Postcard Printing: Make Your Holiday Photo Card Bright
It's getting to be that time of year again. Your mailbox is filling up with holiday greeting cards bearing cheesy family photos and shots of the family pet. But you can't really blame your relatives and friends; sending holiday postcards is a fun way to stay in touch and to show off their brood.
Now, before you go running off searching for affordable note card printers, be forewarned: getting a great photo of your family is not for the faint of heart. Who hasn't seen photos with tear-streaked toddlers’ faces? Or red eyes? Or little Tommy giving little Suzy bunny ears while she wasn't looking?
While these may give your relatives a good chuckle, with a little planning, you can get a family photo you're actually proud of. No matter how good you are at finding cheap postcard printing online, if your photo stinks, it takes a little bit of “Ho, ho, ho!” out of the season.
So let's get started. Here are five tips for creating great holiday postcards:
Tip #1: Start with a great background.
Some great places to take your family photo include: the beach, the park, a cityscape background, a favorite restaurant, a fountain, or even inside the mall – And since you'll be there anyway, the mall may just be the easiest to do. Where else would you find beautiful, fully decorated backdrops that you don't have to assemble by yourself?
Tip #2: Make it fun for the whole family.
Between wiggly toddlers, surly teens, and unpredictable tweens, you may have your hands full just trying to get a good photo. This is no time for saying that bribery is beneath you. Add props including toys, pets, or holiday decorations to distract your children while you get the photo.
Try to enroll your tweens and teens by letting them plan a shot or two. You may not want to guarantee that you will use their shot, but if they have a chance of expressing their creativity, it may be enough to keep them involved during the process. If your older kids have an interest that might make for a good photo, you might want to consider moving the whole family into that venue.
Tip #3: Plan your photo for maximum (positive) impact.
If you've received these photo postcards in the past, you know that it's very easy for them to begin to blend together. Two kids and a dog, on the front porch, wearing their Christmas sweaters year after year gets a little stale. Switch it up a bit!
Why not take your holiday postcards to another level by capturing something memorable on film? Think of your holiday photo as if it were a skit, or a glossy ad. The idea is to get creative. This is a great way to involve your kids as well. Don't be afraid of using silly puns; it's probably the one time of the year you can get away with it.
Tip #4: Get creative on your postcard printing website.
Once you have a great photo, or ten, it's time to go online. Cheap postcard printing doesn't need to look cheap. It's the special touches, fonts, and sentiment that will separate your postcard from the rest. Plan to spend some time designing your card, and you’ll get the results you deserve.
Tip #5: Add a personal touch to your holiday postcards.
Postcard printing online makes the first half of the holiday card process much easier and more personalized than just grabbing a box of cheap cards from the shelf at your local discount store. However, you should still spend some time adding a personal touch so that the people who get your cards feel special. Make sure to add a couple of lines – handwritten – on the front or back of your postcard. It's best to use a felt tip pen, and to make sure the ink is dry before you put it in the envelope.
So – grab a camera, go online, add in some eggnog and put on some holiday music – you can create holiday photo postcards everyone will love!