14/08/2014 16:38 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

How To Make Papercut Thank You Cards

If you're prone to forgetting all about thank you cards, the girls from The New Craft Society have got a solution - make your own!

After Christmas or a birthday, sending out thank you cards for the gifts I've received easily slips my mind. It always ends up being a mad rush weeks later. So this year I'm being (slightly) more prepared. I've decided to papercut all of my own thank you cards. It's such an incredibly easy project and anyone can do it with just a few tools. AND it makes a great last handmade touch to say thank you with.


You will need:
- Blank cards
- Craft knife
- Pencil
- Cutting mat

You need to:
- First decide on your design. This could be anything from simple lettering or a more elaborate design - be as imaginative as you want!
- Lightly draw on your design. If you want to create a frame around your design use a ruler to make it neat. Drawing on your design first makes it a lot easier to cut out later and you can always rub out any pencil markings that are left.
- Carefully cut around your design on the cutting mat. Go slowly!
- Take out all of the cut out pieces of card and you should see your design appear! I have left mine empty behind the design, as I really like the shadows that the papercut makes, but these would look great with a contrasting coloured card or some patterned fabric behind the papercut.
- One last step... write in your thank you card, stick it in an envelope and post it!


Of course, these cards can be adapted for any occasion. Use @newcraftsociety to share your projects with us on Instagram and twitter. We'd love to see what you've been making!

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