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Even though it may not feel like winter outside, this is the perfect time to get started on creating your customized holiday cards. A personalized holiday card gives you the chance to reach out to all of your loved ones in a meaningful way during this special time of the year. Here are five tips to help you to create a beautiful holiday greeting card this year.

Make Your List of Recipients

The first thing to do in this process is to make your list of recipients. Knowing how many people you will want to send cards to will help you to set a budget. Making a list and gathering addresses is often the most tedious part of this process. Getting it done early will ensure that you are ready to address your cards and get them off into the mail when the busyness of the holidays sets in.

The difference between a list of 25 and a list of 100 is significant. You may want to choose a simpler and more affordable card if your list is on the larger end. This is why it is important to have this number in mind before you start the process of designing and creating your personalized greeting card. The number of cards that you are sending out may dictate how elaborate you are able to get with your greeting.

Edit the Pictures & Videos

Once you have selected your photos, it is time to edit them to make them perfect. Keep in mind that there are many available options to help you to edit your photo. For instance, a dedicated background remover can help you to remove the cluttered surroundings of the main photo subject so that the shot is exactly like you want it to appear. You can also consider editing the brightness so that the subjects appear crisper and in better focus. Other good ideas include adding custom text to the photo to convey a specific sentiment.

Pick a Theme

It is also a good idea to start thinking about potential themes for your holiday card. This theme is a good way to let your personality shine through the design of your card. For instance, are you a traditionalist who prefers the classic look of red and green for your card? Do you want to lean into the religious aspect of the holidays or would you rather go with a more secular theme? Your choice of theme will help to guide the entire design process. This includes your photo selection, the color palette, and more. You will find it much easier to narrow down the details of the design if you use a theme as a framework.

Take Pictures All Year With Your Card in Mind

Savvy card designers know that you never know when you will capture the perfect pictures for your holiday card. Regardless if you are planning on making a photo collage or using one special photo as the focal point of your card, collecting pictures throughout the year will ensure that you have plenty of great shots to choose from when designing your card. You will want to pick high-quality photos for your card so that the colors and details really pop. The bottom line is that the better the photos that you use, the better that your card will turn out.

Make it Personal

One of the best things about making your own holiday cards is the opportunity that you have to make it personal. Unlike mass produced boxed holiday cards, a personally designed card gives the chance to customize the card to your liking. Do not let this opportunity go to waste. There are a number of ways that you can personalize your card to make it special. In addition to using your own shots, you can also customize the greeting. Your recipients will delight in a card that truly expresses the personality of your family. You can personalize your card all the way down to custom postage stamps.


The sooner that you get started on thinking about making your cards this year, the more time that you will have to make it exactly as you envision. This is a great time to start brainstorming ideas for your personalized holiday greeting card, guaranteed to spread joy to everyone on your list.