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Sparkling Holiday Cards

Landscapes and architecture are ideal subjects for cards, and they look great with a dusting of glitter.




You could employ the "antique" or "sepia" function to make the photo appear aged, or use the following technique, as we did, for a more authentic look: Using a photo-editing program, adjust the picture's color levels by decreasing the saturation and increasing the amount of yellow. Save and close the picture file.


  • Velvet fine art paper
  • Basic photo-editing program
  • Bone folder
  • Fine-tipped brush
  • White glue
  • Paper plate
  • Fine diamond dust glitter


  1. Step 1

    Create a new document. If your photograph is horizontal, your document should be 8 1/2 inches wide by 11 inches long. If your photograph is vertical, your document should be 11 inches wide by 8 1/2 inches long.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a color for your card's background.

  3. Step 3

    Draw a box where your picture will sit; the size of the box will vary depending on how big you want your picture and how thick you want your borders.

  4. Step 4

    Import the photo file.

  5. Step 5

    If desired, draw two or three thin-sided rectangles around the photo to create a decorative frame.

  6. Step 6

    Print document.

  7. Step 7

    Fold the card in half, using a ruler and a bone folder to score the card and create a perfect crease.

  8. Step 8


    With a utility knife, trim edges to desired dimensions. (Our finished cards are 5 1/4 by 7 1/8 inches.)

  9. Step 9

    Working in sections, use a fine-tip brush to apply white glue to an area of the card. If there is snow in your picture, you might glitter those areas. If not, you could glitter spots where snow might fall, such as tree branches.

  10. Step 10


    Place on a paper plate; sprinkle with glitter. Shake to remove excess glitter. Let dry.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006



Reviews (4)

  • chevychick 15 Oct, 2008

    writerdeman 11/12/07 at 2:16 p.m. ET
    As usual, Martha's commercial-glutted format allows insufficient space for seeable photos/how to.

    You are so right--How can we get some to fix this Website so we can enlarge
    pictures there should be someone to ADDERSS THESE PROBLEMS????

  • LavendarLady 3 Oct, 2008

    where do I find clear glitter?

  • lilyoake 23 Apr, 2008

    I add glitter to so many things. You can tell when it's the holiday season in my house as I work on my hand amde Christmas cards - my kitties walk around with glittery backs and paws.

  • writerdeman 12 Nov, 2007

    As usual, Martha's commercial-glutted format allows insufficient space for seeable photos/how to.