I just got back the Christmas cards I ordered through Tiny Prints, and they turned out beautifully. I just love the thick paper & matte printing. It feels so smooth to the touch! I don’t much care for glossy printing, because it feels like nails on a chalkboard in my personal opinion. I’m a big texture snob. I know. Like I mentioned before, it was really nice not to have to think about the design of the Christmas card. However, I did want to personalize my card a bit. Here’s what I did:
First, I upgraded my Tiny Prints order to send me silver envelopes. Silver envelopes are much more fun to send than white ones. Second, I hand-addressed each envelope using my fancy pants calligraphy. In order to not confuse any postal workers, I made sure the address part was very clearly written in all caps.
Third, I designed a little blurb including some random tidbits about our family over the last year. I printed them on Avery repositionable shipping labels (courtesy of Avery) & stuck them to the back of each card. I made this fairly simple since I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time designing the thing, but looking back, I sorta wish I had included a decorative border in the design. Meh. I’m over it.
All addresses pictured are fake, btw.
Fourth, Instead of licking or using a damp cloth to seal each envelope, I designed a little flourish and printed it on Avery clear address labels (courtesy of Avery). I was very much inspired by the decorative packing tape offered at Tapeswell (isn’t it pretty?). I could’ve ordered a roll (or twelve) of their tape, but I already had the clear labels on hand so I went that direction instead.
What do you think? I feel pretty excited to send these Holiday greetings off to friends & family. While someone out there might possibly be sending a card with the same design, I feel like it’s totally different because of these little details. Would you use address labels to seal your envelopes? Click on the button below to download the artwork!
If you’re struggling with getting it all to line up, click here for just the swirl.
This printable is free for personal use and should not be distributed without my consent. If you would like to this for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!