Tired of spending $200 or more on holiday cards? Yeah, I thought so. I have good news though! You can get high quality cards with a modern design using your own photos and 10 minutes of handiwork using a FREE app called Canva. With absolutely zero graphic design background, you can overlay text, snow, etc. to fully personalized your card and customize it to an even further degree of detail than you can with Minted, Shutterfly, and all the big brands.
I'm going to show you how and it's going to take you half an hour to learn AND make your own. In fact, don't be surprised if you find it to be so fun and easy and that you end up designing your neighbor's card, your sister's card, your bff's card... you get the idea.
If you know me, you know I'm all about enabling action. I am NOT the business consultant who makes clients feel like they need me at every turn. Nope. I have a lot of faith in your abilities and I want YOU to have that confidence in yourself. So let's get after it!
First you need to be sure you have an account in Canva. As I said, it's totally free. If you want access to certain snazzy tools and icons you can choose to upgrade to a Canva Pro plan, but hold off on that, because I'm pretty confident we can get this done for you and only pay for the printing and shipping of your cards (for as low as $0.20/card... not that $1-2 charge you're used to). Fair warning though-- if you're a blogger or creative of any kind, you will probably end up wanting full access. It's $119.40 for a year (~$10/month). A tiny fraction of Creative Cloud, but alas, still an expense.
Okay let's go through the following steps to make your customized card:
Perhaps it has occurred to you that you can make cards for other occasions, too, now that you have this skill in your back pocket. YEP! You can. You can make birthday invitations, baby announcements, personalized stationary, and more. The world is yours. Go nuts. And hey, if you use this tutorial to make a card and you share it-- tag me! I want to see! @hammer_kate
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Note: The link to Canva is an affiliate link. If you decide to buy the Pro version and you use my link I may receive a small commission. If you use the free version I will not-- either way, I encourage you to use the version that works best for your needs!