2018 Holiday Card Round-Up: Minted

It’s officially that time of the year again. Get everyone together for family photos, search through various stationery sites to find the perfect card and then find the best deal you can before ordering them (at least, that’s how I roll.) So without further ado, here are my top holiday card picks from Minted for 2018 and a little show and tell for my own holiday cards all the way at the bottom.

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Photo Designs

The perfect way to showcase those family photos you had taken and show off the whole family’s smiles.

I just LOVE LOVE the illustrated florals on this card! The red and pink flowers feel fresh and pretty intertwined with rich green foliage.   Holiday Garden by Angela Marzuki

I just LOVE LOVE the illustrated florals on this card! The red and pink flowers feel fresh and pretty intertwined with rich green foliage. Holiday Garden by Angela Marzuki

What is a more classic and timeless holiday motif than the classic tartan?  Plaid Framed by Lea Delaveris

What is a more classic and timeless holiday motif than the classic tartan? Plaid Framed by Lea Delaveris

Textured and rainbow colored text give this modern holiday card a fun and fresh feeling.  Fa La La La La by Paper Dahlia

Textured and rainbow colored text give this modern holiday card a fun and fresh feeling. Fa La La La La by Paper Dahlia

Intricate swirls with berries and flower buds give this card the look of an illuminated manuscript.  Floral Joy by Joann James

Intricate swirls with berries and flower buds give this card the look of an illuminated manuscript. Floral Joy by Joann James

Sprigs of leaf and flower bud graphics and a unique diamond photo frame give this illustrated card a one-of-a-kind feeling.  Periwinkle by Rebecca Daublin

Sprigs of leaf and flower bud graphics and a unique diamond photo frame give this illustrated card a one-of-a-kind feeling. Periwinkle by Rebecca Daublin

Simplified and graphic, this card mixed digital printing for your two best photos and a luxe touch of letterpress.  Merry and Bold by Anna Kelder

Simplified and graphic, this card mixed digital printing for your two best photos and a luxe touch of letterpress. Merry and Bold by Anna Kelder


Real Foil-Pressed Designs

How can you resist the shine of real metallics and glitter!

A touch of foil gives this typographic full-bleed photo a hint of shine while still leaving room for your best photograph.  All the Merry Things by AK Graphics

A touch of foil gives this typographic full-bleed photo a hint of shine while still leaving room for your best photograph. All the Merry Things by AK Graphics

Delicate, thin strokes form the letters of Christmas and give this card an elegant sense of whimsy.  Sleigh Ride by Jill Means

Delicate, thin strokes form the letters of Christmas and give this card an elegant sense of whimsy. Sleigh Ride by Jill Means

The perfect balance of decorative and simple, simple text “Joyful” has an inlay of delicate branches.  Inlay by Lauren Chism

The perfect balance of decorative and simple, simple text “Joyful” has an inlay of delicate branches. Inlay by Lauren Chism

Gold dipped on the top and the bottom, this portrait photo card is elegant with just the right flash of shine.  Dipped by Itsy Belle Studio

Gold dipped on the top and the bottom, this portrait photo card is elegant with just the right flash of shine. Dipped by Itsy Belle Studio


Non-Photo Cards

Like the vintage cards of the past, non-photo cards have a special place in my heart. It’s like a small, one page picture book, a snapshot of the holiday season and a gemstone for your card display. Plus, you can always showcase your family photo on the back!

What could feel more festive than a Christmas tree in bedecked in Scandinavian style and glitter?  Nordic Pine Tree by Paper Raven

What could feel more festive than a Christmas tree in bedecked in Scandinavian style and glitter? Nordic Pine Tree by Paper Raven

Hand painted cozy winter knits bring the feeling of crisp winter air.  Nordic Knits by Eve Schultz

Hand painted cozy winter knits bring the feeling of crisp winter air. Nordic Knits by Eve Schultz

Modern illustrated birds, leaves and berries give classic folk a new twist.  Folk by Genna Cowsert

Modern illustrated birds, leaves and berries give classic folk a new twist. Folk by Genna Cowsert

Art nouveau style florals get luxe with fine type and swatch of gold foil.  Wintergarden by Kelli Hall

