bakers twine
First, stamp a message and the date onto the back of the postcard.
Attach the postcard to the card stock (cut to the same size as the postcard) with a scrapbook brad.
Write your personal message on the card stock. You could type the message but handwriting is a more personal touch.
Cut a 1.5" strip of Evenweave fabric that will fit around the postcard.
Spell out "thank you" onto the fabric. I just did it by hand using pencil. You could use a fabric pen that washes off but once you embroider, you can't see the pencil anyway.
Embroider the "thank you." I just used a simple backstitch but you could use a fancier stitch if you wanted to be, you know, fancier!
After embroidering the letters, sew the edges of the fabric together so that it creates a loop and will fit around the postcard.
Slip the fabric onto the finished card and adorn with some bakers twine.
And you're done! This is an easy, unique card alternative.
I hope you enjoyed the first Crafted DIY! There will be many more to come.