Photo Christmas Cards

by dustytoes

Photo Christmas cards are continuously popular to send at the holidays.

Photo Christmas cards are continuously evolving in design and ease of use. We all welcome any little bit of help to save time and money at the holiday season. Photo cards provided a personal way to say hello to friends and relatives and give them the chance to open some fun mail!

I don't know about you, but getting a photo Christmas card in the mail is especially exciting. Usually it brings gasps of wonder at how much the kids pictured have grown and changed. Of course then you feel like you must reciprocate, and so the "work" begins.

In this hectic day and age, sending Christmas cards can be the chore that is eliminated and that is unfortunate. So lets talk about creating a custom, multi-photo, template card that will simplify your holiday and enable you to keep in touch with special people at the holidays.

Christmas Photo Cards

Photo cards now come in a variety of styles.

When browsing Zazzle for "Christmas Cards", you'll be taken to a page where you'll see the variety of types of cards available for purchase.

Remember too that bulk order discounts will apply.

  1. Shop for traditional folded greeting cards (they come in two sizes).
  2. Traditional photo cards with a glossy finish.  These measure 4x8 inches.
  3. Affordable, postcards.  Save money on cards and postage.
  4. Modern, flat cards with a specialty paper selection.  These can come in eight sizes, and have specialty papers to use.

All cards come with white envelopes (except the postcards).  Some designers offer matching envelopes at extra cost.  (The white ones will still come with your order.) In some cases matching postage, labels and stickers can be purchased.

If you'd like something made, contact the designer.  In most cases they would be happy to help you create a matching set.

Celebrate the Season, Red Big Photo Folded Christmas Cards

This traditional red card is perfect for a family photo. The dog image is a photo holder, but you could use it! He's adorable.
Red Christmas Cards
Red Christmas Cards

Size 8x4 Inch Christmas Photo Cards

Add a single photo or multiple photos to include the whole family and even pets!

These long photo Christmas cards are most popular.  Pictures can be added next to your choice of greeting.  Everything is on one side to be easily seen when displayed by family or friends.

Add a large, single photo, or choose a card that has more than one picture template, like the samples below.  Many people like to include a picture of the family pet or pets, and the multi-photo cards offer that option.

Once your personal pictures are in place, and signature added, the cards are ready to order.  They will arrive at your house ready to mail.  It's an easy, beautiful and affordable way to keep in touch with family and friends.

Single Photo Template Cards, 8x4 size in Vertical or Horizontal

Add one special picture of yourself, the family or pet and customize with greeting and signature.
Single photo template
Single photo template

Two Photo Christmas Cards in Size 8x4 Inches

Sometimes one photo is not enough to share.  Many couples or families love to show off their pet and these two-photo template cards are perfect for that.

The extra photo could also be for a new baby photo, wedding day image, or something special to go along with the main picture.

Each template can be used for a child's photo if you prefer to show off the kids in separate views.

Christmas Cards with Two Photo Templates

We have traditional themes as well as beach Christmas themes.
Add two photos to these cards
Add two photos to these cards

Beach Christmas Photo Cards

Beach lovers, surfers and those who live in a tropical climate, will appreciate the many "tropical" themed photo cards in the Holiday Store.

I have lived in Florida for most of my life and we usually celebrate the holiday season in warmth.  One year my Christmas tree blew over because the windows were open and the breeze was blowing!  That sort of thing doesn't happen in a northern climate.

We also like to include fun decor like seashells on the Christmas tree and Santa in a bathing suit.  Why not send custom photo cards with designs made especially for beach bums?

Tropical Christmas Custom Holiday Photo Cards

Photo greetings from the tropics
Photo greetings from the tropics

Will you buy any type of photo card greeting this holiday season?

How Does The Photo Template Work?

how to do photo templatesA photo template is created by the designer using a sample photo which takes the place of the one the customer will be using.  We try to use fun, attention grabbing images and so should you, the customer, when replacing with your own.

Each template is made in a certain size that will hopefully accommodate any photo the customer wants to add.

It's always best, as a customer, to use a personal picture that closely resembles the orientation of the template image - your photo will be centered.  

Use horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait) orientation as the template dictates.

Each product has a "customize further" option, where you can make more changes to the design yourself.

Christmas or Hanukkah or Something Else?

Postcard Greetings

Holiday postcards can also have photo templates. Not only are they cheap to buy, but they have a glossy surface which works like a regular photo card.  Photos naturally look great on them!  They don't require an envelope, and postage stamps cost less for postcards.  

This year I am making more Christmas photo postcards because I believe they are a good alternative option to the traditional glossy photo cards.  You may also change the background color on some of the cards, such as the bright blue here, using the "customize" button on the product page.




Affordable Holiday Postcards With Photo Templates

Photo collage cards are a favorite choice. Many postcards have custom text on reverse. Include a message or mailing address
Photo Postcards
Photo Postcards

Magnetic Photo Greeting Cards

Zazzle has new options for magnetic cards.

Zazzle's newest magnetic greeting cards come in a variety of sizes.  They are called "magnetic business cards" by Zazzle, but work just as well as greetings.

Magnetic cards are more expensive, and they can come with white envelopes for mailing.  It's the customers choice to add envelopes or not.  There is a price increase for envelopes. 

Sizes include: 3.5 x 2 (very small - business card size), 4.25 x 5.6 - cute size for a card, 5.25 square, 5x7 - traditional card size, or 4x9.

One design will not work on all sizes, and if you choose to change the size, make sure all photos and wording are visible.  Your cards will print as they show in the preview.

Magnetic Photo Christmas Cards

The backing on these cards is magnetic.
Magnetic photo cards
Magnetic photo cards

Corporate Holiday Season Photo Cards

Corporate photo cards can be flat, folded or postcards.  The magnetic business cards would work well to send at Christmas.

Include a picture of the team, group, management, business partners or new products.  Sometimes photo templates will work for a business logo upload.

Business Greeting Cards at Holiday Time With Photo of Employees

Photo cards sent from a business to customers at the holidays.
Business Photo Greetings
Business Photo Greetings

Blank Christmas Paper

Do you have a friend or family member who always includes a letter or note about what the family has done over the previous year?  Maybe you do that yourself.

Good for you!

In this online life we live so many people have decided to give up writing personal letters.  I have one old friend who usually includes a family "update" each year.  Her letter is enclosed with the Christmas card she sends.

Big events that have already happened, or are upcoming in the new year, can be shared with all at holiday time.  Weddings, births and even deaths can help catch everyone up.

Custom Blank Christmas Writing Paper

Family newsletter Christmas paper
Family newsletter Christmas paper
Updated: 11/26/2018, dustytoes
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Mira on 11/28/2012

This is great. Why aren't you making more of these yourself? I'm looking for a great one to add to one of my articles :)

katiem2 on 10/24/2012

These are so nice, I just got one the other day as I'm a new second cousin. My cousin and his wife just had the most beautiful baby. They sent the multi photo birth announcement cards out. Got me thinking about the upcoming holiday, need to work on those holiday Christmas and New Years cards now. You're my go to gal for that sort of thing. Thanks :)K

dustytoes on 09/23/2012

Thanks Katie. I think they these types of cards are perfect for big families.

katiem2 on 09/23/2012

I like this idea, what a great way to multi-share, this is always a good thing. :)K

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