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Wednesday 18 November 2020

Designing The Best Digital & Physical Christmas Cards

Christmas is just over a month away! 2020 has been a very worrying time for all of us, however, we are still getting into the festive mood and making the most of it! One of the best things about this time of year is spending it with loved ones. It's also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Another thing I love about the festive season is Christmas cards... from plain to super glitzy you will find something for everyone. 

Have you started to put up decorations or do you leave it to the last minute? I have gradually started putting out little Christmassy lights and signs. I haven't put my tree up yet... I usually like to buy a real tree as it makes me feel like I'm in my own Winter Wonderland! Although, I still have my handy fake tree if for some reason I can't get a real one.

I love filling up Christmas Stockings on Christmas eve ready for the morning, I tend to go for bath bombs, small chocolates, comfy socks and novelty Christmas theme items. I buy my presents at the start of December. However, if I see products earlier in the year that would make great Christmas presents, I will most certainly buy them. Do you like to get your presents out of the way or do you leave it until Christmas Eve?

Nowadays there's no need to just buy pre-made Christmas cards. You can actually make your own personal design from the comfort of your own home. This is perfect for those who are elderly, disabled, ill those who are self-isolating or simply those who enjoy digital designing. 

Font Bundles is an easy-to-use website that has an array of fun free fronts. You can choose from regular, script, seasonal, web fonts as well as tattoo fonts perfect for creating something special. They add a new free font every week so keep a lookout. I have screen recorded some of the free fonts they have below.

 I will also leave their video tutorial at the bottom of this post which shows you how to purchase (free when using the free fonts), download and install fonts to your computer. 

Now that you have installed all your favourite fonts it's time to start designing your Christmas cards. I like to use Canva for this. it's easy to use and I can let my creativity flow. Of course, if you have a go-to design website that you love, use that. You can then download or print your creation. Email to loved ones or choose delivery. You don't have to leave the house! 

For my first Christmas card, I chose The Candy Christmas font free from Font Bundles. I thought it was perfect for this time of year as it reminds me of candy canes. I simply uploaded my installed fonts to Canva and they were waiting for me in my design hub. I chose red as it's Christmas but you can choose any colour you wish as well as changing the size of the fonts too! 

For my second Christmas card, I chose the Lets Ski font which was also free. I love how the snow drips off the letters, nothing says Christmas better than this font, that's for sure.

Font has so much history behind it... if you're interested in reading an in-depth piece about traditional Font please take a look here

Font Bundles have a plus membership section which includes a free trial. This membership allows you to access over 43,000 fonts and designs... Pretty impressive right!? You can also get rewards, freebies and up to 15% off all products. Now you don't have to bother using Wordart or Paint to design your cards anymore.

They also have options to purchase bundles. For example, if you were to buy The Christmas Font which is now $15.82 (was £218.81) Bundle you would get 25 fonts which would be all Christmas themed. Perfect if you wish to send personalised cards to work colleagues, friends and family. These Bundles will also make a great Christmas present for someone who maybe has an interest in art and design. They might be studying digital design and the font bundle could help them with a project.

Will you be having a traditional Christmas dinner or meat-free? I do love a traditional dinner with all the trimmings and gravy. I will also be doing an ultimate cheeseboard during the festivities. What's your favourite cheese? Hopefully, 2021 will be the year to do the things we couldn't do this year. What are your goals?


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