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.

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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.

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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!

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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 minted.com. 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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A girls night IN.

There’s no way I could survive a week without my girlfriends… it really is true that men just don’t need to talk as much as we do! While it’s fun to go out on the town, it’s not as easy to really catch up in a crowded bar. Nor is it that economical or productive, which is why I love having girls over for a night IN!

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Father’s Day business cards.

Father’s Day is around the corner… and wouldn’t it be nice to not have to scramble for a last-minute gift? Men are so difficult to shop for, but our business cards make perfect gifts. (Psst… we also have business stationery that make equally great gifts!) I asked a few Minted staffers what business cards they would choose for the fathers in their lives.

Mariam Naficy, CEO and founder’s dad chose Gallery Director by Andres Montano.
He picked them out himself! He painstakingly reviewed all the cards and picked this in blue as his favorite. We are printing some with the beautiful watercolor backer and some with a photo of my dad with my children.

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