Christmas time, mistletoe and wine – in our case too much wine… After a late night of eggnog and brandy snaps we set ourselves the challenge of creating the wildest, wackiest PowerPoint Christmas card ever!
So it’s the day after the night before, and through blurry eyes and festive hangovers we can reveal our efforts.
Below you’ll find a video of each card and from within the preview you’ll be able to download the PowerPoint file for the card. As the cards have been created in PowerPoint, you can alter almost all* of them to include your name (or company name) and then share with the world, hopefully spreading a little Christmas cheer in the process.
Plus the card that gets the most downloads will be crowned the king of Christmas here at BrightCarbon HQ and the creator will receive an extra gift in their Christmas stocking!
In order to edit the cards, simply:
- Download your favourite card by clicking the link below the video preview (any trouble downloading, check you have the latest version of your browser. Some earlier versions of IE have trouble with PowerPoint files)
- Open the card in PowerPoint
- Alter the text within the card
- Save the file as a PowerPoint Show (File > Save As > Choose PowerPoint Show from the Save as type drop box)
- Share the card with friends and family!
If you use one, please help us to spread the word with a tweet or a like. Thanks!
So without further ado, here are our Christmas cards along with a few words from each artist.
1. Snowman by Kieran ‘We’re walking in the air’ Chadha
“I wanted to create a happy little snow scene, then give it a twist. I was aiming for the animations to get across the snowman’s cheeky personality. Enjoy!”
2. Gifts for Christmas by Vincent ‘Turkey’ Thompson
“I decided to create a PowerPoint card that started off quite plain, then animating into a crescendo of Christmas themed objects. Although some of the elements I used were not created natively within PowerPoint, I felt that the ability to crop out images and apply motion graphics enhanced the overall effect and showed off the capabilities of the software in a compelling way.”
3. Santa Sleigh by Chris ‘Kringle’ Korek
“For this card I really wanted to create someone opening a Christmas present, to see I could do it in PowerPoint. From there it just seemed natural to have Santa deliver it!”
4. Penguin Skaters by Richard ‘Insert Christmas Pun Here’ Goring
“I wanted to start with a blank PowerPoint page and not do anything that I couldn’t achieve within just PowerPoint. Everything has been created using native PowerPoint tools, including all graphics and the 1,006 individual animations. Unfortunately, I cheated just at the end to add in an image of the BrightCarbon logo and the music, but hope that you’ll forgive me.”
5. Blue Christmas by Jakob ‘Yuletide’ Jochmann
“Tasked with creating Christmas cards in PowerPoint I took the challenge quite literally and tried to merge a motif that would work in cardboard form with the affordances of digital media. I stretched the motif over two slides to mirror a folding card. I created a transparent gif of falling snow to imbue the scene with a dynamic touch that is absent in print. The subtle tension between the static scene and the falling snow gives the card a sense of progress that lingers on even after the native PowerPoint animations are finished.”
Due to popular demand, Jakob has created a Happy Holidays version of his card!
So get downloading in time for Christmas! Remember the PowerPoint Christmas card with the most downloads will net the creator an early Christmas present - so you’ll be spreading the Christmas cheer amongst the BrightCarbon office too!