How do you choose the right paper for a thank you card?

The manual “How do you choose the right paper for a thank you card?” provides step-by-step instructions on choosing the right paper for handwritten thank you cards. The purpose of the guide is to help readers select the most suitable paper for their thank you cards, so that they can make a beautiful and personal gesture with their handwritten message.


Step 1: Determine the purpose of the thank you card

Consider what occasion or event the thank you card will serve. Is it for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or perhaps to thank guests after a party or dinner? It's important to keep the specific purpose of the thank you card in mind as this will determine the tone and message you want to convey.

Think about what message you want to convey and how you want to thank the recipient. Would you like to add a personal message or send a general thank you? Also think about any details that should be included on the card, such as names, dates or special memories. By considering the purpose of the thank you card and the desired message, you can create a card that is sincere and appropriate for the occasion.


Step 2: Choose the correct format

First choose which size you want for the thank you card. Consider whether you prefer a standard A6 format, a square card or another specific format for a unique look. Consider which format best suits the message you want to convey and the style of your design.

Then measure the dimensions of your chosen format, taking into account the printing company's requirements. Make sure your design fits exactly within the dimensions of the chosen format. Also check if there are any special finishing options, such as rounded corners or a folded card, that could affect the final size of your thank you card.


Step 3: Consider the paper type

Choose the type of paper that suits the occasion and the design of the thank you card. Think about the effect that each type of paper has on the appearance of your card and which one best suits your message. Here are a few options to choose from:

  • Glossy paper: Gives a sparkling effect and works well for colorful designs.
  • Matte paper: provides an elegant look and is ideal for cards with a lot of text.
  • Recycled paper: sustainable and gives an environmentally friendly look to your thank you card.
  • Textured paper: adds a tactile dimension to your card and can range from lightly embossed to heavier cardstock.

Carefully choose the type of paper that best suits the atmosphere you want to create and the message you want to convey with your thank you card. Each type of paper has its own charm and effect on the recipient, so take the time to consider which material will best suit your thank you card. Good luck choosing the perfect paper for your special occasion!


Step 4: Thickness and weight of the paper

First choose whether you want a sturdy card with more weight or would you prefer lighter and thinner paper. The weight of the paper is expressed in grams per square meter (g/m²). A higher weight often means sturdier paper, while lighter paper offers more flexibility. Imagine you want to print invitations for a fancy wedding. In this case, a thick and heavy paper, weighing between 200-300gsm, could enhance the luxurious look of the occasion. On the other hand, if you're designing flyers that people will want to easily put in their pockets, a lighter paper weighing 80-100 gsm is probably a better choice.

It's important to keep the purpose and look of your design in mind when choosing the thickness and weight of the paper. Feel free to experiment with different paper types and weights to see which ones work best for your project. For example, think of a menu for a restaurant. A sturdy card with a high grammage can last longer and give a luxurious look, while a thinner paper may be better suited for one-time use, such as for a temporary event. When choosing paper weight, also consider costs, as heavier paper can be more expensive than thinner paper.


Step 5: Pre-test

First, make a test print of your design on different types of paper. Make sure you use the same settings as for the final print. Change the paper each time and note which paper gives the best results.

Compare the test prints carefully. Look at the colors, the sharpness of the text, and the overall feel of the paper. Choose the paper that best matches the look you want to achieve. This way you can be sure that your final print will look exactly as you hoped.

Closing Thoughts

In the manual we discussed how to choose the right paper for a thank you card. By summarizing the most important points, you now have all the knowledge you need to choose the perfect paper for your thank you card. Good luck and have fun making your cards!

