Even with a Christmas playlist jingling in the background and a large glass of mulled wine in front of you, finding design inspiration for the holidays this far in advance of the seasons isn’t always easy. Before you get started, take a look at our Christmas card design predications and find your festive feels.
Chalkboard and calligraphy
There’s no escaping this trend! Chalkboard, hand-painted and calligraphy designs work particularly well for one large, simple greeting or some Christmassy song lyrics. Getting it right can be tricky, but it’s a good skill to learn, especially as it’s so popular right now.
Colour palettes for this are very minimalist—if you’re going for the chalkboard effect, it’ll obviously be more effective to design with white text on a black background. If you want to try hand-painted or calligraphic, we’d recommend keeping the text one plain colour and choosing a textured or Kraft paper stock for that homemade look.
Simple block colours, simplicity, fun angles, and bold patterns make up this Christmas trend. One of the easiest ways to pull off the retro look is by using tree ornaments as a feature or just integrating splashes of pattern. This really comes to life when teamed with retro colour palettes like oranges, yellows, reds and lighter blues. We’d recommend Kraft or TruCard paper stocks for designs like these.
if you’ve yet to discover the joys of typographical design then you’re in for a real treat. Like the chalkboard and calligraphic designs, the typographical trend works better when used with a longer quotation, such as song/hymn lyrics or festive greetings. The trick here is in finding a small selection of fonts that complement each other, and arranging them in such a way that they remain legible, but are interesting to the eye. Adding slight embellishments to the design, such as banners/ribbons and patterns that break the text up slightly, are also the secret to success.
Bows, buttons, tags and twine—adding embellishments to greeting cards is all the rage this season, and easier to do than you might think. For a faster, cheaper, more ‘bespoke’ finish, order your cards on flat unfinished sheets, then trim and fold them in-house before adding your hand-finished detailing. If you don’t have the means to completely finish your print, order them as normal and add your detailing as a final touch.
Have your own tip to share for successful festive designs? Pop a comment in the box below and share it! Our images are courtesy of the lovely Hannah Hathaway (great name, right?) at We Lived Happily Ever After.
Need a hand getting that design set up all nice and print-ready? Here's another handy video guide to get you from Illustrator to 'ordered' quick as a flash - How to design greeting cards in Adobe Illustrator - a printed.com tutorial