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2020 Holiday Photo Card Ideas during COVID

16 Nov

2020 Holiday Photo Card Ideas

It’s that time of year when we start planning holiday cards.  2020 hasn’t proven to be very photo-worthy between trips being canceled and so many special events being postponed.  If you are planning on sending a holiday photo card, we have a few ideas that may help inspire you design your own.


Since we all have to wear masks, why not make it part of your holiday card?  It’s a fun way to capture the feeling of the year as well as a great way to remember 2020.  Card shown:  Let It Snow Flat Holiday Photo Card.


From Zoom meetings to online classrooms, you can capture the year with snapshots of your everyday life.  Card shown: Zoom Call Flat Holiday Photo Card.


With everyone being told to stay at home, a beautiful photo outside in nature speaks volumes this year.  A simple, sweet picture has more meaning as we’ve slowed down to appreciate the quieter moments.  Card shown: Merry Everything Vertical Holiday Photo Card.


If this year really threw you for a loop (and honestly – that would include everyone!), have some fun with a silly picture that can find the humor this holiday season.  Card shown: Foil Happy Holidays Flat Photo Cards.


Speaking of humor, have a LOT of fun like our Tastemaker Trae Bodge did with her holiday card.  She kept the mood light and fun this year.  Card shown: Colorful Bordered Holiday Photo Card.

What kind of holiday card do you plan on doing this year?





Outdoor Photo Tips for Holiday Photo Cards

10 Oct

It’s Fall and for some, it is the perfect time to take pictures for their Holiday cards.  The changing leaves are a beautiful backdrop for any picture.

I decided to share my 6 favorite outdoor photo tips that I have acquired through experience and from friends who take pictures professionally.  Why keep these secrets to myself?  Your Holiday card should look just as amazing!

  1. TIME OF DAY.  A photographer friend of mine told me the best time to take your pictures outside is mid-morning or the afternoon. Why?  The sun at noon casts shadows that aren’t flattering.  We don’t want that!
  2. THE SUN.  Make sure when you take your pictures, the sun is behind the photographer, shining on the subject being photographed.
  3. ACTION!  When I take pictures of my kids, I find the best are when they are “doing” something.  Whether they’re walking towards me, jumping or just being silly.  I feel this best captures their personality.
  4. EDIT! When you’re done snapping your pictures and download them, take advantage of the editing features like black and white, sepia and saturation.  You can really alter the look of a picture and give it an artistic feel.
  5. THEME.  Whether you’re taking a picture of a couple, a family or just the kids, try and go with a theme.  And no, it doesn’t mean you all have to be wearing white shirts.  Try making sure there is a color theme that helps tie the picture together.  When I just took pictures of my kids, my common color was grey.  I think it worked really well.  What do you think?
  6. SHOOT, SHOOT & THEN SHOOT SOME MORE.  With digital cameras there is no cost involved in taking extra pictures.  Never assume you will get the perfect picture on the first click.  Professional photographers assume only 1 in 20 pictures they take will actually be good.

I asked our graphics department their thoughts on the best images (trust me, they see a lot of pictures!) and they offered these 3 great tips as well:

  1. ANGLE.  If taking pictures of children, your pictures will look better if you squat down and take the picture at the level of your subject.  Brilliant!
  2. OUTDOORS.  The lighting is much better outdoors than indoors.
  3. CLOUDY SKIES.  Overcast days actually make for great picture taking because there is no sun glare or over exposure.

I hope these tips are helpful and inspire you to take a few pictures of your own.  When you’re done, check out our beautiful selection of Holiday Photo Cards to put your favorite picture(s) in.  I would love to hear how yours turned out and if these tips helped you … just post them on our Facebook wall or reply to our blog post.

Happy Snapping!


Top 10 Creative Holiday Card Ideas

30 Nov

By Julie L., TSS Staff

Your mailbox will soon be filled with stacks of gorgeous Holiday Cards.  Save them from the recycling bin this year with these fun 10 tips that will turn your holiday cheer into something creative for yourself and your family.

