Hybrid Holidays | Quick and Easy Photo Cards

December 16, 2013

Every year it seems I get a bit of a late start on my holiday crafting.  By the time November is done I have usually made up my mind that I'm not going to do anything special this year--but by the end of the first week of December I start to rethink my decision as I become inspired by all of the holiday crafting that I see going on around me.  

If you're at all like me and find yourself in need of a few last-minute ideas for cards, decor, gifts and more, then join me this week, where I'll be sharing a few of my hybrid holiday creations!

Over this weekend I finally hunkered down and got photos taken of the boys. Then with the help of Photoshop, a few of my favorite fonts and this Christmas word art from Marie-Pierre Capistran, I designed myself a quick and easy hybrid photo card.

I printed them at home and added a small handmade touch to give each card that "made with love" feel.  From the time I opened Photoshop to the minute I stuffed the cards into their envelopes, it took me less than a couple of hours to make 25 cards!

What You'll Need:

  • A photo
  • Photoshop (or photo editing software of choice)
  • Digital word art or fonts
  • 4 x 6 photo paper
  • Vellum
  • Mini clothespins
  • Paper Trimmer

  1. Choose the photo you want to use on this year's card.

  2. Create a 4 x 5.5" document in Photoshop or other photo editing software.

  3. Combine your photo of choice with your card's message on your new document, using digital word art or your favorite fonts.

  4. Print finished photo cards onto 4x6" photo paper.

  5. Cut your photo cards down to size by trimming off the excess.

  6. Cut vellum into 4 x 5.5" pieces to layer over your photo cards.

  7. Clip the vellum over your photo card using a mini clothespin and you're finished!


NOTE: For my own Christmas card I paired a photo of my boys in front of a snowy backdrop with white dotted vellum for a fun effect. I also decided to use decorative paper clips on the few Christmas cards I was mailing to cut down on bulk.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. I love the photo you picked and your design, and I think it's really strange (and flattering) to see my hand writing there. :) Good job Amy!! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  2. Thanks Marie :) And thanks for making this beautiful word art, I can't tell you how many times I've used it this holiday season!


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