Make Custom Thanksgiving Cards

Dana Hinders
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Learning how to make custom Thanksgiving cards is a great way to celebrate the holiday season and show your appreciation for your loved ones.

How to Make Custom Thanksgiving Cards

Making Thanksgiving cards doesn't have to be difficult if you keep in mind a few basic card making tips:

  • To make the process easier on yourself, don't try to create 20-30 cards in one evening. Allow yourself plenty of time to get the project finished.
  • If you have the room, make an "assembly line" with all the supplies you need to make your cards laid out in a step-by-step fashion.
  • While many people do choose to buy pre-made envelopes for their cards, you can save money by making your own envelopes from the paper of your choice. LoveToKnow Origami has an easy envelope tutorial that shows you how.
  • Don't fret if your cards aren't all 100% perfect. Handmade cards with a few quirks are just that much more charming!

Designing Your Cards

When making custom Thanksgiving cards, you can choose from a variety of embellishments. Patterned paper, stickers, rub-ons, chipboard shapes, and rubber stamps are available in designs featuring apples, pumpkins, leaves, pilgrims, turkeys, and other seasonal fall accents. If you want to have your children help you with your card making project, use a handprint turkey as the basis for your design.Traditional color schemes for Thanksgiving cards incorporate rich autumn shades:

  • Chocolate
  • Ivory
  • Rust
  • Olive
  • Forest green
  • Eggplant
  • Scarlet
  • Pumpkin
  • Burnt orange
  • Gold

If you need some help arranging the various elements on your page, you can find a variety of sketches for card making on the PageMaps Web site. Although the site is labeled as a resource for scrapbookers, there is a separate section devoted exclusively to card making designs. There are also several card making projects you can use for inspiration in the LoveToKnow Crafts Card Making Ideas gallery.

Ideas for Thanksgiving Photo Cards

A greeting card that features a photo is sure to be appreciated by family and friends. Even people who don't normally save the cards they receive hang on to photo cards.

Ideas for Thanksgiving photo cards can include:

  • Have your children dress up as pilgrims.
  • Snap a candid shot of your kids playing in the leaves.
  • Take a picture of the family at the local pumpkin patch.
  • Get pictures of the family chef practicing recipes for Thanksgiving dinner.

When you make custom Thanksgiving cards with family photos, consider using photo corners to attach the image you choose to the front of the card. This will make it easier for the recipient to place the photo in a frame or album at a later date.

If you need help downloading these printables, check out these helpful tips.

Thanksgiving Day Greeting Card Verses

Thanksgiving Day greeting card verses can be simple and sweet or slightly humorous. Choose a verse that fits your impression of the holiday as well as the personality of the card recipient.

You can find ideas for Thanksgiving Day greeting card verses by visiting the following helpful Web sites:

Many card makers choose to use rubber stamps, alphabet stickers, or free computer fonts to create the text on their cards. However, calligraphy can add a beautiful touch to an otherwise simple Thanksgiving card design. To learn more about how to add calligraphy to your handmade greeting cards, check out the following articles from LoveToKnow Crafts:

Printable Thanksgiving Cards

If you don't have time to make Thanksgiving cards from scratch, start with a free printable design and customize it by adding stickers, buttons, ribbon, stamped images, or other embellishments.Printable Thanksgiving cards can be found online at:

Make Custom Thanksgiving Cards