Sending a Christmas card via e-mail is a quick, easy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to send holiday greetings to family, friends and colleagues. You can create a card suitable to send via e-mail with a variety of resources available online. While some sites will send the greeting for you, other programs such as PowerPoint or Microsoft Word will allow you to send the card through your own e-mail provider. Using either method makes it easy to personalise the card for each recipient and include current family photographs and events.
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Things you need
- Digital pictures
- Word processing software
Pick one and personalise it. Maybe select a different one for family, friends and colleagues.
Input your recipients' e-mail addresses and click send. The website will send the card to your Christmas card list.
One advantage to using these websites is that you can send a lot of cards at once and also include a different personalised message for every person on your list. Note that some of these websites offer a paid yearly subscription, while others offer free membership possibilities.
To create your custom card, visit a website like smilebox.com.
Personalise by picking a background, selecting or uploading an image and then building your card.
Preview the card.
Add recipients and click send. The website will send the card on your behalf.
You can create your own photo eCard with a free online service, such as Photobucket.
Upload your photo to photobucket.com and click on "Edit Image," revealing several tabs that allow you to alter your picture. For example, using the decorate tab, change your photo into a Christmas card by adding holiday text, colour and a frame. You can even add decorative stickers, such as presents and bows.
To prepare the card for dispersal, save your modified picture on your computer.
Send it through your regular e-mail program as an attachment. This method makes it easy to create a different card for each recipient.
Creating a card as an attachable document using a word processing program is more work but more personal for the recipient. Open Microsoft PowerPoint or Word on your computer, insert pictures representing events from the year, and add text describing those experiences.
You can make the document any size, from a standard-sized card to an 15 by 27.5 cm (8-1/2 by 11-inch) letter, allowing you to include more than one picture and event. You also can add a general or personalised Christmas greeting for your family, friends and colleagues.
Save the document to your computer in an easy-to-find location, naming it something distinctive. It may be advisable to save the file as a PDF document in case your recipients' computers do not have the program you used to create the card.
To send, open your e-mail account, create a new e-mail and click on "Attach File." Select your document, either in its original format or as a PDF and add your recipients in the address line preferably as a BCC (blind carbon copy), which allows you to send to a group of people while concealing their e-mail addresses from each other.
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