Custom Photo Christmas Cards | Insert Photo Cards

1885, Victorian Greeting card
1885, Victorian Greeting card | Source

The best Christmas cards for family and friends have one big quality - they are customized. There are several ways to customized a card, from choosing a special design to writing our own lines, but the one that has the best chances to be kept forever has a photo, either inserted on a card frame, either printed on a custom photo Christmas card.

  There are millions of Christmas cards send every year around the world. It is said that in The United States every household sends out about 28 card, bringing the total somewhere between 1.5 and 2.1 billion. Most of these cards have holiday motives and greeting lines already printed by old, famous and respected companies. Lately, a new trend broke into the Christmas cards market, a trend that emphasise a personal message for friends and relatives so busy that they may have not seen each others in decades. More and more people send a customized picture of their family accompanied by greeting holiday lines.


A photo frame Christmas card is an old idea and it is very easy to create. With today's digital technology it seem to get even easier. There are three basic ways to make custom photo Christmas cards:

- order your custom cards through a website and have them printed and even shipped for you;

- download a card editor or use the free online services of a website;

- take some pictures of your families that you want to send and insert them into a blank Christmas cards with a cutout for a photo.

1910, kids looking at Christmas cards
1910, kids looking at Christmas cards | Source

But if you missed

...the deadline for sending a Christmas card to someone special, do not panic. There are always the Ecards.

You can find a lot of sites that would be happy to sell you an animated ecard. Big companies like Hallmark or American Greetings have a huge selection of e Christmas cads that can be send by email. Some of these sites even offer a free app for your mobile or tablet.

But my advise is to go to UNICEF website and buy one from them because the money goes to children in need.

Online Custom Photo Christmas Cards

This is the most convenient way to create customized greeting cards and works the best for a great amount of cards.

There are lots of websites that can produce, print, and send your Christmas cards, saving you time and money. Here is how it works: go to a website like hallmark.com, tinyprints.com, cardsdirect.com, or myexpression.com.They do not require an upfront registration but you have to create an account by the end of the process. Choose the type of card you want (ex. holiday, wedding, baby shower, etc.) chose a layout, background and letter style. Upload a picture from your computer and play around with the options offered by the site until you are satisfied with the result.

At this point you can order just one sample that can be sent to your house or you can go ahead and order how many cards you need.

Some sites also offer a catalog with their templates. Some of these online card services will print the order and ship it to you but others are taking a step further and send them to your friends and family. You will need to upload your address list. It is always a good idea to read their privacy policy just to make sure your friends will not end up buried in junk mail.

The cost of such extensive service is pretty fair considering all the work they save you, from going to the store to buy cards and stamps to hand writing your message for each piece. And when you apply all the discounts they offer then you end with a little over $2 per card.

19th century Christmas card by Louis Prang
19th century Christmas card by Louis Prang

Free customized photo Christmas Cards

This method allows users to personalize their own photo as a Christmas card through a photo editor that can be either downloaded, either used for free from a website.

One of the free downloads is Photo Card Maker. This program comes with over 100 free templates for any occasion and the site promise to come up with more. You can choose your template, upload a photo, write a greeting line and customize the card using the tools provided. Then it is up to you to print and send the cards. You will need photo paper, ink, and a very good printer or a photo printer.

The other way to make your own custom photo Christmas cards is to go to a website like Hewlett - Packard and make your card the same way as above. There are numerous sites that have a free online card editor that can be used for holidays, anniversaries, weddings or other occasions. Also, all big companies that manufacture media products make available such free software for download.

The advantage of an installed software is that you can save and store a project on your computer. The advantage of using an online one is that you do not need to load your PC with a program that you may only use once around Christmas time.

The cost of using this method may vary according with the supplies you need to buy ink, paper, printer, envelopes and stamps. The more supplies you need to purchase, the more expensive it becomes.

Christmas card by Louis Prang
Christmas card by Louis Prang

Custom photo Christmas cards the old way

This method requires more effort and, probably, more money. You will need your own printed pictures and photo insert Christmas cards with envelops and stamps. It woks the best when we plan to send only few cards or for those of us who have Christmas photos already printed. All you need is to buy cards with a cutout frame that accommodate the size of the picture.

There are not many models available for these cutout cards or photo insert Christmas cards. They are offered online by some marketplace websites like Amazon or other websites specialized in this type of services. The price may vary based on the amount but it can go as high as $5 per piece.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & useful! Well written, informative. Thanks for the good information...


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cameciob 6 years ago Author

samsons1 thank you for being my first reader. I wrote this hub because I always struggle to get my cards mailed in time so I was looking for someone else to do it for me...lol.


Website Examiner 6 years ago

Nice approach, good luck with that.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, cameciob, this is a great idea, I like the free one I will go and take a look, I have tried making my own cards years ago, and it might be fun to try it again, thanks for the ideas, rated up cheers nell


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cameciob 6 years ago Author

Website Examiner, how nice to see you here. Thank you for your wishes.


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cameciob 6 years ago Author

Hi Nell, You should try it. You'll be amazed how wasy it is. I made several sample myself but I'm not happy with the photos I have. The paper and the ink matters a lot too.


bp 6 years ago

Hi there - thanks for the article but I was wondering which online vendors specifically will allow me to upload my addresses and send them to my friends and fam?


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cameciob 6 years ago Author

Hi bp and thank you for stopping by. Here are few sites that ofer a mailing service:

astonishingcards.com

vistaprint.com/postcard-mailing

tyniprints.com

overnightprints.com

I hope this is useful for you.There are more, these are the one that I researched for my article.


bp 6 years ago

Thanks! I also saw that, while they don't advertise it well, Hallmark.com apparently offers the mailing to individuals as well.


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cameciob 6 years ago Author

bp, You are wellcome. Hallmark offers another interesting feature: Christmas greetings in the form of a newsletter. Good luck to you.


Clare 5 years ago

All i can say is cute! I like the idea of putting a photo. It gives more nice view to the card.


Rossana 4 years ago

Christmas offer soo much moment of vacation and cristmas photo opportunities including design Chrismas Card, i have another reference about design how to design Chrismas Card using your own hand :D ..

http://photograpyreview.blogspot.com/2011/12/photo...


Steve 4 years ago

Thanks. I just ordered my cards using astonishingcards.com. The price for 27 4x6 cards was $35 shipped. Seems like a good deal. Hope the quality is nice.


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cameciob 4 years ago Author

@Clare, rossana and Steve...

Thank you for stopping by...and I hope my article about insert photo cards had helped you create great cards for the holliday. I believe that, in the future, that's how the greeting cards are going to be made and, probably, sent.


blogspot 4 years ago

Printed photo is also suitable for Christmas cards.

http://www.plasticcardmonster.com

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