The beginning of a new year has lots of meanings. It’s a time to reflect about our lives, make plans, and choose what we’ll focus on more (or less) in the new cycle. But it’s also a moment to thank those who’ve been there for us, and to appreciate them for all they’ve done. We can say it with words, gifts, and also with greeting New Year’s cards! If it’s a card you made yourself, it will be even more meaningful, don’t you think?
So let’s go over some ideas for New Years cards that can be created easily, directly from your phone or computer. Not only will you have a wonderful image to send out or print to give your loved one, you’ll also have a lot of fun creating it. I promise!
Table of contents
- Things to keep in mind when creating greeting cards
- Using templates to create New Year’s cards
- Create New Year’s cards from scratch on your phone or on the web
- Ideas to create aesthetic New Year’s cards
- New Year’s cards message ideas
Things to keep in mind when creating greeting cards
First things first, a pro tip! It’s always better to come up with a general concept of what you’ll create beforehand. That doesn’t mean knowing exactly what your card will look like, but just an overall idea. It will allow you to work on something more specific, because the options are endless and it can become overwhelming!
Decide, for example, if you want to use a photo as a background, or just a pattern, or a solid color. If you’ll be using a photograph at all, and if so, what kind of photo. Will you be writing a long personal message, or just standard greetings? And what is the color palette you’d like to apply, or at least what’s the main color you have in mind for this piece?
An always effective way to get some help with those choices is to explore sources of aesthetic images, like Pinterest, Instagram and other websites. You can find good references to inspire you, and create something unique from it.
That’s an example of a New Year’s card I created using the web version of the BeautyPlus app. I love editing and creating on my phone, but as a professional designer, I’ll always be more comfortable working from my computer. So I couldn’t be happier with their new web version!
For the card above, I decided first I wanted something simple, with a big bold text that should be the center of attention. I wanted it to be all about the message, no photos or illustrations, only a simple – but festive – background. I love how it turned out!
Using templates to create New Year’s cards
Templates are amazing time savers. I’ll never stop using them. If you can’t decide what type of design you want to have on your New Year’s card, consider using some of the templates available on the BeautyPlus app and see which ones speak to you. They’ll instantly spark your creativity.
Here’s a lovely idea. The vibe is totally compatible with the New Year celebrations, don’t you think? Especially when you use a photo that also follows the same aesthetic.
More ideas using pre-made templates that you have got to try:
I created those using the web version of the BeautyPlus app. Import a photo to the canvas and browse through the templates until you find the perfect one. The app will do the rest:
Create New Year’s cards from scratch on your phone or on the web
Want to create a card from scratch? That’s super easy too! You know I’m a huge “creating from scratch” kinda gal!
Nothing will make your card design more unique than using your own photo, agree? So why not use one as a background for your card? The mood should definitely be something positive, festive, anything that refers to celebrations and good vibes.
Here, I decorated the photo with a few New Year’s stickers to make it more fun. For the message, I went with the basic, in a modern and clean font aligned to the right. An aesthetic filter applied to the whole edit blends everything together perfectly!
Rather do it on your phone? No problem. And it’s also super easy!
In this case, instead of a personal photo, let’s go with a picture from an online stock photo website. There are beautiful options available online with excellent quality. No excuses to settle for bad grainy, ugly images!
Remember to check if there’s good contrast between the text and the background so it can be read properly.
Ideas to create aesthetic New Year’s cards
There are so many ways to create New Years cards that will surprise your loved ones with your skills and creativity. So let your imagination fly!
For example, use stickers to include interesting messages that are relevant to the holiday. Anything that might make them reflect on their New Year’s resolutions and plans for the beginning of the new cycle.
Another idea? Write down the wishes you want to express in your card and recreate this fun edit using your pic as background. Make sure there’s lots of empty space around you in the photo to add the words. Then, pick different text styles for each one of your wishes:
New Year’s cards message ideas
If you can’t come up with what to write on your New Years card, here’s a few ideas.
The great thing about creating your own cards digitally though, is being able to write custom messages to each person. You can use the same layout for all your cards and adapt the message to each person individually. A sweet message for mom, and something hilarious for your sis, for example!
The most important thing when it comes to New Year’s cards, and any greeting cards you create really, is to make it sincere and meaningful. The end of a year and beginning of another is a particularly special time to tell those loved ones how much their presence in our lives mean to us. Don’t miss that chance!