We got our infamous Christmas cards in the mail today! I can't wait to show you guys, but I have to wait until we send out all of our cards before I show the photo online because we like to keep our card photo under lock and key in order to surprise our family and friends. However, I wanted to tell you all about my card ordering process and show you some of my favorite designs.
We have ordered cards from a different place every year. I like to try out the different companies and maybe one day I can decide on who I like the best. Last year I fell in love with Minted's designs but we hadn't budgeted enough to order our cards from there. They are pretty expensive, but the designs and paper quality are top-notch. So I warned Sheldon last year that this year I wanted to order from Minted.
A rookie mistake I made the first year we did our chrismas card photo was that I didn't look at card designs before we took the photo. Our card photos are always really elaborate so if we don't make the photo fit the design we want to use it just won't look right or it will end up cropping an area we need in the photo. I had an idea of the photo we wanted to take and what we wanted it to say. There is fire involved in the photo so I wanted something that said warm wishes. My only slight complaint from using the Minted website is that the search function would work great if they named their designs by what they said on them (some are, some aren't). I pretty much had to just browse through all the designs to find what I wanted. This actually worked out for the better because I got to see all the cool designs Minted has for future cards.
These are some of my favorite designs: (click on the photo to go to the design page on Minted's website)
Something that I have found unique about Minted is that they have soo many options for the cards: Flat, folded, cropped (in various designs), different colored envelopes, pre-addressed, labels... seriously everyting. You'll pay for these options, but they actually have the options so you can get the exact card you are envisioning. Something else that I liked and even decided to use, some of the card designs have postcard options available, since you don't have to pay for envelopes these are cheaper. We decided to get these to give to people at work and friends we wouldn't probably mail cards to that way they don't get messed up by mailing just a postcard, but we could save a little money by getting 50 of each desing instead of 100 of the flat cards with envelopes.
As I said, we got our cards in the mail today and let me tell you, they were worth every penny! The paper is gloriously thick and the printing is flawless. We ordered silver envelopes and they are beautiful. I will make sure to post photos as soon as we send out all of the cards.
So funny story, the day after I ordered my cards I had an e-mail from a wonderful person at Minted who didn't know that I had ordered cards already and wanted to know if I would do a review of their designs in exchange for some free cards. Since I love their designs and had already ordered I said "yes, defintely." I rarely accept offers as you know. Since I was gifted some free holiday cards for this review I would like to order more of our cards to be able to send to my lovely readers. I did this last year and could only afford to send out ten or so. So this year, if you would like a card from us, please send your mailing address to my e-mail dana (at) craftyminx (dot) com. Please put christmas card address in the subject line. I will have to cut it off at 50 so if you want one e-mail me soon!
Make sure you check out all the dsigns on Minted if you are in the market for photo cards this year.
P.S. We're doing great! The house is coming along and I feel like I can start blogging again. It will be more librarian and bookish stuff until I get the craft studio put back together, but I miss you guys so I'll try to start blogging weekly to start back in the swing of things.