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How to Create the Most Beautiful Holiday Card

Written by Debbi Spiegel  |  25. November 2012

I love holiday cards. They have changed so much since the old traditional holiday cards of yesteryear. Now we can create beautiful holiday photo cards with just the click of a button.

But what makes a holiday card really stand out?

I took some time and did some research to find out how to create the most beautiful holiday card and here is what I discovered.

  • Backdrops: One thing that I really love about holiday photos is it actually looking like a holiday photo. Try taking your photo downtown in front of the city Christmas tree (those are usually up by Thanksgiving), or find a house that is decorated beautifully and take your photo there. You can also decorate your mantle with holiday decorations and take your photos in front of your beautiful mantle. Wherever you take your photo, just make sure that make it look seasonally festive! You do not want to send a beach picture during the Christmas season, unless you add sending warm wishes.
  • Matching Outfits: Pictures always look more uniform and professional if you try to at least all have on the same matching color. Some families get creative and everyone wears the same holiday shirt. Either option is alright - it's all about your family's preference. By choosing this option, your photo will look like you took the time and put thought into your holiday photo.
  • Build a creative background online: Once you have created your gorgeous photo and are satisfied with it, you can use many web sites to print your holiday card out, such as Cardstore.com. With thousands of holiday designs (for every occasion) to choose from, your holiday photo will be ready to send in no time! Each of the modern holiday photo cards are fully customizable with your favorite family photo and personalized greeting. You can choose one photo or pick one of their multi photo holiday cards to showcase all your family photos.

Here is an easy craft idea on how to display the cards that you receive.  Take a wide ribbon and little different colored wooden clips (tiny clothes pins). Hang the ribbon in a doorway and as you receive cards, clip them along the ribbon. It looks great and everyone has commented on what a great and fun way it was to display our cards. My kids are so excited every day to see what cards have arrived in the mail that we could hang up.

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