PowerPoint Christmas Cards 2012

Christmas Cards

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!”

Click to Download the Snowman Christmas Card

 

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.”

Click to Download the Gifts for Christmas Card

 

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!”

Click to Download the Santa Sleigh Christmas Card

 

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.”

Click to Download the Penguin Skaters Christmas Card

 

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.”

Click to Download the Blue Christmas Card

Due to popular demand, Jakob has created a Happy Holidays version of his card!

Click to Download the Happy Holidays 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!

*Jakob decided to keep his card just from us.

 

Latest comments

Jakob on 30th November 2012 at 4:30 pm said

Ahem, much like a cardboard Christmas Card you may sign the powerpoint card with your real name. My esteemed colleague just does not have the same handcrafted spirit that I apply to my seasonal greetings, but then again I am at fault for not spelling it out clearly.

For best effect scan your signature, remove the background, place it on the bottom slide as an image and vote for my entry. The latter part is vitally important to maximize Christmas Spirit, obviously.

Seb Hall on 30th November 2012 at 4:32 pm said

Great effort Vinny!

Good luck winning the prize and if you do, I want a cut of the cake!

Merry Christmas to you and all of those at BrightCarbon!

Donna on 12th December 2012 at 10:26 pm said

Humm, I try to download the PowerPoint, but get a zip file instead of the XML files….not a PowerPoint file to be found in the zip.

Richard Goring on 12th December 2012 at 10:34 pm said

Hi Donna,

Not sure what is going on for you as the links should just be direct to PowerPoint files, not a zip file or XML. Could I ask what browser you are using, as this may be causing a problem?

In the mean time, which card did you want? If you email info@brightcarbon.com, we can send you the file directly,

Richard

Donna on 12th December 2012 at 10:35 pm said

Never mind. When one browser doesn’t work… use another one! IE 7 was a bust, but Chrome worked fine.

Richard Goring on 12th December 2012 at 11:10 pm said

Cool Donna. IE7 apparently didn’t like .pptx files (despite the fact that it’s all produced by Microsoft!), so for anyone having problems, could you please try to use a different browser, or contact us directly at info@brightcarbon.com and we can send you the file via email. Hope that you enjoy them!

Richard

Donna on 12th December 2012 at 11:57 pm said

Thanks Richard. I’ve downloaded them all, I want to pick apart the animations to see how it was done… newbee here!

Happy Holidays!

Donna on 13th December 2012 at 5:55 pm said

I don’t suppose Jakob ‘Yuletide’ Jochmann would like to identify the font used in Blue Christmas Card? I know it’s an image, but I’d like to change Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays

Jakob Jochmann on 14th December 2012 at 9:20 am said

Dear Donna,

Thanks for scrolling all the way down to my entry!

The typeface I used is called “Goethe” and I bought it in a selection of fonts a few years ago. I converted it into an image to make sure that the handwritten style was not stripped when the ppt is being converted.

If you cannot source the font, I would suggest you scan your own handwriting to give the card an even more personal touch. Other handwritten fonts may be available from http://openfontlibrary.org

Happy Holidays!

Donna Isley on 14th December 2012 at 2:51 pm said

Thanks for font info Jakob. Love the card!

I have a bunch of handwriting fonts, but Goethe is elegant without being too froo-froo. I really appreciate knowing what it is!

Happy Holidays to you as well.

Karl Parry on 14th December 2012 at 4:49 pm said

Hi Donna,

As a Holiday gift, we’ve created a Happy Holidays version of the card for you to download. It’s available within the post, just below the original card.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Donna Isley on 15th December 2012 at 3:16 am said

TERRIFIC! Thanks very much. I was having zero luck finding the Goethe font. Everything looked to “gothic” or scripteeee.

Cool!

Marcus Wharton on 19th December 2012 at 10:54 am said

Have just downloaded and used one of your cards. They are great. Thanks alot for creating these and letting us use them.
Have a good christmas and new year

Karl Parry on 21st December 2012 at 2:50 pm said

Really pleased you like the cards Marcus. Thanks for downloading!

Merry Christmas!

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