Photo Christmas Cards

My favorite Christmas cards to receive each year are photo Christmas cards. I love getting pictures of my childhood friends' children. Or receiving pics from relatives that I haven't seen in a while.

Shoot... I even love getting them from my neighbor, who I see almost everyday.

You know when you send out a photo Christmas card that it won't get tossed in the trash at the end of the season.

They are so easy to make now. Most photo centers have several templates for you to choose from.

They are also pretty cheap. Photo cards cost less than fifty cents a piece at Sam's Club.

Personally, I prefer to make my own.

If your feeling creative, check out some of the ideas below for making your own photo Christmas cards.

Have Your Kids Spell the Greeting

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This Christmas card was fun to make. My daughter was due on December 3rd. I couldn't plan ahead and make the photo cards without her in it.

I had to wait until after she was born. That didn't give much time to recover from labor and make Christmas photo cards.

I tried to take some shots of the kids all together. I quickly discovered that would not work. I had to take individual photos of them.

I was trying to decide how to arrange photos of all five kids on a Christmas card and still have room for the greeting.

That's when it dawned on me. Merry is made up of five letters.

I had each of the kids hold up a piece of black construction paper while they stood in front of the Christmas tree.

I then used PhotoShop to edit the photos. I cropped around the black construction paper.

Then I chose some red digital paper. I grouped a layer of the digital paper with each child's photo. Then I erased any necessary parts of the paper to make it look like the kids were holding up the red paper.

Then, I added fonts to the rectangle to spell Merry.

I got several compliments on this Christmas card and it was pretty easy to make.

You could use this idea even if you don't have five children.

Just take pictures of your children using different poses so you can get the number of shots you need to spell the word.

Everyone will think you are very creative!

Add Names and Dates to a Group Photo

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This year I decided to take a picture of my kids and add their name and the year to the photo. It was very easy and I had it done in a snap.

Well, I did spend some time editing the photo. I didn't get a good picture of them all together. So, I had to take the head of my youngest off of a photo that he was smiling in and swap it for his head in this photo.

Create an Ornament with the Photo

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This is the very first photo card that I made.

I had just gotten a digital camera and was learning how to use PhotoShop.

I tried to make it look as if the photo was on an ornament.

You could also take a picture of a snow globe and make it look as if the children are inside the snow globe.

Use a Picture from Your Family Vacation

I love getting photo Christmas cards from my brother and sister-in-law. This year they had a great idea.

They took a picture of themselves standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge while on vacation.

They even packed Santa hats to wear.

I am hoping this will become a tradition with them and they will take Santa hats on all their trips.

Update - They have been doing this for five years now! There Christmas Cards are the most anticipated ones at our house. Last year they wore their Santa hats while standing in front of the Eiffel Tower. 

I loved getting a little glimpse of their summer vacation at Christmas time.

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