October 20, 2009

Easy Holiday Cards (Word)

Here's an easy project to ensure that you always have some holiday cards on hand when you need them. These are perfect for attaching to teacher gifts, distributing to co-workers, or sending to neighbors and friends.

To start, you're going to take an 8.5" x 11" piece of heavy cardstock and cut it in half length wise so that you end up with two 5.5" x 8.5" pieces. Cut as many pieces as you need and set aside until you're ready to print.

Instructions and images correspond to Word 2007. If you have an older version of Word, browse through the directions for custom envelopes here to see how to open and update settings.

1. Open up a new Word document.
2. Adjust the View settings (if needed) so that you are looking at the whole page at once.

    To do this, click on "View", then "Zoom", and select "Whole Page"

3. Next we want to set up the page size to match our cardstock. 5.5" x 8.5" (You could choose to set up your card so that the page size remains 8.5" x 11" and simply rotate it to Landscape and then layout 2 cards on one page. However, I've found that you'll get better results by printing one card per sheet, the other way requires more trial and error which would be too complicated for this tutorial).

     To change the page size, click on "Page Layout", "Size", and scroll down to "More Paper Sizes"

      Next, you can either select "Statement" from the list if you have that as an option, or you can manually
      type in 5.5" x 8.5".

       Now your page should look something like this:

4. Let's insert the images :) You can use whatever clip art you have on hand!  Select "Insert" from the top tabs, then click "Picture" and select the image from where you have it saved. Now your page will look something like this:

5. Next, we want to adjust the picture settings so that we can easily re-size the image and move it around by dragging with the mouse. To do this, you want to click once on the image so that it is selected (there is a box around it), then click "Format" from the top tab (this option will not be available if you don't click on the image first), and then click on "Text Wrapping" and select "In Front of Text". If you are working in an older version of Word, you'll want to double-click the image, select the "Layout" tab from the new box that pops open, and then select "In Front of Text".

6. Now we want to make the tree a little smaller and move it down towards the bottom of the page. The blue box below represents the ideal area to place objects for the front of your card. The gray area shows the amount of margin space you want to leave for your printer.

7. Now you can add your own text (I recommend using a text box so that you can easily drag the text to where you want it to be) or you can add some ready to go clip art text. To do so, just repeats steps  4-6 and adjust the images until you are happy with their placement. When you are finished, your image should look something like this:

8. Now just print and fold! Don't forget to adjust your print settings to reflect the new page size of 5.5" x 8.5". When folded, these cards fit prefectly into an A2 envelope.

This card was made using clip art from Holiday Set - A   and the other card in the top picture was made from clip art using Mod Tree Set - Blue. 

Like the cards but don't have the time to lay them out yourself? Just purchase the clip art and in the notes to seller tell me that you'd like a copy of the Holiday card for that set. (At the moment, only these two are available, but I'll post an update if I get a chance to create some more).


  1. Love them both! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Thanks so much for this tutorial! Love it since I'm a card maker! :)