Printing your own Christmas cardsIt's almost that time of year again. Halloween has come and gone and things are starting to look festive. Starbucks has brought out the red cups, Tesco has selection boxes galore and C-list celebrities around the country are turning on Christmas lights.

Everybody knows that Christmas is an expensive time of year. From discounts for buying in bulk to money-saving coupons, we are all on the lookout for ways to save a few pennies here and there.

According to the Money Advice Service, the average family will spend £582 this Christmas – that's £46 more than last year, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of households are struggling financially. Well here at INKredible we have come up with a way of saving you some much needed Christmas cash!

It is around this time that people are dusting off their address books and desperately trying to remember the names of their second cousin's kids – it's Christmas card time.

This year, why not do something a little different with your Christmas cards and make them yourself. Woah there, don't worry we're not about to suggest you get out the glitter glue. All you need is your all-in-one printer, photo paper or pre-folded card and a load of coloured ink.
There are several ways you can go about this, mainly depending on how much time and effort you are willing to put in.

Photo Cards

One of the simplest and more personal Christmas cards is a photo card. Find a winter scene or family photo from last Christmas (sat around the Christmas tree, at a carol service, playing in the snow etc). Depending on your printer you can then scan this photo in or simply hit print from your computer. The easiest way to make one of these cards is to choose a landscape photo, rather than a portrait, and place it on the second half of a Word document page. This way, after printing, all you need to do it fold the page in half.

Print onto high quality photo paper for a glossy, professional look.

Hand Drawn Cards

This is a great option for those with kids or a creative streak.  Draw a festive picture on some paper and scan it, using your all-in-one. Once the photo has appeared on your computer screen, follow the steps above! This is a great way to gets your kids in the festive spirit (and keep them busy for an afternoon). Suggest that they make several different designs and that way you can have your very own Christmas card selection.

A Little Creative Help

If getting the colouring pencils or family photo album out doesn't appeal then head online. There are a wealth of websites dedicated to making your own cards, with images you can download. Hop on Google and find a Christmas picture you like, download it and print out.

If you want to draw your own but are struggling for inspiration, have a scout around a few websites until you find something that is just right.

Add an extra bit of personality to your cards this year and get stuck in with some DIY cards!

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