Art nouveau style florals get luxe with fine type and swatch of gold foil. Wintergarden by Kelli Hall

Bold and modern this type filled tree is so cool!  Type Tree by Baumbirdy

Bold and modern this type filled tree is so cool! Type Tree by Baumbirdy

Like an airmail envelope, this design has all the charm of the vintage postage stamps.  Sending Holiday Spirit by Green Hound Press

Like an airmail envelope, this design has all the charm of the vintage postage stamps. Sending Holiday Spirit by Green Hound Press


If you are feeling super loyal, you can see all of my cards available through Minted HERE.

2018 Holiday Card Round-Up: Zazzle


It’s officially that time of the year again. Get everyone together for family photos, search through various stationery sites to find the perfect card and then find the best deal you can before ordering them (at least, that’s how I roll.) Now that it’s Black Friday week, you can get Zazzle’s best deals of the year and up to 60% off! So without further ado, here are my top holiday card picks from Zazzle for 2018.

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase using one of my links Zazzle will pay me a small commission for sending buyers their way.

When you can’t pick just one photo for your cards a design like this is key! Three square photos are encircled by contemporary, illustrated pine boughs with simple and chic text.     Evergreen Pine by Paper Dahlia

When you can’t pick just one photo for your cards a design like this is key! Three square photos are encircled by contemporary, illustrated pine boughs with simple and chic text. Evergreen Pine by Paper Dahlia

How could you resist these adorable, hand-painted winter and Christmas icons? They frame your vertical photograph so cheerfully!   Iconic Christmas Watercolor by Erika Firm

How could you resist these adorable, hand-painted winter and Christmas icons? They frame your vertical photograph so cheerfully! Iconic Christmas Watercolor by Erika Firm

Bold fonts with ball terminals are so in right now and the swanky swashes feel super fun and hip. The candy rainbow of color is so sweet you can’t help but feel happy looking at this card.   Bold and Bright by Stacey Meacham

Bold fonts with ball terminals are so in right now and the swanky swashes feel super fun and hip. The candy rainbow of color is so sweet you can’t help but feel happy looking at this card. Bold and Bright by Stacey Meacham

Classic plaid gets a charming update with this Christmas card made for those living in the South. Deep green and black plaid with a faux gold foil accent feels modern and refined.   Southern Christmas by Banter & Charm

Classic plaid gets a charming update with this Christmas card made for those living in the South. Deep green and black plaid with a faux gold foil accent feels modern and refined. Southern Christmas by Banter & Charm

A festive alternative to the traditional holiday card, this pine wreath peace symbol is wrapped with colorful string lights and Christmas cheer.   Peace Wreath by Bah Humbug Design

A festive alternative to the traditional holiday card, this pine wreath peace symbol is wrapped with colorful string lights and Christmas cheer. Peace Wreath by Bah Humbug Design

A fantastic way to announce a pregnancy, marriage or anything at all, this photo card feels sophisticated with elegant typography and festive with the little snowy accents.   Overjoyed by Lea Delaveris Design

A fantastic way to announce a pregnancy, marriage or anything at all, this photo card feels sophisticated with elegant typography and festive with the little snowy accents. Overjoyed by Lea Delaveris Design

I love how modern and simple this design is while still giving the feeling of Christmas with a modern tree of paint strokes in a muted color palette.   Abstract Modern Art by Maison Yellow

I love how modern and simple this design is while still giving the feeling of Christmas with a modern tree of paint strokes in a muted color palette. Abstract Modern Art by Maison Yellow

Something about the colors of this hand drawn frame of foliage feels so fresh and new while the whimsical strokes give it a cheerful and lighthearted feel. This holiday card seems like the kind you’d find in a hip, scandinavian-bohemian home full of natural wood, white walls and lots of plants.   Bramble by MontgomeryFest

Something about the colors of this hand drawn frame of foliage feels so fresh and new while the whimsical strokes give it a cheerful and lighthearted feel. This holiday card seems like the kind you’d find in a hip, scandinavian-bohemian home full of natural wood, white walls and lots of plants. Bramble by MontgomeryFest

