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12 Ideas For Personalised Christmas Cards & Ecards

by InvisiblyMe
The top to thirds of the image is a photo, showing a birds-eye view of two hands holding a Christmas card against a white table, with a few pinecones and green fir stems at the top. Underneath is a small red reindeer icon and the post title: 12 ideas for personalised Christmas cards and ecards.

Hand Made Greetings For A Covid Christmas

This year’s Covid Christmas will likely look very different for those that celebrate the season. Whatever happens and however it looks, you can still keep in touch with family and friends, and making your own Christmas cards is one way of spreading some festive cheer. Whether you’re a fan of Xmas crafts or not, there are plenty of simple ways to jazz up your cards to make your recipient smile. If you’re chronically ill and low on energy, you can always personalise a store bought card.

Here are 12 tips for creating beautiful physical cards & virtual greetings ecards this Christmas. 

1. Idea Generation

If you’re doing one design for multiple recipients, let your imagination and creativity run wild. If you’re customising a design for a specific person, then give some thought as to what they might like. Contemporary or traditional? Sweet or straightforward? Streamlined or homely? Classic or cartoon? If you think it might raise a much-needed chuckle, consider comedy or novelty designs. 

Get some inspiration online, where you’ll find a wealth of images to spark your creative juices. Pinterest or general Google searches are good places to start. 

2. Pop-Up Surprises

If you’re feeling creative, have a go at a pop-up card. It’s more straightforward than it sounds to make, especially if you keep the design simple. Surprise your recipient with a pop-up Christmas tree or bauble as they open their card to put a smile on their face.

3. Experiment With Pens

If you’re making your own card or just writing inside a pre-bought one, try experimenting with the types of pens you’re using. Skip the biro and try colourful felt tips, block letter with some Sharpies or try your hand at some calligraphy. It’s a simple way to jazz things up, which is great if you’re low on time or energy.

4. Bring It To Life With Photo Cards

Photos give any card a personal touch, and you can save money by making your own. Upload your photo to the front of the card, or make a collage if you’ve got a few pics you want to make use of. Add some Christmas detailing like ivy, bells or Christmas tree icons to decorate around the image(s).

A birds-eye photo of the white top of my desk, on which I've placed the A4 Canva printout of a card (light peach and white, with a photo of me with my cat to one side, and the text "Have a purr-fect Christmas" to the right). Around the paper are some red Christmas ribbons, scissors, a red bow and a red pen.

5. Stick It

Adding some small stickers is another low-energy option for home made DIY cards or store-bought cards. You can purchase stickers fairly cheaply, and they needn’t be Christmas themed. If you can’t get any, you can make some yourself or print some small icons off Canva to use as stickers.

These can go inside your card or on the envelope, just to provide a sweet, thoughtful touch. I tend to add a small shiny sticker or two to the back of an envelope after sticking it down.

6. Create For Free With Canva

Canva is a fantastic resource for creativity and many, myself included, use it for blogging. It’s free to sign up and use. There’s also a Pro version, which provides access to a far greater number of features for a monthly fee.

There are numerous pre-made templates for an array of projects, so you can pick a greetings card template and get the basics done for you. From there, you can upload photos and personalise your card, select from free (or purchasable) icons and pictures like trees, wreaths, stars and candy canes, and add your own text. You can of course start from a blank page if you wish, giving you the full freedom of choice for how you want your card to look. 

The card can be downloaded in different formats (such as Jpeg) to send as an eCard or to be printed. If you’re taking the printable route, fold a piece of card in half and stick your square or rectangular one-page Canva design on the front. You can add pages to your Canva design if you want to develop a full card, allowing you to write your inside message on the next page.

A digital Christmas Greetings Card made on Canva using free fonts from FontBundles. There's a red background with a large open envelope at the bottom, and there's a piece of paper with a red heart inside it. Above it reads: Wishing you a Merry Christmas, love Caz / Invisibly Me.
A digital Christmas greetings Card made on Canva using two free fonts from FontBundles.

7. Have Fun With Fonts

I’m a sucker for fonts and the unique effects they can bring to any design. The abundance of styles means that your choices are potentially limitless, especially when going digital. Have some fun and play around with various fonts in different colours and sizes, bringing new life to your creations with just a click of a button.

