’Tis the season for getting in touch with your peeps! Whether they live far away and you may not see them for another three years, or they live down the street and you’ll bump into them on the way to the mailbox, a holiday card is a convenient excuse to remind friends and family that they’re important to you. Give your card some holiday flare by applying effects, using overlays, and adding your own personalized message. And go a little wacky!
Don’t have a lot of time to make a card this year? This one takes advantage of the clickety-fast design options provided by a Holiday Cutouts frame and Season’s Messages, in the SantaLand theme. Make sure your subject has enough room around the edges for a message once the cutout frame is applied.
Tip: If your photo subject fills too much of the frame and you don’t have room around the edges, start with a blank canvas (click “Design” on the home page), and add your photo as an overlay (click “Your Own” in the Overlays tab). Make your photo smaller using the circular resize handles and place it where you’d like the cutout to appear. Merge the photo overlay with the canvas (click Merge icon on the top toolbar). NOW you can apply the Holiday Cutouts frame and there’s room for text around the edges.
If you wish your winter was a wonderland, the Snowfall effect in the Winterland theme blankets any scene in snowy magic. The Ornament overlays are from the SantaLand theme and the graphic snowflakes are found in Flakery, in Winterland. We used Playfair and Geo Sans Light fonts from the SantaLand theme for the message text.
Tip: To create an ornament string, click Geometric, in Overlays, and place a verrrry, very skinny rectangle next to the ornament.
This card sets off the photo with a great Polaroid Frame (Frames tab), and nestles that within a festive Holiday Cutouts swatch. The Holiday Cutouts frames (SantaLand theme) come with a variety of swatches like the green sparkly one you see here, as well as color picker for a plain background.
Tip: To get the Polaroid-framed photo to appear over the sparkly swatch, start with a blank canvas (click the “Design” button on the home page), and apply a Holiday Cutouts frame. Then add the Polaroid shot as an overlay with the “Your Own” button in the Overlays tab.
(Watch Jenn make this card in video tutorial here.)
Overlays gone large
Why use overlays at small sizes when you could go big? On this card we started with a blank canvas and supersized Garniture overlays in the Winterland theme. The huge-ified ornament is from the SantaLand theme, and the photo is added as an overlay.
When you’re done, you can print your card at your favorite print shop, or be a digital pioneer and email them. You can’t say your grandma doesn’t have email, these days!
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