*Disclaimer: I was asked to write this post by Minted.com in exchange for a product credit. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
My Love Affair with Christmas Cards
Sometimes the festivities of the holiday season are a little too much for me, but one thing that I do love is sending and receiving Christmas cards.
Although some have opted to forego this holiday tradition, I still follow it with zeal. I consider it an important way to connect with those that you know during this special time of the year, to let them know that you are thinking of them, and share a little of what is going on in your life.
Reach Out and Touch Them At Least Once a Year
For some family members, friends, and business associates, the exchanging of holiday cards may be the only form of communication that you have with them throughout the year. I enjoy taking advantage of this opportunity to stay in touch.
Another aspect that I love about sending holiday cards is the opportunity to express creativity. I used to send boxed cards and once in a while, I still do, but with today’s technology, there are countless opportunities to express yourself in more customized ways. You can design your own card and use your own photos. Each year, I find it exciting to design our Christmas card that expresses something about us or that we want to say.
Unless you have an endless holiday budget, it may not be possible to buy gifts for everyone you know. But another thing I love about Christmas cards is that they are a relatively inexpensive way to wish them the season’s best.
Creative Holiday Card Options from Global Independent Designers
If you are like me and look for unique and creative holiday cards to send each year, I want to share a website that I learned about a few years ago. Minted.com is a website that offers paper goods, including cards, invitations, announcements, journals, art prints, and party decor.
What’s unique about Minted.com is that their designs are crowd-sourced from independent artists around the globe. This online marketplace features the best designs, which ensures that you will have access to products that are distinctive and high quality.
And speaking of quality, Minted is known for its premium paper and printing. Minted’s signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture, and has been optimized for photo printing. You can also choose 100% recycled paper; pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer; double-thick paper or even triple-thick paper. Minted also offers postcards, ornament cards ,and 8 unique die-cut shapes. A variety of backer options allow you to add additional photos, text, and customization options to your holiday card. Get started today by checking out their 2016 holiday card collection.
Collaborate with Independent Designers to Create the Perfect Christmas Card
Wondering what trends to expect in holiday cards for 2016? According to Minted’s community of independent artists, expect to see plenty of midnight blues, graphic black & white, botanical wreaths, and glittery foil on holiday cards this year. Among this year’s top trends are real foil-pressed holiday cards in gold, silver, and rose gold and photo letterpress cards featuring the luxurious look and feel of letterpress paired with unique inks and vibrant colors.
Short on time and patience? Minted.com makes ordering your holiday cards quick and easy with their FREE concierge address book service. You simply send them your addresses in any format, from envelopes to lists, and they will build out your Minted Address Book. All holiday cards are available with matching custom stamps, envelope designs, and FREE recipient addressing. Save time and make your holiday card beautiful from the inside out.
Support Artistic Design as You Send Season’s Greetings
If you believe in supporting independent artists and want to celebrate and spread the news about their work, ordering from Minted.com is a great way to do so. Minted’s assortment of stationery, art, home décor, and digital offerings is constantly expanding as Minted grows its artist community and hosts ongoing challenges. Interested in submitting your own designs for consideration? Check out their current Design Challenges where you can submit a design, Minted.com fans vote, and Minted.com sells the winning designs.
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