Minted Christmas cards + a giveaway!

16 November 2015

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Breanne, commenter number 47!

For as long as I can remember, Christmas cards have been a treasured part of my Decembers. I love the whole process — browsing potential designs, choosing a favorite, writing notes, receiving cards from loved ones, and displaying them in our home. I love that with so much sadness and darkness in the world, Christmas cards are a small reminder of the true light of the world. In fact, we still have Christmas 2014 cards pinned up in our kitchen because they make me so happy!

For the third year in a row we’ll be sending a Minted design, and I would love your help choosing a favorite!


1. Joy to the World Starbursts | 2. Wonder Filled | 3. More Joy | 4. Winter Brush Foil-Pressed | 5. Peaceful Pines

The wonderful Perry Vaile took a few photos of us for a Southern Weddings project earlier this year, and we’re so happy to have her talents gracing our card! The fall hues in the background lend themselves well to some of Minted’s mustard-y options this year — unexpected, but I like it!

I’m sure y’all are well aware of how amazing Minted’s offerings are. With their sophisticated design software, you can easily adjust your photo as well as the placement of all text elements, fonts, colors, and sizing. They also offer the most perfectly coordinated envelope designs, free envelope addressing, extra-thick stock, and custom card shapes!

BUT the thing I most wanted to highlight from Minted this year is their new completely custom art options! For example, send them your child’s drawing and they’ll print it either in letterpress or foil — what an amazing gift for grandparents!! I’ve said it before (here when they debuted their custom fabric), but this company continues to amaze me with their creativity and commitment to excellence. I am a forever fan for sure!


Now for the extra-fun part: I have a $200 Minted gift certificate to give away!! To enter, just comment below with either your favorite option from our Christmas card finalists, or the Minted design you’d most like to order for your family! (Or both!) I’ll randomly choose a winner next Monday! If you’re ready to get started, you can use code FOIL for a free foil upgrade or code JOY for 10% off orders of $100+.

P.S. Yes, our newsletter will be back! I’ve gotten many emails about this, so I wanted to say it here: I’m opening up three spots to design similar newsletters! $100 for a ready-to-print file, customized with your family’s stats and news. Email me at em (at) to reserve your spot or ask more questions!


Minted has graciously gifted us our Christmas cards, but I chose to write this post, and the opinions are my own! I have loved everything about Minted — especially their crowd-sourced designs — for many years, and I love sharing what they’re up to with y’all.

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November 16, 2015 7:20 am

I love option #4! And I’m smitten with the Ohio foil print!

November 16, 2015 7:33 am

I like #1 and #2, but I think #2 eeks out as the favorite for me because it alludes to your new adventure into parenthood. As always, every option is beautiful! :-)

Ashley Urbaitis
November 16, 2015 8:02 am

Option 4!

November 16, 2015 8:11 am

#3 is my favorite for you all! Love Minted!

November 16, 2015 8:18 am

I really like number 3!

Sarah r
November 16, 2015 8:26 am

Love the winter brush foil press!

November 16, 2015 8:35 am

i love option 1 because of what it says! It definitely will be a new year filled with wonder with little baby Thomas on the way :)

November 16, 2015 8:37 am

I love option 4! Your little baby bump makes for a super cute Christmas card! :)

November 16, 2015 8:38 am

Love #2!

November 16, 2015 8:52 am

Option #2 is my favorite! Such a sweet photograph of your growing family. I’ve been looking forward to your Christmas card posts for months :)

Bonnita Chazen
November 16, 2015 8:54 am

I love what option 2 says, but the colours in option 5 are my favourite. So bright and beautiful!

November 16, 2015 8:55 am

Option 2 is my favorite – the new year will definitely be filled with wonder for your family! This picture is adorable.

November 16, 2015 9:04 am

I think #2 is my favorite!

November 16, 2015 9:05 am

Wow, they’re all great options! I lean toward #2 or #4. I love the simplicity and “wonder” of #2 but adore the foil of #4. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

November 16, 2015 9:06 am

I love the sweet sentiments from 1 & 2! Love that pic of y’all, too! Now if only you were giving away a Perry Vaile as well ;)

November 16, 2015 9:22 am

I always love this post! I think number two is my favorite for your family this year :) They are all sweet and the picture is lovely!

November 16, 2015 9:23 am

Have a tough time picking a favorite, but I love #1!

