Ever since I saw the gorgeous photos that Lora took of our wedding (seriously, check them out here, Lora's talent blows. my. mind.), I knew I needed to pull my sh*t together and actually send out holiday cards this year. Now that the wedding is done, I miss doing DIYs so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try something new. I wanted to keep things simple, but with a twist, so I picked out a handful of photos, turned them B&W using the PicTapGo app, and had them printed by Artifact Uprising.
Photos by Lora Grady Photography, made B&W using the PicTapGo app.
If you haven't used Artifact Uprising you are seriously missing out. I've ordered our wedding photo book (catch a glimpse of it here), engagement photo book, and many prints from them and the quality can't be beat. Though the prints are a bit more pricey than box stores, they are well worth it with thicker paper and much higher quality prints.
Once you have your prints, all you need are envelopes (mine are from Paper Source), pretty holiday paper (also from Paper Source), and vellum paper (leftover from our wedding menu's, purchased on Amazon). I ordered 4x6 photos which fit perfectly inside A6 envelopes. Bonus: the wrapping paper comes in a roll so you have plenty of extra to wrap gifts!
First, print and cut out your holiday greeting on the vellum paper. I went with "merry + bright" but also loved the idea of "cheers" so I turned both into PDFs that you can download for free here!
Next, trace, cut, and glue the envelope liners (see more details from our Save-The-Dates post here). I purchased the envelope liner stencils from Paper Source years ago and would highly recommend it. Have square cards? No problem, see details on how to make your own envelope liner stencil in my wedding invitations post here.
That's it! Easiest DIY ever. We wrote notes on the back of the photos to make it more personal but if you're sending to a lot people (we only did parents and grandparents), you can stick with the simplistic beauty and leave them be. I left the vellum paper loose on top (it stays still surprisingly well) but you could use some clear glue on the edges if you want it to stay in place.
What are you doing for holiday cards this year? If you use this DIY I would love to see!! Tag us @clockingoutblog on IG or shoot us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.