Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Basic Invite. However, all opinions and reviews are honest & my own.
Last week I mentioned that we got professional pictures taken for a special upcoming project. Today’s post is that project, and I’m over the moon excited to share it with you!
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is receiving cards in the mail from friends and family. It’s the one time of year where it seems we all get to play catch up with each others’ lives.
Last year we moved (twice) and our Christmas cards never got sent in the midst of all the transitioning and changes. This year, I wanted to start early and make sure they got out the door this time!
I’ve never tried designing my own cards online before, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to give Basic Invite a test drive. I absolutely loved the experience.
If you’re nervous about how to get the process going, let me show you step by step.
How to Design your own Christmas Cards with Basic Invite:
Go to Basic Invites and click on –>Holiday
It will take you to a page with many different Christmas card designs. Honestly, with over over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs one of the hardest parts of this exercise was to CHOOSE one. There are so many great options.
Click on one that catches your eye.
Once the card template opens up, you will see an “Edit Photos” section on the right.
Click on –>Show editable photos. Then, as you drag your mouse over to the card template, the editable photo will become diagonal striped.
At the top of the picture it will say “Click to edit photos”. Click that.
An upload pictures box will pop up. Navigate to the file where the picture you want to use is. Select your picture and then “Open”.
Drag the picture to position it just the way you like it.
Once it looks just right, click –>Done.
Now your picture is popped into the template and you can customize it.
To edit and change the position of text, you click and drag it. And when it has a standard “Love, Dean, Brock, Eric & Josh” greeting, you click on that and add type what you’d like it to say.
You can change the font, size, and height of the lines.
To change the color of the fonts, artwork, & lines, just click “Select the Colors” and you’ll have over 180 choices! Here is the font “Happy Holidays” in cream color,
And here it was with light pink (to go with the pink flowers on my shirt).
One of my favorite parts of this site is that you can order samples of cards before you commit to one. I tried to do a sampling of lots of different sizes, styles, and paper types.
^^Multiple Images Template^^
Basic Invite offers an editing service to look over your designs to see if there are any mistakes or typos in the text. I didn’t request that service. However, you’ll notice I designed the above card with “2018” on it instead of “2017”. Oops! They would have probably caught that had I asked them to proofread for me.;)
Another service this site offers is an address capturing system. It allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. I think that’s brilliant!
Here’s a few more facts that may be of help to you if you choose to design your Christmas cards with Basic Invite:
- Basic Invite offers recipient address printing on all Christmas card orders at no extra cost.
- Over 40 different colors of envelopes are available to go with your designs.
- Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.
- Not only does Basic Invite offer Christmas cards, they also have a great selection of holiday party invitations and Christmas party invitations.
And, most importantly, right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30
As a person who really loves paper and design, I was thrilled to have my samples arrive in the mail. The cards are absolutely beautiful quality with a nice thick paper. I did a Facebook live showing all the completed designs with colored envelopes. You can see it here:
Hmm…Which one should I choose?:)