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.

129 Responses to “Minted Christmas cards + a giveaway!”

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

  2. Melanie

    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! :-)

  3. Ashley Urbaitis

    Option 4!

  4. Pressley

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

  5. Sabrina

    I really like number 3!

  6. Sarah r

    Love the winter brush foil press!

  7. 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 :)

  8. Kate

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

  9. Hales

    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 :)

  10. Bonnita Chazen

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

  11. RachelM

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

  12. Natalie

    I think #2 is my favorite!

  13. Megan

    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!

  14. Mary

    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 ;)

  15. Samantha

    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!

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

  17. Jesse R

    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.)

  18. Elizabeth

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

  19. Kate

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

  20. Monica

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

  21. Jenna Woodard

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

  22. Kate F.

    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!

  23. Marget

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

  24. Katie Purnell

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

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

  26. 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! :)

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

  28. Julia

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

  29. valerie sobus

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

  30. Megan

    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!

  31. Jessica K

    I like 1 and 2 for your card!

  32. Natalie

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

  33. Sheryl

    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.

  34. Kristy

    Option 1!!!!

  35. SK

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

  36. Lindy

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

  37. Susanna

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

  38. Stephanie

    Option #2!

  39. Christen W.

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

  40. Winny

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

  41. Kate W

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

  42. Kate

    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! :)

  43. 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:

  44. Breanne

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

  45. Whitley Gaffney

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

  46. Victoria B

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

  47. Sarah

    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.

  48. Laura Crowther

    I really like number 4; I can’t resist that gold foil!! :)

  49. shelby

    #3! You both just scream joy so it’s fitting :)

  50. Dori

    Hi Emily! I really love #3 for you guys!

  51. Laura

    Number 2 is my favorite!

  52. Ali

    Number 2 is my favorite! :)

  53. Lea Anna

    I’m partial to #2

  54. Elizabeth

    My favorite is option #4!

  55. Megan

    I love number 1 and 2 because it ties in your little one! We just had a baby and I’d love to use design number 2.

  56. Maria D.

    My vote is #1 or #4! My fiancé and I just sent save-the-dates from Minted and our wedding guests have been incredibly impressed with the quality. I was over the moon with how they turned out, and must admit I originally found the idea to use Minted on this blog. :)

  57. Devin

    I vote for number 5, but they’re all great!

  58. Julie

    I like #5 best!

  59. Michelle

    I love “Wonder Filled.” I think it perfectly expresses the exciting things in store for your family in 2016!

  60. Janessa

    Option 2 for your little gal :)

  61. Wanda

    I love this photo of you two & I love #2 (not only because it is similar to “Wanda”). I think the white and black of the text compliment you and John more than the mustard ones AND I love the promise of the “Wonder” of this new little lady in your lives!

  62. Emily R

    Love #2! We are expecting also and I may have to use that one!

  63. Elisa Gruss

    I think #3 is a great fit! and I love their textured pine postcards. Thanks!

  64. Courtney K.

    Option 4 – classic and pretty! Love Minted!

  65. Kate

    I love the winter brush foil dressed (your #4), although all your choices are great. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  66. Zoe

    I love 2 and 3. Both fit so beautifully with the little one on the way.

  67. Katie

    I think #1 is perfect for you this year!

  68. Carrie

    Love love option number 1!

  69. Hanna

    Minted has such beautiful cards! For yours I like #4. I also had my eye on the Cheer Triangle design.

  70. Samantha

    First off, what an adorable photo this is! I’d have to say I’m at a toss up between cards 3 and 4. I love the gold foil of 4 but the large lettering of “joy” in 3 is so happy to look at! :)

  71. Hannah

    I love #1, 2, & 4 – but to pick a favorite, I’ll go with #4 because you can never go wrong with a simple design and then add your own personalized note on the back :) I’ve been browsing Minted for a few weeks and have narrowed the bunch to several designs! Our Christmas card pick is still TBD!

  72. Kelly E.

    I love number 2 the most, but I also think option 4 keeps in line with the style of card you sent last year, so…both are great options! Thank you for the opportunity to win. :)

  73. Meg

    I love #4, the gold foil is lovely!

  74. Tia

    I vote option 2. I love the idea of “a new year full of wonder” relating to your big upcoming life event (ya baby!!) and also wishing people good things for the new year. Add in Merry Christmas and it’s the perfect holiday card, in my opinion. :-)

  75. Ana

    I love the mustard tones! #1 and 4!

