How to Make a Thank You Card

Sending a handmade thank you card is a great way to thoughtfully recognize what someone else has done for you. You can make a lot of different types of cards, from ones with calligraphy greetings to painted cards or even collaged ones. After you’ve crafted your thank you card, write a meaningful, sincere note on the inside before delivering it to the recipient. It may only take 10 minutes to make a card, but your thoughtfulness will mean a lot to the person who receives it.

EditChoosing a Design
Form a pretty border on your card using washi tape. Take your washi tape of choice and cut off pieces that are long enough to create a border across the length and width of the card. Carefully line them up so they’re even with the edges of the card, press them down firmly, and trim off any excess tape.[1] There are tons of different colors and patterns of washi tape available. From solid colors to glittery ones to printed patterns—check out your local craft store to pick out a few options to use on your next homemade thank you card.

Create a collage from magazine cut-outs to make a unique design. This is a great way to make a really personalized card for someone. Gear the card toward the person’s personality and cut out images that remind you of them, or make the card “thank you” centric by cutting out words and images that remind you of gratitude.[2] You could cover an entire card with cut-outs of the words “thank you” from different magazine articles for a neat effect.

Design a colorful balloon or rainbow card for a young child. Use colored cardstock to cut out shapes for balloons or arches for a rainbow, or use markers or colored pencils to draw them onto the card. Make the image large enough to cover the entire front of the card for the most stunning visual effect.[3] Write a special thank you message inside a ballon or across an arch of the rainbow to make the card even more personalized.

Cut out shapes to adorn the front of the card for a pretty design. Hearts, stars, flowers, circles, or squares can make a nice visual effect on the front of a card. Use colored cardstock to cut out multiples of a single image and then glue them to the front of the card.[4] For example, you could cut out 2 dozen small stars and then paste them to the card, putting the bulk of them near the top so that it looks like it’s raining down stars.

Make an elegant card by using thick, creamy paper and a simple design. Sometimes you might want a classier card when you send out a thank you note, like if you’re sending one to your boss or a relative you’re not very close to, or maybe you just like the look better. Choose a thicker paper in a cream or beige color. Use stamps or calligraphy to write “thank you” on the front of the card. You can:[5] Use a simple design, like a paint chip with a flower stamped or drawn on it, to decorate the card;

Use gold or silver markers to make your message a little more sparkly;

Stamp the card with homemade stamps, like from cut pieces of fruits or vegetables, or store-bought ones.

Use paints or watercolors to create a vibrant, unique card. You could paint the person’s name on top of a stunning multi-colored background, or make a dreamy sky-scape with clouds, a sun, and birds. The options are endless.[6] This is a great way to use a skill of yours to show someone gratitude.

If you’re going to mail the card, make sure the paper is completely dry before you put it into an envelope.

Craft a rustic card with twine and brown craft paper. This kind of card is simple to make. All you need is some brown craft paper, some twine, and a white or black marker. Fold the paper in half, and write “thank you” across the front with the white or black marker (white works well on dark-brown paper, whereas black will look better on light-brown paper). Make a small bow out of of twine, and use a glue gun to secure it to the top corner of the card.[7] You can, of course, get even more creative with rustic cards. For example, include the person’s name on the front of the card, add a cut-out flower or some other design, or create lines across the top half of the card by gluing down strands of twine.

EditDecorating the Card
Cut paper with scalloped shears to make decorative edges. Cut all the edges of the actual card itself to make its edges into a different shape, or use them to make other parts of the card look more unique. For example, if you have a square of white paper to glue to the card to write your message in, cut it out with the scalloped shears—it’ll look a little fancier than straight edges would.[8] There are lots of differently-patterned scissors you can use. Browse the options at your local craft store to find a pair to add to your crafting supplies.

Decorate with stamps to add an extra design element to your card. You can buy stamps from your local craft store or from an online store, and there are tons of different styles available. Look for ones that say “thank you,” or pick your favorite designs, like leaves, flowers, or other objects you can use to decorate your card.[9] Experiment with different colors of ink. For example, white ink would really look great on black or dark blue paper, whereas dark green ink could look really classy on a cream-colored card.