Simply beautiful, this holiday card puts your favorite photo in a wreath of cotton and greenery giving it a sweetly simple Southern vibe.   Southern Cotton Wreath by Fine and Dandy Paperie

Simply beautiful, this holiday card puts your favorite photo in a wreath of cotton and greenery giving it a sweetly simple Southern vibe. Southern Cotton Wreath by Fine and Dandy Paperie

This nine photo card feels a little rustic with the kraft paper background and a little vintage with the Polaroid style photo frames. It’s a great choice when you can’t choose one photo or you never got around to a family portrait session and you’d rather use your best shots of the year from Instagram.   Kraft Memory Book by 2birdstone

This nine photo card feels a little rustic with the kraft paper background and a little vintage with the Polaroid style photo frames. It’s a great choice when you can’t choose one photo or you never got around to a family portrait session and you’d rather use your best shots of the year from Instagram. Kraft Memory Book by 2birdstone

Last but not least, here is a snippet of my entire 2018 Zazzle Holiday card collection. To see all of my designs shop HERE.

Pretty Awesome New Years Cards

The time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a whirlwind of activity. It's a wonder so many people manage to send out holiday cards that arrive before Christmas. I, however, am not one of those people. I'm no busier than a normal person, I just like how much easier it is to not add the holiday card dance to my plate. In order to avoid total Scroge-hood, I like to send Happy New Year cards. Maybe you're like me, maybe you missed the Christmas card train or maybe you want to spread cheer without being pigeon-holed into one of the religious holidays of December.

So my fellow procrastinating or non-denominational cheer sender, check out this crazy fun selection of New Year Cards.

The Classic in real foil(!) at Minted.com










What's that? You already sent your holiday cards? Then take a gander at these festive and fun new year party invitations.







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Now at Zazzle: Folded Holiday Photo Cards

For you early birds out there, use the discount code CARDSNPOST13 before midnight October 30th to get 50% off your holiday cards and 10% off custom postage stamps.

I've been in the Christmas spirit for at least a third of the year so far which, while awkward for my spouse, is great news for you! Not only do I have a holiday card collection available at Minted I also have a brand new collection available in the 2birdstone Zazzle shop.


























The 2013 Holiday Card Collection at Minted has LAUNCHED!

While many of you were sitting poolside/seaside/barside with fruity drinks and cold beers many of us "computer artsy" folk huddled up to our screens, sweat dripping down our backs, perched under over-worked ceiling fans attempting to choke down hot cocoa while Burl Ives assailed our ear drums and tortured our spouses/roommates/partners/neighbors. Christmas always comes early for the stationer/illustrator/graphic designer and it's hard to "get in the spirit" but somehow we managed. 

Now that it is nearing the official first day of fall, there is a slight chill in the air, and pumpkin spice lattes are flowing in the 'Bucks -- it's officially time to show off all the hard work and design agony of the past two, four, err ... six months. Let me introduce you to  ::trumpets blasting, angels singing:: Minted's 2013 holiday card collection!!

Exclusively created by Minted's global community of independent designers, this year's batch is better than ever before. With a new assortment, Minted also launches real foil-pressed holiday cards! Your holiday card is sure to sparkle, shine, and standout from the rest with Minted's new, real foil-pressed cards! You can even see the shimmer using their "See It Move" feature.


Here are a few of my personal favorites but you're welcome to browse the many pages of top-notch design and find the "One" for you. 

(Plus, if you click my any of these affiliate links and then make a purchase you'll be well-ahead in the holiday spirit of giving by helping me earn a few bucks! Sounds like a win-win if you ask me.)

























Now for the self-plug and for my moms, here are my new designs for the 2013 season.









If you're just not feeling the holidays yet, fine. Have a gander at the awesome Halloween cards and party invitations. You can even get 15% off if you use the code SPOOKY2013. 

There, feeling better now? Good.

Quickfire Holiday Minibook and New Year Cards


The winners of Minted's last holiday challenge of the year have been announced and one of my New Year designs has been selected as an editor's pick. Yacht Club was lots of fun for me and really pushed my comfort zone with a more creative approach to typography. It's nice to be rewarded with an editor's pick and $100! The winners and other editor's picks are all beautiful, so if you never get around to sending that Christmas card don't despair. There are plenty of great designs for ringing in 2012!



