These Printable Christmas cards are just what you need for gift giving or spreading holiday cheer with thoughtful personalized messages to your friends, family, or co-workers.
Free to download for personal use!
It’s time to get prepared for the rush this Christmas season!
Although, I must admit, even when I have great intentions, I always end up getting caught up each year and run out of time, aaaand that is the creative brain at work, always trippin’ me up!
How about you?
My idea for getting better prepped this year is having several styles of Christmas Cards printed in advance, waiting for personalization for whatever pop-ups up around the holidays, though in reality, I will probably still feel like it all went by too quickly and not do half of the things that I wanted to do because I always want to do all the things!
One thing is for sure, this year is different, and we should have a few different priorities because I have a gut feeling this 2020 Christmas is one that hand-written cards will be appreciated more than ever,
I hope that my printable Christmas cards make that easy, fun, and affordable for you too!
How about we take some time this week to get out our favorite fancy pens to do some writing? Starting with just one person who may be feeling a bit lonely. Communicating the ‘old fashioned way’ is underrated.
I always enjoy getting cards with notes in them.
In this Merry, Merry Everything Card Set, I included 4 different printable Christmas card styles along with an adorable cordinating, printable envelope and note papers, for you ‘long winded’ types like me!
GREETING CARD PRINTING | SUGGESTED BEST PRACTICES
These digital files have been created and formatted to print a 4.75 x 6.75” card which will fit a 5×7” envelope once trimmed along the cutting lines and creased!
BEST MEDIA FOR PRINTING CHRISTMAS CARDS AT HOME.
Because of the colors, these images will print best on bright white, matte cardstock paper, but if you are feeling creative, try other types of media if your printer will accept it and let me know how it goes!
DOWNLOADING THE FILES
Downloading the digital files is easy, just click on the download now link below and it will open to a new page to see the PDF displayed in its entirety.
PS. I don’t ever recommend printing directly from your web browser using the printer icon. It is always best to download the file to your own local drive.
To download the PDF: click on the little arrow in the top right-hand corner and download the file to your downloads folder or desktop.
Now that you have the PDF file on your computer, or phone if you have a printer set up so you can print directly from your phone..
Open the file and follow the best printer and settings guidelines, provided in the next section below!
BEST PRINTER & SETTINGS
Printer: Whatever home printer you have will print these images fine, the test is, if the printer can handle cardstock.
IMPORTANT! Settings: It is important when printing these images that the setting to print to actual size is selected and not the shrink to fit page option.
Also, make sure to choose the setting that is proper for the paper media you have selected to print on whether is be matte cardstock, glossy photo paper etc.
PRINT ONLY THE CARD IMAGES YOU WANT:
Within the printer settings, make sure to choose which PAGE NUMBERS from the PDF to print, or my instructions and art copyrights will also print.
TRIMMING YOUR PRINTED CARDS
When trimming my own printed cards, I like to use a ruler and a bone folder to indent where my craft knife needs to slide prior to cutting.
In these files, I left a full (but light) trim line around the images because I have found it to work best, even for those who may not have a paper trimmer and instead use handy-dandy scissors to cut this card out!
FOLDING YOUR PRINTED GREETING CARD
To fold the cards, use a bone folder to get that perfect crease in your cardstock!
No bone folder? Use the spine of a book, a soft edged ruler or even an orange peeler to give that crisp fold instead of the wrinkled edge that comes with just trying to fold a piece of cardstock in half.
CHOOSING AN ENVELOPE FOR YOUR CARD
Go ahead and use some of your own preassembled envelopes if you have them OR print the included dotty holiday envelope printable on your home printer using regular weight copy paper.
I made this set of cards just a little smaller than a 5×7 envelope so there will not be a struggle stuffing them in!
Use a doubled adhesive or tape runner to assemble the envelope once cut out, just make sure to apply your adhesive on the bottom 50% of the bottom flap only.
These Greeting Cards are for PERSONAL USE.
Meaning PLEASE don’t sell, give away, share the link etc. You can use ONE of my images to direct people to this post w/ a specific link, but not provide the direct link to download the pdf.
OUTSOURCE YOUR CARD PRINTING
Yes, you absolutely can outsource the printing of these Printable Christmas cards if you don’t have a printer at home or just don’t want to deal with the coordination of printer settings and all that finicky stuff.
Send the files to your local print shop.
NOTE: You may need to let them know where you got the files as some print shops will question the copyright of the original files. All you would need to do is send them the link to this page and let the local print shop know that the file is available free for personal use.
GRAPHIC SUPPLIES USED IN THE CREATION OF THESE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS CARDS
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