25 Amazing Holiday Cards and Seasonal Designs for Your Inspiration

Chirpy birdies, frosty snowmen, and Old Saint Nicks are all well and good, but you might be seeking more original ideas for your holiday cards this year. The following card examples represent some of the best holiday cards and design ideas that the blog world has to offer.

So if you’d rather not rely on generic seasonal imagery, free Christmas card templates, or other standard holiday design sources, here are 25 amazing designs for your inspiration:

 

star_wars-greeting_cards

The Holidays for a nerd like me means snuggling up to Chewy on the TV after a big Christmas dinner!

Original source: http://www.pleated-jeans.com/2012/12/13/star-wars-christmas-cards-8-pics/

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illustrated christmas cardsThese “flapper” holiday designs, by artist Kate Gabrielle, are so art deco cool.

Original source: http://scathingly-brilliant.blogspot.com/2011/10/christmas-cards.html

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etched christmas cards

This handcrafted print-stamp Christmas card design is sublime by Canadian designer Kristina Gröger.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/12-Days-of-Christmas/12399737

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embroidery christmas cards

This series of embroidery inspired Christmas cards by Amy Fish are fan-retro-tastic!

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-Cards/12094609

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animal_holiday_cards

This series of animal cards by Emily Parsons are so cute and cuddly that I think I’m going to have to hug someone!

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-Card-Illustrations/11767427

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surreal holiday cardsWonderfully bizarre, hand-painted holiday cards by Margarida Esteves of Lisboa, Portugal.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-cards/6427013

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red_christmas_card

Extraordinary detailed design and composition from graphic expert Ello Mate.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-Is-A-Time-For/6353273

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angel cards

A subtle, yet exquisite, angel card and illustration by talented artist Hannah Wallace.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-Cards-11/2511939

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merry krampus

Design studio Wee Birdy created these thoroughly modern and gentlemanly cards to celebrate the season in style.

Original source: http://www.weebirdy.com/tag/christmas-cards

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santa hells angel

Vroom! Vroom! Hand painted cards by Kevin Werth with the original holiday biker gang!

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-Cards/1022295

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santa rock singer

UK artist Paul Wick has created a funny and brilliant series of Santa cards to make his clients giggle.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Personalised-Santa-Rocks-Christmas-Cards/8349909

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font perfect christmas card

Amazing typography from Jasen Melnick – a complete Christmas card print experience.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Merry-and-Bright/6894285

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weird _christmas_cardSuper photo-collage design by Jim Kim – so bizarre and brilliant.

Original source: http://www.behance.net/jimkim

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santa_holiday_cardBob Johnson has created a hilarious bathroom scene holiday card for Pacific Wine Company.

Original source: http://bobjohnsondesign.blogspot.com/

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nutcracker_holiday_cardA beautiful Alice in Wonderland style greeting card from Jessica Grundy with a seasonal Nutcracker theme.

Original source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/solocosmo

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mary_christmas_cardSuperb stylized illustration by Themrock.

Original source: http://themrock.deviantart.com/

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type_christmas_cardThis typographical Christmas card by Karol Gadzala is unique and cool.

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christmas_card_monstersGreat illustrations in this “alternative Christmas card by Hannakin.

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madonna_christmas_cardsBeautiful illustration of the Madonna and Child – a mix of ancient imagery and modern illustration technique.

Original source: http://ninebreaker.deviantart.com/#/d17c93t

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elf on break“Pfft!!! It’s not fair how we don’t even get Christmas Eve off!”

Original source: http://www.cabfolio.com/

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Nothing says "Christmas" quite like a Giant Squid!!! Awesome!

Nothing says “Seasons Greetings” quite like a giant green squid monster!

Original source: http://sinyx.deviantart.com/

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Just brilliant! This abstract idea of "Christmas" has no traditional connection to Christmas imagery, and yet it still feels wintery, angelic, and oddly seasonal! I love this!

This surreal holiday card is wonderfully wintery and angelic without the bells and whistles.

Original source: http://atmosphair3.deviantart.com/

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christmas_tree-cardSigh! I’m so tired of hearing that age-old story of Santa Claus getting chased by a man-eating pine tree!

Original source: http://www.darrencalvert.com/

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regency_card“Mr. Darcy! I find it most presumptuous of you to believe that I will surrender to your affections beneath this most barbarous of Pagan adornments!”

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festivus ploe

Last but not least, here’s a Festivus card for the rest of us that displays the destruction to the Festivus Pole after the traditional “Feats of Strength” showing.

Original source: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63413865/festivus-cards-feats-of-strength

  • If you’re still stuck for an idea, NextDayFlyers has a great selection of free Christmas card templates for you to use for a quick and easy design. Start yours today.
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