DIY, Houston Makers

How To Make a Bad Ass Thank You Card

Pretty Peas Paperie Creator Nikki

This is Nikki. Or rather it’s a cute photo of Nikki showcasing one of her handmade designs (see bottom of post for actual photo). Nikki is a Houston local, creator of Pretty Peas Paperie and my personal Gift Card Fairy. To give you a little background, this amazing creative started a DIY-focused blog in 2012 and turned the blog into a stamp business in 2013, all while owning and operating her own Graphic Design Studio.

But today, she’s here to help my not-very-crafty self create a few handmade Thank You cards to make up for the fact that my thank you notes are 6 months late (at best). You know, it’s the personal touches that really count :). Read on to learn how you can do the same.

Clean Surface for Watercolor

Step ONE A. Develop the crafty gene (haha, kidding #notkidding). Or invite someone over who has it, luckily I have Nikki
Step ONE B. Set up your work station by using something to protect the surface from paint, we used some spare poster board. And keep a few paper towels handy (or A LOT of paper towels for when you spill the water jar <– actually happened). For this step of the project you’ll need a standard notecard, brush, watercolor palette and jar of water.

Blue Ombre Watercolor Card

Step TWO. Dip your brush into water, dab the water off and pick up color from your palette on the brush. As you can see, the palette used included a few different shades of blue, making it easy to achieve an ombre effect. However, you can also use just one shade and deepen the color from bottom to top by using a few more strokes on the bottom and working your way up using fewer and fewer strokes.

Thank You Stamp

Step THREE. From there, your card will need a little while to dry, so it’s helpful to make multiple cards at once so you can keep a supply. Next, using a dry card and your fancy new stamp from Pretty Peas Paperie you can now stamp a cute message on the bottom. The great thing about the clear rubber stamps that Nikki designs and manufactures is that they allow you to line the stamp up straight using the transparent material of the stamp before you press down (see below address stamp GIF to see how this can really be helpful).

Hand Stamped Card and Envelope

Step FOUR. For funsies, use another stamp (like the XO above) to create a repeating pattern design on your envelope. Trust me, the more time it LOOKS like you put in to this horribly-late thank you card, the better.

Address Stamp Application GIF

Step FIVE. Using post-it note tape (this kind, available for purchase here), stamp on the return address and wrap around the card. Or you can leave the entire strip on the front of the card, I sometimes prefer it this way myself.

Sorry This Is Late Rubber Stamp


Step SIX. Only if your thank-you note skills are as poor as mine, use this handy “Sorry This Is Late” stamp to make people think you’re actually sorry (I never am :).

I hope you enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed creating it. Nikki was delightful to work with and “learned” me on so many crafty things that I can now wield a stamp with confidence, though I might leave the watercolor-ing to the professionals (see inevitable spilling from earlier in the post). If you’d like to learn about another incredible Houston maker, click here.