Yacht Club was also selected as a runner-up in the special prize category of "Best Bold Typography Design." So I must be doing something right, right? See the rest of the very deserving special prize winners here.

Sending Good Cheer for 2011

A non-traditional holiday color to be sure but Pantone's 2011 color
of the year
, Honeysuckle, makes a joyful statement.


It's that time of year again! While the rest of the world enjoyed their summer drinking ice cold lemonade and thinking of sand and sun, the world's holiday card designers have locked themselves in their offices. Listening to holiday music and drinking hot cocoa (maybe wearing a woolly hat and scarf for added effect) they attempted to get into the holiday spirit to produce the coming season's best Christmas and holiday stationery designs.

I was lucky enough to have one of my designs selected for sale this season. Minted's Sending Good Cheer challenge was a huge one and produced the best holiday card assortment I've seen yet. "Christmas Cafe" was my best work thus far and one of those designs that just "happened" without much work or thought, it just came pouring out of my stylus and onto the screen. I remember the biggest issue I had with it was what kind of edge to use overlapping the photo, not my normal conundrum with typography. I was so excited about this particular design that I forced my poor husband to "come look!" over five times and each time he played along like a good sport.

So with great pride and a big, silly grin, I ask you to "come look!"


"Christmas Cafe" scored in the top 30 designs of nearly 2250 and was also selected as a runner-up in the special prizes categories of "Best Type-Driven Design" and "Best Retro or Vintage Design." See the rest of the very deserving special prize winners here.

Reinpet Inspiration Boards

For Minted's holiday launch they asked the designers to create inspiration boards for their holiday cards. This is the one they chose to feature on the site for Reinpet. I think it looks pretty good for my first try but be sure to look at all the other amazing boards!

[ 1. holding pinecones by PinkStock Photos via Flickr 2. green bows in a row by Stephen Nakatani via Flickr 3. merry christmas sign by Lauren Nelson via Flickr 4. pine bough via Inhabitots 5. entry decorations by Martha Stewart 6. green eyed cat by Jaroslaw Pocztarski via Flickr 7. lights and grass by Mike McCune via Flickr ]


This is the second one I did for Reindog in my initial red colorway (it's since been changed to a beet red).

[ 1. dog in roses by Noel Zia Lee via Flickr 2. candy canes by ShutterBugChef via Flickr 3. red velvet cake by Bakearella 4. arrow marquee by Urban Outfitters 5. dog wearing bow by Mirry via Flickr 6. red candles by Victoria Reay via Flickr 7. bone cookies via doggyinsider.com ]

Reindog on the Web

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a marked increase in the sales of my Minted.com design Reindog and it's variations: Reinpet, Reinpet + Family, and the Reindog Minibook. Obviously the approach of the holiday season means more and more people are making their holiday card purchases but in the past week my sales went from an average of 6 to 29!!! Hello, that's almost a 500% increase!

So I turned to my favorite method of investigation: Google. When I entered "reinpet + minted" I found that in the past couple weeks many blogs have been doing giveaways and one in particular, Twig & Thistle, featured the Reinpet design in their giveaway post. (Which you can still enter to win until Nov 16th) Woooot woot!


My search brought me to a blog I've not seen before (but promptly added to my feed reader) called Design Blahg. She also featured Reindog in her holiday card post with this awesome quote:

"The one place I've found where I kind of like these photo cards, IF you're gonna do em is on Minted.com. And also I guess this is mostly a ppl with kids kinda thing to do anyway. ONLY NOT! Check out this one, motherfuckers! [... image of card design ...] NOW THAT'S the kind of holiday card I can totes get behind!. It's a "Reindog Holiday Card!" I mean, I'm a friggin Jewy assed Jew and I still kinda want that thing for Oliver."


Hilarious! Clearly the pet market needed to be tapped and I'm lucky enough to have been the first one via the Minted design competitions.

Now the pressure is on to remain innovative and win more design challenges!