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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is sending out Christmas cards. I remember being a little girl that couldn’t wait to grow up and get married so I could send out my own cards. So when Andy and I got married a few years ago, it was one tradition I insisted we keep.
A few weeks before our first married Christmas, I was trying to find the perfect Christmas card. I searched no less than 5 different websites and still couldn’t find any design that was what I was looking for. In the end, I ended up designing my own cards, and I was so pleased with how they turned out that I designed my own again this year!
Even though I’m a blogger, I really wanted to include a “letter” to our friends and family. Many of our elderly family members don’t use computers often, and even the ones that do may miss a Facebook post about some big event in our lives. However, I wanted to include the letter on the Christmas card instead of on a separate piece of stationery, so it wouldn’t accidentally end up in the trash with the envelope! 😉
For anyone else who may be searching for personalized Christmas cards at a fraction of the cost, this post is for you!
Step 1: Create an image template of 1800 x 1200 pixels.
I did this on PicMonkey by resizing an image to the above dimensions and changing the background to white. It is literally a clean slate.
Step 2: Upload your photo to PicMonkey or Canva as an overlay.
For the last 2 years, I’ve opted to use PicMonkey as I already have a subscription. (I have used Canva for other things and really liked it!) Stretch the photo at the corners until it fills your blank slate. (Do not stretch horizontally, as it ruins the dimensions and distorts the photo.) I personally prefer to have my entire image fill the card, although if you wanted to, you could add a border and background color with the photo in the middle like most traditional Christmas cards.
Step 3: Add your text.
Last year, I went with a play on words for our newlywed Christmas card: We wish you a married Christmas. I have yet to reveal my design for this year, but it was 100% personalized and definitely not what you would find on a typical greeting card.
Step 4: Save your image to your computer.
Step 5: Upload the image to VistaPrint as a postcard or print as a 4×6 photo at a local photo center.
I specifically wanted something that I could print double-sided, so I opted to use VistaPrint. However, if you are just printing a one-sided card, you can just send it to a local photo center to be printed!
(Repeat steps 2-5 if you are designing the back of your card as well.)
Step 6: After placing your order for the postcards (or photo prints), order some A9 sized envelopes to mail them in (such as these.)
Last year, I made the mistake of trying to mail them as a postcard. Not only were the postcards too big, which required a “normal” Forever stamp, but a good portion of the text was illegible since the post office needed to stamp the postcard to mail. This year, I ordered A9 sized peel & seal envelopes from Amazon; when I ordered, it was just $7.99 for 100 envelopes!
Viola! Your personalized Christmas card is complete!
In the end, it only cost me $20 for the cards and envelopes, plus of course the cost of stamps. In fact, after pricing some other card-designing services that were charging around $1 a card, I managed to save us money. (We ordered 50 cards, which would be around $50 on the other sites.)
In case you were curious as to what one of the cards looks like in person, here is a physical copy of last year’s Cummins family Christmas card.
Do you send out Christmas cards?
If so, do you design your own?