How to Create Gorgeous Custom Christmas Cards in Under 30 Minutes

Create custom, affordable, and gorgeous Christmas cards in 30 minutes OR LESS! Over 500 cards to choose from on Basic Invite  #custom #christmascards #christmas

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In a perfect world I would take the time to have our family Christmas cards designed by a professional…but who can afford that!? I could design them myself, in Photoshop or even Canva…but who has time for that!? [you know you’re saying “ain’t nobody got time for that” with some sass in your head right now]

I needed to create some cheap holiday cards that were still beautiful, unique, and good-quality. I started browsing Basic Invite, since I worked with them in the past, and I was blown away but all of the beautiful cards they offer and the affordable prices that accompanied them. Since I know that so many of you are also working within the same restraints as me, I set out to create gorgeous, custom cards in under 30 minutes. And you guys…it’s possible!

how to create gorgeous, custom christmas cards in under 30 minutes

step one: take your christmas card + choose your favorite

Before starting your 30-minute timer, you need to already have your Christmas card photo taken and chosen, that thirty minutes does NOT include the time it takes to go stand in a field and wrangle your children at sunset. The only tip I can give for your Christmas cards photo is to work with a photographer that your children know and are comfortable with and to bribe the kids. One of my bestest mom friends, Lindsay Rossman, is also an amazing photographer and she took our Christmas card photos quickly and beautifully since our kids are all comfortable with her. We also bribed the boys with treats from Target if they stood still and smiled. 😜

step two: gather your addresses

I am always so bad at getting addresses for our Christmas cards, but this year I got almost all of them in time to have Basic Invite print their addresses on the envelopes for me. There are still a few I need to handwrite because I didn’t get addresses from people in time but the rest of the addresses were able to be printed and they are stored in my address book on Basic Invite. If you still need to gather addresses, Basic Invite offers an address capturing service! All you have to do is share or send the link and your recipients type in their addresses which are then sent to your Basic Invite address book. All address printing is FREE on holiday cards.

step three: choose your christmas card

Browse over 500 holiday card designs on Basic Invite (they even offer corporate holiday cards!) and narrow it down to your favorite design. I know, it’s hard to decide but if you go into the process already having your Christmas card photo selected, it will make things easier; you will know if you need a horizontal or vertical layout, the number of photos you want to include, and which designs cover up people in your photo.

Step four: customize your card

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. There are also foil holiday cards available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Not only can you custom the colors, you can change the fonts and move the text around to better suite your chosen photo.

You can also choose a custom back design (for an additional cost) which I totally recommend. Use the space on the back of your card to share more photos and give life updates, don’t let that empty space go to waste! Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their cards. You can choose from over 40 different colors for your envelopes so you can make your card stand out even before it is opened. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one. 🙌🏻

Beautiful, custom holiday cards created in under 30 minutes! #custom #christmascards #affordable #christmas #BasicInvite
Beautiful, custom holiday cards created in under 30 minutes! #custom #christmascards #affordable #christmas #BasicInvite
Beautiful, custom holiday cards created in under 30 minutes! #custom #christmascards #affordable #christmas #BasicInvite

All of this is possible to complete in less than thirty minutes, no graphic design degree needed. I won’t lie, I was a little worried about the quality of the cards…but as soon as I opened them up and held them, I was pleasantly surprised! The paper quality is really sturdy but still smooth and almost has a sheen and the print quality is just as great!

Right now, you can use the code holi30 at checkout to receive 30% off your holiday cards from Basic Invite. Share a photo of your Basic Invite Christmas cards with me on Instagram so I can see what you all create! Use #iamajoyfuhomemaker and tag me (@abbybarstow) so I can check it out!