Holiday Card Idea #1: Punch it

Punch holes in the top left corner of the cards and stick hooks through them to hang on your tree. By doing this, you can decorate your Christmas tree in a unique way and show off your cards at the same time. I would suggest using ornament hooks or even personalized ribbons or ribbons with texture. They won’t clutter up your tables, so you will have more room to display fun holiday gadgets.

Holiday Card Idea #2: Frame it

Cut the photo cards down to size and slide them into picture frames.  This is a great way to showcase your friends and family, and the frame will protect the card from damage. If the photo card is timeless, it can even be used throughout the year. You can even jazz this up by putting the holiday card into a theme-specific frame, like “Holidays at the Beach” or “Winter Wonderland.”

Holiday Card Idea #3: Collage it

Create a collage out of the photo cards and frame it. This is a great way to show off a variety of holiday cards from everyone, and will save space in your house as well. You can overlap the cards and put them in a glass frame to hang on your wall near your entranceway so everyone can see what a great job you did when they come over to celebrate the holidays.

Holiday Card Idea #4: Scrap it

Cut them up and use the pattern or words for scrapbooking. Usually, holiday cards come with family photos, fun patterns, designs, cute caricatures, and sweet/sassy/clever sayings or quotes that you can utilize for holiday scrapbooking down the road. Keep those cards in a folder or use an empty cereal box to store them.  Break them out when you’re working on scrapbooking to bring out your holiday spirit.

Holiday Card Idea #5: Scan it

Scan them on your computer and use them for your social media sites. You can scan the entire card or just a section and use it as your Facebook or Twitter profile picture for a “12 Days Before Christmas” theme. Change the images daily for 12 days and on the last day, you can have an image that says “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” (scanned from a card!). You can also use the images for your blog, building holiday cards for the next year, or create an animated video to display on YouTube!

Holiday Card Idea #6: Display it

Display them on wire photo holder bases.  You can find these in many gift or retail stores.  They are generally used for photographs, but how cute would it be to put your holiday cards on them instead? This is perfect for baby photos, or even just a seasonal winter card with snowflakes. Print out a picture of your family or baby, pet or grandparents, and you can paste it over another holiday photo card to make it your own. This is a fun whimsical way to show off how clever you are during the holidays.

Holiday Card Idea #7: Gift Tag it

Recycle the unwritten side of the card as gift tags. Whether it be a seasonal card or a cute saying, the possibilities are endless! All you need to do is clip out that section on the card, poke a hole in the top left side, and tie some ribbon through it to use it for a gift tag. You can write on the back (or even the front) to personalize it especially for that lucky recipient.

Holiday Card Idea #8: Border it

Build a holiday wallpaper border.  You can do this in your living room, kitchen, kids room, basement, or anywhere you want!  Simply line up your holiday cards next to each other until they reach around the entire room.  You can use holiday cards from previous years and print out fun pictures of Santa, snow, and reindeer and combine everything to fill out the space. Once you’re done, your room will look cheerful and bright!

Holiday Card Idea #9: Hang it

Create wall art.  Try this clever idea for home decor. Hang, tie or pin holiday photo cards to a floor-to-ceiling trimmed ribbon in your hallway for a nice vertical display. The ribbon can be holiday patterns and colors, and the cards can be hole-punched and tied onto the ribbons, pinned with some holiday-themed pins, or even hung with a safety pin. You can be as creative as you want with this, and it will look fantastic!

Holiday Card Idea #10: Zigzag it

Grow your own Holiday Tree.  Trim a different kind of tree this holiday season. Zigzag a piece of ribbon across a section of the wall going left to right with a downward slope. Start from the top with small sections, and gradually add on longer sections so it will look like a zigzagged tree. Use clothespins, safety pins, holiday clips, glue, ribbon, string, etc., to connect the cards to the ribbon, creating a nice visual Christmas tree effect (with your cards as the ornaments) on the wall. On top of that, you can get even more creative by cutting the cards into festive shapes (like a tree, a circular ornament, a gingerbread man, or even a reindeer!) and adding the cards on a strand of holiday lights or tinsel to the tree decoration.

This year when you get your holiday cards in the mail, you are now prepared with 10 creative and unique ways to show them off. Instead of tossing them aside, put them to use to help you decorate your home! A nice personalized touch is just what Santa ordered!