Quick & Easy Holiday Photo Cards

There are so many great new products being introduced for Papertrey Ink’s September release. Today, I’ve prepared a post with a couple of quick and easy holiday photo cards. Holiday photo cards are very trendy and tend to be very popular in our home. We love getting the chance to see the faces of friends and family and also reading a little note about what’s been going on over the past year. It’s a great way to catch up and a reason to reconnect. The new products (Instant Photo: Holidays, One Linder dies, Instant Photo Pull-Out die) will be available for purchase on September 15 at 10 PM EST.


The Instant Photo Pull-Out die make creating a holiday photo card so easy. I love the results! You can choose to embellish it or keep it simple – either way, it’s for sure to be the talk of the holiday cards for your friends and families.


To assemble the card, the photo above shows where I scored the lines and where I added scor-tape to adhere it together. Prior to assembling it, I ran it through my embossing machine with the Stitching impression plate (Side 2).


In this photo, you can see that I added a cardstock sleeve to the card. To reduce the bulk, you can achieve the same results by adding a cardstock panel to the front only instead. The cardstock sleeve measures 6.25″ x 1.5″ and I scored lines at about 2″ and at 5″.


Next, I added a bit of embellishments, but die cutting a couple of holly leaves from Holiday Postmarks set. I finished it off with a threaded button. In this photo, you can see the embossing details too!


Here’s the insert pull-out! I printed a 2.5″ square photo and positioned it so it will show in the photo card window.


I stamped the sentiment and punched a hole set with an eyelet.


To let the recipient know there’s more, I added a stamped arrow to the bottom of the photo.


On the back, I printed a newsletter. How great is that?! I used a word document to adjust the paper settings to 3″ x 5.25″. I typed the information making sure the margins allowed me to type to the ends of the cardstock. You can read all about a few of our details of the year!


Stamps: Instant Photo: Holidays, Movers & Shakers
Ink: Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Rustic White, Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice
Dies: Instant Photo Pull-Out, Stitching impression plate, Holiday Postmarks
Other: Stitched Grosgrain Pure Poppy ribbon, eyelet, crop-a-dile, die cut/embossing machine, scor-tape, Pure Poppy button, twine


The photo and One Liner die cuts stole the show on my next card.

  1. Print 4″ x 6″ photo.
  2. Trim shimmer cardstock (and another piece of cardstock) to 4″ x 6″
  3. Using the extra 4″ x 6″ cardstock as a guide, mark where you would like to frame the photo and make your markings and cut.
  4. Using the cardstock as a guide, center it over the shimmer cardstock and cut the “frame.” I used a craft knife.
  5. Add One-liner die cuts around the frame.
  6. Using foam adhesive, pop the photo element off of a white 4″ x 6″ card base and stamp sentiment on the inside.


Here, you can see the details of the Peace die cut.


I really like how the word die cuts can frame a photo.


The font on these die cuts is amazing and oh so elegant.


On the inside, I stamped the sentiment and added a few snowflakes.


Stamps: Instant Photo: Holidays
Ink: Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain
Cardstock: Gold shimmer, White, Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky
Dies: One-liner
Other: die cutting machine, craft knife
Check out the rest of the design team’s creations today too. I know they have some amazing photo cards to share.
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  • Sandy Kay - Oh, Ashley, I LOVE your project and especially your family news on the back of the photo card! Congratulations!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Whitley - Baby news! Congratulations! WooHoo!

    Oh, and your cards are so cute! Love that family pic.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Burns - Congrats on your baby news!! Sounds like it is an exciting time in your life. Make sure to take time and enjoy every moment.ReplyCancel

  • Luanne Ford - Congratulations on your baby news! That’s just awesome!! I love your projects too, especially how you made your one liner card. awesomeness all around!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Vantuyl - Congratulations! And what a great idea to put a note on the back of the pull out.ReplyCancel

  • SueB - Beautiful cards and great idea for the newsletter on the back. How very fun!! Congratulations on expecting a baby. Looking forward to the announcement in February.ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - Oh, man, I can’t believe you got all three one-liner dies onto one card! They look amazing. And the newsletter! Genius.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Penner - Fabulous projects, Ashley!
    And CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Paula e - Congratulations to you & your husband! So happy for you. Beautiful projects.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - Gorgeous!
    And such GREAT HAPPY news too…Congratulations to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Hill - Love both of your cards and congratulations on the baby news…so excited for you! :0)ReplyCancel

  • Marybeth L - Beautiful picture! ……CONGRSTULATIONS!!!!!!!!! !ReplyCancel

  • Janet S - A new baby, how wonderful, God is good! Oh, yes your cards were great too.ReplyCancel

  • Kisha - As always, I love your work Ashley! I especially love how you add such details to make each of your creations extra special for the receiver. Congratulations to you and Mac!! Such wonderful news to share…baby Newell. I am so very happy for you two! May God continue to bless you both!ReplyCancel

  • jan m - Awesome ideas Ashley, love the personal greeting on the back of your project!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Allmart - Congratulations Ashley and Mac!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie T - What a cool photo card! AND — CONGRATS to you and Mac on the baby news – that is super exciting and I’m sure we’re bound to see some super cute baby projects from you in the future!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - Congratulations, I’m so happy for you! Gorgeous projects, especially love the colour combo you used on the first one.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi e - Love your cards today.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah S - I’m amazed with your card and with how you were able to integrate so many of the new supplies. AND Congratulations on your baby news!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Beauchaine - Well, Ashley! Your cards are amazing, but…. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    I am so excited for you and Mac! February? Wow! You are good at keeping secrets! So very happy for you both!
    Thanks for sharing your BEAUTIFUL cards and your FABULOUS news!!!