Jesse R
November 16, 2015 9:32 am

I love #1 & #3 because you look so joyful in the photo that using the word “joy” seems appropriate! (#5 is also really resonating with me right now given the current news in the world.)

November 16, 2015 9:32 am

#4! I had no idea that Minted had added those options of personalized children’s art and fabric. Your newsletter is awesome!

November 16, 2015 9:32 am

I like #2! (I also like $200 from Minted)

November 16, 2015 9:33 am

I like 3! It captures your pregnancy and excitement. People love number 2 – but your year with wonder is NEXT year, not this year.

November 16, 2015 9:37 am

I like #4!!

Jenna Woodard
November 16, 2015 9:45 am

Number 2 is my favorite, but they’re all precious! Love minted!

Kate F.
November 16, 2015 9:49 am

While I love all of the designs, I LOVE #2 for you this year! Because it will be a new year filled with WONDER for your growing family!

November 16, 2015 9:55 am

Number 2’s message is a sweet fit for this year! (And… our cards may have a similar background this year!)

Katie Purnell
November 16, 2015 10:06 am

I’m going to go against the grain and say #1 for sure! Love it!

November 16, 2015 10:11 am

I’m all heart eyes for option 2. I love the simplicity of it!

November 16, 2015 10:13 am

Each year I look forward to your holiday card vote post…my choice is No. 2! We used Minted for he first time last year and I am a new forever fan, we got SO many compliments! :)

November 16, 2015 10:14 am

Love the “Joy” script card!! It’s beautiful and simple and fits perfectly in your picture!

November 16, 2015 10:20 am

One of my favorite holiday designs on Minted is More Joy! I can’t wait to put together our family holiday cards!

valerie sobus
November 16, 2015 10:24 am

number 2, definitely! it fits well with the picture of you guys (which is just perfect by the way).

November 16, 2015 10:35 am

#3 is my favorite! :)

November 16, 2015 10:46 am

I’m no help — I love 1, 2, and 4! 1 and 2 because of the joy on your faces and what a year of wonder it will be for you. And 4 because of its simplicity. I LOVE Minted’s newlywed options as a newlywed this year!

Jessica K
November 16, 2015 10:58 am

I like 1 and 2 for your card!

November 16, 2015 11:01 am

#4 or #2 get my vote! Cute pic!

November 16, 2015 11:06 am

I would go with the classic lines of #2. Because it is black and white your eyes are drawn to the colorful areas of the image, which is you and your hubs! I would also say #4, but the type blocks your cute bump.

November 16, 2015 11:15 am

Option 1!!!!

November 16, 2015 11:33 am

Number 2 for sure! It will certainly be a year of wonder with the new baby on the way!

November 16, 2015 11:36 am

#2 is my fave!! Think it’s perfect with your cute bump pic and all that’s to come next year!!

November 16, 2015 11:57 am

I like option 2 the best. Clean with a hint of future events. :)

November 16, 2015 11:58 am

Option #2!

Christen W.
November 16, 2015 12:10 pm

I like #1 especially with your upcoming year with a little one!

November 16, 2015 12:24 pm

#2. Hands down. Winner!!!! (Although they are all lovely!!!)

Kate W
November 16, 2015 12:38 pm

My favorite is #2 because of the special year this will be for you :)

November 16, 2015 1:08 pm

I love #3! It’s one of the designs I’m considering for my own cards, but I don’t think it will work with the picture we chose. I love how it looks with your picture, though, and your faces just exude joy! :)

November 16, 2015 1:20 pm

You’re so awesome to offer this giveaway, Emily. I love the “peace on earth” card above (just don’t forget to change the last name — ha!). It’s a beautiful message and shows off your bump! For my own family, I’m obsessed with Minted’s birth announcement holiday cards. To use your own term, we hit the holiday card jackpot this year by bringing a sweet babe in to our family. I’d love to use these cards to show him off:

November 16, 2015 1:22 pm

number #2 for sure! so clean and beautiful and hints at your baby on the way. perfect!

November 16, 2015 1:26 pm

I love #2 and #5! I love this post every year :)

Victoria B
November 16, 2015 1:51 pm

I love number 1! The picture and design and color really work well together!

November 16, 2015 1:54 pm

I love option 4! Your picture is adorable and you must be the cutest pregnant woman ever. And I too am a HUGE fan of Minted’s new custom offerings! I’ve been dying to get excerpts from our wedding vows printed in letterpress to hang side by side.