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How to Make a Christmas E-Card Using Microsoft Powerpoint

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 via mail; we used to donate the money we would have spent on sending cards to a local children's cancer charity instead, I created a festive PowerPoint e-card to send.

Here is how I did it.

Open Powerpoint and Select Blank Presentation

Open Powerpoint and Select Blank Presentation

Start By Opening Powerpoint and Selecting Blank Presentation

  1. Open Powerpoint—any version will do
  2. Select the blank presentation; it is highlighted in the photo above
  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

Insert a Festive Picture on Your E-Card Slide

  1. Download a free piece of clipart or digital photo.
  2. Save it to your computer.
  3. Go back to Powerpoint
  4. Select insert; from the drop-down menu select picture and then select from file.
  5. Locate your lovely festive clipart/picture and then click open.
  6. 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 because it will stretch the photo.
Text boxes inserted

Text boxes inserted

Insert Text Boxes

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

You can put 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.

  1. Go to insert and then select text box.
  2. Drag your mouse to the place you want to place the first piece of text.
  3. 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

Animate Your E-Card Slide

  1. 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.
  2. Ticking the box next to any of the items will allow you to custom animate it.
  3. 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.
  4. For the moment, leave order & timing and concentrate on effects only.
  5. Untick all of the boxes.
  6. Tick the picture frame 1 box only. Any effects you apply will only affect the big picture in the background (Picture Frame 1).
  7. 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.
  8. Click the right-hand drop-down menu and select across.
  9. 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.
  10. From the effects tab, do the following: Remove the tick from the Picture Frame 1 box and put it in the next box. Click on the left-hand drop-down menu and select crawl. Click on the right-hand drop-down menu and select left.
  11. Repeat step 10 until you have applied customised effects to every piece of text.
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You can also reorder the text if you want to do so. I wanted 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.


Set the Order & Timing for Your E-Card

  1. Click on the order & timing tab and ensure you have your various e-card elements in the correct order.
  2. Use the up or down arrows to reorder the elements of the e-card.
  3. 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).
  4. Click OK.

Save Your E-Card Slide

  1. Save your file; go to file and select save it as both a .ppt file and a .pps file.
  2. When you email the file to colleagues, send the .pps version as an attachment.
  3. When they click on it in their email, it will automatically open the file in Powerpoint.

Many thanks for reading.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


chandana on July 29, 2015:

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

Adam Smith on February 23, 2015:

very helpful , thank you.

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on March 12, 2013:

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.

Duchess OBlunt on March 12, 2013:

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?

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on February 22, 2013:

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

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on February 21, 2013:

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.

Sophia Olivia from Los Angles on January 03, 2013:

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...

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on December 15, 2012:

Esther, glad you found it useful :o)

Esther Strong from UK on December 14, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on December 14, 2012:

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!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 13, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on December 13, 2012:

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!

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on December 13, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on December 13, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on December 13, 2012:

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)

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2012:

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!

Audrey Howitt from California on December 12, 2012:

Wow! This is fabulous! Thank you!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on December 12, 2012:

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!!

Mike Robbers from London on December 12, 2012:

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 !

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