Required tools and materials

  • Thank you card
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Different types of paper
  • Pair of scissors
  • Scale
  • Printer
  • Envelopes (optional)
  • Color printer (optional)

Make smart choices

  • First consider what image you want to achieve with your thank you card. If you go for elegant and luxurious, choose thicker and smoother paper
  • Consider the colors and designs on your thank you card. Choose a paper that shows off these elements
  • Consider the finish of the paper. Matte paper gives a different look than glossy paper
  • Pay attention to the durability of the paper. If possible, choose recycled or sustainably produced paper
  • Ask for samples or samples of different types of paper to make the right choice

How to send a handwritten thank you card

  • Choose a card that suits the occasion and your personal style
  • Write a sincere message in which you thank the recipient and possibly tell them what exactly you are grateful for
  • Make sure you personally address the card and sign it with your name
  • Remember to keep your handwriting neat and legible for a neat appearance
  • Send the thank you card on time so that the recipient knows that you appreciate his or her kindness

Frequently asked questions about handwritten thank you cards

How important do you think it is to send thank you cards?

It has been scientifically proven that sending thank you cards can have a positive impact on both the sender and the recipient. Showing gratitude can lead to strengthening relationships, improving mood and even reducing stress. So, if you value strengthening your relationships and spreading positivity, sending thank you cards is definitely important.

Do you also send thank you cards to people you know less well?

Yes, it's a good idea to send thank you cards to people you don't know as well. Showing gratitude and appreciation can help strengthen relationships, even with people you are less familiar with. For example, if you received a gift or someone helped you, it is thoughtful to send a thank you card, regardless of your relationship with that person. It shows that you appreciate their kindness and can leave a positive impression.

How do you feel when you receive a thank you card?

When you receive a thank you card, you activate brain regions related to reward and happiness. This can lead to the release of oxytocin, also known as the 'cuddle hormone', which creates a feeling of warmth and connection. So overall, you feel happy and appreciated when you receive a thank you card.

How long does it usually take to send a thank you card after a special occasion?

It is customary to send a thank you card within two weeks of a special occasion. This shows your gratitude and appreciation in a polite way. It's a nice custom to let people know that you appreciate their presence or gift. So don't forget to do this on time!

Do you use special cards for thank you cards or do you make them yourself?

For thank you cards, you can either buy special ready-made thank you cards or make them yourself. It depends on your personal preference and the occasion. If you want to add a personal touch, you can choose to make them yourself using paper, markers and decorations, for example. On the other hand, there are also special thank you cards for sale that are useful if you have little time or do not feel like doing it yourself. The most important thing is that your thank you card conveys a beautiful message of gratitude!

How often do you send handwritten thank you cards?

On average, I send handwritten thank you cards about twice a month.

What is the reason you prefer handwritten thank you cards over digital ones?

Research shows that handwritten thank you cards are perceived as more personal and sincere than digital thank you notes. People often place more value on the effort put into writing a card by hand, which contributes to a deeper emotional impact. In addition, handwritten cards are often saved and read again, so that the message sticks around longer and is more durable.

Do you think writing thank you cards is an old-fashioned practice or timeless?

Writing thank you cards is generally seen as a timeless practice. Sending a personal card to express your appreciation is still highly appreciated and can have a positive impact on the recipient. It shows that you took the time to write a card especially for them and shows that you are grateful for something they have done for you. Thank you cards are therefore a great way to convey your gratitude in a personal and warm way.

What is the nicest thank you card you have ever received?

The most beautiful thank you card I have ever received was handmade and provided with a personal message that came from the heart. It showed that the sender had really taken the time to convey his or her gratitude in a special way. It wasn't so much about the extravagance of the card, but the sincerity and effort put into it. It was a gesture that really stuck with me and made me feel how much the sender appreciated what I had done for them.

Have you ever received feedback on a thank you card you sent?

Yes, some people have received feedback on thank you cards they sent. This can range from compliments on how thoughtful the gesture was to comments on the message being conveyed. It's important to remember that receiving feedback on a thank you card can be both positive and constructive.

How much value do you personally attach to receiving a handwritten thank you card?

Research has shown that receiving a handwritten thank you card leaves a deeper and more personal impression than a digital message or a standard printed card. People appreciate the time and effort it takes to write and send a card by hand. So it can certainly be of great value to the recipient!



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