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How to Design Thoughtful Thanksgiving Cards

By Melanie Doncas | Designer Tutorials Inspiration

Thanksgiving might serve as the perfect reminder for us to reflect on what we’re thankful for, but let’s face it – it’s important to express gratitude (especially to our loved ones) year-round. While you might attribute that warm and fuzzy feeling with expressing gratitude, it actually goes well beyond, providing us with numerous health benefits too. A 2012 study found grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, while Robert A. Emmons (a leading gratitude researcher) confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

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If there’s one way you can go a step beyond this Thanksgiving to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them, it’s to send them a handmade card. BeFunky’s Graphic Designer now has beautifully designed Thanksgiving Cards that you can customize in minutes! All you have to do is make them personal, print them out, and send them digitally or via snail mail. How easy is that?!

Three Ways to Express Your Gratitude with a Card

Expressing your thankfulness needn’t cost money, nor should it take up a huge amount of your time. After all, it’s the thought that counts! Below, we’ve listed three great ways you can cultivate gratitude – starting from today.

Digital Thanksgiving Cards

These days, we’re a digital bunch, so why not embrace email or social media to express your gratitude on Thanksgiving? Simply create your Thanksgiving card, then save it as an image to email to your friends and family.

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Alternatively, you can share it to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to spread the love! 

Mailed Thanksgiving Cards

If snail mail is more your thing, then you can create your Thanksgiving card digitally before printing it out and writing sweet messages to each of your loved ones. Then, all that’s left to do is send it in the mail and wait for them to receive the kind gesture.

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Sending a physical card in the mail gives your loved ones something tangible they can display and cherish year-round.

Thank You Cards

In addition to Thanksgiving card templates, BeFunky also offers an array of Thank You Cards, which are perfect for sending or giving to people any day of the year.

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Remember, it’s important to cultivate gratitude as much as possible in life – not only to reap its positive benefits for yourself, but to remind others just how thankful you are to have them in your life.

How To Create Your Own Thanksgiving Cards

Ready to express your thankfulness with a heartfelt card? Go to BeFunky’s Graphic Designer, then click on the Search Templates button in the Templates tab. Type Thanksgiving into the search bar, then select a card template that takes your fancy.

Thanksgiving Card Maker templates by BeFunky

Once your template has loaded, it’s time to swap out the existing photo for one representing you or your family. You do this by clicking on the image and then selecting Replace from the Image Properties toolbar which appears. Alternatively, you can navigate to Image Manager from the main menu (the first option) and upload your desired image from your computer, Facebook, or BeFunky. Then, simply drag-and-drop the image thumbnail from your upload to replace the existing image on the template. 

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Not all Thanksgiving cards have to contain a photo, however, so if you’ve chosen a template only containing text and graphics, you might not have to do this.  

Next, it’s time to personalize the text and change the existing message. To do this, click on any text box on your template twice and type anything you want. When you select a text box, a Text Properties toolbar appears where you can also adjust things such as the Font, Size, Color, Spacing, and more. You can also add a new text box by navigating to the Text tab (the A icon) in the main menu on the left and then clicking Add Text.

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If you want to add some additional, fun elements to your card, click on the Design Elements tab (the heart symbol) in the main menu on the left. You can choose from Basic Shapes or click Search Graphics to find everything from ribbons and ornaments to floral icons and so much more. You can even type Thanksgiving into the search bar to find graphics related to the holiday.

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If you fancy changing the background color of your card, you can do this by selecting Customize in the main menu and choosing one of the colored squares. You can also select a color of your choosing by clicking on the first square with the dropdown symbol on it. Find your desired shade using the Color Chart, type in its HEX Color Code, or use the Eye Dropper Tool to use a hue already present in your card.

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Once you’re happy with your Thanksgiving card design, all that’s left to do is save it so it’s ready to share with your loved ones – either digitally or printed out and mailed to them. Click Save at the top to save your work to your Computer, as well as Facebook, Dropbox, and more! If you want to come back to your project at a later date (i.e. to tweak your design for next year’s card), then we also recommend the Save as Project option (which lets you save it as an editable BeFunky Project file to your BeFunky account or Computer).

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Now, that’s a lot to be thankful for!

Final Results

When expressing your gratitude through a heartfelt, custom-made Thanksgiving card is this easy, there’s no excuse not to!

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Ready to spread the good vibes? Get started below!

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