Create your own photo Christmas cards this year. When you do them yourself they are a fun and inexpensive way to share your family with distant relatives and friends. Use your own digital camera and the photo-editing tools on your computer to create a photo card that highlights your family’s personality. After downloading the finished image, use your printer to make as many cards as you need.
Use Santa hats to make your photo Christmas card. Plan ahead and take along Santa hats when you go on your summer vacation. Take a photo there, or if you don’t go out of town, capture your hat-wearing family at the ballpark or the pool.
Use scrapbooking supplies to jazz up your standard Christmas photo cards. Use bows and ribbons, small stickers, dimensional objects like Christmas trees, ornaments or toys. Because these embellishments are meant to be used on a scrapbook page, they are flat enough to fit in an envelope.
Black and White
Take black and white photos for a different look. Or try changing a color photo to grayscale to see if it looks better. You can use photo-editing tools to add color to certain objects in the photo, such as red Santa hats, red lips, colorful mittens or scarves, leaving the rest of the photo black and white for a dramatic effect.
Use the snow as a prop. Build a headless snowman for each person in the family. Have each family member pose behind the headless snowman, and take photos. Get a photo as the family comes down a sled hill, or shoot them making snow angels. Use a folded piece of light blue card stock. Paste the photo on the front. Secure the edges with snowflake stickers. Put your sentiments inside the card.
Take individual pictures of each member of the family. Shrink the images and line them up on the front of the card. This is an option for families with members who are in and out of the home — families with college-age children, for example.
Redeem your bad photos of cranky or teary-eyed kids. Photos do not always turn out as expected when you have infants and toddlers. Use a photo-editing program to make a montage of the photos. Use the caption, “Better not pout.”
Have everyone wear pajamas and slippers. Take a picture of everyone waving at the camera. Make a card by folding a 5-by-7 piece of card stock. Paste the photo inside. Cut a door shape on the front of the card. Glue down the edges of the card. Decorate the front as you wish. The Christmas card doubles as a photo frame. You can add a triangle of card stock to the back so that the card can stand on its own.
Be forewarned though, sending a fun custom Christmas card out one year will become an expectation!