Designing Christmas Cards With Basic Invite #Ad

Christmas cards

One of my favourite things about the festive season is sending and receiving Christmas cards. Each year I take some time to make sure all of my friends and family receive a little envelope full of genuine wishes and nothing makes me quite as happy as receiving one (or two) myself. Sadly, these days we all start getting used to receiving text messages instead, which, don’t get me wrong, is still quite nice but it’s just not the same. I think there’s something truly special to having the real thing, a beautifully decorated piece of paper filled with someone’s handwriting that you can put up on the mantelpiece as a kind reminder that there are people who actually care for you. I don’t know, the whole idea just always makes me incredibly happy and warm inside… therefore, when Basic Invite asked me whether I’d like to design my own Christmas cards with them, I got very excited indeed. Having my own, personalised Christmas cards… I mean, isn’t that cool? I had so much fun designing the cards that I decided to share the final result with you and tell all about it- maybe you’d like to give it a go yourself. And if you do, remember to use the promo code holi30 to get 30% off.

Christmas Cards

Anyway, let me explain how it works. There are over 250 designs of Christmas and holiday cards on the Basic Invite website- just select the ones you like and we can take it from there. Once you’ve chosen the design, you’re able to customise it and make it truly special. One of my favourite options is changing colours of each element of the card and there are over 180 different colour options out there! Yes, that’s correct, a hundred flipping eighty!!! Feel free to be as picky as you like, they really have it all! You can also change fonts and messages and add your own pictures which usually, changes the card completely. Let me show you what was the ‘original’ design of my Christmas cards before I personalised them- click here, or here, and here and here 🙂

Christmas cards

I told you!

There are also foil Christmas cards available there if you’re feeling fancy- the options to chose from are gold, silver and rose gold, flat or raise- what’s more to ask for?

Another cool thing about Basic Invite is that they actually allow you to order printed samples of your design so that you can see all the colours in real life, feel the paper’s texture and make sure that everything is exactly like you want it before placing your order.

Although having a possibility to design your own cards is the main advantage of using Basic Invite, it doesn’t stop there- you can also choose from over 40 different colours of envelopes (which are all peel and seal, meaning: no licking!) and having the address printed at no costs while ordering Christmas cards. There’s also the address capturing service out there which allows you to share an address request link on social media so that you can collect all the addresses needed. They would then be stored in your Basic Invite account and ready to be selected whenever needed- rather convenient, isn’t it!

Christmas cards

I hope I managed to persuade you to have some fun designing your own Christmas cards this year! And speaking of that, there’s actually something else I need your help with.

The thing is, although we all love to receive cards and little surprise gifts, there are people out there who’d probably need such an ‘I care for you’ package more than others… People whose Christmas may not be all that happy and Christmasy at all and I believe that should never be the case…

Have you heard the story of the 9-year-old boy with terminal cancer who asked for Christmas cards so that he can celebrate his last Christmas before Christmas, having no time left to wait for the actual thing? It totally broke me down and left me in pieces. It also me realise how many people around desperately need those little acts of kindness, how much of a difference we can make with such a little effort, even if it is a couple of simple, genuine, words on a Christmas card to make someone smile and brighten up their day.

Christmas cards

I’m sure there are hospitals, hospices or homeless shelters full of people waiting for your happy card and kind wishes, please, offer whatever you can. There’s also this fantastic site, which allows you to send cards or gifts to very ill children, so I’d love to encourage you all to check it out. I mean, all it costs it’s the postage and about 5 minutes of your time and all the joy and beautiful memories you bring to someone’s life will stay with them forever Xx

  • Tiffany Bailey

    How cool is this, I would love to design my own Christmas cards! What a fabulous idea I’m going to take a look now 🙂 Oh that’s heartbreaking about the little boy wanting Christmas cards now to celebrate his last Christmas – I always try to do something special at this time of year so I shall also have a look at that to see what I can offer.

  • Angela

    Great post! I LOVE the suggestion about Post Pals! What a great idea and thing to do. I’m going to have my daughter do this. 🙂

    • Thank you Angela and I am so happy to hear about you and your daughter getting involved! 🙂 All the best to you and your family! x

  • I already loved this layout on your IG stories and now this looks even better. Literally, designing cards on cold evenings with a cup of tea sounds like the best combination ever! xx

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    • Thank you darling, but hey, now it’s your time to rest and make the most of your beautiful holiday, not to check my blog post! Go and enjoy the sunshine and keep all of us super envious in here! 😉 Xxx

  • Pia

    that´s such a lovely idea. I will definitely check this out and will probably send out some of them. I love this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Tanya Viljoen

    Wow! Your Christmas card designs are simply stunning! I’m definitely going to bookmark this!

  • maliblue mymind

    omg this is so cool! I totally feel you, I love this festive season and the feeling of receiving greetings from uncles, cousins and so on, but it seems everyone opted for the digital greetings. I still keep the tradition

    xx
    lau

  • Shannon Stuntebeck

    So great! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Dee Jaye

    This is awesome. Such a great chance to get creative for the holidays

  • Jessica

    I just love this idea! So creative and perfect for the upcoming holidays! Beautiful designs!

  • Kate

    Such a great idea! I️ had no clue these opens are available. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Alexandra Marie

    So cute!!

  • Rachel

    Your cards are so beautiful! Every year I say I’m going to send out Christmas cards, maybe this year 🙂

  • Veronika Lipar

    These cards are so cute. I used to made cards on my own. I usually draw something. But it took me so much time I simply had to stop doing it.
    Veronika

    • I can understand that, doing everything from scratch can be pretty time consuming!

  • Wow, im not so creative but this is a must try.I do feel like I have 2 left hands when it comes to creativity as I`m not very patient but these are really motivating, im sure the kids will love taking part.Thanks so much for sharing.

    • With so many ready-made graphics where you just change the colours, fonts and styles it shouldn’t be as challenging 🙂 Hope you’ll have a lot of family fun! 🙂

  • Andreea Budișan

    This is sooooo amazing. From the moment I opened up your page I felt so cozy. Christmas my favourite holiday and I am soooo happy to see all of the post cards you put on your blog post. I am truly in love with your work and your blog☺️

    • Awwww, Andrea, this is one of the sweetest comments I’ve ever received, you just put a big smile on my face- thank you so much! I hope you’ll receive a lot of beautiful cards with lovely wishes this season and have a very Merry Christmas! x

  • Sophia Damasceno

    These cards are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these and getting me inspired for the holiday season.

  • Britt K

    They have such a beautiful assortment of card options for everyone! Thank you for sharing
    Britt

  • Thanks so much Nichola for all the kindness! And what a lovely idea to make Christmas cards at school, teaching children that not everything needs to be digital these days. I absolutely agree the cards nearly count as a gift lovely to look at for much longer than a couple of days <3

  • Hannah Erglewergle

    Making a card hold so much more value than buying one. And you can personalise it for each person!

  • Its that time of the year again! Sitting here in 30 degrees and reading this, and seeing this typical Christmas pictures makes me realise I miss the European Christmas. Making your own christmas cards on a cold wintery night sounds so cozy!!! Cup of thee, or even better.. Hot chocolate with cream on the side.. 😉

    • Last year my bf went to Australia just before Christmas and brought me a few fashion magazines from there… it felt so weird to see bikini ads in December! I think I quite like Christmas in winter, but I’d totally swap places with you until that, haha! And yes, hot chocolate is amazing, although my skinny jeans don’t seem to agree on that one 😉 Xxx

  • This is really lovely! I love good old Christmas card. In this technology consumed world, this means putting in effort. And I respect that so much more than a text message 🙂 love it! xx