This post is sponsored by Minted
I know, I know. You’re thinking: what? It’s not too late for Holiday Cards? Is she nuts?
Well, maybe. But not because of that. It’s not too late for holiday cards because there’s always another holiday! Forgot to send out ChristKwanHan cards? No worries. Send a little love for Valentines Day.
Better yet, send a little love for no reason at all.
When my kids were small, I spent FOREVER making holiday cards like, dragging and cutting and pasting in PrintMaker (remember them?) And since I have virtually NO talent in the visual arts (even my stick figures are lousy), they came out looking like this:
Luckily, I was saved by the incredible cuteness of my kids. (weren’t they adorable when they were small?) Then, I discovered MINTED. No longer did it take hours on end to make a beautifully designed card.
I just picked one of the bazillions (I think that’s the official number) of choices, many by indie designers, on Minted, add my own photos, and voila. Done.
Now, even though my kids are no longer little cuties (they’re teenagers, hardly the “awww” inspiring age) I can still send a photo card that looks great. Customizing font, color, putting photos on the inside or not, on the back or not. It’s all kinds of awesome. And so easy there’s no reason not to do it for Valentines Day. for Easter or even for no reason at all. You can even do Wedding Invitations, along with their latest, Save the Date – including free addressing. (Bar Mitzvah, Wedding? You NEED to send one of these)
Minted is more than just cards, they’re a marketplace for independent artists, selling framed artwork, housewares, fabric. Like this photo gift, by an artist named Heather Francisco, in Seattle. How adorable is that?
Or these uber-designer looking party supplies. (you can even order them and claim to have made them yourself – hey, if you customize with a photo, you sort of did!)
You’ll get great design, and you’ll be supporting independent artists. I like it.
Look, I’m all for social media, and emails and virtual this that and the other — but nothing says “thoughtful” like a beautifully designed card, printed on high quality paper, snail-mailed to your home. Come on, admit it, getting snail mail – – real snail mail, not junk mail or bills — is kind of a thrill. Always has been.
Imagine the thrill if it wasn’t at the “normal” holiday time. If you sent a card Just because.
This year, I sent these, from Minted (and BEFORE they contacted me to write this post)
See? Told you Minted could make even my lack of artistic skill into something awesome.