DIY: Indigo Dip-Dyed Business Cards

We might be living in a digital world, but paper business cards are still a vital part of networking, so it’s important that yours are memorable. These hand-dip-dyed cards are striking and simple to make—perfect for new college grads hoping to stand out from the pack.

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

Letting your guests know you appreciate them is one of your most important responsibilities as newlyweds—a simple, heartfelt thank you will mean so much to your guests. Here are eight creative and unexpected ways to thank your loved ones for being a part of your wedding day.

1. Have your photographer snap a picture of you and your groom holding a fun thank-you sign; after the wedding, turn the photo into a custom thank-you card to mail to guests.

Creative ways to thank your wedding guests

2. Display your thank-you message in a prominent spot where all your guests will see it, like at the entrance to the reception.

3. Another clever way to thank your guests: Print your message on the cocktail napkins—guests will see it once they hit the bar for their first drink.

4. This couple hand-wrote letters to each guest thanking them for attending their wedding (perfect if you’re having a small, more intimate celebration). The letters were displayed at each guest’s place setting at the reception.

5. For your parents, we love the idea of framing a handful of your favorite wedding portraits for them to display at home.

Wedding Ideas: Creative Ways to Say Thank You

6. Wedding favors are a small token of your appreciation, so make sure the packaging expresses your thanks.

7. Don’t forget to properly thank your wedding-party VIPS: For bridesmaids, give them a cute clutch (something they’ll definitely use again) loaded with all the essentials, like lip gloss, sparkly nail polish, bobby pins, hair ties, and tissues.

8. For the guys? Give ’em something they really want, like a hand-rolled cigar to enjoy with the rest of the boys at the reception.

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


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DIY: Print-It-Yourself Wood and Vellum Wedding Invitations

Minted’s new Print-It-Yourself wedding invitations and RSVP cards are a lovely, wallet-friendly option for your wedding stationery—you’ll receive a personalized invitation design (for just $50!), which you can print yourself at home, on whatever type of paper or material you like. Plus, there are so many ways to add an extra, personal touch to the pieces and this rustic, wood-and-vellum idea is one of our favorites, especially if you’re having a more casual or alfresco celebration.

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All of the following ideas feature:
Print-It-Yourself invitation and RSVP (works best with designs with a white background; this one is “Sweet Berries” by Olivia Raufman for Minted)
Vellum paper, onto which you will print your invitation and RSVP designs, then trim to correct size
Birch wood veneer cut into 5″ x 7″ pieces

Idea #1: Tied with Twine

1/16″ hole punch
Mini glue dots


1. Place one glue dot on each of the four corners of the wood veneer sheet and line up the vellum-printed invitation on top.

2. Near the top, punch two holes about 1″ apart from each other and tie a bow in the center with twine.

Idea #2: Gold Fasteners

• 1/16″ hole punch
• Mini gold fasteners
• Mini glue dots (optional)


1. Lay the vellum-printed invitation over the wood veneer sheet. Hold the card in place (or place glue dots) and punch a hole in each of the four corners.

2. Place your fasteners through the holes and split the legs to fasten them in place.

Idea #3: Tied with Ribbon

• 1/8″ hole punch
• Ribbon
• Mini glue dots


1. Place one glue dot on each of the four corners of the wood veneer sheet and line up the vellum-printed invitation on top.

2. Punch two holes about 1.5″ apart from each other, centered from the top.

3. With the design facing up, weave one end of the ribbon through each hole. Flip the invitation over and repeat, weaving each end of the ribbon back through again, through the opposite hole.

4. Trim the ribbon ends if necessary and use glue dots to affix them in place.

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DIY: Baby Shower Favor

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

When it comes to baby shower favors, we like to give little gifts with a lot of meaning, like these simple and sentimental fabric-wrapped votives. The candles are meant for guests to light once they get word mama is in labor and baby is on its way. This way, your loved ones can send their love and light to you both during delivery.

This DIY project is quick and easy to make: We paired Minted’s “Dotted Diamond” fabric with green yarn to keep the shower theme gender-neutral and modern, but you could use pink or blue ribbon to complement your party’s color scheme or the baby’s gender.

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DIY: Fabric-Wrapped Bouquet

Spring is the perfect time to give fresh flowers since they’re so lush and abundant right now. Here’s a quick way make a simple grocery store bouquet a lot more special.

how to wrap flowers

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DIY: How to Make Mini “Naked” Cakes

Spring flowers are blooming left and right, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a fun (and inexpensive!) dessert adorned in spring blooms? “Naked” (a.k.a. unfrosted) cakes are huge right now—I’ve created several variations and today, I wanted to share an easy tutorial on making miniature versions of this popular dessert. Once you’re done baking and assembling the mini cakes, decorate them with your favorite spring blossoms!

