Offbeat, silly, hard-to-find and downright weird cards are a fun way to stay in touch for Christmas and let someone know you are thinking of them.
Here are ideas for ways to do a fun photo Christmas card. We also have a number of offbeat pre-printed cards. Whichever route you take, be different! Show some personality! Send cards that you won’t see at your local WalMart or Hallmark store.
Photo cards are appealing and unique to you. These are the type where you select a template, upload your photo, type in a message. Order. Nice. Send a photo card and you are sending a nice remembrance that gives a personal touch.
Here are some ideas for making an interesting card that stands out.
Do the unexpected. Make it fun. Pick a clever setting like your car. Go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree. Take your camera along. I have gotten great photos of my kids gazing at a tree and gleefully helping drag it to the car. Zoom in so you can see expressions on people’s faces. If you live in warm place, decorate a Palm tree with Christmas lights. Use a photo taken at the beach.
A Santa hat or reindeer antlers on your cat or dog is an easy classic. Dress your dog in Santa dog clothes like the photo of the bulldog. This photo is extra interesting because the dog is in the lower third of the photo. The red wreath in the upper third adds additional interest. Roll a ball of red yarn to your cat and be ready for some action shots.
Wear weird Christmas sweaters. You know those ugly, multi-colored, patterned, incredibly tacky sweaters with a Christmas theme on them that you see at thrift stores or on eBay. Have the entire family wear one.
I saw a memorable card from a small company that was a group shot where each employee wore an ugly sweater.Photo was taken at a local Sears photo studio. It was a classic, light-hearted card that made you look, smile and like the people and company. Dress up in the clothes of a favorite activity or hobby. Wearing ski gear in an unlikely setting like your front yard without any snow and adding a greeting that you can’t wait to hit the slopes is funny. Sports fans can show their personality by wearing clothes from their favorite college or pro sports team. One person waving a pennant, doing something different, adds interest.
With animated cards, you move the card back and forth the image appears to move. The view switches between the 2 photos and gives a unique animation effect. You provide 2 photos. Send out these cards and your card will be one of a kind and stand out. Not many companies offer this. Check out the effect on this Snapily greeting cards page.
Funny, offbeat card designs are a quick way to do a weird card. Merge a fun photo with a goofy template and you have taken a quick route to weird. We showcase a number of fun photo cards including ones with with “Fleas Navidad” and “Meowy Christmas“. Use the tag cloud on the right to find interesting themes quickly.
Mall Portrait Studio
Get fun, inexpensive results by going to a department store or mall portrait studio like Sears or JC Penney. These studios try to be serious and attractive, but offer a kitschy flair. They often have holiday backgrounds and props that add to the effect. Look for frequent specials in November and December.
Have everyone wear a Santa hat, or reindeer antlers. My local grocery store sells these every year, cheap. Hold snow shovels. Get a poinsettia plant and let your kids see it for the first time. Be ready with the camera for some great looks of amazement. Props and unusual settings are a great way to avoid the stiff, posed look. Santa’s beard made with shaving cream is funny.
Photoshop and Gimp
Use Photoshop or the free open-source software Gimpto enhance your image. Add some cartoon-y Santa hats to people or pets in the photo. Add Christmas lights to a palm tree. Paste a Christmas tree into a beach photo.
Scenes from the beach or summer vacation will stand out from the mix of more traditional cards, like this card. Family pictures from any time of year make great cards. Look back at vacation pictures from the past year.
Hope you are feeling inspired and ready to create your own offbeat Christmas card. Have fun with it!
Running out of time? Order pre-printed cards. There are lots of fun, weird cards out there!