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Create your own Holiday Cards for Printing & Sending

By Melanie Doncas | Designer Tutorials

‘Tis the season of gift-wrapping, roast dinners, and getting a bit too merry on end-of-year cocktails, but if there’s one other thing December is well known for, it’s sending out holiday cards to your nearest and dearest. The tradition of sending Holiday cards isn’t new (in fact, the first Christmas card was sent almost 175 years ago), but these days, it seems as though we all leave the task to the very last minute - or more shockingly, don’t send any Holiday cards at all.

online holiday card maker by BeFunky

We get it, you’ve got way too much to do at the end of the year, but what if we told you we’ve made it easier than ever to put your own personal touch on Holiday cards with our huge library of templates in BeFunky’s Designer? Just swap out the photo, customize however you’d like, print or send them digitally, and voila - you’ve checked them off your list. Intrigued? Keep reading to find out more!

Holiday Card Inspiration

The year might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to celebrate. From Christmas to Hanukkah and the New Year – there’s a beautifully-designed Holiday card for any occasion you choose to celebrate.

Christmas Cards

If you’ve got a particularly festive photo of your family, placing it on a Christmas card is the perfect way to show it off! Christmas cards don’t have to be detailed or lengthy – a simple but heartfelt message wishing your loved ones a Merry Christmas will suffice, unless you’re someone who doesn’t like to keep things short, of course!

Christmas card templates by BeFunky

Keep your design seasonal with some Christmas related clip art or a merry color scheme.

Hanukkah Cards

Celebrate the Festival of Lights stylishly with a personalized Hanukkah card featuring photos of you, your family, or anything else your heart desires.

Hanukkah Card Templates by BeFunky

To keep the design cohesive, this Hanukkah card template uses a blue colored overlay, but you can choose any color of your choice (or forego the overlay altogether).

Winter Greetings Cards

If there’s one thing that might make sending Holiday cards a little tricky, it’s determining who celebrates what. After all, you don’t want to isolate anyone!

Holiday card templates by BeFunky

The best way to overcome this confusion is to send your friends and family a generic Holiday card with a simple, heartfelt message – whether it be Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Peace, Love, and Joy, or any other message you wish.

New Year’s Cards

It’s hard not to be excited about the start of a fresh, new year, so why not spread the good vibes by sending your loved ones a Happy New Year card? While many of our customizable templates feature photos, your card doesn’t always have to depict you and your family. 

Happy New Year card templates by BeFunky

Just as with this New Year’s card design, all you have to do is tweak the message. Does it get any easier than that?

How To Create Your Own Holiday Cards

Now that you’re feeling inspired, it’s time to go to the Graphic Designer to make your own Holiday card. To find the perfect one, click on the Templates tab and select the Search Templates button.

Customizable design templates in BeFunky

Scroll down to Events and Cards, followed by Winter Holiday. Select a template that takes your fancy, then click Use This Template to begin editing.

Customizable Holiday card templates in BeFunky

Firstly, you’ll want to swap out the template’s existing photo for one featuring you and your family (or anything else you wish). You do this by clicking on the image and then selecting Replace from the Image Properties toolbar which appears. Alternatively, you can navigate to Image Manager from the main menu on the left (the top icon) and upload your desired image from your computer, Facebook, or BeFunky. Then, simply drag-and-drop the image thumbnail from your upload to replace the existing image on the template.

how to replace photo in Holiday card template
Pro Tip:

You can also use this same method to change the background image of the card, if you want. Navigate to Image Manager and click the Search Stock Images button to find a festive background image or click Computer to upload an image of your own.

Next up, it’s time to make any edits to your template’s existing text. To do this, click on any text box on your template twice and type anything you want. When you select a text box, a Text Properties toolbar appears where you can also adjust things such as the Font, Size, Color, Spacing, and more. You can also add a new text box by navigating to the Text tab in the main menu on the left (the A icon) then clicking Add Text.

how to edit text in BeFunky Holiday Card Maker

Once your text is looking on-point, you also have the option to add some festive Graphics to your design to really make it pop. To find these, navigate to the Design Elements tab (the heart symbol) in the main menu.

how to add graphics to BeFunky Holiday Card Maker

Use the Basic Shapes featured or click Search Graphics to find graphics relating to specific keywords (i.e. ‘Christmas’).

Christmas graphics for Holiday cards in BeFunky

To insert your chosen Graphics, just drag them from Your Graphics to the template. To change their Color Overlay or additional elements such as Blend Mode, Opacity, and more, select the graphic with your mouse and make adjustments using the Graphic Properties toolbar.

How to add Holiday graphics to Christmas Card in BeFunky
Pro Tip:

Want to delete or move your template’s existing Graphic Elements? Select them with your mouse and drag to move, or hit Delete on your keyboard to get rid of them.

Once you’re happy with your Holiday card design, all that’s left to do is save it so it’s ready to share with your loved ones – either digitally or printed out and mailed to them. Click Save at the top to save your work to your Computer, as well as Facebook, Dropbox, and more! For best print quality, be sure to save your file to your Computer as a .PDF file.

how to save Holiday cards in BeFunky

If you want to come back to your project at a later date (i.e. to tweak your design for next year’s card), then we also recommend the Save as Project option (which lets you save it as an editable BeFunky Project file to your BeFunky account or Computer).

Final Results

Ta-da! How easy was that? Creating your own Holiday card design in BeFunky will help you check cards off your list in no time. 

design your own Holiday cards in BeFunky

Thanks to our Holiday Card templates, when it comes to creating your own personalized cards to send out to loved ones this festive season, you’ll be sleigh-in’ it in no time!

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