With PicMonkey’s tools, you can turn an ordinary photo into a dazzling Christmas photo card in any style you choose. But with so many options, where to begin? Where???
Don’t worry, folks, we won’t leave you out in the cold. Take a sleigh ride through PicMonkey’s favorite card-making tools, and see which one might be right for you. Here’s what we’ll cover in this article:
- Christmas card templates: the Easy-Bake oven of card-making
- Making cards with the Santaland theme
- Making cards with the Winterland theme
- The one-click wonder of PicMonkey’s Snowfall effect
- Collage Christmas cards, complete with festive backgrounds
Christmas templates for easy-peasy cards
When it comes to ease, there’s nothing peasier than cracking open one of PicMonkey’s holiday templates. Our templates are pre-sized, designer-made, and totally editable, so you can create a customized seasonal message in no time flat. All you gotta do is swap out the text. (For more info on how to do that, read our article on changing template text.)
Tip: Explore the Holiday tag in templates to get started on your Christmas card. We’ve got sentiments ranging from secular to outright Christmas-y, plus designs for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Festivus. (Yes. Festivus.)
Start from scratch with the Santaland theme
If you’re ready to let your creative spirit run free, but not like, a lost-in-the-wilderness kinda free, make your DIY Christmas card using one of our excellent holiday themes, Santaland and Winterland. Both are chock-full of graphics, fonts, and effects that are tailored to the holidays.
For just one example of how Santaland can make your Christmas cards fantastic, let’s talk overlays. PicMonkey overlays are vector graphics, which is a techie term that means they look glorious at any size, big or small. And they’re a super-simple way to put your own creative stamp on a project. For example, check out the “happy holidays” label on the card above. It may look like text and an overlay, but it’s actually just an overlay. (Our minds were blown too.) Find more like it in Santaland’s Seasonal Messages overlay group, and let your cards take flight!
Start from scratch with the Winterland theme
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then Winterland’s snowy landscapes, plentiful flakes, and old-timey embellishments are just what you need. To tie a big red ribbon around any holiday photo (metaphorically speaking), try adding a Winterscapes frame to your card. Customize the look of your photo frame by choosing your favorite color—and don’t forget to adjust how much space it takes up on your card by checking or unchecking the Keep proportions box.
Bonus: Winterscapes frames create room to type seasonal well-wishes on even the busiest of pics.
Let it Snow(fall)
The Snowfall effect in Winterland blankets any scene in snowy magic in just one click. Seriously, just one. Before clicking: no snow at all. After clicking: somebody cancel school over here!
Next to using a template, this is probably the absolute easiest way to get a professional-looking photo card that shouts, “WINTER HOLIDAYS!” while sort of whispering, “Did you notice how beautiful this card is? The person who made it is probably super-organized and always sends timely thank-you cards, right?”
And we’re all about that.
Tip: Don’t want snow to obscure your subject’s face? No problem: in the Paint palette, you can erase away any errant flakes you spot.
Here’s a year-end conundrum: what to do when you can’t decide which pic to use on your holiday cards? The solution, obviously, is to combine them all! And for that, you’ll need Collage.
Navigate to Collage from the homepage, and either add your own pics or start with some of our pre-selected seasonal faves. For holiday purposes, there’s one tab you’re gonna want to get acquainted with: Swatches. Swatches is the Themes tab’s little sister, in the sense that it’s got patterned backgrounds that match what you’ll find in Themes. That means you’ll find Winterland and Santaland swatches that coordinate charmingly with the fonts, overlays, and other tools in in each theme.
Why swatch? Well, our seasonal swatches make sure you’ll have space for a Christmas greeting—but as the above design shows, they’re also just pretty.
Tip: Our Collage tool is totally responsive, so you can drag, drop, and resize images any which way you want. If that gets overwhelming, choose a premade layout in the Layouts tab.
Can’t get enough Christmas templates, fonts, graphics, and effects? Update to Royale for access to every single one of ’em: