Minted Christmas cards + a giveaway!

4 November 2013

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! Congratulations to our randomly-selected winner, RachelC!

Y’all know I’m the last person to breeze right past Thanksgiving on the way to Christmas (I believe my opinions on appropriate holiday music start times are well-documented). However, it is definitely true that preparing in advance makes the season itself so much more enjoyable… which is why Christmas cards have been on my mind! I LOVED sending out our first photo cards last year, and am looking forward to doing so again. Sadly, I don’t think it’s socially acceptable to use another wedding photo, so 2013 will have a hard time beating 2012. But I’m willing to give it a try! We are of course using Minted again, and here are the top five designs we’re considering:

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We’re still deciding on a photo, but big thanks to our friends Graham and Meredith for these happy options!

1. Hand-Painted Branches | 2. Merry Scriptmas | 3. A Wonderful Life | 4. Merry and Bright Script | 5. Classic Merry

As usual, I’m loving the script and hand-lettered options! This year, I especially appreciated the ability to move almost every design element around in Minted’s software — it was so helpful when working with our photos. They also have some amazing foil-pressed options (I love this one, but it wasn’t a good fit with our photos) and lots of die-cut shapes.

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!

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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Meg
November 4, 2013 8:59 am

I love Minted’s cards, I use them every year as well! I’m torn between the “Joy” hand painted branches and the “Merry Scriptmas.” We are also in the first year of a non-wedding photo Christmas card, so it’s great to have some advice on how to do that!

Victoria B
November 4, 2013 9:05 am

I love Minted! I already ordered our Christmas cards from them and they are gorgeous! I love number 2 the best. It’s simple, effective, and beautiful!

Lindy
November 4, 2013 9:06 am

I love Minted!!! Of your choices, I am torn between #1 and #4. I love that “joy” font and think it looks great on your photo, but I also like when photos and text are separated like on #4. Can’t go wrong with any of them though!

November 4, 2013 9:09 am

Hi Em! I love 3 + 4, and I also love the photo of you and John. I’m not ordering Christmas cards, but I design calendars for my parents filled with favorite photos of moments captured throughout the year. I’ve been ordering them from Minted for the past couple years, and I will definitely be ordering from them again this year. Such a fun post!

Alexandra
November 4, 2013 9:14 am

I’m loving option #5 Classic Merry. The gold script font and close up photo is perfection!!

RachelC
November 4, 2013 9:28 am

These are adorable but I would have to vote for #4. So festive and fun!

Laura
November 4, 2013 9:32 am

I love the “Joy” card! Great photos!

Jennifer
November 4, 2013 9:34 am

I LOVE option no. 2!!! Beautiful and simple! But you really can’t go wrong with any of the options!

Kelley
November 4, 2013 9:51 am

This giveaway makes me happy! I would actually choose save the date postcards. I took my engagement pictures yesterday and have been stalking minted to decide which save the dates to order! I’m thinking the Prescott cards :)

Tia
November 4, 2013 9:59 am

I like 1 and 4.

1 is great because the picture of the two of you exudes purely Joy- which is so appropriate for the season.

Number 4 is great because I am a total sucker for b&w photos and I love the seasonal greeting in gold. Beautiful.

Minted is a great site- I have personal calling cards from them and I love handing them out. Hoping to use them this year for our first Christmas cards as a family of 3. :-)

Audrey
November 4, 2013 10:12 am

What a fantastic giveaway!! My favorite is number 5! I love the gold script!

November 4, 2013 10:25 am

Minted cards are my absolute favorite. I love #1 and the simple “joy,” but I wish there was a place for you to put your name and the date. Since there isn’t, i’d have to go with #3. I like how the white contrasts again the background colors of your photo.

I’m having the same issue with out Christmas card too!

Laura Renstrom
November 4, 2013 10:35 am

I love the Merry Scriptmas design! I’ve been considering that one as I prepare to send out my first Christmas card as a married couple!!

November 4, 2013 10:36 am

I love Minted! My vote is #4 or #5 for you. We’d love to send Christmas cards that showcase the fact that we’ve bought our first home – Minted has so many great options!

Kate W
November 4, 2013 10:38 am

I just got married this year and have been toying with te idea of using my wedding photos in a Christmas card and am SO glad you made this post. I am loving Its a Wonderful Life card. I think the sentiment would be perfection over our wedding photo. What a perfect way to sum up 2013 for us!

Katie L
November 4, 2013 10:57 am

Love #4!

November 4, 2013 10:58 am

I love Minted and have gotten our cards from there the last two years. I love #2! That’s the one I’ve been eyeing for our card this year…. just gotta get the right picture. :)

Whitley
November 4, 2013 11:06 am

Loving #1 and #5! Adore these Minted cards-as always!

November 4, 2013 11:52 am

I adore Minted cards, too – so many of their Christmas options are timeless yet stylish. I like the first option best for you all – the clothing colors/patterns really shine, and the Joy garland reminds me of your wedding invitations! But you really can’t go wrong with any of these gorgeous options, of course.

Jesse
November 4, 2013 11:55 am

I love #4!

I think the Merry & Bright script & message is perfect and I like the B&W photo to let the text stand out and to “cool” down the photo for the winter season. (This is coming from a New Englander though!)

Elizabeth
November 4, 2013 11:58 am

I vote #2! I need to start looking for Christmas card designs, so thanks for posting.

sarah
November 4, 2013 12:10 pm

Love selection number 5! They’re all great, but that is my favorite!

November 4, 2013 12:13 pm

I laughed out loud when I saw this post – I was perusing Minted’s holiday cards this morning and sent the template for #1 to our wedding photographer to find a photo that would fit well with that design, so my vote is definitely for the hand-painted branches! :) I love, love Minted and also love that one can tinker with the designs.

Emmascott
November 4, 2013 12:17 pm

Adorable! I love # 1 & #2!

Ann
November 4, 2013 12:18 pm

I like the top one with the word “Joy!” Simple and beautiful!! And I love your picture :)

Wehaf
November 4, 2013 12:25 pm

I love number 4 – the black and white makes it look more classic, I think.

November 4, 2013 1:16 pm

Love the design of number 2 {I’m a sucker for hand lettering too!}, and the black and white photo on number 4! So excited to be doing our first Christmas cards this year and would love to order them from Minted!

Shelby
November 4, 2013 1:30 pm

I always love your Minted posts! My favorites are 1 and 5. I love the pop and the vertical image of “Hand Painted Branches,” but I can never stay no to gold and script font like in “Classic Merry”

I love the image choice! Are y’all going to do another year in review this year??

Kathryn
November 4, 2013 1:33 pm

I love both 4 and 5!!!

Anna
November 4, 2013 1:33 pm

I love the black and white #4…cozy for the holiday season!

November 4, 2013 1:41 pm

I love number 1, the Joy one! It’s beautiful!

Kate
November 4, 2013 2:07 pm

I like #2!

Jessica K
November 4, 2013 2:44 pm

Number 4 and 5!!

Janessa
November 4, 2013 3:37 pm

Love # 5! :)

November 4, 2013 3:49 pm

I love the design of #3, but I also really live the picture in B&W on #4. Can’t wait to choose my Minted Christmas cards again this year!

November 4, 2013 3:57 pm

I literally just ordered our Christmas card from Minted, but I just had to say how uncanny it is that for the past two years we have picked the same designs as options for our cards! I love your blog and have followed it since 2011…I think you’re rubbing off on me;) Thank you for your constant inspiration! I’m a fan of numbers 1 and 3. Happy Holidays!

Leslie
November 4, 2013 3:57 pm

I was just looking at Minted options last night for our holiday cards.

I like #4 the best.

Meg
November 4, 2013 4:41 pm

Love Minted cards and the fact that you can upload your picture later if you don’t have it when you are ready to purchase!
My vote is number 5!

Wanda
November 4, 2013 4:56 pm

I think the text in #1 is my favorite, but I really like the image of you two in #’s 4/5 the most. However, you can’t really go wrong because they are all pretty adorable :)

November 4, 2013 5:16 pm

You guys are the cutest. I really like number 1 because I think “joy” is perfect for the two of you. I also agree with a few other comments that number 4 is wonderful design. We are hoping to combine our baby birth announcement (!) and Christmas card this year – we would love to splurge on a foil option (the Twinkle Twinkle is my favorite) but I love so many of their cards! xoxo

Megan
November 4, 2013 5:20 pm

I love The Wonderful Life option, I think it’s perfect for celebrating hour first year of marriage.

Kristin
November 4, 2013 5:23 pm

#3!

Cassie B
November 4, 2013 6:06 pm

#3! :-) I voted for the same wording last year. I think it really embodies the holidays.

Whitney G.
November 4, 2013 6:21 pm

I LOVE #2. I like how crisp the white looks against the green leaves. Such a cute card! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!

Kate E.
November 4, 2013 6:29 pm

I love love love #3, but i don’t think there is a bad one in the bunch!

Emily R
November 4, 2013 7:25 pm

I like option #2 best, it’s classic!

Rob
November 4, 2013 7:39 pm

Can’t pick, they all look good!

Cassandra
November 4, 2013 8:03 pm

I love A WONDERFUL LIFE–we may use this one for ourselves this year, capping off our first year of marriage.

November 4, 2013 8:25 pm

I love #2 & #5!

November 4, 2013 8:33 pm

Oh, you guys are too cute! If you want to pretend that you own a spastic black lab, I can send along another photo for an option #5 :)