Although the default fonts available in your computer’s word document software or on the free version of Canva will always be rather limited, there are oodles of options elsewhere. Check out Font Bundles for a super range of styles, with plenty of freebie fonts to choose from. You’ll be spoilt for choice with pages of beautiful, distinctive, quirky and stunning fonts, and you can download as many as you want. 

A screenshot of the free fonts available at FontBundles. To the left are filters to narrow the search for font types, and the main screen shows about 12 fonts as an example of the many available on the website.
A screenshot showing a small selection of the hundreds of free fonts available at FontBundles.

All you need to do is click to download the font you’ve got your eye on, and a zipped folder will be delivered to your computer. Unzip it and you’ll find the font, plus some helpful information on how to use it. 

You can use FontBundles fonts with your own software or upload them to Canva. To use the latter, you’ll need a Canva Pro account. If you’re new to Canva, you might be offered a free month as a trial, so it’s always worth having a look whether you’re eligible. If not, treat yourself to a month of Pro for access to heaps of new photos and features, which could great timing for all the creations you can make throughout Christmas and New Year. 

With Canva Pro, you can upload the fonts you select from FontBundles and use them on any of your designs. Go to your brand kit page and to the bottom right you’ll find the button to upload your font. You’ll never have a boring design ever again with so many funky fonts!

8. Insert Festivity Here

There’s something special about getting physical post, especially in the age of the Internet as the thrill of seeing the postie come to the letterbox becomes increasingly rare. Add a handwritten or typed letter to your card to turn your greeting into a casual chat, letting your recipient know any updates you have, asking how they are, and showing that you care.

You could also use Canva or your computer software to create an entertaining insert rather than a card itself. You could make a photo collage to pop inside your card, a page of festive jokes, or a funny meme to make your recipient laugh. Play around with icons, borders and fonts to make your design eye-catching. 

9. Let’s Get 3D Physical

Love getting hands on with crafting? Give your physical card another dimension with felt, glitter, dyes, stamps, ribbons and buttons. You could also use paper cutting techniques to make up a 3D image, like a Christmas tree or wrapped present. A card can be taken from simple to extraordinary with just a few extras, so you don’t need to go over the top or even spend much (if any) money. Attending to the details shows you’ve put time and care into your mini masterpiece, which will be a priceless gift in itself.

10. Gift Card Holder

Take your card a step further by making it into a gift card holder. If you want to gift your recipient a store card, like for Amazon or a supermarket so they can treat themselves or put the voucher towards something they need, then you can develop this into your greeting card design. Double up the card you wish to use for the front page and cut the second layer on top a little shorter to act as a pocket for the gift voucher to sit in. 

11. Your Art On Display

If you enjoy making art, whether it’s by hand or digital, then you could add this to your card. It’s more straightforward if it’s digital art and already on your computer, but if it’s on a piece of paper then try scanning it in or taking a photograph then uploading it to your card design. Don’t forget to sign your masterpiece! 

A great way for children to get involved is with adding fingerprints or hand prints to the design, which is a very literal & unique way of personalising your card.

12. A Cute Cutout Keepsake

Give your recipient something to cherish, at least for this Christmas. A cutout keepsake is a sweet, novel token that can be built into your card. You can have it on the front part of the card, where the recipient just pops out the keepsake or detaches it from some sticky tape. Alternatively, it could be included separately inside the card. It can be any shape and designed for a range of purposes.

For example, try a tree ornament by attaching piece of string on top of the design, create a cutout with a safety pin on the back so the recipient can wear it as a badge, transform the design into a sticker if you have some adhesive vinyl, or make your recipient a personalised bookmark.

A black scroll divider.
A digital Christmas Greetings Card made on Canva using free fonts from FontBundles. There are numerous square boxes with different digital icons in, like snowflakes, wreaths, presents and Christmas trees, all in deep pink, light pink and beige colours. In a box in the middle it reads: Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. At the bottom is "love from Caz / Invisibly Me."
A digital Christmas Greetings Card made on Canva using two free fonts from FontBundles.

Will you be sending Christmas cards this Christmas?

Caz  ♥

[ This is a sponsored post & advertisement feature written by myself. The opinions expressed here are my own ]

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johnrieber November 21, 2020 - 5:39 pm

This is a terrific list of great, personalized holiday ideas! Bravo, now’s the time to jump on it!

