I admit that I dont purchase Christmas cards every year. Although I take year round pictures of my kids, and I love to show them off via this blog and Facebook, when it comes time for Christmas I get incredibly busy and before I know it, Thanksgiving has passed and I am justifying not doing it till “next” year.
Basically, it never happens.
This year I was bound and determined to not only order something on time, but to get it into the mail before January 1st.
Clearly there are many printing and card companies on the Internet that you could choose from and many will have something unique you may be looking for, but I wanted to introduce you to Minted.com and what makes them special. Unlike many holiday card websites, you don’t get just one static look to choose from yearly.
Minted is very different in that they invite designers in on a consistent basis, hold design challenges, and the community, (that’s you) votes on which designs to sell to the public. This means there are 100s of varieties of holiday cards, Christmas cards, baby announcements, and even customized journals, all with fresh new designs that make it a website that you can visit at any time of the year for new and unique ideas.
We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of indie designers that people may not have access to through traditional retailers. Our goal is to use technology to allow our community to discover the work of great designers from all over the world. And at the same time, create a place where designers can get exposure and build their careers.
Minted holds monthly design challenges for stationery, invitations, calendars, and other categories and all graphic designers are invited to enter. The Minted community selects the best designs in a highly competitive process, which gives us a top selection of the freshest, finest cards in the world. Winning designers earn cash prizes, a place in the Minted collection, and commissions on all sales of their designs.
While looking through the mass amount of cards, I could tell a clear difference in designers work and it made the choices far from mundane.
In fact, it made it downright difficult to choose just one.
For my cards, I was really looking for something special. Two things really struck me as interesting and custom for my needs. First, they carried mini photo book cards. Check them out…cute, right?
And they carried “Yearline” cards, which broke down a timeline of your year to take your card from just a picture greeting, to a personal and informational way to share with friends and family important events in your life during the year:
Ultimately I fell in love with the design below, and used their personalization tool to create my card and then customize the envelopes, add a matching liner, and purchase matching labels (I didn’t focus on a holiday label). Here will be my holiday cards for the year (this is a screenshot of the online personalization tool, the actual card hasn’t arrived yet):
Custom Matching Envelopes; I picked the color and added a liner:
And I felt really good that I was able to support a designer and a small business at the same time with my purchase.
So head over, add a picture to the “Design Fast” area and look at your shot in a variety of cards at once, or just meander around and check out the lovely choices and individually test them with your shots. Either way, dont be me and push it till the last second.
To get you started, Minted has provided me with a discount code you can use to receive a 10% off your holiday cards:
Have you ordered your cards yet this year?
Disclosure: minted.com provided me with a code to share with my readers and one to facilitate this article and test out their product lines