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Holiday Card Ideas and Trends

October 26, 2015

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Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

Hey y'all!  It's the time of year when I start searching for my Christmas cards.  Now, before you start thinking that I am super on top of things, let me ASSURE you that I am not.  I have piles of laundry waiting for me at the moment, among many, many other things.  But I love finding the perfect Christmas card and since we always have family photos taken in early fall during our annual beach trip, I am lucky to be ready to order mine early every year.  I like to send them out right after Thanksgiving :)

Over the past 5 years, I have ordered Christmas cards from all of the most popular online companies and by far my favorite ones have come from Minted.  I definitely prefer matte card stock cards, which other companies offer, but their paper is SO thin compare to what Minted offers.  Minted is known for its high-quality paper and printing. Minted’s Signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture.  You can also choose 100% recycled paper, Pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer, DoubleThick paper or even TripleThick paper.  

What is even cooler is that Minted is a design marketplace. Minted sources creative content from a global community of independent artists, then sell the best content to people like you and me.  As a creative person myself, I love that Minted gives independent artists a platform to sell their beautiful work.

These photos won't do it justice, but this was our Minted Christmas card from last year.  You can't see how thick and smooth the paper is.  And I love that you can include a design on the back of your card for only a little bit more–I always select that option because I am too wordy not to include a longer message on our cards.  The cards are so, so pretty in person!

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

So WHERE I order from is an easy decision.  What style to order, however, is much harder to decide upon!  Since I figured many of you may struggle to decide on a holiday card ideas, I thought it would be fun to talk about four of my favorite trends in holiday cards!  So, let's do it!  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Click on any card you love to head to Minted for more details!

  • Brushstrokes:  Brushstrokes are everywhere this does not seem to be a trend that is going to fade out any time soon. Brushstrokes have the look of being hand painted, often in watercolor.  They are casual, but pretty and are lovely on holiday cards.

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

  • Hand letteringHand lettering in another super hot trend right now, and it's easy to understand why.  Hand lettering offers the feel of a personal touch, as compared to traditional typography.  Our card from last year included beautiful hand lettering.  The cards below also show beautiful examples of hand lettering.

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

  • Foil PressedFoil pressed cards use a special kind of printing process that uses heat, pressure, and foil to create a slightly raised and shimmery impression.  Foil pressed accents are beautiful in their simplicity, and kind of serve as that perfect piece of jewelry for your holiday cards.  The cards below shows just how stunning foil accents can be on a card.

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

  • ChalkboardSome say the chalkboard trend is over, but I think it's still going strong!  I love how perfectly homespun but classy and chic chalkboard cards are.  And the black backdrop sets off photos beautifully because of all striking contrast.  I love this chalkboard holiday card.

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

And if photo cards aren't your thing, check out this chalkboard beauty.

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

So which trend is your favorite?  I am having SO MUCH trouble deciding on my Christmas cards this year, but I have narrowed it down to two and hope to decide and place my order this week!

I was fortunate enough to be provided with free product from Minted in exchange for this post. But rest assured that we formed our glowing opinion of Minted holiday cards before ever receiving any free product!   As always, I would never recommend something I do not truly love! 

Absolutely love these holiday card ideas! Read this before you order your Christmas cards this year!

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  1. What a great looking family. Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday. Hope you join us again this week.

  2. I love all of these trends, but I think my favorite is the brush strokes :) Thanks for the trend tips! (I found this on DIY inspired link party!)

  3. Katie says:

    Great post – I really enjoy designing my family’s Christmas card every year, too. I have never tried Minted, usually just do Walmart, but we did a chalkboard design card last year as well. Turned out really cute. I thin it’s so nice to send a family picture to friends and family every year at the holidays. I may try that foil print this year……found you at the Fluster Buster Creative Muster :)

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