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 4:38 pm

I’m glad you liked the suggestions – thanks, John. Yes, getting to doing any of it is the tricky part…!

Sandee November 21, 2020 - 6:01 pm

So clever. Some folks are so crafty.

Have a fabulous weekend, Caz. ♥

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 4:41 pm

I’m sadly not one of them but thankfully there are little things we can do to liven up cards, even store bought ones, which is probably more up my street. I do enjoy making digital ecards though! Thanks for the comment, Sandee. I hope you’re both having a relaxing weekend ???? x

Thor November 21, 2020 - 6:20 pm

Me, Thor. You creative, Caz’ez. Me like your post’ez cuz they help people’ez. Me don’t need no help tho cuz me alweady da best’est. But, Tamara alwayz need da help. Biggie time.

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 5:07 pm

You is already da best, and olders now you’ve had a birfday. Fanks, Thor!

da-AL November 21, 2020 - 6:45 pm

these are great ideas — charming as well as practical — & a sweet gentle reminder to get ourselves in gear lol

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Thanks da-AL, I’m glad you liked the suggestions. I need to give myself a big kick up the bum to get into gear too, pronto! x

tidalscribe November 21, 2020 - 7:15 pm

I do like getting real cards to put up and I especially like any home made ones, even the tiniest.

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 5:18 pm

Same here. I do enjoy physical cards of any design or shape, it’s just so nice to receive them and be able to put them up with the rest of the Christmassy decor. xx

Looking for the Light November 21, 2020 - 7:35 pm

Hi, love the cards. Only sending a few this year and all store bought. Nothing fancy this year, haven’t really done anything special in a while. We don’t have that many we send, no real extended family. Great post.

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 10:32 pm

There won’t be many for me to send either, Mel. I’ll be trying different pens and some stickers to store-bought cards to give them a personal touch though, and only having a handful makes it easier. I’m glad you liked the post lovely xx

Terri, Reclaiming Hope November 21, 2020 - 8:39 pm

These are some fabulous ideas Caz! I always have great intentions of making those special handmade cards for my loved ones, but I usually run out of time and send store-bought cards instead. Since it looks like we’re not going to be as busy this Christmas as usual due to staying home and safe, I think I’ll do some, at least for my “most special” people. Thanks for giving me some great tips to get me started!

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 10:36 pm

I don’t imagine I’ll get around to doing much (any) proper crafting; like you, the intention is there but then time runs out. It’s disappearing so quickly this year. I’m going to jazz up the couple of store-bought cards I’ll be sending with colourful pens and some stickers. Your idea of doing just a couple of more special cards is a good one. That’s a more manageable goal, without too much pressure. Even if you don’t get to doing that, personalising store-bought is the next best option. I’m glad you liked the post, Terri. Thank you – I hope the week ahead treats you kindly ♥ xx

The Oceanside Animals November 21, 2020 - 11:04 pm

Charlee: “Our Dada makes a Christmas card every year with pictures of all of us doing stuff like we do on our blog.”
Chaplin: “So it’s usually something disastrous.”
Lulu: “I can’t imagine anything we do is as disastrous as 2020 has been!”
Charlee: “I guess we’ll have to wait for the card this year so we can find out …”

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 10:38 pm

Nah, you three could never be disastrous, you is all cuties & good as gold! Your dada does amazingly with his collage card, such a good idea! x

Greg Dennison November 21, 2020 - 11:08 pm

I haven’t sent Christmas cards since 2008… I’m just too busy :\

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 10:42 pm

I’m sure you’re not alone in stepping away from Christmas cards. I’d be interested to see how the stats add up, comparing how many were sent 10 or 15 years ago to today. There’s far more Christmas wishes being sent on Whatsapp, by email or ecard because it’s quicker, cheaper & more convenient. x

Svet Pavlovsky November 22, 2020 - 2:52 am

Those are great ideas, Caz! I just love it all.

