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5 Ways to Be Unique with your Christmas Cards

Christmas cards come in all shapes, sizes and colors. How can you make your card stand out from the rest this Christmas season? Here are a few unique ways:

  1. Create a Pop-Up Christmas Card

  2. Most Christmas cards that people send will be the simple single-fold variety. When your cards open with a pop-up Santa, Christmas tree or reindeer, they will give an extra dimension to make your card really pop out. Use homemade pop-up book tutorials such as this one to create your own pop-up Christmas cards this year.

  3. Use a Unique Photo for your Card

  4. Family photo Christmas cards have become a favorite in recent years because of how easy it is to create them online and the personal touch that they offer. This year, take an out-of-the-ordinary picture to send out. A great idea is a family photo in a strange place, like underwater while scuba diving. To take it one step further, use a photo editing software such as Photoshop to add a shark in the background and put Santa hats on everyone! Even if you didn't go anywhere special this year, you can use Photoshop to put your family in any scenario. The possibilities are endless!

  5. Make It 3-D with Texture

  6. Add ornaments to the outside of your card. Give the reindeer a beady nose, or give Santa's gift sack some poof. There are hundreds of things that you can use to add a little extra shape to your card designs. Whether you're making cards completely from scratch or just adding final touches, visit your local craft store for everything you need.

  7. Draw the Cards Yourself

  8. Got an artist in the family? An original piece of art is a great way to show off your family's talent. You can duplicate the drawing using a computer, then have it printed onto each card.

    Even if you don't have any artists around, it can still be fun to let your kids draw on the front of your cards. Every single one will be unique, and it's a great family bonding experience.

  9. The Bumpy Envelope Trick

  10. Almost everything you get in the mail is flat, including bills and junk mail. When your relatives and friends receive your Christmas cards, you want them to see it right away. Disturb their neat little pile of flat mail by putting a big Christmas candy such as a candy cane or chocolate into the envelope along with your card. They'll pick it up right away, wondering what is inside!

Want to learn more about Christmas cards? Check out our other Christmas card articles in this series:

Christmas Card Etiquette | Christmas Cards vs. Boxed Sets