The Best Holiday Card Trends for 2013

Personalized holiday cards capture a moment in time. It’s a way to share a glimpse of your world with friends and family. It’s fun to tap into current design trends – after all, the colors, typefaces and sentiments you’re drawn to say a lot about what’s important to you at the present moment. Here’s a round up of our favorite design trends for creating beautiful, stylish Christmas and Holiday cards this season. Chalkboard Beauties Perfectly homespun but somehow still impossibly chic, a black chalkboard backdrop sets off family photos with all the striking contrast of a deep black frame, plus added warmth.

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Year-in-Review If your year was filled with milestones, fill family and friends in on a few details with a newsletter in the form of a photo card. Keep the details short and lighthearted for an uplifting review of the past twelve months.

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Rustic Regards A border of faux bois – French for “imitating wood” – or textural burlap invokes all the warmth of a homemade holiday. Choose a rustic design with a gold or silver accent for a modern touch.

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All that Glitters Add a little shimmer to your holiday hello with printed glitter and gold. From frosted snowflakes to perfect golden dots, icy accents add spirited sparkle to your Christmas cards.

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Family Photo If you have one big, beautiful family photo, we say spread the joy from one edge to the other! Full-bleed printing means your gorgeous picture gets maximum real estate on your holiday card. A typographic message acts as a simple colorful accent printed right on top.

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Letter Perfect For a perfectly preppy holiday card, set off a great family photo with a single monogram within a design featuring classic color pairings from traditional red and green to prim pink and blue.

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Washi Wishes Whether you go with crisscrossed washi tape in tones of silver and gold or a classic red card with chevron-printed washi tape accents, it’s a trend that’s going strong. Classic and whimsical at the same time, your holiday spirit will be sent in spades.

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Watercolor Wonders From impressionistic holly berries to a streak of ocean blue, watercolor accents feel fresh and relevant from a design standpoint. And with lots of whitespace, your card will stand out in a sea of red and green.

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Polaroid Epistle There’s something perfectly casual and unstaged about a Polaroid pic. Capture that feel by framing your pics in a layout that looks like you’ve used the classic instant camera. Friends and family will love the easy, candid feel of your photos.

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All is Bright If you have a photograph that looks gorgeous in black and white, by all means: go bright with your layout. Whether you go with a black-and-white collage or showcase a single fabulous black-and-white photograph, vibrant colors will add just the right amount of twinkle.

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