Every year, Mark and I order holiday cards to send to our friends and family. Last year, I used Tiny Prints, but this year I decided to go with Minted, one of my favorite online stationary resources. I've always enjoyed scrolling through Minted's stationary and art selections, but it wasn't until my close friend Whitney over at Hey Whitney shared her holiday cards that I decided to go ahead and order our own.
(P.S. Her cards were even cuter in person. Kudos to her for getting her hubs to pose for holiday photos. Mine would have probably run away screaming.)
I couldn't stop drooling over Minted's gold foil card options. There are so many adorable, holly-jolly designs-- it was really hard to pick just one. I found myself thinking "Hmmm... well we could do Christmas cards and New Years cards." But no one wants to be that couple... I mean, come on, everyone would hate us if we did that. No offense if you do both; good for you for being that organized. I, however, am not.
I was beyond thrilled with our cards when they arrived in the mail. I chose one of my favorite photos of Mark and me. My photographer friend Sarah snapped a few impromptu photos of us when we visited the Schifferstadt Museum here in Frederick last October. The three of us were standing in the house's large side lawn when the sun decided to beam through the trees in that oh-my-gosh-this-is-perfect way. I feel like this photo is such a rarity for us. Bless our hearts, but my husband and I do not always photograph well. I mean, we're not ogres, but neither of us enjoys posing in front of the camera. It's a miracle if we both manage to smile and look in the same direction at the same time. So when I saw this picture, I was beyond happy with it. I don't know how, but somehow Sarah managed to capture a lot of emotion in one little image.
Mailing holiday cards is without a doubt one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. As cheesy as it sounds, I always fix myself a cinnamon-y hot chocolate, turn on some Christmas carols, and get to work stamping, writing, and sealing. As a society, we've really moved away from snail mail, but there's still something so special about receiving letters in the mail. It shows that you took a moment to stop and think of someone else. Plus, it's just so festive and fun.
Oh and are you wondering how many ways I can style my holiday cards? Well, here's yet another flatlay to prove that I can, in fact, style them four ways:
I highly recommend ordering your holiday cards through Minted. Their designs are truly unique and good quality. Don't worry-- there's still time to get your card order in before Christmas. Right now, Minted is offering free expedited shipping using code SHIP at checkout. Shop their Express Service Holiday Cards for an adorable design that will still arrive on time. Don't miss out!
Patina & Purl is a member of Minted's affiliate program so affiliate links have been used throughout this blog post. If you do purchase your holiday cards via one of these links, I will receive a small commission. However, the opinions expressed here are truly my own-- I really love my cards!