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Personalized 3D Holiday Cards

All of the sudden, bam, flash…the holidays are here! Are any of you on a race to get everything done? Shopping, menu planning, and holiday cards. I’ve partnered up with Shutterfly today for a fabulous giveaway, helping one lucky winner check “holiday cards” off their list. But first, see what I’ve created for our 2011 holiday cards.

Family Tree Holiday Cards how-to:

Cut out little faces from a photo (would be fun if these were silly faces too), glue them onto paper circles, and glue the circles onto a green paper tree. I spelled out “Happy Holidays” in stickers as well. And of course I glued on a fun yellow pom-pom for the top of the tree. I’m loving the 3D effect for this year, giving our cards that little extra bit of flare!

Now if you didn’t want to make 100 of these fancy cards, as each one does take some time, here’s what you do:  scan this family tree card and make it into an image. Then you get the folks at Shutterfly to create it into a printed holiday card. Easy as that. You get to be creative, then let someone else take care of the rest! Plus, their cards come with envelopes, making it one less step you have to do. BUT I would still glue that fun pom-pom to the top of the tree when you get your cards shipped to you, gotta have that extra bit of flare.

This fun Family Tree image from above would look great paired with this template called Colorful Greetings, you wouldn’t need to add the stickers at the bottom, as it’s already printed for you:

Or this one Glitter Glamour Joy:

Another fun idea for a pre-printed holiday card, to help give it that personal touch and that 3D look, line the edges of your photo card with glue and sprinkle on the glitter. Let your cards dry overnight and seal them in an envelope. Your family and friends will get a fun glittery surprise as they open up your holiday card, shazaaam!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Send holiday joy with a custom card from Shutterfly.


  1. Picture tree was really cute! I love all of shutterfly’s cards–it’s hard to choose one! :)

  2. I like the holly jolly joy. We did a silly cad this year using s’fly. Love the new custom options in their albums…I’d like to see them allow for flexIbility on the card layouts.

  3. I LOVE the Merry bright zigzag!!! What an amazing collection of cards! Great job Shutterfly!!!

  4. I love the Mod Snowflakes it has just enough spots for each of my 3 kids pics :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

  5. the “Such Sweet Frames Christmas Card” is my favorite card. I love the detailed frames that pull the focus back to the photo being framed. It is a classy look, with very beautiful simplicity. Love it!

  6. Flurry of Snowflakes is my favorite card. I love being able to share multiple pictures.

  7. The “Newsworthy Wishes” is a cute and fun idea for a card. Brings ya back to the older times. Thanks for the chance!

  8. I love the “We believe card”. Pictures are an amazing way to remember Christmas and family events. Click Click away!

  9. LOVE the We Believe folded card!! Great updates to Shutterfly this year. Have used them for over 10 years and am quite happy to see the new choices

  10. What an awesome giveaway!!!! Perfect for Christmas for sure!
    I think all of the templates are great but my favorite is the SWEET LITTLE LABEL especially for the photo that I have in mind this year…it’s simple and elegant, to me, and isn’t too busy so that it takes away from the photograph. I sure am glad I stumbled upon this website and look forward to using it for my special occasions in the future. Merry Christmas!

  11. I love the snow globe card! Perfect for my pictures of our October snow in PA. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. I like the “Mod Snowflakes Christmas Card” because it’s colorful and allows up to 3 pictures! :)

  13. I love Shutterfly. My favorite Christmas card this year is the Merry Modern Collage Christmas Card. Perfect to put multiple photos of my son who was born on November 3, 2011.

  14. i Like Top Moments – I like the idea of listing highlights of the year without having to write an entire newsletter!

  15. “Peppermint Bliss”… I actually always order my holiday cards from Shutterfly. Would be nice to win them!

  16. So many great cards to choose from….but Glitter Glamour Joy, Rainbow Greetings, and Merry Bright dots were a few of my favorites.

  17. This is the worst part of Christmas for me…picking Christmas cards! Moments all around is my favorite, I think.

  18. I am ordering “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” for our family Christmas card! I love that I can put so many pictures on it!

  19. I love the “Top 10 Moments” card. We have a family tradition of listing our top ten every year. How fun to see it on a card…sort of takes the place of a letter. Love it!

