Friday, December 9, 2016

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Christmas Cards

With December in full swing, it is all things holiday in our home, and working on our annual Christmas card is something I look forward to every year. This year's card from Tiny Prints was no exception... especially with a fresh new baby to show off!

Christmas cards are fun to send, fun to receive, and a perfect way to keep in touch with extended family and friends that you don't get to see as often as you'd like. I mean really, who doesn't get excited about festive snail mail?!

Here are some easy ways to make your Christmas cards extra special.

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Different shapes.
The days of rectangle-only Christmas cards are over. There are so many new styles to chose from, and since I had more than one photo I wanted to use (how do you pick only one photo with so many cute pictures of a chubby baby?!), I decided to go with a tri-fold card.

Want something even fancier? Many photo companies offer laser cutouts to double your Christmas card as an ornament. Or, if you're partial to rectangles, you can still dress up your card by introducing fun corner trims (rounded, bracket, scallop, or ticket!).



Envelope liners.
Making envelope liners is so easy to do and such a fun way to add a little jazz to a normally boring envelope. You can follow this tutorial to make your own, or if you've got a new baby keeping you busy, you can purchase envelope liners when ordering your Christmas cards. With so many options to choose from, I had a hard time deciding which one to go with, but I finally decided on the navy pine trees!



Fun addressing.
Jazzing up the front and back of your envelope is an extra fancy way for people to receive your Christmas card. Whether you handletter the addresses (this tutorial makes it super simple!) or you buy pre-designed festive envelopes, it will be the perfect touch when delivered in the mail.



Christmas stamps.
You’ll have to buy stamps anyway, so why not make them Christmas-themed? You can view this year's available holiday postal stamps here. Just remember that square envelopes require additional postage!



Baker's twine.
Since I decided on a tri-fold card, I thought it would be cute to secure it closed with some baker's twine. It took a little bit of extra time, but I love the way it turned out... it's like a mini package! Think baker's twine is too time consuming? You can still dress up your Christmas card with other ways like picking a card with foil lettering or letter press. 



You can view our past Christmas cards below!
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15 comments :

  1. I love everything about your Christmas card this year... from the twine to the fold out card to the pictures with the cute little baby :) Happy Friday!

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE, your card this year! So cute and different- love the tri-fold! The pictures are adorable, too :)

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  3. I love the tri-fold idea! It looks like your card came out beautiful!
    Beautifully Candid

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  4. Well, you win the best christmas card award this year FOR SURE! These are insanely amazing!

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  5. Aw I love how your cards came out!! So precious!

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  6. Loooove your cards-- the twine is such a good idea!

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  7. Oh my goodness, I absolutely adore your cards this year! So perfect to show all the fun pictures of baby Jack :)

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  8. these cards are so beautiful! xo jillian

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  10. Your cards came out beautifully! They look so good. I love the try fold cards and minted always does such a greta job with them.

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  11. This was the perfect year for you to go trifold! It turned out beautifully!

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  12. Beautiful card!! Great ideas! I purchased washi tape to seal the envelopes and dress it up a little! And ticket shaped cards! ;)

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  13. OMG stop it! Your Christmas card game is grade A girl. Can I hire you? Haha. Beautiful!

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  14. Girl. You just had a baby and your holiday cards are PURE ART. Forget Minted; I'm hiring you!! Love them!

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