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Instant Thank You Cards Straight From Your Phone – DIY

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instant thank you cards straight from your phone

After I got pregnant last year, my need for thank you cards went through the roof. I had the baby shower to send thank you notes out for and then, I went and actually had the baby and we were once again inundated with swarms of generosity from our family and friends! We were given flowers, cute baby items, and lots of meals to get us through those first rough couple of weeks weeks! The baby continues to receive lots of gifts from his very loving and doting grandparents, and we have found the perfect way to say thank you in a heartfelt and thoughtful way — instant photograph thank you cards printed right at home!

It is so simple to make these thank you notes, and grandparents love receiving them because they adore pictures of the baby. I just use my cell phone to capture a precious moment or a smiling face, and then I use the HP mobile printer app to send the image straight from my phone to the printer. Within a few minutes, the custom card is ready to go!

Ready to make some easy, instant thank you cards straight from your phone? I think you’re going to like this DIY just as much as I do!

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Smartphone – I used an iPhone 5s
  • HP ePrint app
  • Mobile Printer
  • Black and color ink – I signed up for Instant Ink because it’s only $4.99 a month to print 100 pages.
  • Matte photo paper that does not have a logo on the back – This is very important since you need the blank side to write your message. If you do end up with logo-printed paper, that’s okay! Just adhere a scrap piece of blank paper with rubber cement, let dry, and then you’ll be set to write your note.
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • The dull edge of a butter knife

Let’s get started!

  • How To Make Instant Thank You Cards Straight From Your Phone 1 of 11
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    To get started with your cards: download the HP ePrint app, take a photograph with your cell phone of the gift, edit it with whichever phone photo-editing app you like. (I love using the VSCO Cam editing app.) 

  • Select Your Image Within the App 2 of 11
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    Open the HP ePrint app and select Photos, then select the folder of where you saved your edited image. Mine was in the Camera Roll. Then, select the image you would like to use on your card. For this post, I'm going to be using the pink ball image.

  • Open the Settings Menu 3 of 11
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    Once you select your image a new screen will open and your image will fill the Preview page. From there you will need to select the icon that is at the top right that looks like a piece of paper with a wheel over it. That is the Settings menu.

    In this window, for Paper Size, choose "Letter - 8.5 x 11 in," and for Paper Type, choose "Photo Paper."

    Use the back arrow to go back to the "Preview" screen.

  • Open the Edit Menu 4 of 11
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    The next step is to select the horizontal landscape icon with what looks like a wrench over it, from the top of the menu. That is the "Edit" option.

  • Select Resize 5 of 11
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    Within the "Edit" window press the "Resize" button. Press "Original Size" and your image will then shrink and move to the center of the page.

  • Select Rotate 6 of 11
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    Next, select "Rotate" and then "Right."

  • Position Your Image with the Move Tool 7 of 11
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    Use the Move icon to put your image in the corner of the paper. If you want to have a thank you card that is horizontal and make sure there is plenty of white space above your image in the preview because that will become the back and inside of your card.

    Then, press "Done."

    Your Print Preview will reappear, but this time it will have a blue Print button at the bottom of the page. Be sure to have the correct mobile printer selected, and then you are set to Print!

  • Check Out Your Handy Work! 8 of 11
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    Look at the gorgeous print you just made! I'm impressed! ;)

  • Cut Your Edges 9 of 11
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    Use a paper cutter or a pair of scissors to trim off the white space on the right and left side of the image and you'll also want to cut off the white space under your image.

  • Create a Super Flat Edge 10 of 11
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    Use the dull edge of a butter knife to create a super flat edge for the top of your card.

  • Write Your Message 11 of 11
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    It's time to write your note! 

    I have a ton of random envelopes around from old packs of cards that I've bought so I just use one of those, and I'm set to get the thank you note to the grandparents! 

    Have fun crafting!

Image source: Anna Newell Jones

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