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DIY Christmas Photo Cards

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How to make your own Christmas photo card and spend less money
It’s off center for our names because I erased
our last name for this picture.

I wanted to do Christmas cards again this year and combine them with our baby announcement, but when I started checking out different sites to make the cards I decided they might be a bit expensive to send out this year. I decided to see if there were DIY options for Christmas Photo Cards and found this tutorial to making a 5×7 photo card in Gimp. I love Gimp, it’s free. That’s a good tutorial if you’ve never used Gimp and it’s got the measurements to use for the 5×7 card. Hers was a landscape card so just flip the measurements if you want it to be a portrait like mine.

There’s a couple of issues you will want to work out first: How much are you going to pay for 5×7 prints and do you have big envelopes to mail the cards in? Otherwise, you may end up paying about the same amount. I noticed a couple of the photo printing sites charged quite a bit for 5×7 photos and it was comparable to the cheaper photo cards. Eh. With my Costco membership, however, the photos ended up being about $0.39 each and I was able to order the exact right number. Some sites required me to order 50 at a time.

Here’s another alternative which is to make them as 4×6 photo cards. This would be a lot cheaper, but keep in mind that you can’t do too much with the card itself because if you put two photos like I did (or more) then your photos are going to end up being really small once it’s all printed on a 4×6. So will the text you add. That being said, Snapfish runs Penny Prints coupon codes that would make doing a 4×6 very inexpensive. Whichever route you go, I recommend printing a sample of your card in 4×6 or 5×7 (whichever you do) on your printer at home to see how the pictures and print look once printed.

I really like how these came out and the freedom I had to make the cards exactly how I wanted.

Here’s the back of the card… as you can see, it’s just a regular photo back.

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