Pick a Card
Once you’ve gotten your Christmas card photo taken, you need to select a card to put it on/in. There are lots of options available in cards so that you can easily make the card fit your photo.
* One Sided Cards
Many companies offer 4”x8” greeting card templates that are printed only on one side. These template cards accommodate single or multiple images and have predesigned backgrounds with space for text. They are very economical and popular. Almost any photo lab like MPix, Snapfish, or even Wal-Mart offers this format card.
* Hand-Made Cards
Hand made cards can be as simple or complex as you like. Sherri Osborn, our Guide to Family Crafts has images of some wonderful examples of cards, most of which could be modified to include a photo. Janet Wickell, our Guide to Quilting, has information on creating fabric cards which have lots of possibilities to add photos. Connie Thomas, our Guide to Cross Stitching, has patterns for cross-stitched cards that I think could be turned into photo borders very easily. Our About.com Guide to Painting, Marion Boddy-Evans, has lots of ideas to incorporate painting into your greeting cards as well. Any of these hand-made card ideas work wonderfully on their own, or when combined with photographs.
* Folding Cards
Traditional folding cards have recently been gaining popularity as photo cards. Photo printing companies are beginning to offer folded cards for much more reasonable prices and with smaller minimum orders so that these are becoming an attractive alternative for those wanting a more “professional” look than a flat card. Another folded card option is the frame card. While fold and tape folded frame cards have been readily available for a while, they do not usually produce quality results. However, a company called Photographer’s Edge now offers frame cards out of heavy textured paper in a design that creates a near seamless integration of the card and photo. The cards are also a true 5”x7” size so that they frame very nicely after the holidays.