Add dimension to your card with paper cutouts. Layering paper is a great way to create visual depth. Cut out several different sizes of colored paper, like a large square, a medium-sized square, and a small circle, then paste them on top of each other on the front of the card so that they create multiple borders.[10] You can get really creative and use different colors, sizes, and types of paper.

Glue on buttons or gems for a whimsical touch. You can create a pattern or border out of buttons or gems, or use them to accent a design already on the card. Use liquid-glue or non-liquid adhesive to secure the objects to your card. just make sure you give them enough time to dry so they stay securely in place.[11] For example, if your card has flowers on it, you could glue a button to the center of each flower.

Use leftover scraps of ribbon to make a textured card. Use one color of ribbon, or use multiple colors and patterns depending on what you have available. Tie a bow and glue it to the top of the card, or use strips of ribbon to make a colorful background across the entire body of the card.[12] This is a nice way to repurpose ribbon leftover from other crafts or even from gifts you’ve received.

EditWriting a Thank You Note
Use your best handwriting or calligraphy. If you have a hard time writing legibly, try to slow down and take care when writing out your thank you message. Use a pen or marker that won’t smudge or smear across the page. Permanent markers work well, and gel pens dry faster and are less likely to smudge than ballpoint pens.[13] If your card is made with dark paper, cut out a lighter-colored piece of paper to glue to the inside of the card. That way, you can write your message without worrying if it will be visible or not.

Include a salutation and the person’s name on the inside of the card. Regardless of what you designed or wrote on the front of the card, the inside message should still include some kind of greeting, as well as the recipient’s name. Double-check that you’re spelling the person’s name correctly. For the greeting, you could write:[14] “Dear John,”

“Kelly, thank you,”

“Hello, Mrs. Smith,”

“Greetings, Susan,”

Or, just write the person’s name if that feels more natural to you.

Thank the person for what they did or gave specifically. You don’t need to exaggerate, ramble, or overly thank someone. Just a simple line or two will do. And don’t hesitate to thank people for small things, too, like a homemade meal or someone attending an event or performance you were in. Everyone likes being appreciated![15] For example, write something like, “Thank you so much for inviting me and Jason over for a meal. It was so nice to relax and connect with you and Kate.”

Or write something like, “Thank you so much for the new set of bath towels. They look great in our cupboard and we were excited to replace our mismatched and worn-out set.”

Thank someone who supported you by attending an event by saying something like, “Thank you so much for coming to my concert last Friday evening. It was so nice to look out and see a friendly face, and I really appreciate you taking the time to support me.”

Compliment the person or express good wishes for them. Whether you compliment their thoughtfulness or generosity or tell them you hope to see them soon, it’s nice to end the note on an emotional upswing. This doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out sentiment. One line should be enough.[16] For example, write something like, “Your gift was so thoughtful. I look forward to seeing you at the next family reunion!”

Or, “I hope this next season is good to you and your family.”

Sign your name to end the letter. If the gift was given to you and your family, have everyone sign their names to the bottom of the card. Whether you write “love,” or some other kind of sign-off note is up to you. You can try out different endings, like:[17] “Warmly,”

“All the best,”

“Kind regards,”

“With appreciation,”

“Thanks again.”

Mail or deliver the card with 1 to 2 weeks of the occasion. If you’re mailing the card, make sure to seal it in an envelope, put enough postage on it, and write the address legibly across the front. For a hand-delivered card, either drop it into the person’s mailbox or give it to them the next time you see them.[18] If you can’t get your thank you card out in the mail quickly, late is always better than never. You could even put in a note saying something like, “I know this is a few weeks late, but I just wanted to send my appreciation.”

You can also use online programs to design thank you cards. This can come in handy if you need a lot of cards at once, like for wedding gifts or a baby shower.

