Holiday Card Do’s & Don’ts


November 3, 2023

I know that putting a holiday card together can feel daunting and a big undertaking! Here are my top tips and tricks to creating the perfect card. I promise you, it can be easy if you follow some guidance! You’ve got this!

**Holiday Card Do’s:**

1. Choose Clear, High-Quality Images

Select photos that are well-lit, sharp, and in focus. This ensures your holiday card looks professional and visually appealing. (Hint, hint – KMP photos are perfect to use for this *wink*)

2. Highlight Smiles and Genuine Expressions

Choose photos where your family members are genuinely smiling and enjoying the moment. Authenticity shines through in holiday cards and makes them the best one’s on the fridge!

3. Incorporate Seasonal Elements

If your photoshoot allows, consider including seasonal props or settings that enhance the holiday feel, like a cozy fireplace or outdoor winter scene. Even a Christmas Tree on the beach!

4. Use a Variety of Shots

Include a mix of close-ups, group shots, and candid moments. This adds depth and visual interest to your holiday card. If you’re choosing to only use one photo on the front, make sure to follow #2 and choose a moment with genuine smiles, laughs and personality!

5. Select a Consistent Color Palette

Choose a color scheme that complements your photos and gives a cohesive look to your holiday card. This could be based on your clothing, background, or a specific holiday theme.

6. Add a Personal Greeting

Customize your holiday card with a warm, personal message. It could be a heartfelt sentiment or a fun anecdote from the year, for example: “What a Year!” or “Finally, some silent nights (but not many!)” -if you had a baby this past year.

7. Proofread Before Printing

Double-check all text for spelling and grammar errors. It’s a small detail, but it makes a big difference in the final product – especially if someone’s name or age is wrong.

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**Holiday Card Don’ts:**

1. Don’t Overcrowd the Card

Avoid using too many photos or cluttering the card with excessive design elements. Keep it clean and visually balanced.

2. Don’t Use Low-Resolution Images:

Steer clear of photos that are pixelated or blurry. They won’t reproduce well in print and can detract from the overall quality of your card. KMP provides high-resolution images for you to use that are print-quality!

3. Don’t Over-Edit the Photos

While a touch of editing can enhance the images, avoid heavy filters or effects that may distort the natural appearance of your family members. As a note, if your photos are taken by a professional, they should only be edited by the photographer.

4. Don’t Forget to Include Everyone

Ensure that all family members, including pets if you want, are featured in the photos or mentioned in the card’s message.

5. Don’t Neglect Printing Considerations

If you’re printing your cards, be mindful of factors like paper quality, size of the card, and printing options. Choose a reputable printing service for the best results.

6. Don’t Limit Yourself to Traditional Designs

Feel free to get creative with your holiday card design. Consider unique shapes, formats, or even incorporating collage-style layouts.

7. Don’t Forget the Envelopes

Pay attention to the envelopes. Consider adding a personal touch, like a decorative seal or a handwritten address, to make them feel special.

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I can’t wait to see all of your cards!

Remember, holiday cards are a wonderful way to spread joy and connect with loved ones. By following these tips, you’ll create a memorable and cherished keepsake for your family and friends. 🎄✨ Still need to take your holiday photos? There’s time!

Additionally, if you don’t have the time to design your own card, don’t worry! We offer custom-designed holiday cards that are ready for you to mail – designed, printed, and delivered.


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