This free printable urban graffiti thank you is perfect for your everyday thank you needs. Every time I drive over the Chicago Avenue Bridge I look forward to seeing the “thank you” graffiti spraypainted inside a heart on the northwestern side of the overpass. First there’s that nervous moment of anticipation when I’m afraid that Mayor Daley’s Graffiti Blasters have painted over it. But then I see it’s still there and it makes me smile.
So on a chilly January Sunday where the bridge wasn’t covered in snow, I snapped some photos and created these super cute free printable graffiti urban thank you cards just in time for your post-holiday gracias.
And if you don’t feel like making them yourself, you can buy these urban graffiti thank yous as either folded cards or postcards at my MerrimentDesign Zazzle Store:
Supplies (makes 2 cards each):
- Kathy’s free urban graffiti thank you card template (PDF, free for personal use)
- 1 sheet of white card stock weight paper
- 2 envelopes (4 bar size in bright white envelopes or 4 bar size colored envelopes, I used black)
Computer and color printer
- Paper cutter OR Xacto basic knife set (this is my kit and it’s great), Ruler and Self-healing cutting mat
Please post a comment if you use this project – it makes me smile. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group.
Print my free urban graffiti thank you card template (PDF), two cards a page.
Using your paper cutter or Xacto knife, ruler and mat, cut out your cards. Be sure to hold your ruler down tight and run the Xacto knife a couple times to make sure the edge is smooth.
Now here’s a tip to ensure your cards fold perfectly. Measure the center of your card and put your ruler along that imaginary line. Turn your Xacto knife upside down. Yep, upside down. Run the *back* of your knife gently down the middle along the ruler two or three times. Your goal is to just score the line, not cut through the paper, so be careful. Now you’ll be able to easily fold the card in half along a perfect seam.
That’s it. Write your card, slip into an envelope and mail. And heartfelt thanks to my favorite Chicagoland mystery graffiti artist.
COPYRIGHT NOTE: Please post a comment if you use this project – it makes me smile. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group. You’re more than welcome to use free pattern and how t0 step-by-step tutorial for your own personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers. Craft and pass it on!
Monday 2nd of March 2015
Cool! We just moved to Chicago, and i'm going to use these :)
Thursday 12th of March 2015
Kim, welcome to the city! Glad you can use these ...it's one of my favorites.
Monday 31st of May 2010
Love these! I'm going to give making them a try - thanks!
Monday 15th of February 2010
Hi Kathy, I love this project. So creative and so Chicago! I'm a Chicago event planner and I posted this on my blog over at www.wevegotitchicago.blogspot.com. Just wanted to say thanks for creating such a neat project!
Saturday 12th of December 2009
I just stumbled across you blog and really love it. I live in Milwaukee, so it is a little bitter sweet seeing all these wonderful things, but not truly living it. Is it "cheating" to send out these thank you cards being from Milwaukee?
Sunday 13th of December 2009
Hi Bernadette, of course it's not cheating! Milwaukee is urban as well so I say have at it! :) Hope to see you back at MerrimentDesign.com soon...
Wednesday 1st of April 2009
This blog is amazing!! Thank you so much for being so generous and posting your templates. I made this card yesterday and I love it! Is it wrong to be more excited about the card than giving thanks? :)
Sunday 5th of April 2009
Hi Amanda, you made my day that you printed the thank you cards! It's one of my favorite crafts lately and I'm happy to report that as of this weekend at least the graffiti is still there on the bridge :)
I checked out your blog and your fruit pavlova looks fantastic ...I may have to try that out this spring. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Hope to see you back soon. My best, Kathy