This year I really wanted to make our own Christmas cards. I figured we could use pretty rubber stamps to decorate blank cards & then slip a picture of our family inside. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized, I could probably make a custom card.
Here's the process I followed, if you're curious.
First, we gathered together to make a family picture (shout out to Bud's dad for his patience in snapping our photo numerous times :)
(Also, the photo in this post is not our actual card this year - I wanted it to be a surprise!)
Then, last week, I went by a local rubber stamp shop and had a postcard stamp made. If you live in the Columbia area, these guys are great. If not, here is a pretty option on etsy.
I used this app, called Over, to add text to our photo.
Then I went to a print shop (I used a UPS), and the super helpful people there helped me figure out how to print the pictures on thick card stock, the size of a postcard. For an extra $9 (it was well worth it), they even cut them so they'd look professional.
After that, I used the rubber stamps to create post cards. All that's left to do now is address & send out!
The cost breakdown:
Printing 100 postcards on cardstock: $36 (included cutting)
Re-usable (for next year) rubber stamp: $14
That's a lot less than what we spent last year on our cards + next year I've already got the stamp!
But if you're not in the mood to make your own, these are two online companies I've used and been happy with before: Minted & Pinhole Press.
PS - any good tips for how to get everyone looking happy at once? And, our card two years ago - hard to believe!