Take a picture of yourself using the gift and include it with the thank you note.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditChoosing a Design
Washi tape


Glue stick








Glue gun

EditDecorating the Card







EditWriting a Thank You Note
Pen or marker



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Today in History for 19th April 2019

Historical Events

1539 – Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1937 – 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
1939 – Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
1949 – Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
1980 – 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague
2011 – Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

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Famous Birthdays

1603 – Michel le Tellier, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1685)
1793 – Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria (1835-48), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1875)
1891 – Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (La Ronda), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1985)
1892 – Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France (d. 1983)
1934 – Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden
1975 – Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina

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Famous Deaths

1684 – Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, dies at 80
1870 – Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
1882 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, dies of heart failure at 73
1987 – Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
1994 – Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
2013 – Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser’s Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), dies of congestive heart failure at 95

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How to Ace Your Medical Residency Interview

For some medical students, the residency interview is the most frightening part of the application. However, interviews are not designed to be scary, especially if you’ve prepared thoroughly. If you brainstorm thoughtful questions, anticipate the answers you’ll be expected to provide, and spend plenty of time practicing, you’ll arrive at your interview relaxed and ready. Don’t think of your residency interview as a trial by fire – instead, view it as an exciting opportunity to show the faculty members why you’re a great candidate for their program.

EditResearching the Residency Program
Dig for in-depth information about the programs you’ve applied to. Your interviewer will probably ask you why you’re interested in their program. Thinking about your preferences and needs – and investigating how the program might or might not fulfill them – will allow you to answer this question thoughtfully.[1]
Consider your willingness to compete, where you want to be located, what kind of work-life balance you’re looking for, and whether the program is a good match for your current or potential specialty field.

Research the academic details of the program. For instance, what kind of formal or experiential learning opportunities can you expect? When is the in-service exam, and how important are the scores? How are residents evaluated?[2]
Look into the logistical aspects of the program, such as housing, transportation, salary, and additional benefits or support programs.

Make a list of questions to ask. Even after researching your residency program, you may have lingering questions. If so, write them down and ask them during your interview, as well as any other questions you can think of. Though you’re interviewing to be chosen for a specific residency program, the choice is yours as much as it is theirs– you will both rank your top choices during the matching process.[3] Your interview is your best chance find out if the program is a good fit for you.
Remember to ask questions that are more subjective and difficult to answer outside of an interview setting. For example: do residents and faculty members work well together and get along? In your interviewer’s opinion, what are the program’s strengths and weaknesses?[4]
Don’t ask questions for the sake of asking them– only inquire about what you genuinely want to know.[5]
In general, avoid asking questions about vacation time, the difficulty of the program, exact levels of compensation, or anything you could have found out on your own. You don’t want your interviewers to question your intentions or your work ethic.[6]

Learn about your possible interviewer. Though you probably won’t know who’s going to interview you, investigate who the program director is, who the major faculty involved in the program are, and who the current residents are. There’s a high chance you’ll be speaking with some of those people.
Be sure to note what their research interests are. What’s their take on their specialty? What have they accomplished? All of this information will help you ask informed questions during your upcoming interviews, or even make references to your interviewer’s papers and projects.

EditAnticipating Interview Questions
Reflect upon your motivation to study medicine. Interviewers will ask you why you’re interested in your particular specialty, or even why you’re interested in medicine in general. After many hard years of medical school, it can be difficult to recall why you started. Take some time to remember.[7]
Journaling about why you entered the medical field – and why you wish to remain in it – can be an excellent way to reflect.

Discussing your interest in medicine with friends, especially if they aren’t doctors, can also help you clarify your sense of purpose.

Review any rough spots in your resume and be prepared to explain them. Interviewers may ask you to explain perceived weaknesses in your academic or professional history, such as poor grades or a lack of research experience. Brainstorm and rehearse possible explanations in case they do.[8]
Interviewers may ask you about mistakes you might have made in patient care and what you learned from them. They may also ask you to reflect on your personal weaknesses in general. Take some time to plan your answers to difficult questions like these.

Read up on the current state of health care reform. You’ll probably be asked a general question about health care policy – for instance, something along the lines of “How do you think the health care system will evolve in the next 10-20 years? How will it affect how you practice medicine?” Have an apolitical, well-informed response prepared.[9]
Be sure you are knowledgeable about the ACA passed under the Obama administration, as well as other recent health policy developments. Being unaware of the current state of these issues could hurt your chances.

Write down memorable learning experiences. Take some time to think about the most important moments in your medical career thus far. You may be asked to discuss pivotal moments, influential mentors, or any interesting and unusual cases you encountered. Jotting these experiences down will help you organize them in your mind so that they are easily accessible come interview day.[10]

Reflect on your career goals. You may be asked where you see yourself in 5-10 years, or what you ultimately hope to accomplish in your medical career. Take some time to identify and think about on your aspirations, and be ready to discuss them at length.

