• Creative Christmas Card Made out of iPhone: the Initiative Christmas Gift Idea for You

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 Irene | 2 comments

    The red warm Christmas hat, the green gifts-dressed Christmas tree and the golden delicious Christmas ham… Christmas spirit is blooming around us. Yes! The joyfulness and happiness featured Xmas is just around the corner. In such a festival full of cheerfulness, the deluge of warm wishes to parents, lovers and friends are indispensable. And a practical and creative Christmas gift is a necessary part when sending your wishes.

    Sending Christmas gifts on Christmas Day is a tradition for people to express wishes and blessings. The following element should be taken into account when considering Christmas gift: Christmas gifts must be of emotional value, practicality, suitability and creativeness. The process of picking up a Christmas present is like sticking in the mire. Last night, when I was hanging around on the Internet an initiative Christmas gift idea came into my sight: a homemade Christmas card which is made out of iPhone.

    The whole process is quite simple. Let me get you across the procedure:
    The stuffs you need: iPhone, iPhone Video Converter, cardboard, color papers, glue and the ornamental decals.

    The step-by-step tutorials:
    1. Folding the cardboard in half, and then the cardboard will be shaped the way a greeting card looks like.

    2. Making an outline drawing for the iPhone. In order to make sure that you can fasten the iPhone on the card, the outline you draw should be smaller than the actual size. Then plucking out the iPhone shape.

    3. For the sake of beauty, color papers of different shapes such as Christmas tree, Christmas bell or Christmas snowflake can be pasted.

    4. If you want to have your Christmas card with more individual characters, just add some creative elements to iPhone. You can transfer some Christmas-themed videos to iPhone by using iPhone Video Converter which can convert videos to iPhone compatible video formats. What’s more, if you want to extract audios from videos you shot in those good old days when you were getting together. This all-inclusive smart tool that can also convert audios to iPhone compatible audio formats is able to give you a hand.

    5. Since all things are settled down, fix the iPhone on the cardboard. Keep playing it until you send this creative Christmas card to your beloved one.

    The general budget of this Christmas card:
    iPhone4 (16GB): $199
    Cardboard + color papers + glue + ornamental decals: $5
    iPhone Video Converter: $19.95 (33% off on Christmas special offer)

    If you have been thinking about Christmas gift ideas for days or weeks, try to DIY a creative Christmas card as the above one. I am sure this Christmas card can meet the receiver’s absolute satisfaction. Have fun, my friends!

  • A Variety of Free Christmas Card Templates for You to DIY Christmas Greeting E-Cards

    Posted on December 8th, 2010 Irene | 2 comments


    With the pleasant jingles of bells, the white-bearded Santa Clause along with his loyal friends—the sleigh-pulled reindeers, are leaving for sending Christmas gifts to thousands upon thousands of families in the swirling snows. All kinds of Christmas trees have been put into the market and occupied the one-up position among a series of Christmas symbols. Various novel Christmas cards are unwilling to lag behind, dancing over streets and lanes just like the flying snowflakes in the sky.

    Every Christmas, except for choosing a Christmas gift for family and friends, a delicate Christmas card embed with blessing words will be attached, conveying warm wishes and great affections. Early in the 18th century, the first Christmas card in the world was proposed by a man named Henry and designed by a man called John. And nowadays, Christmas card has been far more than the form of paper card. More environmental concepts take e-card for example has been introduced into it.

    We may all busy in dealing with the bustle and hustle of our work in daily life, a warm wish on a special day just like Christmas can get our beloved ones moved undoubtedly. You may simply send a message to him/her or give an unique handmade Christmas card to him/her. A simple message will be submerged in the vast sea of SMS; only an e-card produced by you can collect permanent gratification and gratefulness.

    A lot of photos or videos might have been shot when you were hanging out, so why not try to add those sweet photos to your e-card? How to extract photos from videos, you can take good advantage of this software Christmas sales promotion season and select some multimedia tools like video converter, by using which you can screenshot any fascinating photos in videos. An e-card with both Christmas greetings and your lovely faces surely will be a never-fade-away impression engraved in the receivers’ heart.

    After you have extracted the Christmas photo for your e-card, you can get approach to any image toolkits take PhotoShop for example. Insert your beautiful Christmas Photo into the Christmas card template then you can get the Christmas e-card below:

    Want to have more beautiful Christmas card templates to decorate your beautiful Christmas photos? Here are some free Christmas card templates for you to download. You can choose any templates at your disposal.

    Christmas Card Template One

    Christmas Card Template Two

    Christmas Card Template Three

    Christmas Card Template Four

    Christmas Card Template Five

  • How to make a Christmas countdown e-card for Christmas Eve surprise

    Posted on December 24th, 2009 Maky | No comments

    Send a sealed Christmas e-card with countdown on it can be a good Christmas Eve surprise. In this extension topic on making Christmas flash e-cards, you will learn how to wonderful Christmas countdown e-card for Christmas Eve. The process is easy and fast.

    Christmas Eve is a silent night. Most people fall asleep with sweet dreams, but some people are just too excited for the coming Christmas and Christmas gifts to get in bed. So they usually watch Christmas movies or surf the internet on their PCs or laptops to pass time. If you happen to know one of your friends is going to stay up on Christmas Eve, you can catch the opportunity to send him/her a sweet Christmas surprise. With a special Christmas e-card which is set to open right at the moment when Christmas enters the world, it is sure that your Christmas greeting is the first one he/she sees on Christmas day. Doesn’t that sound great? And what I am going to talk about today is how to make a Christmas countdown e-card for Christmas Eve.

