Thursday, November 05, 2009

Ask Design Mom Week — Christmas Card Sources

-Do you know where I can find Christmas cards that have a religious message but that are also arty and contemporary looking? I love the tasteful designs at Tiny Prints, Paper Source, etc. but haven’t been able to find any that are religious. Any suggestions? — Renee

-Do you have any good resources for great looking, unique holiday photo cards? The options at Walmart/Snapfish/etc just aren't cutting it. Thanks! — Megan

The two questions above are just a sample of the dozens of emails I've been receiving along these lines. Apparently, everyone is looking for pretty holiday cards. And happily there are tons of great sources out there.

1) Have you visited Paper Culture yet? They offer a great contemporary selection. And get this, they will stuff, address and send your cards for the cost of postage. Nice.

2) How about Hello Lucky? Really fun designs and a really easy service to use.

3) Personally, I prefer sending a great looking folding card, and then slipping a loose photo inside. Yesterday, I received an unexpected care package from Cambria Cove (how did they know I was feeling so crummy?) and it included a box of these and these. Aren't they great?

4) Here's another one. If you are looking for a less-known, but still great source, try Legacy Digital Design. They offer designs available in Photoshop/PSE format for all those DIY types for a super low price of 1.99 per design. Just add your own text and photo(s) and you're done.

5) Cardstore also has an extensive collection. I really like this one. And as with most of these online card stores, you can personalize the offerings with whatever message you prefer (here's your chance to add that religious message, Renee).

And really, there are dozens more great options — I mean, I haven't even delved into etsy yet, for goodness sake. : )

Dear Readers, where are you finding/printing your Holiday Cards this year?

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Blogger Abby&theJets said...

My favorite is from your suggestion a little while back - Handsome Devil Press. They're still SO stylish and fun!

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:26:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Pepper said...

I'm currently offering $2 custom christmas photo card designs. They send me their pictures I will edit them and design a card around them. They can have the file and print them anywhere they wish. I'm also having a contest and giving a design away at my site!


Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:29:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Cyn said...

Hope it's okay to mention, but I make holiday photo cards. Lots of fun, affordable designs. I'm glad your readers are asking about holiday cards this early. What a great thing to check off your holiday list :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger lime said...

LOVE their work--they both used to work at Martha Stewart and have that clean, simple, modern look. They will do custom anything! So add your own religious message to something they create and it will be one-of-a-kind!

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:41:00 PM EST  
Anonymous michelle said...

i love that your readers asked about holiday photo cards that are NOT wal-mart or snapfish! ;) we just blogged on of our designs. Here's the link we love modern looking fun photo Christmas cards!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Maggie Mason said...

Gimme Grace does fairly attractive, modern letterpress with religious messages:

I love their Good God! card.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EST  
Anonymous erin said...

Not a source, but here's my two cents: We stopped sending Christmas cards three years ago and started sending out Valentine's cards. It seems to save us "one more thing to do" during the holidays, and friends seem to appreciate it more when they don't come with everyone else's cards. It also seems like a more appropriate time to send greetings to our loved ones, and removes the whole dilemma of "Can i send a Christmas card to my Jewish/Muslim/agnostic friend?"

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger edith said...

Well, since few people mentioned it, I am making handmade Christmas cards as well and sell them on Etsy:
This is one from my collection.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:40:00 PM EST  
Blogger Amy said...

Stamps are a great way to go. YOu can look for pre-made or custom design one for yourself. It is usually very inexpensive to order a custom stamp and it makes the cards themselves more cost-effective, too!

Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 6:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jill said...

is shameless self-promotion allowed here?? :)

i have some fun, contemporary, modern templates available here:

and i'm giving away 50 5x7 custom holiday photo cards on monday here:

Friday, November 6, 2009 at 1:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger jen said...

i've found some really great designs at and
especially the letterpress.

Friday, November 6, 2009 at 2:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Wimzie Prints said...

Bright, unique and religious themed holiday cards. They are also eco-friendly :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 1:22:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jaime said...

Lots of great shops here! I agree that we need more options with modern designs. Here's my etsy shop:

Monday, November 9, 2009 at 1:46:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said... has some awesome designs

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 2:15:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found some really unique and fresh cards by Amy Vickery at There weren't a lot of religious cards, but the text is customizable or they will design custom cards if you desire. The cards are modern and fun - you should check them out!

Friday, November 13, 2009 at 7:31:00 PM EST  
Anonymous laurie said...

Gabrielle - you recommended
a couple of years ago and I used her two years in a row. A joy to work with and our cards were fabulous! - kind of expensive - but if you feel like splurging they are worth it.
She customizes just about everything!

Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 10:03:00 PM EST  
Anonymous said...

I have put together a great selection of free Christmas printable cards all you need to do download and print them. here is the link below


Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8:48:00 AM EST  

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