EditPracticing for Your Interview
Write out answers to potential questions. Brainstorm answers to common interview questions, and then write them out using sentences or bullet points. This can help you identify and recall important talking points if you are asked those questions in your interview.[11]
Besides the topics noted above – such as the origin of your interest in medicine, your career goals, your most valuable learning experiences, and weaknesses in your application – interviewers might ask you about your role models, your extracurricular activities, and why you’re interested in their particular residency program.[12]

Film yourself answering questions. Pick a tricky practice question, or think of an anecdote that you might be asked to share. Recite your answer or your story in front of a mirror while recording a video, or have a friend do it for you. When you go back and watch the film, you can easily pick out issues like poor posture and verbal tics, then work to improve them as you continue practicing.[13]

Practice interviewing with another person. Find a friend who’s already a medical resident and ask them to give you a mock interview, or enlist a friend or family member who’s not a doctor and give them a list of practice questions to ask you. This will help you grow comfortable and familiar with the interview format.[14]
If you really want to make the experience realistic, practice with someone you don’t know, and wear the outfit you plan to wear to your actual interview.[15]

EditPlanning Your Trip to the Interview Site
Prioritize and commit to your trip. You want to do everything you can to convey to the interviewers that there’s nowhere you’d rather be than with them, interviewing for their residency program. Avoid making big plans during interview season so you can be sure that there won’t be any conflicts.
Unless you’re extremely ill, avoid rescheduling your interview. If you back out and ask to interview at another time, the interviewers might question your desire to be a part of their program.

Book trips that are within your budget. Traveling from program to program can get expensive. Plan ahead so that you don’t get stuck without the means to make it to an interview.
The program may offer you a place to stay or a hotel room discount, but if not, save resources by staying with a friend in the city you’re visiting.

Hash out logistics for the day of the interview. Determine how far the site is from where you’ll be staying, when you’ll have a chance to rest and eat, and even what outfit you’ll be wearing. If you show up late, hungry, or wearing wrinkled, mismatched clothes, it could throw you off for the rest of the day.[16]

EditExecuting a Great Interview
Start the day rested and relaxed. Get plenty of sleep the night before your interview. When you first arrive at the site, take a moment to yourself in your car or in a restroom to take deep breaths and calm yourself. Also, be sure not to drink too much coffee – you might think that it’ll fire you up, but it can make you shaky, nervous, and prone to frequent bathroom trips. [17]

Show interviewers – but don’t tell them – why you’re an ideal candidate. When you’re asked questions about your strengths as a physician, or about what you’ve accomplished so far in your career, don’t rattle off accolades or personal traits without context. Deliver your answer in the form of a story that will give your interviewers a thorough picture of the kind of person you are, not simply what you’ve achieved.[18]
Be sure to project humility while you recount these stories. Faculty members won’t want to work with someone with an oversized ego. If you mention an instance of success, like a research breakthrough or an award, mention a mentor who helped guide you there, or the talented team you worked with during that time.[19]

Stay calm when faced with difficult questions. Some questions given in residency interviews are designed to throw you off, or even to get a rise out of you. If you encounter a question that makes you panicky or uncomfortable, override that emotional reaction and answer it calmly and deliberately. Interviewers will want to see that you can remain calm under stress. [20]
You may be asked about a significant personal failure, about bad things you’ve heard about the residency, or a time you made a serious mistake. Anticipate honest but careful answers to these questions, and deliver them in a measured, diplomatic manner.

Be friendly to everyone you meet at the interview site. When they meet you, interviewers and faculty members will be assessing whether they will want to work with you. Maintain eye contact, be polite, and don’t forget to smile. Operate as if every person you encounter throughout the day might weigh in on your selection. Chances are, most of them will have a say.[21]

Be genuine in your questions, answers, and interactions. In the end, this interview is a chance to get to know you as a person, not as an abstract name attached to transcripts and resumes. Don’t take pains to ask or say things you think your interviewers will want to hear. If you’ve prepared well, being your authentic self throughout your day of interviews will likely yield positive results.[22]

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