  20. I really adore the glitter glamour holiday one above…there are too many to pick from on Shutterfly!!

  21. I just got their catalog in the mail yesterday. I love their new designs and they had some cool handmade felt ornaments as props in the catalog. My favorite item was the We Believe card. So appropriate for our family right now!

  22. Tough choice… I don’t think I could choose just one.. here’s a few of my top picks – Holly Ribbon Frame, Wishing You Merry Christmas Card, Vintage Ribbon Christmas Card, Most Wonderful Year Christmas Card, Oh Mr. Snowman,

  23. I love the “Pictures Everywhere” template, and also the “Holly Jolly Greetings!” Must be the colors… love those aquas and reds!

  24. So many fun choices makes it hard to choose a favorite! For now I’m thinking Frosted Glass Snowflakes… or Mod Circles…

  25. I love the Cheer Collage Christmas Card, it’s bright and fun and has three good photo spots, just right =) I would love to put a dozen snapshots of my daughter on a card, but I think that’s a little over the top! Thanks for the giveaway, a new camera was already on my wishlist!

  26. I love berry merry and snowflakes ribbon cards. Actually truth be told they are all great. What a great idea. Thank you for leading me to this sight. I never knew about it.

  27. I love the Hearts and Home Folded Greeting Card! Beautiful! I would be over the moon excited if I won! I love, love Shutterfly!! I just ordered over 200 prints ;) Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. I really like the joy and the ornaments…. so cute.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Ladefly@aol dot com

  29. My favorite is Snowflakes Ribbon. Love the red and I tend to lean towards red with white snowflakes when I have been decorating.

  30. The 5×7 “all of us” card is my favorite. I LOVE shutterfly, and use them for Christmas books and gifts and cards every year. They are SUPER fast and always do an amazing job. :)

  31. I LOVE the “Give Joy” design…so perfectly simple. I know just what picture I’d use if I won!!

  32. Thanks for the chance to win in such a great giveaway! I love the “Drawn to Joy” card on Shutterfly’s site because it reminds me about what really matters this season — commemorating the birth of Jesus, who is the keeper and the key to true joy. Thanks again!

  33. My favorite is the “What Fun Christmas Card.” It’s nice and simple, is darling with a black and white photo, and really looks like fun!

  34. I love the “Initially Merry” card… lots of photos to show off a year’s activities and a monogram–I’m a big fan of monograms :)

  35. I love Shades of Peace… oh how I love shutterfly… especially now with their custom path albums… I use them all the time


  36. My favorite is called “Our Top Ten”. I love the idea of sharing what we are grateful for and what happened during the year and not burdening loved ones with a novel of a newsletter.

  37. I’m loving the “Very Merry Moments” folded card. I also love Shutterfly. And a new camera would be PERFECT as my current camera always is fuzzy on the right when taking pictures although I can’t find anything wrong with it.

  38. I like “count our blessings!” By the way, I’m really excited about your new book and plan to get one for my daughter’s preschool teacher for Christmas!

  39. My favorite card is the Flurry of Snowflakes folded card. I order a few special cards for family every year and love them!

  40. I really love a bunch of Shutterfly’s holiday cards – but my
    favorite at the moment is the Snowflake Doodles Holiday
    Story Card!

  41. I just ordered the “We Believe” Christmas Card! I think they’re adorable and capture the spirit of the season.

  42. I like the “Family Highlights Christmas Card” template. With my large crew, I dread having to dress and pose everyone, then pray all look at the camera. I’ve given up on all smiling. :)

  43. The Snowflakes ribbon template would be perfect for our famIly with three kids! Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I love the “count our blessings” template because it would work perfectly for my family of four.

  45. Every year I say I’m gonna order personalized and every year I put if off until it’s too late. Retro stripes is so fun, makes me want to order now.

  46. My favorite is the “Hearts And Home” photo card template because it is very classy. This would be awesome to win!!! Thank you for the opportunity :)

  47. My favorite card is the Top Moments Christmas Card. I think this is a fabulous alternative to a letter. Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. I love the Initial Wreath folded greeting card! Shutterfly is my go-to site for photo stuff. Thanks for the great giveaway Marie!

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