Why I Chose to Use Christmas Cards to Connect with Friends
Since 2003, I’ve lived far away from my family and many of my friends. Luckily, my parents spend a few months each winter in Phoenix near us. My sister and nephew always make a trip to see us to escape the cold. But unfortunately, we don’t get to see our extended family very often. Making custom Christmas cards for my family and friends is a great way to keep in touch with everyone who lives far away. Plus, who doesn’t love to get mail?
In the world of social media and 24/7 news, I think receiving mail feels even more special. I personally miss receiving mail. I am hoping my family and friends will be just as excited to receive a custom Christmas card as I am to make them.
Find an Online Printing Company
There are a lot of services you can use online to make custom Christmas Cards. Around Halloween, I started thinking that it would be a good idea to make cards this year. It is a nice way to connect with my family and friends who live far away. It was perfect timing because, in early November, Tiny Prints invited me to try out some of their new holiday cards. I was excited at the thought of being able to send a little Christmas cheer to my family and friends who live far away.
Pick the Perfect Christmas Card Template
When I visited the Tiny Prints site, I was excited by all of the fun choices they offer. At first, I was going to choose the laser-cut cards because they are so beautiful with so many fun designs and festive shapes. I also loved the foil-stamped cards because they are available in luxe gold, silver, rose gold and red. They would make such a bold statement.
After looking at all the gorgeous card selections, I opted for the glitter cards. I thought the picture template would work perfectly for the images I had selected of my kiddos. The glitter cards feel glamorous with the dazzling gold and silver and I love that the glitter doesn’t leave a trail – it stays put!
Gather All the Pictures You Want to Feature On Your Card
You might wonder why neither me or my hubby are in any of the pictures. Despite my protests, the dude doesn’t really like to take staged pictures, so I have very few of the four of us. Plus, I have a feeling my family and friends would rather see my kiddos anyway – they see enough of me on my blog and social media.
Creating the cards was a total breeze. I simply uploaded five pictures to the site and then dragged and dropped them into the card template. You can crop and edit the pictures right through the Tiny Prints website. You can also choose what text you want to write to really personalize the card. I also opted to have the Tiny Prints people send me a proof (it’s free), and they ended up giving me a few different color choices for the cards, which I thought was neat. I opted for a darker red than I originally selected, and I think they turned out so beautifully.
Take Advantage of Custom Envelopes and Postage
Did you know you could get personalized your envelopes AND postage? I was so excited! The outside of the envelope has our name and address on the back. I could have personalized the front address for each person I plan to mail cards to. I chose not to do this, only because I didn’t have all of their addresses handy at that moment, and I find it relaxing to hand-write names and addresses. If you want to save a ton of time, you can use Tiny Prints FREE recipient addressing on any customer envelope, which is such a great service to take some of the stress of the holidays away. Besides the outside envelope customization, you can also customize the inside of the envelopes. I chose a cute polka-dot interior that goes well with the cards I selected. They are super easy to add to the envelopes for a really chic and cohesive look. They also offer personalized postage, which is just another cute touch and also saves me a special trip to the post office. How convenient that you can do it all on one site!
Create Custom Christmas Ornaments Too
Beyond the cute glitter cards, I also decided to create a few special holiday ornaments for some of my family members. Ornament cards are so fun because they double as décor. I love that they are such a great multi-tasker. Since I often don’t get to see them and we don’t do much in the line of gift exchanges, I thought these little ornaments would be a nice little surprise and way to celebrate the upcoming holidays. The ornaments turned out so cute! I am absolutely pleased with the quality of the frames and I love the little 2016 charm at the top near the ribbon. I think the ornaments are so chic and I think they will be such a fun surprise for my family. The little blue pouches they come in are even adorable.
I’m so happy with how my first Tiny Prints order turned out. If you’re thinking about ordering holiday cards this year, I highly recommend their site. They have so many neat designs to choose from and so many ways you can customize the cards to make them your own. Their customer service people were super helpful with talking me through the proof process and they also shipped super fast. I can’t wait to see what my family and friends think of the cards and ornaments!
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