| Written by Ronnie |
I've always been impartial when it comes to buying Christmas cards. I don't like spending a lot of money on them, but then I also don't like buying cards that look like they came from the hot dollar store. Last year, I decided to do something a little different. I'd been eyeing Artifact Uprising's postcard set for some time, and it dawned on me one day that I should get a set printed and use them as Christmas cards.
Using Aperture, I created an album with fifty or so of my favourite iPhone photos that I felt could work as Christmas cards. These included images of beach, sky, seascapes, flora, and silhouettes. From there, I narrowed the shortlist down to 25 and exported the images at full resolution.
In InDesign, I set up a template with the same document size as the postcard. I inserted twenty-four pages so that there were twenty-five in total. On each of the pages, I inserted one of the final images, making sure to bleed them right to the edge of the page.
I created two different designs - one where the words 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' could be typeset directly onto the image in white and one where the words were placed inside a white box to help them stand out against a busy background.
I loved how the cards turned out and can see this becoming a yearly tradition, as it's so easy to do yet the results are both stunning and special. If you're interested in downloading a copy of my template to use for your own cards, let me know in the comments below.
Tell me, do you have any traditions when it comes to Christmas cards?
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Update: Seems like a number of you are interested in the template, so here it is! This is an InDesign template. There is a CS4 version for those of you using CS6 and below and there is a CC version for those of you on the Creative Cloud.)