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 10:42 pm

Aww thanks, Svet! I’m really pleased you like the suggestions ???? xx

Despite Pain November 22, 2020 - 11:02 am

Fantastic post, Caz. I love sending something with a personal touch and this year, especially, I think it would be a nice idea. One year, I made everyone on my Christmas card list a handmade card. Lots of glue, Christmas ribbon and gems were involved. By the end of it, I was shattered. I pushed my limits a wee bit too far. Lesson learned though – less is more. I think if I do it this year, I’ll keep it simpler. Your post has giving me lots of ideas which will be easy and not quite as tiring. Thank you.

InvisiblyMe November 22, 2020 - 10:48 pm

I think that personal touch is all the more sweet this year, too. Wow, I can’t imagine doing all handmade cards – that’s impressive! I bet your recipients adored your cards and the effort you went to. It really is the thought that counts, isn’t it? Such a kind thing to do, but very exhausting too. I think I’m going to store-bought cards but jazzing them up a teeny bit with colourful pens and some small stickers on the envelopes. I have hardly any to send, which is perhaps the only benefit of having no friends, though I do miss the days of a card writing marathon. In your case, you could perhaps pick just a couple to make extra special, then keep the rest very simple, just small personalised touches that won’t leave you in more pain and utterly exhausted. I’m really glad you liked the post, thank you, Liz  ♥

Masha November 23, 2020 - 3:31 am

Ohhhh I love your ideas here. Last year at the end of the season I had decided that I want to send physical cards, and i bought a couple of boxes of cards to send out this year. You’ve given me some really great creative ideas here that I can do with the cards. Thank you Caz, happy holidays xoxo

InvisiblyMe November 24, 2020 - 3:54 pm

That’s great, Masha! I’m sure your recipients will love receiving your cards. I’ve got store-bought cards for a few relatives, which I’ll jazz up a bit with colourful pens and some stickers on the envelopes. Have fun doing your cards! xx

Jo Jackson November 23, 2020 - 5:08 am

Thanks for all the tips. I like to make something personal too.

InvisiblyMe November 24, 2020 - 4:01 pm

It’s nice to be able to give something with a little thought and effort, isn’t it? It’s just a bit more special, and it doesn’t take much because even the smallest personalisation counts. Thanks, Jo. xx

Animalcouriers November 23, 2020 - 9:13 am

Wonderfully creative ideas! Must start work on ours asap 😉

InvisiblyMe November 24, 2020 - 4:02 pm

Thanks, I’m glad you liked the suggestions. I need to give myself a kick up the bum to get around to cards (and everything else!) soon too. Have fun doing your cards! ????

mentalhealth360.uk November 23, 2020 - 9:18 pm

Brilliant ideas, must steal one or two 😉

InvisiblyMe November 24, 2020 - 4:04 pm

Steal away, Caz! ????

Michelle November 24, 2020 - 2:29 am

These are all such great ideas!! I love pop-up cards. I’ve always thought they were so cute!

InvisiblyMe November 24, 2020 - 4:27 pm

I’m pleased you liked the ideas – pop-up cards are cute, aren’t they? ???? x

Emily J November 24, 2020 - 11:56 am

I love the inspiration! I need a nudge in the right direction as well to get started. You always think you have so much time, then everything suddenly seems to be last minute. I was looking to try Canva Pro a couple of months ago but I wasn’t that interested in having more images so I didn’t bother. I had no idea you could upload fonts, that’s so cool! I’ll have a look at the free font downloads now. Not too sure how I’d use them on my laptop but I’ll figure it out if they send instructions. Thanks Caz, happy card making! ????

InvisiblyMe November 24, 2020 - 5:51 pm

I’m right there in needing that nudge to get started, too! I can see your issue with Canva Pro. Personally, I’ve loved the free trial so I’d absolutely recommend it if you’re eligible. There are a lot more images available, the ability to resize to custom dimensions and of course upload new fonts. I’ve found so many amazing ones from FontBundles so I’ve been thrilled by that site. They do indeed send instructions with downloads; you’ll find it in the folder once you unzip it. Have fun! xx

Christy B November 24, 2020 - 11:21 pm

Such great ideas here for creating one-of-a-kind cards, Caz! The cards can be so special with these ideas. I am a geek and love playing with fonts 😉

Gemma November 27, 2020 - 1:17 pm

Loving these creative and fun ideas Caz! Giving a homemade card is so much more meaningful too – I just wish I had more time to make them! I do agree that Canva is amazing though; don’t know what I would do without it!

Gemma x



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