How To Make A Christmas E-Card Using Microsoft Powerpoint

Updated on March 2, 2013

Using Powerpoint to Make An E-Card to Send By Email to Friends

Powerpoint is more traditionally used to do presentations for conferences and training but it also has another use - as a means by which you can make an e-card.

An e-card stands for 'Electronic Card' and I used to make one every year to send from my team to all of our colleagues at work by email.

None of us sent Christmas cards - we used to donate the money we would have sent on sending cards to one another to a local children's cancer charity and instead, I created a festive powerpoint e-card to send.

Here is how I did it.

Open Powerpoint and Select Blank Presentation

  1. Open Powerpoint - any version will do
  2. Select the blank presentation, it is highlighted in the photo
  3. This gives us a brand new blank powerpoint slide to use as our blank canvas.

Insert your photo or clipart
Insert your photo or clipart

Powerpoint - Insert A Festive Picture On Your E-Card Slide

Go onto the internet and download a nice free piece of clipart or a free digital photo.

Save it to your computer.

Go back to Powerpoint

Select INSERT and from the drop down menu select PICTURE and then FROM FILE

Locate your lovely festive clipart/picture and then click OPEN

The photo will drop onto the slide. You may need to resize it slightly, to do this always pull the photo from the diagonal corner, never up and across which stretches the photo.

Text boxes inserted
Text boxes inserted

Powerpoint - Inserting Text Boxes On Your E-Card Slide

The next thing you need to do is place your greeting on your e-card.

You can out it all in as one greeting but this takes the interactive fun out of the e-card so it is actually better to write your greeting in by doing it in a number of text boxes.

Go to INSERT and then select TEXT BOX, drag your mouse to the place you want to place the first piece of text.

Continue to do this until you have a few pieces of text on the e-card.

Now it's time to animate the card.

Custom Animation
Custom Animation
Effects in Custom Animation
Effects in Custom Animation

Powerpoint - Animating Your E-Card Slide

From the toolbar, select SLIDE SHOW and from the drop down menu, select CUSTOM ANIMATION.

You will be shown a list of all of the various elements of the slide.

Ticking the box next to any of the items will allow you to custom animate it.

For this e-card, you will only need to use the first two tabs along the bottom of the drop down box, ORDER & TIMING and EFFECTS

For the moment, leave Order * Timing and let's concentrate on Effects only.

Untick all of the boxes.

Tick the PICTURE FRAME 1 box only.

Any effects you apply will only effect the big picture in the background (Picture Frame 1).

For my e-card, I want to keep it pretty simple.

Under the tab for EFFECTS, click on the left hand drop down menu and select CHECKERBOARD.

Click the right hand drop down menu and select ACROSS. Select PREVIEW on the right of the Custom Animation box to see whether you like this effect. Don't worry about timings yet, you will change this later to make it look more smooth.

From the EFFECTS tab:

  1. Remove the tick from the Picture Frame 1 box and put it in the next box box.
  2. Click on the left hand drop down menu and select CRAWL.
  3. Click on the right hand drop down menu and select LEFT

Repeat steps 1-3 until you have applied customised effects to every piece of text.

You can also reorder the text if you want to do so. I want the MERRY CHRISTMAS text to crawl up from the bottom of the screen last in my e-card so make sure you make sure this animation is different from the other pieces of text.

Powerpoint - Setting the Order & Timing for Your E-Card

Click on the ORDER&TIMING tab and ensure you have your various e-card elements in the correct order.

Use the up or down arrows to reorder the elements of the e-card.

On the right hand side, place a dot in the Automatically area and select 0.02 seconds in the timing for each element (you can tick them all at once, no need to do them separately).

Click OK

Powerpoint - Saving Your E-Card Slide

Save your file, go to FILE and select SAVE AS.... Save it as both a .PPT file and a .PPS file.

When you email the file to colleagues, send the .pps version as an attachment.

When they click on it in their email, it will automatically open the file in Powerpoint.

Please watch the video above to see how the Powerpoint slide was made, I filmed it so that you could see it properly because I could not insert a PPS in HubPages.

Many thanks for reading.

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        chandana 2 years ago

        it is good to see the way to make greetings .but i wish it could ask only name or email adress only for login not also password

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        Adam Smith 3 years ago

        very helpful , thank you.

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Duchess, I saved each PPT page as a .jpg file (the default is to save powerpoint slide pages as .ppt but if you use the drop down arrow, you can select .jpg, sorry if I'm teaching my granny how to suck eggs :o), then transferred them over to Windows Movie Maker where I then added the captions and transitions.

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        Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

        Well done. One question - how did you get the ppt to video without having to video tape it? I'm thinking it'd be nice to upload something made from ppt to you tube. Do you know?

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        donnah, thanks for the comment and the link - I will repay the favour!

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        Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

        Wow, I missed this hub when you wrote it. I just wrote a similar hub around Valentines Day. I will add a link in mine to yours, so people can take advantage of all the available help and advice.

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        Sophia Olivia 5 years ago from Los Angles

        Its such an amazing idea for designing and communicate with your friend... because this is big event and we have the liablity to wish our close friends with different type of way...

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Esther, glad you found it useful :o)

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        Esther Strong 5 years ago from UK

        I'm bookmarking this for future reference - including birthdays! Thanks for your clear instructions.

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Vellur, I always used to enjoy putting the little e-card together. The one I did here was a very simple one but I've done quite complex, animated ones as well, though, of course, they take a lot longer to create!

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        Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

        Very useful and clearly explained thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Jeannie, glad you liked it. I was messing about a few years ago with Powerpoint and it came to me to do this...I am easily pleased!

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Audrey, glad you liked it, thanks for your comment.

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Janine, thanks for your comment - it's dead easy to do (must be if I can make one) :o)

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        Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

        Mike, thanks for your cooment - I have missed not doing one this year now that I am not working so I did the hub instead :o)

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        Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

        This is so cute! I would have never thought to use Powerpoint to make an E-Card. Thank you for sharing your idea! Voted up and beautiful!

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        Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

        Wow! This is fabulous! Thank you!

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        Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

        Such a great step-by-step presentation here on how to make an e-card on Powerpoint and truly loved it. Thanks for sharing this and am pinning to take a look at!!

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        Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

        Excellent step-by-step instruction on how to create a Christmas E-Card with Powerpoint Jools.. Great also that you included the screen shots, makes it easy for readers to follow.. Thank you very much for sharing !