Layered Holiday Thank You Card

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Posted on December 10, 2021 by Jan Hunter

Sending Thank You cards is becoming a lost art.  Most givers appreciate the extra thoughtfulness that goes into the writing of a sincere thank you and even more so, LOVE a handmade card that carries the message to them.  Create this Thank You care any recipient will appreciate using files found at Creative Fabrica.    

This Christmas Watercolor Collection from Creative Fabrica offers berries and pine elements. 

The dotted paper is from this Kisses Paper Pack.

Fonts: Susanna and Samantha Script Upright were used for the sentiment.  

You’ll also need: 

  • Cardstock in white, red, and dark green
  • Foil Quill
  • Heat foil (silver)
  • Electronic cutting machine and associated software
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Double stick tape (Scor-Tape)
  • Pop up foam dots
  • Scissors

Open your cutting machine’s software.  SCAL 5 Pro was used to set up the elements for printing, the foil quill, and cutting. 

Fill a vertical rectangle sized to 3.75 x 5.00 inches with the tan dotted paper.  6.00 x 6.00 was selected in the Load Pattern Image window of SCAL. 

Import the watercolor elements.  Size as needed for the card.  TIP:  stack all the pieces needed in the order of use to check the size of each of the elements.  Unstack again for printing.  Check Preview to make sure all the elements will print and cut as desired. 

Print these elements using the Print and Cut commands in your software.  Cut the elements.  As you’ll see in the images, the cuts of the pine elements are a little jagged, but that adds some additional charm to the piece.  You could add a blackout shadow if desired for a smoother cut. 

Open the scalloped square image (from a Penny Duncan Shaplie file).  Size one of the images in the file to approximately 2.210 inches wide.  Make sure that the keep proportions box is checked  This image isn’t exactly square, but very close.  Select a square from the library and size to fit inside the scalloped square.  Set the line of the square to a dashed line.  Select both the scalloped square and the dashed line square.  Center vertically and horizontally to the selection. Cut the image from white cardstock. 

Create the sentiment using the Susanna font to type the THANK.  Open the Samantha font and type the word YOU in lower case.  Stretch “you” to be centered under THANK.  Using the line fill command, and YOU highlighted, fill the word.  The detail in this is perfect for using the foil quill.  Making sure the word “you” is selected, set the cut line to draw.  Repeat for the word THANK.  Group the lettering.  Highlight this group and select create a shadow layer in the Effects dropdown of the SCAL software.  Choose a blackout shadow and Rounded edges.  The finished size of this element is 2.056w x 1.307h inches

Heat up the foil quill.  It takes approximately 15 minutes.  Select your cardstock – red was used for this card and place it in the area on the mat where the drawing and cutting will take place.  Secure the foil in place and once that’s done, you can place the mat in the machine.  Once the foil quill is ready for use and following the directions in your software, allow the foil quill to do its magic. 

Do not remove the mat from the machine.  You should remove the foil and any tape/fastening used to hold the foil in place.  Replace the foil quill with the cutting blade.  Cut the shadow layer.

Cut the other base pieces.  1 dark green piece at 4.00 x 5.25 and another piece at 4.25 x 5.50.  The two base pieces in the same color adds a bit of depth.  You can select another color if desired. 

Begin the layering process:

Choosing the tan dotted piece, secure to the dark green piece that is cut at 4.00 x 5.25. 

Add the scalloped square as shown in the screenshot below. 

Using some foam dots, place the two evergreen pieces as shown below. 

Add the berries that also have foam dots.

Lastly, add the sentiment.  Stack 2 foam dots for a bit of extra dimension and secure the sentiment as shown above. 

Place this layered piece and center on the 4.25 x 5.50-inch piece of dark green previously cut.  Once the two layers are secured, you can place them on a card base.  The base in this instance will be 5.50 w x 8.50h scored and folded at 4.25 along the 8.50 side of the card. 

Additional Options

 To change this up for other occasions, change the watercolor elements.  The library at Creative Fabrica is plentiful and you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something suitable.  Change the base colors to suit the elements.  Digital papers are also widely available across Creative Fabrica.  Use white or off-white cardstock and print your own background colors for the bases.  If you’re planning on creating a large number of cards at one time, consider layering the elements in the cutting software.  Set all the elements to Print 2 cut with the exception of the bottom layer.  Print and cut the card front.  Place on a prepared card base. 

Additional ideas and inspiration can be found on Jan’s blog and author page. If you choose to try this idea, we’d love for you to share!

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Layered Holiday Thank You Card


Beautiful! Love the Samantha font!

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Jan Hunter

December 14, 2021


Thanks, Linnea. I love it as well and the glyphs are fab too!

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