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How To Make A Christmas Card With Inkscape

Updated on January 19, 2015
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example-of-home-made-christas-card

How To Make A Simple Christmas Card With Inkscape

We can find lots of Christmas cards for free or we can buy them in e-shops. But this year we can make our own unique Christmas card. It is really simple and free.

I'll show you how to make a simple Christmas card with Inkscape.

Inkscape is open source software, similar to Adobe Illustrator, but without the price tag.

All images are made by Pippy2011.

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blue-square-picture

To make things more fancy (or natural looking, as you want), we'll use so called blurr effect, which will gradually blur the corners from basic blue to white color (which could be any other color of your choice, if you want).This is called blur 25.

This is a greeting card, so we want to create a celebrating feeling with sparkles and shining stars on blue night sky will be just right for this. Luckily we can make stars almost effortlessly with Star tool. There are different shapes, sizes and colors available, so you can be pretty creative, but my advice would be not to exaggerate, because we still want to stay within the realistic borders.

They are white, color #ffffff, and some blur added. And smaller stars can be yellow too (color #eed237).

This is how Inkscape looks like

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screenshot-of-inkscape

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Stars are not enough, we want some decorations too, we are making a greeting card for Christmas after all! For decorations we'll use the same tools as for stars, but we'll make things a bit more difficult by fusing two basic shapes: a circle and a rectangle, so we can make a classic balloon like we always use for decorating Christmas trees.

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closeup-on-tools-desktop

We'll start with making a simple blue rectangle. Believe it or not, we can create it with Rectangle Tool. It's very easy to use, you just have to know which icon should be pressed and you'll get desired shape in no time.

For the filling of the rectangle blue color is used, but to be more exact, we should name it like graphic designers do, with a bunch of numbers. Used color is called #292e9b.

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making-a-star-in-inkscape-is-easy

How to choose color in Inkscape?

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with-blurring-we-create-more-realistic-effect

Circles are white too, color #ffffff, and again some blur, perhaps a little bit more this time (blur 100).

Again, we can have plenty of fun with different patterns and colors, but to make things really pretty, we should stay disciplined and a bit conservative.

Let's add some circles with Circle Tool.

This one is larger, white, color #ffffff, blur 95.

This is going to be our Christmas ball ornament. Me make it with Circle Tool, color #02c2ed for stroke paint and for fill.

We make Christmas ribbon with Calligraphic Tool, color #e7e9c3 for fill and color #e5d315 for stroke paint .

And finally we write 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year' with Text Tool.

I used font Broadway BT, font size 50, color #ffffff for fill and color #f4e00d for stroke paint .

And we have our own unique Christmas card! Now, with all the presented graphics we can see how much trouble such a simple project can cause due so many tiny, yet important details, which can fortunately be easily solved with numerous tools available in Inkscape. But the result is professional and nobody can say it is by any means of lower quality than one which would have been done with one of more known commercial (with heavy price tag decorated) grpahic editor.

Let's make another circle for second Christmas ball, color #1eb5e4 for stroke paint and for fill.

Just copy (ctrl + c) and paste (ctrl + v) decorative cap and rotate it with simple second click on it (with the first click we can move and scale it).

Now we'll add shadow with Filters - Shadows and Glows - Drop Shadow...

Let's add some shine. We draw an object with Line Tool and add blur 23.

And Christmas ribbon with Calligraphic Tool, color #e7e9c3 for fill and color #e5d315 for stroke paint .

We add decorative cap with Rectangle Tool, color #1c97f9 and #106de2.

We make this one with Line tool.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Wacom Bamboo Connect Pen Tablet (CTL470)
Wacom Bamboo Connect Pen Tablet (CTL470)

Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet is a small but very useful little helper.

We can use it for photo editing, drawing, handwritten notes, signing cards and documents...

It is much easier to draw with Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet than with the mouse.

 

And a little trick how to make new Christmas card - we can just change background color to red (color # ea1912) and Christmas balls to gold (color #d77e10).

Your comments are welcome

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      chocochipchip 3 years ago

      Nice! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Cavedweller 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas...I might actually do that next year!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love this. Next year, I will do one. Friends are sending us really great ones so am happy to learn how for next year.

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Though I'm not familiar with Inkscape, but your tutorial is great. I will apply this in favorite pics editor, CorelDraw. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic tutorial. I never tried inkscape but now I'm really tempted.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a wonderful and easy to understand tutorial on using Inkscape to make your own Christmas Cards. Well done!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love the way you put the info together here.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      nice tutorial.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Well done. It adds Christmas spirit to our house:)

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Love the tutorial--it almost seems like I could do it!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      Very nice tutorial. If I had more time, I would download inkscape and try it.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      I am definitely going to try this! Love it.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Great step-by-step information! Thank you so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! This is a beautiful craft and well deciphered for the layperson! :)

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Love your Christmas card how-to. Creative, and fun!