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Everybody knows that sending personal holiday cards to clients, colleagues, friends and family is an affordable and fantastic way to keep in touch and send warm wishes to the important people in your life. There are many options when designing unique cards, and one of the first choices you need to consider is whether you want your card to be folded or flat.


Photo by Everything Little Miss

Let’s start with flat holiday cards. Flat cards are much simpler to execute than folded cards. There are only two panels to design and many times they can be sent without an envelope, like a postcard. This can save you time and money. Flat cards are also more modern and can be effective without writing a long note. Additionally, if you’re worried that your card will get lost in the wave of mail your audience is receiving, a flat card without an envelope is visible immediately in the mailbox. Therefore, you don’t have to worry if the recipient opened the envelope.

Folded Card Example

Photo by Everything Little Miss

Folded holiday cards are your more traditional option and are great for writing longer personal notes. Folded cards provide extra design space to really let your creative ideas shine, and they naturally allow small gifts to be included such as coupons, gift cards and checks . Folded cards also require an envelope, and that means you can incorporate a fancy envelope design to add even more importance to your card.

While there are a few practical differences between the two styles, deciding between flat or folded holiday cards is mostly about personal preference. You can’t go wrong either way, and the most important thing is remembering to send meaningful holiday cards in the first place and let everybody know that you’re thinking of them.

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