Holiday Photo Cards Tutorial | Papertrey Ink Make It Monday

Hey there, friends! I am contributing to Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday. This week, I’m challenging you to create a template for your holiday photo cards. I am updating this year’s Make It Monday from last year’s challenge with more simple and also detailed design options. I thought you would want to start with a template early so you have plenty of time to select the perfect photo(s) before cranking out all those cards for the upcoming holiday season.

I also wanted to share that I used our holiday photos from last year because we have not taken our family photos yet and we are waiting on Lauren’s school holiday pictures. So, Lauren is now 3 years old. Here’s a quick photo from her picture day last week.

Since last year’s photo, she’s grown taller and much smarter. She’s amazing young person who is full of personality. I’m really blessed to be her mother.


Now, let’s move on to the actual holiday photo card concepts for 2017, shall we?!

The first photo card option features a clean and simple design. Customize the photo card with your family signature, then leave some white space to add some stamping with your favorite holiday stamps.

I used Treetops Glisten and Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Additions stamp sets.

For my second card design option, it is a simple layout and a perfect flat mailable card, but includes die cutting a little more dimension. The awesome thing about this card design is that it can be replicated without the use of the word die cut, by stamping the word in the coordinating stamp set.

In Photoshop, I arranged the card design by adding three squared photos at the top and leaving space below it to stamp and add the die cut. At the bottom of the card, I printed our family signature.

I used Christmas Cheer stamps and dies for this photo card and also a rhinestone.

For my last card design option, it is more detailed for those of you who would like to feature more full-sized photos and details. I worked with Papertrey Ink’s tri-fold cards, which I love because they’re already folded and ready to go.

On the front, I stamped some holiday lights from Holiday Lights stamp set. This set is retired and my apologies for using it, but you can totally use Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Additions stamp set, which includes holiday lights images as well.

I also used Christmas Cheer stamp set for the greeting.

This is the interior when you first open the tri-fold card. The holiday greeting continues with more holiday lights and a full-size image on the left.

The interior of the tri-fold card opened features two full-size photos with the center panel featuring a holiday greeting, holiday lights, and our family signature.

I used Holiday Lights (retired) for the Christmas lights. I used Tucked In: Holiday for the holiday greeting. For our family signature, I have a personalized stamp set.

A view of the tri-fold card from one angle.

Another view of the tri-fold card. You can customize a tri-fold card to feature a letter or more images. There are so many possibilities to use with this layout.

Click here to find the Make It Monday challenge entries on Nichole’s blog. To view the full video tutorial on YouTube, click here.


Thanks for visiting! I hope this year’s holiday photo card design options spark your creativity to create some for your friends and family this year.

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  • Bridget Weed - These are beautiful! Thanks for the great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Dayhoff - These are so sweet! Love that photo of Lauren – she is so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Jamia - I can’t believe how much she has grown, she’s definitely not a baby anymore! She is a adorable little girl, she looks like you and Mac.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Ferguson - Oh Ashley, your beautiful daughter is growing WAY too fast! I bet you feel the same way 🙂 Your cards are wonderful. I especially like to trifold card. I demand a family photo be taken each Thanksgiving & my grown daughters & their families have now accepted that what Neesie gets! My elderly relatives just love getting photo cards each year. Have a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Schirmer - She is so beautiful! I love all of the pictures, and the card ideas are wonderful, too!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Ghigliotty - Time flies when you’re having fun…I can’t get over how much Lauren has grown! She is a true beauty, Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Y - OMG _ Lauren is SO adorable. I love the pic of her in the Christmas Plaid dress and fancy shoes!ReplyCancel

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