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Design to Dish: Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

pineapple cake mini whipped cream cupcakes “Pining for Pineapple” print by Joni Tyrrell; Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes (recipe below)

Pineapples had a very big year in 2014—the tropical fruit popped up on everything from clothing and home décor to party goods and wall art. It felt like not a single day went by without someone blogging about pineapples or sharing a pineapple-themed DIY project. Whether or not this pineapple trend will continue this year is debatable, but regardless, pineapples will always be popular in the kitchen.

Pineapple upside-down cake is an old-school favorite, it’s been a kitchen classic for over 50 years! These mini versions have all of the sweet, brown sugary goodness of the original, packed into a cute, single-serving size. They’d look great on a dessert table and the recipe makes enough to feed a crowd.

mini pineapple upside-down cupcakes

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DIY: Retro Paint Can Favors (with printable)

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Inspired by retro packaging designs, these printable labels are designed to fit mini paint cans that you can buy online. If your child’s next birthday bash will involve paints and palettes, fill these with pint-sized art supplies so guests can keep the creativity going at home. Or, if the paint’s finally dry in your new home, fill these with tasty treats for a clever housewarming favor. However you choose to use these, let the party begin!

Keep reading to download the printable and see full instructions


Roundup: Artful Easter Eggs

Written by Olivia Kanaley

This time of year, egg decorating becomes an art form all its own. There are still a couple days before Easter, which means there’s still plenty of time to take an ordinary egg from mundane to masterpiece with one of these inspired ideas from around the web.

1. Avant-garde // Sweet Paul Magazine
2. Dip-dyed // Oh Joy
3. Indigo // tuts+
4. Gilded // Freutcake
5. Typographic // Lovely Indeed
6. Marbled // Varpunen

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Get to Know: Minted Artist Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia

It’s our birthday! Minted turns seven this week and, to celebrate, we’re featuring a series of blog posts dedicated to the ins and outs of our company, customers, and artists.

Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia, who lives in San Francisco, has been a part of our Minted artist community since the very beginning (she joined in June 2008, right after the company launched). Since then, she’s participated in countless challenges and won a ton of awards (111, to be exact!). We chatted with Kerry about the evolution of her career as a designer and artist, the things she’s inspired by, and what Minted means to her.

Minted Artist: Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia

You’ve been a part of Minted since the very beginning! How did you first hear about us?
I remember stumbling across a blog post about a Minted design challenge—it sounded so fun. I just wish I could remember who the blogger was so I can thank them! At the time I was a full-time stationery designer working with brides, mainly, on wedding invitations. I had just starting teaching myself Adobe Illustrator but was still designing in Quark, so Minted’s Illustrator/Photoshop file requirement was just the motivation I needed. I ended up submitting a handful of designs for the “Fabulous Thank-You Card Challenge.” Right away, I loved getting feedback on my designs and giving feedback as well. I received two editor’s picks awards from that challenge and was hooked!
[Ed note: See those editor’s picks wins below  [ 1 ]  from our archives!]

Tell us about your favorite Minted piece.
Right now my favorite piece is my art print “Dance” [ 2; pictured below ]. I was inspired by light shimmering and dancing on top of water. Abstract is my personal art aesthetic and I’ve been working with blue a lot lately (for example, “Currents” [ 5; pictured below] ), so I made a conscious decision not to use blue here, even though it would have been the logical choice. I really love the shimmery feeling of the piece, I feel like it all came together quite nicely.

Meet a Minted Artist: Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia

How has Minted influenced your journey as an artist?
It’s funny because I have a BFA in painting, but over the years I gravitated more towards design. I was feeling pretty comfortable in my design life when Minted announced “Untitled: The First-Ever Art Print Challenge.” Not really knowing what Minted was looking for, I entered a few designs (I don’t feel comfortable even calling them art now!) but didn’t receive any wins or picks. That stung a bit. But it was also a wake-up call to get real and dig a little deeper if I wanted to be successful. I’m still striving to do that and I am so thankful to the Minted artist community for their invaluable support. But what I truly value most are the friendships I’ve made along the way. I have an amazing group of Mintie friends that I can count on for support, advice, and laughs when we need them.

Tell us about your most recent collection. How has your artistic point of view changed over time?
When I was in art school, and for years after, I did representational art such as portraits. My artwork now is mostly non-representational and I believe participating in Minted’s challenges has been a great opportunity to experiment. That’s true of the stationery challenges, as well—I love trying new things in both areas, and the feedback I get from challenges is so helpful in letting me know if I’m on the right track or not. Lately, I’m all about simple, hand-drawn patterns and I love mixing repetitive patterns with organic elements. I love the haphazard quality of hand-drawn patterns, so perfectly imperfect.

How has being a Minted artist changed or enabled your business?
It’s hard to fully express everything in words. So many positive things have happened since I entered my first challenge. My earnings with Minted have continually increased—I’m no longer working with custom-design clients and now earn as much as I did when I had a full-time job, yet I’m able to spend more time with my family. That is a wonderful thing!

Minted Artist Kerry Doyle, Paper Dahlia