  • Kim L. - Many congratulations to you and Mac! Of course, now you know we’ll be expecting lots of baby-themed projects – heehee! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Deb Hudson - Honestly, looking at the photo of you and Mac I thought you two would make beautiful babies. Then I read your announcement! Wonderful.
    and your work is always an inspirationReplyCancel

  • BethieJ - BEAUTIFUL project and a BIG CONGRATS!! How EXCITING!!!ReplyCancel

  • ivonebarata@gmail.com - Congratulations for the great news!! All the best from Portugal! It’s the best thing that can happen in our lives!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn A - Love these photo cards, and a huge congrats on baby Newell!! So exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Marsh730 - Congratulations to you and Mac on all your news especially the baby news! You are a lovely couple that will make beautiful babies. Love all your designs – they are always so classy!!ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Nice photo card, great pic! CONGRATS on your successes and soon-to-expand family! πŸ™‚ I’ve missed reading your blog for a long while.ReplyCancel

  • Becky P. - Congratulations on the baby! Your cards are beautiful too. Enjoy every moment of your pregnancy, even the bad ones. It goes so fast.ReplyCancel

  • janet - Wonderful news!!

    LOVE your Christmas card/photo/newsletter! Beautifully done πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lauren A. - So happy to hear your news! Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚
    I just adore these projects and I love how you fit all of the new One Liners on just one card! πŸ™‚ I will be taking that little newsletter on the back of the card tip and running with it! πŸ™‚
    Congrats again!


  • Charmane - Wishing you have an easy and beautiful pregnancy! Congratulations. I love all of your projects.ReplyCancel

  • Linda E (uncbballfan) - Congratulations on your super news, Ashley! What an incredible Valentine’s gift the baby will be for you and your husband! Love your projects!ReplyCancel

  • Juanita in Ohio - Oh, Ashley, your cards are beautiful and perfectly designed. You are so gifted. CONGRATULATIONS to you and the hubby on your gift from God! I am excited for all of you and praying for a good pregnancy for you. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Nita K. - These are some of my favorite projects of yours ever! I really like the newsletter on the back of the tag. Congratulations on your big news!!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - Awesome inspiration and I love your projects especially the newsletter. Congrats on your baby news as well as on Mac’s work. Hoping you’ll have a good pregnancy and keep those creativity flowing.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy H - Congratulations Ashley!

    What a nice card, especially with your update and surprise news printed on back!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget W - What beautiful creative Christmas photo cards. And the news!! Did I miss the announcement here and on instagram…or was this the announcement? At any rate, congratulations! This is such great news. So happy for you and your husband.ReplyCancel

  • Bev - Love your projects, Ashley. It is always fun to visit your blog and see the beautiful things you create. Congratulations on your wonderful news! This is one of God’s sweetest blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Gosman - What a clever way to combine the photo with the newsletter – and, what wonderful news you have to share!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda M. - Congratulations to you and your husband on the wonderful news of expanding your family. I loved how you decorated the card and the message on back. You do such a wonderful job.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Oh Ashley! What wonderful news. I’m so happy for you and your husband. I love your Christmas card, what a great way to incorporate the use of your computer. (((Crafty Hugs & Momma Hugs)))ReplyCancel

  • Dhez - What great news, Ashley! Congratulations! Beautiful cards!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Mattingly - Love your designs! How cute to put the family news on the back!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Clark - Love how you added the newsletter!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey L. - Love these cards, but I’m most excited about your newsletter…congrats! So excited for you to add a baby to your home.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Hsieh - Love your little newsletter! Congratulations, wish you both all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila H - Congratulations! I love your projects.ReplyCancel

  • Jamia - awesome news and great way to tell your fans!! Congrats!!! I thoroughly enjoyed pregnancy, I hope you do to!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie :) - Oh, such wonderful news! Congratulations on your successes and new bundle to come!ReplyCancel

  • Grace So - Love the projects. This would be great for thank you cards for a wedding. Congratulations on the news of a little one. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Oh my goodness these are so clever and useful! Beautifully put together too!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Martin - Ashley –
    Thanks so much for sharing your exciting news! Congratulations to you and your husband! Oh, and fabulous projects as always!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Cala - I am so pleased to see your beautiful cards and read about your new baby! I am thrilled for you.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Your cards are beautiful! I love the quick summary about what’s happening in your lives. Congratulations to The Newell family on your accomplishments and the new baby!

    May God continue to bless you beyond measure!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Martin - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Congratulations! That is wonderful news on all fronts!ReplyCancel

  • Cassi - I was nosy and read your newsletter….congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Norwood - Congratulations on your wonderful news! So happy for you! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Paula Laird - Congratulations on your baby news!!! The card is beautiful, too! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Congratulations!!! What exciting news!! Such a clever way to tell us. Hope your pregnancy goes soothly. Your cards are gorgeous by the way. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Judy C. - Cute, cute projects. Love them all. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What wonderful news. I wish you both all the best.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Shipley - Oh love this. Congratulations to you both. You are such a beautiful couple. I have been secretly waiting for news of a little one lol.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Bolton - love your cards, especially the photo pocket!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Jean - Congratulations to you both…ReplyCancel

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