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Tips & Ideas for Designing Printable Thank You Cards

written by: Amber Neely•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 4/21/2012

If you're struggling to find the perfect way to say thank you, don't head out the card aisle in your local megamart. Stop what you're doing and take a look at this article, which describes some great tips and tricks, and provides some invaluable resources for designing printable thank you cards.

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    Thank You Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. - G.B. Stern

    Truer words may have never been spoken. Much like everyone enjoys getting presents, everyone enjoys being told "Thank You" as everyone loves to feel appreciated and have their efforts noticed. How can you portray this? Easy! Design a card from scratch, which will speak volumes more than a card picked up from a store! This article will showcase a variety of different tips and ideas on how to make your own printable thank you card.

    Image Credit: Image by Jen Collins

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    How much is too much? How much is too little? Designing printable thank you cards isn't incredibly hard, but does warrant a little bit of brainstorming. For example, you probably want to have something more whimsical if someone has done a light chore for you, such as watering your plants while you were out of town. However, if they had sent you food when you had a death in the family, something a little more serious might be in order.

    If you received an awesome birthday present, you may want to have some fun with the card! Received some great wedding presents? Something elegant may be in order. If you stop and take the time to think about the feeling you're trying to convey, you'll find that the process becomes much easier later on when you design your card.

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    If you stop and think about it, there are a lot of ways to say "Thank you!" Here's a list of some of the best examples I could come up with, so you can find just the right words to express how you feel.

    Many Thanks 

    All Occasion:

    Great Job!

    You're Fantastic!


    Thank you!

    Thank You So Much!

    You made my day!

    I'm truly grateful!


    I couldn't have done it without you!

    I'm truly grateful!

    No one holds a candle to you!

    You're the best!

    I appreciate you/your work

    You are truly appreciated

    You make my job so much easier


    The time you put in really shows!

    You're a great example for others

    Great job!

    You're a team player!

    Remarkable Job!


    High Five!

    You make me look good!




    You Rock

    In addition to saying thank you, it's also an option to mention the gift that they gave you, and how you plan on using it. Or even better, if they got you something nice for your kitchen, you could always cook them something to send along with your card.

    Image Credit: Image by Woodley Wonderworks

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    Free Thank You Poems

    Struggling to wax poetic? Don't worry about it! Poem Source offers some great free thank you poems, two of which I've listed below. These two poems are great for everything from Christmas presents to house sitting.

    You Didn’t Have To

    Thank you for what you did;

    You didn’t have to do it.

    I’m glad someone like you,

    Could help me to get through it.

    I’ll always think of you,

    With a glad and grateful heart;

    You are very special;

    I knew it from the start!

    By Joanna Fuchs

    Thoughtful Gift

    Thank you for the lovely gift;

    You didn’t have to do it.

    You have a good and gracious heart,

    But then, I always knew it.

    I love this, and I think of you

    With fondness and with pleasure;

    The gift is great, but even more,

    It’s your thoughtfulness I treasure.

    By Joanna Fuchs

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    Symbols, Fonts, & Graphics: What To Look For

    I'm not entirely sure if it's a blessing or a curse, but "Thank You" doesn't exactly have a lot of visual cues associated with it. Take a trip down any aisle of any card store, and you'll rarely see two generic Thank You cards that look the same. While this means that you might be starting blind, you do need to realize that this is a great opportunity to take some artistic liberty. In addition to that, you can use the context (eg: the reason you're thanking the person) to give you some direction. Here's a collection of Photoshop Brushes and other embellishments that can be applied to a ton of different things, and some ideas that you can draw from:

    (If you need to learn how to install Photoshop Brushes, check here: How to Find & Install Photoshop Brushes)


    Sky Brushes

    Elegant Fonts


    Swirly Brushes

    Scribble Brushes

    Grunge Brushes

    Super Cute Photoshop Brushes