"I always order our Christmas cards through Shutterfly but was so excited to see a Christmas card that doubles as an ornament. The cards are on very thick cardstock and are shaped like snowflakes. You can choose a picture and wording for both the front and the back. The cards come with a hole punched in the top of the card as well as gray ribbons to place through that hole for hanging the ornament/card. The size of the card is 6x6 I believe. If you get the square envelopes it will cost extra postage to mail them. Shutterfly gives you the option of a rectangle envelope which will cost just the regular price to mail so just be sure to click on that option when it comes to the envelope part of the editing. One thing I love about Shutterfly is that their color calibration on their photos cards and other items are always nice and consistent which I haven't found to be the case with other companies. Several times during the Christmas season Shutterfly offers 10 free cards when you only have to pay shipping. I designed my card ahead of time so that I am able to get free cards each time they are offered. All in all a great product!"
"We chose this card due to the fact that it did not look like a traditional holiday card. Additionally, the year was quite eventful for us; and, as a result, we had several pictures we wanted to include to help recap the year. This particular card enabled us to include six photos on the front and one photo on the back. (I think you can use up to eight photos on the front though.) Keep in mind that you may need to do a bit of cropping when placing photos on the front of the card. This is because the template for the holiday card won't accept photos done in landscape format (ie, rectangular photos) but it is easy to use the photo editing feature in Shutterfly to do the cropping. Also note that any text on your chosen photos probably won't be readable on the printed card. Thus, plan to put your captions elsewhere. There's also room on the front of the card for a special message. My suggestion here is to go to a smaller sized font as the default size will not allow you to say much on this part of the card. Another key feature of this card - which is an improvement from previous years - is that you are able to include one photo on the back. There's also a fairly large text box here as well and this is the area where we placed a more detailed message along with captions for photos shown on the front of the card. Overall we were pleased with the entire "creative" process. Designing the card was simple; the Shutterfly service was fast; the price was right; the card stock was high quality; and we were all happy with the end result."
"Just what I wanted looks great! I never need a lot of holiday cards so this was just right and they are beautiful."
"I was very pleased with my Christmas Cards and people have commented to me that they loved receiving them. The only thing I would have changed is that the message inside was printed too large, but that is the size I chose and I'm to blame for that. I wish I could have seen it better and had known it was so large."
"I love cards with different photo options! I have a large family, and I love to have cards with an individual photo of each child, plus at least one group photo. This card is easy to personalize, and has a lot of different color options too! I don’t always plan a holiday photo, so this way I can make the card look good with whatever pictures I end up using. The snowflakes are an added bonus, they’re my favorite holiday card background!"
Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and winter holidays in general are a time for everyone to relax and have some fun. Spending time with family and good friends, decorating the house, playing in the snow, or simply relaxing in front of the fireplace after a festive meal are the most memorable parts of the season. This lighthearted spirit can be perfectly captured with the help of whimsical Christmas and holiday cards. Share the magic of the season with everyone on your list by sending them thoughtful cards with a personalized message.
People who have never sent holiday cards before might feel intimidated at the prospect of organizing holiday cards for everyone on their personal mailing list. Actually, the process can be very simple. Just keep these tips in mind:
• Start early. Many people postpone selecting holiday or Christmas cards until late in the season. To save time, simply order your cards online several weeks before December; that way you will have plenty of time to work on them.
• Prepare an address list. While waiting for your cards to arrive, make a spreadsheet with the name of everyone you wish to send a card to. Remember that you can send a single card to a whole family; each individual does not need to receive their own piece of mail.
• Buy a booklet of stamps. You do not want to run out of stamps, so purchase a roll or booklet. Create yours at Shutterfly, where you can select from a wide variety of festive and special designs.
• Make a list and check it twice. Carefully mark off each person who has a card prepared for them, then strike their name from the list once the card has been actually mailed. This two-step process is very effective.
No matter how long or short your mailing list might be, getting started on DIY Christmas cards early will give you more time to relax and enjoy the season.