    Get started with the Christmas countdown e-card

    First, download our Christmas countdown e-card source FLA file. To view and edit the source file, you should have Adobe Flash CS4 installed. The appearance of the Christmas countdown e-card looks as below. I boost the running of countdown so you can quickly preview the overall effect of the card. Refresh the page to get a fresh countdown.

    Remember what I have told you in a previous post? You don’t really need to make a Christmas flash e-card from scratch. It is also ingenious and creative when you just change the elements displayed in the Christmas e-card. If you can’t catch my point here, that post is a better check out.

    Apart from the elements, you can change the countdown mechanism: end the countdown earlier or postpone it, make it count faster or slower. By altering the countdown parameters, you can actually set any time as the endpoint of the countdown but the default one, 00:00:00 on December 25. So you wouldn’t get frustrated when your friend suddenly decides to sleep earlier. Let me tell you the way to do it easy and fast.

    Altering countdown parameters

    Return to the stage level as you first open the source file. Locate and select the first frame of the uppest layer. You may find it at the top left corner of the timeline with a small "a" tag on it. The tag indicates there are codes and parameters that are called "ActionScript" in the frame. Select the frame and press "F9" key to call out the "Action Panel", the editor for the codes and parameters.
    Take the following code for example:

    var thentime:Date=new Date(2009,11,25,0,0,0);//represents the start of Christmas day

    This line is responsible for the input of countdown destination, as it has been set to 00:00:00 on December 25, 2009. The month figure could be a little confusion, because the ActionScript numbers month from 0 to 11. So "11" here is actually representing December.

    var timer:Timer=new Timer(500);//how fast it ticks, 500 = 1 sec

    This line controls how frequent the countdown ticks. You can simply change the parameter for bigger than 500 to slow it, or otherwise to quicken it.

    There are several more lines in which you can change the numeral parameters safely for your own sake. Explanations are given to each of those lines behind double slashes "//". If you are an advanced user of Adobe Flash CS4, feel free to modify anything in the source file.

    Here are additional font resources which are used in the Christmas countdown e-card demo. Use them to spice up your Christmas e-card in no time. Download the Christmas font resource package.

  • How to make a simple and email flash Christmas e-card in no time?

    Posted on December 17th, 2009 Maky | 4 comments

    Today, plain Christmas cards and digital Christmas e-cards have their own niches. While plain Christmas cards can be tangible and solid filled with your handmade efforts, digital Christmas e-card generally has more than the plain card can offer. Christmas e-cards can be fascinating because they are able to go with cartoon slideshows, blessing videos or festive music, all kinds of media forms beyond the only text on plain cards. Just imagine that you can let people hear your lyrical blessing, see Santa and the elves dancing and even play a gift-picking game on your Christmas e-card. What an amazing knot to leverage friendship and relations!

    Christmas flash e-cards are appealing, but chances are many people don’t know how to make one. Actually, making a nice Christmas flash e-card is really easy to get started and done. Let’s go step by step and be ready to exercise your creativity!

    Step 1, What sort of software do I need to make a Christmas flash e-card?
    Adobe Flash CS4 is preferred but not a must. You can duplicate the skill here to other Flash authoring tools as well. Take it easy. Although what you are going to handle is a piece of professional Flash authoring software, it could be as easy to use as a calculator.

    Step 2, Where should I get started?
    If you are not big on painting and drawing, then leave them to professional hands and utilize the instant resources around the web. I am talking about Christmas card templates, Christmas pictures, Christmas vectors… all sorts of Christmas art designs you could easily reach on internet. You don’t need to make the Christmas e-card from scratch. Just pick your fondest patterns and elements from the numerous Christmas designs and try to make them look better in one piece.

    For free Christmas resources, you can refer to our Christmas resource post.

    Step 3, open up one Christmas card flash template in Adobe Flash CS4 and do some customizations. The template usually contains a timeline which has preconfigured motions on it, but here we are only concerned with the still elements: vector shapes and images.

    • The vector shapes and images are gathered up and displayed in the "Library", the display element database of the template. Access them by double click and replace the inner content with any other Christmas icons, symbols and images in your mind. You can always navigate to "File -> Import -> Import to the stage" to import as much as Christmas resources to the card template as you want.

    christmas-icon-vector

    • You can replace the Christmas card template’s background for a different theme. Go to the Library and locate the image which stands for the background and redirect its file path to the one of your desired. If the new image outsizes the stage, you can select the image and press "Q" key. Then you can resize it by dragging the 8 handlers around the image border.

    christmas-background

    • Add Christmas stylish fonts to your Windows system so that you can make your Christmas greetings a bit more artistic.

    christmas-font

    • Don’t forget to type some Christmas greetings and blessings in wherever is appropriate. They are the heart and spirit of a personal Christmas e-card. Some Christmas card flash templates feature slideshow effect which facilitates you to display different words and blessings as the "slides" flip.
    • If the flash template embeds a tune of Christmas music, it can certainly be found in the Library and changed for another one. It is just the same way in which you change the images.

    Step 4, if you want to preview the work you have done on the Christmas e-card, just press "Ctrl" and "Enter" anytime. Do this again when your have done customizing the Christmas e-card. An swf file representing the finished work is ready to be send with your email to your friends.

    So this is an overall shortcut for everyone to make their own Christmas flash e-cards in no time: customize present Christmas e-card flash templates with abundant cool and free Christmas resources.

    If your friend is not a frequent mail boxer, maybe you can convert the swf Christmas e-card to a Christmas blessing video, so you can surprise your friends by sending the video directly to his/her mobile phones. Use Moyea SWF to Video Converter to make this happen. It is the easiest and fastest tool to convert SWF to many popular video formats in good quality. Learn more about Moyea SWF to Video Converter.