The Twilight Wedding: Bella & Edward’s invites.

For those of us who are Twilight fans, the wait is finally over: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I hits theaters this week. A few of us at Minted (OK, perhaps just me) are anticipating the wedding scene, where Bella and Edward promise themselves to each other forever.

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Will Bella’s mom realize that Edward is a vampire? Will Jasper be able to hold himself back from snacking on the human wedding guests? What song will their first dance be to – Edward’s favorite, Debussy? Many questions will be answered. In honor of Twilight, we asked Minted design community members to have some fun submitting Twi-themed wedding invitations in our latest wedding invitation design challenge. Here are a few of the designs they came up with – you can vote to tell Minted to sell these designs by clicking here:

Would it be the elegant geometrical for time and all eternity by j. bartyn design?

Or perhaps after sunset by Kristen Smith? Dark, classic, yet with a touch of grunge?

Jody Wody’s Luna captures the night setting in a highly romantic way.  The inky blue somehow conjures an era gone by:

I could also see dark romance by Heather W. being a likely possibility. Aren’t those polka dots against the spooky streaked sky an awesome combination?

Love immortal by Erin Pescetto seems just about right in so many ways… a love immortal, set in a castle, dancing in the dark. The square design works well here, too.

And then there’s Sink Your Teeth Into It by Kristin D, which is anything but subtle!

Again, not so subtle, but this is not your normal wedding! Blood Thirsty by Angela Chih.

Old Parchment by Elaine Stephenson really captures the show’s historic vibe.

Era gone by Pixelpackinmama Design also has a historic vibe, but is a lot more mainstream.

Solstice by Alex Elko really nails dark yet feminine.

I love how Elaine Stephenson has bound for eternity set at twilight in a cemetery.

Also in the black, white and red vein, Jacqueline Dziadosz’s True Love.

The font in delightfully dark by Moe and Me is just that–delightfully dark!

Shari Margolin’s love eternal is a much different take. It does seem like red, black, and white is the color palette most people think Bella will be working with!

Roses are a nice addition in Krista Eitsert’s Twilight Nuptials.

And some spiderwebs from Katherine Jakubowski in vampire bat wedding!

And we’ll conclude with Paper Dahlia’s use of black, white and great typography in her eternal love.

I loved seeing all of your creativity on the Twilight front! A big personal thank you to all of our talented designers who participated.  Now I am off to buy my tickets for Friday night…


Your Cards On Us: Five Minted $200 Holiday Card Giveaways

Help us share this video with your friends… tweet a link to this blog post and leave a comment below to tell us that you tweeted, by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Saturday night, October 29, 2011.  We’ll select 5 winners to win $200 holiday card giveaways, and we’ll notify you by 6am Pacific on Sunday, October 30, in time to do your shopping for holiday cards this weekend!

What truly original holiday cards do, when no one’s looking…

(Update on 10/30 – Hi everyone, Thank you so much for your very kind comments about Minted.  We just couldn’t pick 5 so we picked 7 winners!  Congrats to the winners, who have been notified: @alinecate, Amie, @moglea_studio, MollyT, @NatCalAtkinson, @bornboutique, @sparkledawne.  Winners will be receiving their individual codes on Monday morning by email.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun on the Minted blog!)


The Dance of the Minted Holiday Cards

This holiday season has been full of interesting creative projects at Minted. One that I have enjoyed most is our new stop motion video, “Dance of the Minted Holiday Cards.”

I have wanted for a while to make a video that captures the creativity and spirit of Minted’s employees and design community, and was interested in exploring stop-motion video.  Plus, I have a strong passion for music and want to explore how to integrate it into our brand.  My friend and creative collaborator Suzanne Shade describes how the video’s concept evolved:

“We wanted a few videos for the holidays and talked about different ways to show off Minted. This video originally started off as a stop motion ‘description’ of the card formats and suites. After seeing some early roughs, we realized that our filmmakers, Matt and Julie from Tiger in a Jar, could bring more of their talents to the piece. We asked them to make it something they’d do for themselves, and the result was this fun story about the secret lives of the cards on Christmas Eve. I think the fun part was seeing how collaborating could bring a new twist on the spirit of Minted.”

Hope you enjoy this, and let me know what you think!  All of the holiday cards featured in the video are buyable here.  Our 10% off promotion ends on Monday, so be sure to take advantage of this before it ends.


How to Order Your 25 Free Mommy Cards and Business Cards.

We’re giving you an offer that you can’t resist. Get 25 free business cards or mommy cards with our giveaway promotion! You can choose from any of our business card and mommy card designs. Customize, customize, and customize to make it all your own. Just to make things even easier, here is a step by step guide to getting your free cards:

Step 1. Choose your design. (This is arguably the hardest part.)

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Step 1: Choose your business or mommy card design.

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GIVEAWAY for all continues: Hobbies turned into small business opportunities

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but for the next five weeks we’re giving away 25 mommy cards just for registering on our site. All you have to do is cover the $7.95 domestic or $9.95 international shipping charges. Throughout the promotion, I’ll be blogging about fun ways to make use of this great opportunity. Last week I talked about mommy cards and this week I’m focusing on how you could be a business card away from turning your much loved hobby into your profession. I think we all have a small business dream somewhere inside of us… and some of us are courageous enough to be making them happen! And when it does, you’ll never work a day in your life, right?!
Bacci designer stationery and event’s spoon + fork card would be adorable for someone who is a really great chef and wants to cater events on the side or be a personal chef for a busy family.


Personal Stationery Love on Instagram

For those of you who aren’t checking their Instagram feed 24/7, you may have missed this gorgeous instagram photo shared by Modern Kids Photography.

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Paris + From Stripes to Chevrons personalized stationery by Emily Ranneby

The photo features a personalized stationery design by Emily Ranneby that was re-purposed into a custom thank you card! Absolutely gorgeous!

Follow us (@freshlyminted) on Instagram for more stationery eye candy! If you don’t have an iPhone, you can check out our Instagram album on Flickr or our photostream on webstagram!


Show Off Your Newborn Baby Photos!

If you have always thought your child was the cutest one on the block, here is your chance to prove it! Minted is inviting customers and fans to submit their newborn photos for a chance to be showcased in our card assortment on We are looking specifically for newborn baby photos. Photos submissions are accepted through Friday, July 29, 2011 at NOON PST.

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Paper Business Cards for the Tech Geek

Did you read this New York Times article about the end of the traditional business card? If you’re not ready to say bye bye to the paper business card yet, fear not. We have scouted a really cool way to bring a little “web 2.0” to your business card that showcases your tech savvy side.

How about a business card with just your twitter handle on it? Check out this one from A Continuous Lean.

Twitter Business Card

Twitter Business Card

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