If you’re looking for creative Christmas cards for this year, I’ve got a treat for you! This past month I ordered Chris and I’s Christmas cards through Basic Invite. It was so fun designing our cards online, and photographing & styling them at home!
Basic Invite is a one shop stop for designing custom invitations. They have the most beautiful designs! They have over 500 Christmas and holiday card templates you can choose from – including holiday cards for business customers (which are handy for you small businesses out there!).
When you order, you start by going on their website and choosing the template. It was so hard for me to choose – there were so many beautiful ones! I ended up picking a few different templates, because I liked them so much!
After you pick your template, you can upload your photos and start designing your template.
Tips for Designing Your Perfect Christmas Card
Choose the right template!
I might be biased, but I always design my Christmas card after we’ve taken our Christmas photos. The photos add SO much to the Christmas card – I think of it as the foundation! If you have minimalist, simple images – then you want to choose a template that will match that feel. A good template for this style would have lots of negative space and beautiful fonts! If you have a more whimsical image, then you might choose a template that has more elements, like floral designs or gold foil. If you have simple, beautiful, traditional portraits you’re in luck – those photos look good with just about any template!
If you aren’t sure which template or paper types you like best, I’d recommend ordering some samples! Basic Invite allows you to order a printed sample of your actual customized invitation so you can decide what paper quality you like best, before you officially place your order.
Design Your Card!
After you’ve chosen your template and your photos, it’s time to start designing your card! One thing I love about Basic Invite is that they have almost unlimited color options you can choose from. I can be pretty nit picky with my colors, and it’s so nice to have the perfect shades to choose from! You can find the perfect green that matches your outfit, or the red that matches your lipstick – you can literally find the perfect color for you! I also love their design software because it allows you to change the color of just about everything in your template. On most other websites, you can usually change the background color and that’s it. With Basic Invite, you can change the color of anything on your template – down to the greenery and florals in the designs. It’s completely customizable!
Choose Your Envelope.
This was surprisingly a fun part for me! They have a lot of variety of colors and textures to choose from. There are also pretty envelope inserts you can buy, that add a patterned lining inside your envelope. They also all have peel and seal stickers, so you don’t have to lick the envelope (and get a paper cut on your tongue – am I the only one?? haha) to get it closed!
Send Your Cards!
You can either order the cards and send them to your home, and hand write the addresses on the envelopes – OR you can use their free address capturing service. With this feature, you can share a link on social media that requests friends and family’s addresses. Once they all fill out their addresses, you can print their addresses on your envelopes for free! No more spending hours with cramped hands writing out addresses – unless you like that sort of thing!
I hope this was helpful for you! They have lots of beautiful Christmas cards, but if you celebrate other holidays during this time of year they also have holiday photo cards 2018 that you can find here. And, right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off your order with the coupon code holi30 – so you should head on over to their website and take a look!
I hope you enjoyed the tips & the photos! If you have any questions feel free to comment below! And if you still need your Christmas photos taken for this year, it’s not too late – contact me here! I’d love to help you out 🙂
This post is sponsored by Basic Invite – but all the opinions are my own!