Designing your own Christian cards for Christmas can be a fun and rewarding activity with some thought and planning. You can do most of the work on your computer, then add some extras if you desire. Here are 10 tips to design Christian cards for Christmas.
Tip #1: The framework of the card.
When using your home computer and printer, it is best to start with card stock. Us a full sheet for each Christmas card you make. It will be folded in half to make a good size card to add your graphics and wording to. Also, a full size piece of card stock fits well into your printer without adjustments to your settings, just like a regular sheet of computer paper.
Tip #2: Decide on the orientation of your card.
You can use most word processing programs to design Christmas cards. I have used both Microsoft Word and Open Office. Decide if you want your card to be opened from the left or from the bottom. For a bottom opening card, you can keep the page view in landscape. You will be working at the bottom half of the page. If you would like a side opening card, switch your page to landscape. You will be working on the right half of the page.
Tips #3: Choosing the border to design Christian cards for Christmas.
A border does not have to have a specifically Christian theme when designing your Christmas card. Your graphics and wording will take care of that. If you are going to use detailed graphics, use a simple border. If you are going to use mostly words on the front of your card with minimal graphics, you can choose a more eloquent border. Free Fever1 offers nearly 100 Christmas borders.
Tips #4: Setting up your border on your card.
Work only on the half of the card mentioned above in orientation of your card. Paste your chosen border onto the page. Resize so that there are equal margins on the three edges of the paper, and also from the middle of the page to where the border starts. Remember, you will be folding you card stock in half to make your Christmas card, so the border should be the same distance from the middle of the page to the border edge. You can use your ruler shown on the computer screen.
Tip #5: Mentally design inside the border of your card.
Decide what you’d like to say on the front of your card. If your greeting is long, you may want to skip a graphic and let the border be your design. If you used a large or detailed border, you may want either a small graphic image or just wording for the front of your card. You need to decide what you’d like to see on the front of your card before continuing.
Tip #6: Picking a Christian theme for Christmas graphics.
When designing Christian cards for Christmas, you may want to use a Christian theme, and the graphics should portray this. Popular themes include the wise men, the nativity scene, shepherds and a star, the city of Bethlehem, angels and more. Hella’s Multimedia2 offers many Christian themed cliparts to add to your Christmas cards. Be sure to paste the clipart inside the border. If the design is too much, you can remove the border if you’d like. Be sure to leave room for wording if you are using some on the front of your card.
Tip #7: Choosing the wording for the front of your Christmas card.
Once you’ve chosen the border and graphics if you are using them, you can now insert the words. A simple “Merry Christmas” works well when there is little room left for words. You can insert a text box or two to place your words where you would like them to appear in your design. If you have more room, add an appropriate Bible verse instead.
Tip #8: Print to check the design of your Christian card for Christmas.
It is time to print your cards. Print a sample on a regular sheet of computer paper and fold the sample in half to be sure everything appears on the front of your card as you like. This is the time to make changes. Keep adjusting and printing samples until you are satisfied with the results. Then print off the number of cards you need to send.
Tip #9: Inside layout to design Christian cards for Christmas.
The inside of the card doesn’t have to be just wording. You may use a border with the words inside, or you may place a Christmas graphic anywhere with the wording you choose.
Tip #10: How to print the inside of your card.
I like to print the inside of the card on regular paper, then cut it out and glue it into the card. This allows me to put a base of colored paper a little larger underneath the wording paper for a more colorful effect. You might decide you want to print the inside of the card using your printer directly to the card. You will need to follow your printer’s instructions for two-sided pages and type your greeting to the appropriate half of the page.
Design Christian cards for Christmas with add-ons.
After the cards are completed, you may wish to add some crafty items, such as rhinestones or other small decorations, or glitter. Be sure to set each card out somewhere safe to let it dry thoroughly before placing in an envelope. One year, when I use a wise men theme for my Christmas cards, I glued a small white rhinestone to the center of the shining star for a beautiful effect.
Final tips to design Christian cards for Christmas.
Be sure to purchase envelopes made for half-fold sheets of paper. You can find these at many discount stores and most office supply stores. Extra postage is required on large envelopes, so check with your post office for mailing rates.
With a little preparation and planning, you can make Christmas cards at home. Choose the look you want and your own wording, rather than settle for what the stores have to offer. Decide on your own card or use these tips on how to design Christian cards for Christmas.
1) Free Fever; Free Christmas Borders; freefever.com
2) Hella’s Multimedia; Free Web Images & Clipart: Christmas Clipart; hella’smultimedia.com