If you are anything like me, you procrastinate your holiday cards. Every year I say that I will do a better job next year, but it never happens. I usually end up doing them around mid-December or when our crazy schedule settles down. We are only one week until Christmas and I am finally getting them done.
Since I am way behind on our photo cards, I decided to quickly create them and upload them to a local one-hour photo printing service. I created a simple but cute card in minutes, and I got a notice that they had been printed about 15 minutes after uploading them. That sure erases my procrastination guilt!
To help ease your guilt, I have created a DIY holiday photo card tutorial on how I made these cute cards for you to follow. You can create your own custom card in minutes and have them in the mail this afternoon.
DIY Holiday Photo Card Tutorial
- Select a photo to use for your card. I selected an ugly Christmas sweater photo that was taken last week at our holiday party.
- Sign up for free graphics from GraphicStock to use in the card. You can get a 7-day free trial right now from GraphicStock. That includes 140 graphics from the library during your trial. Please note~ The trial automatically rolls into monthly plan after the 7 days, so don’t forget to set a reminder!
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- Browse the GraphicStock library to find the graphics you want to use. I searched Christmas tag vector images and quickly found a cute penguin image that I liked. I downloaded the jpg and then opened it in PhotoShop Elements.
- Using the Magic Eraser Tool, erase the cream-colored inside of the frame that the penguin is holding. Erase the wording using the regular eraser.
- Create a new 4″x6″ image. I used the preset and named it Christmas Card 2016. I rotated it since I wanted a horizontal card. I changed the color of the background to a different color since there was white in the graphic.
- Pull the penguin image onto the blank card and position it where you want it. I put mine on the left side. I added white rectangle to right side to cover up the background and merged it with the penguin image.
- Using the magic wand too, cut the white bckground areas out of the penguin layer. I hide each layer as I cut it so that I can see what I have done. When all layers have been cut I hide the penguin layer and (pink) background, unhide the others, and then merge visible.
- Drag the photo into the card file and below the white background layer. Resize to fit the frame.
- Add a background to the card. I thought a snowflake design would look good, so I went back to GraphicStock and searched snowflake pattern. I located a blue background that I thought would look good. I downloaded the jpg and then opened it in PhotoShop Elements.
- I pulled the background into the penguin file, resized and repositioned it, then clipped it into the white background layer. I thought the blue was too bold, so I turned the opacity down to 60%.
- Add the text. I added my Christmas message and our last name. I also changed the blue starts to dark green so they would pop against the blue background. Save file as a jpg on highest image quality possible. I also saved the entire file as a PSD.
I think the card turned out cute! Do you like it? Create your own card with images from GraphicStock today.
My cards are in the mailbox and I am feeling so relieved. I attached a card to a tin of cookies to give to a neighbor.
I am providing a cop of the card I created for you to personalize. Download the png file of the card here (you will need to right click to save), open in your photo editing program, add your photograph, and print.