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Sending out photos this time of year is so much fun. You have all of these beautiful family photos from either you most recent session or pictures you took of your kids that you want to share. I love the idea of putting pictures on a gift tag that you are going to gift to neighbors or family members you are going to see in person. These small cards are a great alternative or addition to the typical holiday cards.
This is the card I created using some images from a recent fall session… You can see the rest of their session images here…they are pretty cute. This is a template for a folded bookmark from WHCC. It is 2×8.25 and costs $25.00 for a set of 50. Which means that these custom gifts cards are only .50 each. Perfect for attaching on gifts for teachers, family, and neighbors. WHCC is a pro lab that is actually open to consumers as well. They offer a full range of photo products. You do have to create an account with them. When you do you will get a few free 8×10 prints! Bonus! There is also a 12.00 minimum order so just keep that in mind when you just need to order one 4×6…. it will still cost you 12.00 even though they are far less than that in their catalog. They do have two day free shipping!
What you need
- Darling Photos
- WHCC account (White House Custom Color)
- Festive Hole Punch
- Twine or Ribbon
Holiday Gift Card is made from a 2×8.25 flat bookmark from WHCC (White House Custom Color Photo Lab)
Card with lab lines. Turn this layer off before saving.
Open up the photoshop files. You will see two files (one for the front and one back.) The final version should not have the “lab lines” on there. Those are just guides. Make sure to turn off that layer in Photoshop. You don’t want to send it off to be printed with. The great thing though is WHCC is great about catching errors that might make you unhappy when you received your product. So if you happen to forget…they usually catch it. The guides are super helpful. The solid line is a cut line. The dotted line is a safe line. Anything you intend to have on your card needs to be inside the safe line. Anything in between the safe line cut line may or may not end up on the final card.
Each of the images have their own “box” called a clipping mask. The clipping mask is essentially a container or window for your image. Each clipping mask is layers with “Place _____ image here.” Hopefully this makes it easy to just select the layer, go to File, and then embed link. Select the file you want to place there. If your image is too big hold down shift and resize to your liking.
The file does have a text layer for your family name and year. The font I used is Steakhouse from Creative Market. If you don’t have that or want to purchase a new font just use one if your font library you love. You can even add holiday graphics or papers to jazz it up even more. Just make sure you add those layers under the text files!
Next, go to file and save. Select .jpeg and name and save your files.
Finally, open up WHCC Roes on your desk top. You will need to put your user name and password in. On the top right you will see Products. Select that. Once you have it all opened up look towards the top left. You will see a drop down menu of products. Select Press Printed Cards >small cards >bookmarks > folded bookmarks. Since we did a horizontal bookmark select that one or select one that corresponds with your design. In the bottom left hand corner you will see a little plus button. Hit that button and select the file where you saved your card front and back. Now all you have to do is drag and drop your design into place. I did put the design with one image on the front and the design with four images on the back.
Once your cards arrive all you have to do is punch the top of the folded card with a festive puncher! String some twine or ribbon and attach to your gifts. How awesome does that look?
We put together a little tutorial video on how to use the card template! Good luck and we hope you put tons of smiles on the faces of your friends, family, and neighbors with your sweet gift tags.
Front of card
Inside of card