Trying out cardmaking for the first time? Or are you a seasoned crafter who wants to try some new cards? Wondering what the best way to use your cardmaking kit is? Can’t think of an occasion that warrants making a card? If your mind is blank, have no fear. There is no end to the types of cards you can make!

Here are 7 cardmaking ideas and themes to put your cardmaking kit to good use:

1. Thank someone with a thank you card

What is the most common type of card people send to each other? Why thank you cards, of course! People across generations all around the world value the importance of gratitude. When people help each other out, a small show of thanks is a simple, yet invaluable practice to continue spreading goodwill, share joy, and strengthen relationships. Whether crafters or not, people often send out mass thank you messages following big events, such as weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, bridal showers, housewarming parties, and other such major life occurrences. Many people also send thank you cards after small acts of kindness done to them or to people who have consistently been a help to them throughout their lives. Thank you cards can be exchanged even when there is no big occasion to warrant one. Thus, most cardmaking kits are sure to have at least one thank you sentiment or sticker in the pack. Showing gratitude is one of the surest ways to strengthen the bonds between you and the people you care about. Use your cardmaking kit to send a thank you message to a co-worker who covered for you when you called out sick, to a friend who was there for you during a difficult time, or to anyone else who you feel you owe a touch of gratitude. People love to feel appreciated, even for small things, and your card will truly brighten someone’s day.

2. Wish someone a happy birthday with a happy birthday card

There’s always a birthday coming up, sometimes more than once on any given day! Whether you are physically attending a birthday party or simply wish to celebrate a friend or family member living far away, a birthday card is a way to go. Most cardmaking kits feature at least one happy birthday sentiment since birthday cards are one of the most frequently made cards. One of the great things about birthday cards is that you can personalize them however you want. Tailor them to the season, your recipient’s personal favorites, or however else you choose. It is also a good idea to create a few birthday cards to store for future birthdays. You never know when you might need a quick birthday card to go along with a gift!

3. Congratulate someone with a congratulations card

Celebrate your loved ones’ accomplishments. Graduation, new job, even a new skill – there’s always something to celebrate, and you will definitely want to be a part of that special moment in your loved one’s life.

4. Make someone smile with a cheer up card

Whether there’s an occasion or not, sometimes it’s nice to receive something special in the mail or a warm token that serves as a reminder that there are people who care about you. Is there someone in your life who you know is having a difficult time? Whether they are having trouble in their family life, work-life, or are simply exhausted with their day-to-day responsibilities, they will definitely love to receive a handmade card in the mail among all the bills and junk mail that regularly comes in. Add in a joke or funny pun as a plus. Bring a smile to someone’s face with a warm, cheerful, or humorous card.

5. Express your regret with an apology card

We all sometimes do something we regret. If we have hurt someone, it is important to express an apology with words. If you are not good at speaking personal thoughts or simply want your apology to go the extra mile, make a card with a written note to show your regret. Let your loved one know that you truly feel bad for what you did and intend to do better next time.

6. Inspire someone with an inspirational card

Make a card to inspire someone you care about or to let someone know that they inspire you. If someone has inspired you to do good, this is a great way to pay it forward and keep doing good in the world. Whether you wish to challenge a loved one to perform an act of kindness or simply want to appreciate others for encouraging you, this is a great way to use those inspirational quote stickers or sentiments in your cardmaking kit.

7. Make a card just because

And finally, do you really need a reason to make a card for someone and make them happy? Send a friendly message just because! Let your family and friends know you are thinking of them and still care about them, even if you haven’t been the best at keeping up with them recently. A physical token of remembrance and love will always be appreciated.

Making cards is truly a great way to develop and foster relationships and spread joy and love in the world. So get out your cardmaking kit and start crafting!