DIY Holiday: Fingerprint Thank You Cards

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The tree and decorations may be down (or not), but if you're anything like us, your house is still cluttered with the gift boxes from unwrapped holiday gifts. As you get things in order over the next week or so, consider spending a little time making these cute, fast fingerprint thank you cards to, well, say thanks to those who gave you and the kids all those new goodies. MomSpeaker Trish Adkins explains the process here.

I recently prepped homemade thank you cards so I was ready to acknowledge all the wonderful gifts and blessings we've been given this Christmas season. These DIY Fingerprint Thank You Notes come together in a snap and feature talking snowmen. I wanted to make something wintry but not too Christmasy. I also like a touch of whimsy and I think I am pretty clever, hence the speech bubbles.

Using fingerprints and ink pads is such a simple way to craft very personal and homemade stationery. I have this amazing book, Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Drawing Book. The book has endless ideas for making art from your fingerprints. It is such a great craft resource on my bookshelf.

These fingerprint thank you notes take just a few minutes to put together. You can customize the speech bubble on the front and write your words of gratitude on the inside.

You will need:

  • A selection of colored Sharpies or other markers for embellishing
  • Light-blue ink pad (I love the Ink It Up! ink pads from A.C. Moore. I used "French Blue.")
  • Blank note cards and envelopes (or even paper folded into a card)

Stamp your snowman using your fingers (or your kids' fingers, if they cooperate). I used my thumb for the bottom snowball, my index figure for the middle and my pinkie for the top. Then embellish. Add eyes, a carrot nose, arms, a scarf, a hat and, of course, some coal buttons. Then add the speech bubble. Some cute things your snowman could say:

  • "I loved it!"
  • "You made my day!"
  • "Thanks!"
  • " You know who rocks? YOU!"
  • "That gift made me melt."

Trish Adkins is a South Jersey mom. This post is adapted from her blog, Yoke.

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