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5 thank you card ideas for milestone moments


The easy way to show your gratitude

Canva makes it simple to create personalized cards(opens in a new tab or window) you share digitally with friends or clients. You can even print them(opens in a new tab or window) directly from the Canva editor. Let’s take a look at how to revive the fading art of thank you cards(opens in a new tab or window).

Below we’ll share thank you card templates suitable for different stages of your personal and professional life, helping you pay it forward. And if you want to brush up on Canva basics, check out this free tutorial(opens in a new tab or window) on getting started with Canva.

Why make thank you cards?

When was the last time you received a thank you card? It’s amazing how something so simple can make someone’s day and leave a lasting impression. Pretty obvious why it might be a good idea, right? Whether it’s a personal card or you want to turn up the gratitude for your customers or clients, Canva makes it quick and easy – even the printing.

Here are 5 occasions where sending a thank you card is just plain nice!

01. Wedding thank you cards

Writing personalized and heartfelt thank you notes to your wedding guests can show that you took the time to reflect on your guests' attendance and the significance of their contribution. Not only does this thoughtful gesture make guests feel valued, but it also makes an unforgettable impression.

02. Baby shower thank you cards

After your baby shower, it is important to show your appreciation to the friends and family who attended and gave thoughtful gifts to help prepare for the baby's arrival. One way to do this is by sending them a heartfelt thank you card.

03. Graduation thank you cards

If you've recently walked across the stage and received your diploma, it's time to celebrate. And if your loved ones have showered you with graduation gifts, don't forget to show your appreciation.

Sending a thoughtful and personalized thank you note is the perfect way to express your gratitude. Not only is it proper etiquette, but it also shows that you are taking your first steps into the world of adulthood.

04. Funeral thank you cards

The loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, and having friends and family members present can provide comfort. Acknowledging those who were there to pay their respects and show their love and support can be a healing and therapeutic process.

05. Customer thank you cards

Are you looking for an effective way to retain your customers? Writing thank you notes is a simple yet powerful way to show your appreciation and keep customers coming back for more. Sending a personalized message to your recent customers thanking them for their business goes a long way in making them feel valued and appreciated. By doing so, you increase the chances of repeat business and loyalty.

Start inspired with a card template

The easiest way to make a thank you card is to start inspired by others’ gratitude by using a template(opens in a new tab or window). In the Canva, search for ‘thank you cards’ or, if you want to narrow your search to something more specific, add some adjectives.

A template is a starting point and every design element is fully customizable. So you can change the size, color(opens in a new tab or window) and position of everything, including removing it altogether. If you need some tips on how to choose the right font and some layout tips, watch this free video tutorial(opens in a new tab or window).

Easier color choices with the color picker tool

Did you know the Mantis Shrimp can see four times as many colors as humans? There’s more to color than meets the eye and there’s a handy tool to help you grab colors from images and use them in other elements.

To use the color picker tool, click on an image, then go to the color square in the top left of the screen just to the left of the ‘animate’ button. Click it and it opens up the color panel.

From there, you’ll see a color palette created from colors from the image. Click the blank square with the ‘plus’ in the middle to add a new color. Then click the dropper icon below and to the right of the large color rectangle.

This is your color picker tool. Then go to your image, click on whichever color you’d like to replicate and watch as it appears in your color palette. You can then apply that color to any element you wish – pretty great, right?

Animating a digital thank you card

If you’re saving on paper and want to send a digital thank you card, why not animate it? You can animate any element with two clicks. Select the element you want to animate and to the top left of your design, you’ll see the ‘animate’ button and click it.

Scroll across to see different animation options and a fun tip is you can select your whole design and apply animations to the whole page, including combination animations. It’s an easy way to create an even more engaging thank you card.

How to print thank you cards in Canva

And if you want to go right back to thank you cards’ pre-internet roots, you can even print them directly from Canva.

In the top right of the editor, next to the share button, click ‘Print card’ and follow the prompts. Mark the front and back, and choose your paper size, paper type, finish and quantity. You’ll then be prompted to proof your design and text. Then checkout and that’s it – you’ve sent your thank you cards to print!

Check out our video tutorial

For a more in-depth look at how to make thank you cards with Canva, check out our video tutorial(opens in a new tab or window).

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