  76. Ann

    I love number 1!!
    Beautiful picture :)

  77. Ann

    #2! Followed by #5. But they are all great.

  78. Abigail

    I like the nice & simple Merry Holiday design!

  79. D Schmidt

    Visited the site and my favorite design is the Merry Holiday by Erin Deegan

  80. Katie B

    I am a total sucker for the foil pressed cards! I love number 4. I’ve been eying that one for our card, too :) Thanks for sharing!

  81. #2 has my vote! I love the message paired with your growing family’s photo. So sweet! Happy holidays.

  82. Gillian

    #2 is my favorite because it highlights this special stage of life you are at. My husband and I are also expecting our first child this January. :) I love Christmas cards, but I don’t think we are sending them this year b/c we are putting that money aside for Minted birth announcements the following month. I already have a few layouts chosen. Now to wait and see if we’ll be surprised with a little girl or boy.

  83. Claire

    Hi Emily! I love minted and am planning to use them for my fiance and I’s wedding invites! The Sandstone design :)

  84. Alyssa S

    I love #2! So cute and fun. Different than other cards I’ve seen. I love Minted!

  85. Erin

    Love option #4 and love Minted!!

  86. Stephanie

    I like #3. Thanks!

  87. I think #4 is my favorite, but it’s a tough call! I honestly don’t think you could go wrong, especially with such a cute picture!

    xo Olivia |

  88. Rebecca Sweeney

    Hi Em! I’d love #3 in gold foil (on Minted’s site) or #4! Thanks for this giveaway!:)

  89. Laura M.

    I love number 2! It’s the perfect sentiment for all your new adventures on the horizon.

  90. Jamie

    I vote #5! Love them all!!

  91. Lauren

    I like number 3.

  92. 2 or 4! The photo is fabulous so you can’t go wrong. Can’t wait to see next years card with a new smiley baby girl face on it! xo!

  93. Dianne Hall

    I love the Joy to the World card :)

  94. Kenny

    Oh wow #4 all the way!!! love it

  95. Denise Konkel

    1 & 4 are my favorites..but they are all cute.

  96. Colleen

    All of your cards are beautiful, but my favorite is #4! :)

  97. Meredith

    They are all great, but #2 is my favorite!

  98. Whitney W

    I love #2 in combo with your picture, but I adore the saying on #5!

  99. For you I vote #4 – love gold foil! For us, I picked out the Christmas Dream Holiday Photo Card! Love it!

  100. FRANZI F

    Definetly your #2 – your two bright smiles are the highlight of this b&w design. Good luck with your choice!

  101. EMILY

    #4, the winter brushed foil-pressed are lovely and will stand out from other Christmas cards people receive. I’m looking at foil-pressed save the dates on Minted, as I’m newly engaged.

  102. gary

    Loving number 5

  103. bill

    #2 is very nice

  104. Nicki Joseph

    number 4 :)

  105. Bethany

    I really like #2 – it makes sense, with your new arrival coming in the New Year!

    As for myself, I got married in May and would LOVE to send out Christmas cards with a photo from our wedding, but it looks like money will be tight this Christmas. Here’s hoping I win! :)

  106. Susan D.

    I love #2 especialy

  107. Jamie Loomis

    You can’t go wrong with any of these choices but love number 2. The sweet message puts it at the top of the list!

  108. Amy

    #2 is my favorite!

  109. Elizabeth Garcia

    I love card option #5! I have been looking into using Minted for our Christmas cards, first ones a husband and wife! yay!

  110. Laura

    Love option 3! It works so well with your beautiful photo!

  111. Danielle

    Option #2 as it speaks to your year ahead with a newborn!

  112. Beth Joyce

    I love that golden mustardy color in #1 and #5!!! If I were pressed to pick just one, I think I’d choose #5 as my favorite.
    That’s such a great picture…you can’t go wrong with any of those!
    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  113. I love #4, it is so pretty and that foil is perfect for the holidays! I’m obsessed with all of the Minted foil pressed cards this year! Love that cute photo as well!

  114. Tonya

    Love number three! They’re all adorable though :)

  115. Megan

    LOVE Wonder!! #2

    We always enjoy your Christmas cards!! Ours this year will be combined with baby & probably in reality, the New Year!!

  116. Gotta say I love #2. And goodness I love Minted! Those custom art prints are amazing! I think my favorite for sure is the kids drawing made into gold foil. Pure magic.

  117. Liz

    I love the it’s a wonderful life design