Simple Holiday Photo Card




Holiday Card with Border


OK, OK, I know.  Thanksgiving isn’t here yet.  So it’s no fair to start in on the Holiday cards.  But this one is so simple, you’ll be able to design your own before you put the turkey on the table.  Then instead of going to all those crowded sales the day after T day, you can just stay at home and beat the crowds while you get your Holiday cards all cut out.  I bet you’ll even have them all written and labeled and ready to post before the end of the weekend.  Then you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the holidays!

These directions make two cards.  Here’s what you’ll need:

one sheet 8.5″ x 11 paper in one color for exterior

one sheet 8.5 x 11 paper in a contrasting color for interior

two 4 x 3 photos

spray adhesive

paper cutter

scoring board

I used standard 65lb paper, nothing fancy.  Heavier weight paper makes for a card that may be too thick, while thinner paper won’t give you a smooth cover over the photo.   For the photos, rather than use up color print cartridges, try putting two images on one 4 x 6 sheet, and send that up to the photoshop for printing.  An hour later, I had 55 sheets at under $8; or enough to make 110 cards.

Choose a photo that has a lot of border around it.  I played around with Photoshop to get my main image that I wanted to show about 3″ high by about 2″ wide.  This was the area that would show through the center oval.  You’ll need to know this when you design your card’s exterior.  Once you know that size, make an oval that size, and then make one that is half an inch bigger all around the sides.  So if your center oval is 2 x 3, your outer oval guide is 3 x 4.  Now make your border icons.  I chose doves and snowflakes and stars, because they went with the words inside the card.  You can choose some that match your theme.  Just be sure to size them down to about .4 inches.



Border Frame with Stars

Pop your ovals one inside the other, center them, and put in some horizontal and vertical guidelines.  Now place your icons between the two ovals, leaving a bit of margin from the inner oval.  You don’t want to touch the center oval.  You also do not want to have your icons touching one another.  You can use the fit object to path function, but this can become problematic to get the fit and spacing down on an oval.  It doesn’t take too long to make everything neat and visually balanced if you use the flip function to position along the guide lines.


Border Frame with Snowflakes


Once you are done, delete the outer oval that was your guide, and do a “make path”  to keep things in proper relation to one another.  Duplicate your “frame”, and align on your paper as you would want on your card.  I made a visual mock up of the 8.5 x 11 sheet with the shapes tool, and divided it in half horizontally and vertically.  The mock up was a different color than the frames.   Then I put my frames on it, selected all and did a “group”.  When I take it to the cutter I align the mock up on the blank (same size); and when I cut, I cut by color, selecting only the color for the frames.


Interior Message

For the inside, choose your message text and be sure to make the letters that have “inner space” stenciled (see pocket card tutorial for how to do this ).  Follow the above instructions for mock up and positioning for this as well.

Now we have two sheets, the inner and outer designs.  And we have our photo sheet which we have cut in half.  Position your photos under your exterior frame sheet, and lay it front side (photos facing) down.  Spray adhesive the wrong side of your message sheet and position it right side up onto the wrong side of the exterior frame sheet.  You should have both wrong sides together, with the photo sandwiched in between.  Brayer.  Now cut your sheet in half to give you two cards.  Score the fold line.  You’re done.

You’ll really like how nice and neat these look, they stand up well, and you’ll have plenty of space for writing a message, even though it is a small card, because you can write on the “back” of the front.

Yes, you could cut the sheets in half to get two cards with the KnK.  But since we are using a small sheet here, and we won’t be perfect with our origin set, I prefer to do it with the paper cutter to clean up any stray ends.  Also, it is easier to glue the inside and outside together as one sheet, and then cut.

If you get large format paper, you can do all the cutting and scoring on the KnK, saving time and making perfect cuts since you won’t have to worry about the origin issue if you are cutting out sides, etc.  But then, you’d probably have to go out on Black Friday to look for that paper, and fight all those crowds and traffic, and isn’t that what we were trying to avoid in the first place?


19 thoughts on “Simple Holiday Photo Card

  1. I also liked the punch detail around the photo. Do these images come with MTC? Since I haven’t ordered my Zing yet and haven’t downloaded MTC, I am interested in knowing about all the free images that come with the software.

    • Hi Lynn-
      The details are not from MTC. I tend to make my own designs. The dove started out as an image I found on the web, and then traced and modified. The star is just from the shapes tool. The snowflake again is a modified design.

  2. Wonderful cards and thanks for the detailed instructions. You make details look so easy. Another great project and inspiration!

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