10 Holiday Cards and Christmas Cards That Inspire Hope

The holidays are usually chock-full of cheerful celebrations, joyous occasions, and festive spirit — but what if not everyone on your mailing list is feeling very merry this year? After a contentious presidential election year in the United States, some people are opting to send Christmas cards and family photo holiday cards that focus on messages of hope, peace, and warmth. These messages will be welcomed by all friends and family, including those who are elated by the recent election and those who feel less celebratory. Here are 10 Minted Christmas cards and other holiday cards that celebrate togetherness and humble compassion.

Fanciful Pheasant” Holiday Card by Erin McManness of Atlanta, Georgia

Erin McManness says her design aesthetic tends to focus on florals, but for “Fanciful Pheasant,” she aimed to experiment with drawing simple, more geometric shapes. “Birds are a beautiful symbol of peace around the holidays, so I felt it was appropriate to incorporate them as well,” she says of her holiday card design. “I love Scandinavian-inspired design, and have been trying to infuse the ‘beauty in simplicity’ idea into my work lately. The principles of balance, unity, and symmetry were especially important in this design, as it focuses on a message of hope and peace.”

Together” Letterpress Holiday Photo Card by Kelly Nasuta of Cape Coral, Florida

Kelly Nasuta designed “Together” with her large, close-knit family in mind. “I wanted that message of togetherness to shine through because it’s really what makes this time of year so special and memorable,” she says. “My family is loud, rowdy, chaotic, and crazy, but there’s no one else I’d rather be with at the holidays.”

Lettered Peace” Foil-Pressed Holiday Card by Makewells of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A modern take on a classic message, “Lettered Peace” is by Megan Wells, the artist and illustrator behind Makewells.

Floral Peace” Holiday Card by Baumbirdy of Chicago, Illinois

Sarah Baumgardner and Carolyn Doogan are best friends who look like sisters, and the duo behind Baumbirdy, the design team that specializes in bold, dramatic design. How do they keep their own peace, working side by side? Read their advice for creative collaboration.

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2016 Holiday Party Invitations: Special Prizes

It’s time to eat, drink & be merry! Minted customers are planning fun, festive affairs and we looked to our talented community to bring fresh, unique custom party invitation designs to the table. We’re excited to share the Special Prize winners of The 2016 Eat, Drink, & Be Merry Holiday Party Invitation Quickfire Challenge!

Out of the Box Award

Most unique holiday party invitation you wouldn’t find on other sites.
Wreath of Plenty by Haley Mistler

Bold Award

Boldly designed holiday party invitation that communicates a modern spirit through unique colors and modern, even edgy design.
Overlay by Genna Cowsert

Down to Business Award

Best invitation for a corporate/business holiday party.
Grandiose by Jennifer Lew

Modern Elegance Award

Best design that is traditional and elegant but still fresh.
Winter Evergreen Soiree by Kate Ahn

Home for the Holidays Award

Best invitation that celebrates a housewarming party for a new home.
Our Holiday Housewarming by Rebekah Disch

Make me Laugh Award

Funniest party invitation.
Let’s Get Basted by 24th and Dune

Auld Lang Syne Award

Best New Year’s party invitation.
New year jazz party by Ana de Sousa

Traditional Colors Award

Best design that uses traditional holiday colors like red and green.
Decking the Halls by Kelly Nasuta

Give Thanks Award

For the best Thanksgiving Party invitation.
Classy Turkey by Dana Beckwith

Spooktacular Award

Best Halloween Party invitation.
haunted house by Morgan Kendall

Love is in the Air Award

Best design for a Valentine’s Day party award.
Party Hearty by Baumbirdy

Engagement Award

Best design which doubles as an engagement party invitation.
be married by Owl and Toad

Newbie Award

Best design from a first-time entrant.
Mr. Cat’s Ugly Sweater by Lissabeth Anglin

Published November 23, 2016

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A Day in the Life of Minted Artist Carly Reed Walker

Written By Carly Reed Walker
Portraits By Courtney Bowles Photography

6 AM: I’m somewhat of an early riser, rarely sleeping after 6 in the morning. It works well for me, because I find those early morning hours are my most calm, quiet, and productive. I try to start each morning with yoga. Usually that means practicing in my living room, but I just started a prenatal yoga class that I love — I’m 20 weeks along! I’ll have breakfast and coffee with my rescue pup, Buster, and husband, if he’s home (he has an irregular work schedule as a locomotive engineer). Buster is an adorable little beagle mix that we adopted from a great organization called the Richmond Animal League, where I volunteer regularly. I also spend a little time on Instagram before I get to work for the day, but don’t we all?

Gala” is my favorite holiday card I’ve created for Minted. I love how modern and editorial it is.

8 AM: I like to sit down at my desk between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. to get organized, which is somewhat of a challenge for me. I have an amazing office/studio in our house. It’s a dream to get to work and create there every day. When we purchased our home in Richmond, Virginia, last year, my very generous husband agreed to give me the largest room in the house for work. It doubles as an office and meeting space for clients. I’ll start things off by going through emails and making a to-do list for the day, which tends to be a little scattered. From there, I get to work designing whatever is on said to-do list. My workload is balanced between wedding stationery clients, branding projects, and other stationery/design work like Minted. It’s a challenge for me to focus on several different projects, so I take frequent breaks away from the computer to snack or take Buster for a walk through our neighborhood.

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DIY: Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love creating simple, easy-to-make handmade details to add to your the holiday table (especially helpful if you’re pressed for time!). Last year, we made leather-cording napkin ties with fresh eucalyptus; this year, we created these super-simple yarn tassels to use as napkin rings. These fun tassels add a pop of color and a handmade touch to each guest’s place setting. We used a light-blue wool yarn for the tassels and stamped guests’ names on mustard yellow card stock—the colors really popped against our black-and-white patterned napkins (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative). Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Simple Tassel Napkin RingDIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

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DIY: Pumpkin Wine Stoppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Thanksgiving is upon us—has November flown by or what? I always start the month with big plans to get ahead for the holidays, and every year I’m shocked when Christmas is a month away (whoa!) and I haven’t made a dent on my to-do list. But before I get ahead of myself, there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting dinner this year or heading out to celebrate with family, these simple pumpkin wine stoppers are the perfect way to add an autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering. They literally take minutes to make, so they’re a great last-minute hostess gift or you could even whip up a bunch and give them as favors to your adult guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep
DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep

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Printable: Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels

Thanksgiving is synonymous with delectable desserts, loved ones, and—of course—leftovers! We created these fun pie-box printables just for you and they’re sure to be the cherry on top to your Thanksgiving celebration. Just print the labels out and affix them to slice-shaped boxes so your guests can enjoy any leftover desserts the following day. Bonus: We’re sharing a favorite recipe for sweet potato pie (via Real Simple). Enjoy!

Click through for the free printable and a tasty recipe for sweet potato pie


Throw a Kids’ Friendsgiving Party

Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of  Happy Wish Company

Planning a playdate soon and not quite sure what to do with the kiddos? We’re serving up a big ole’ slice of thanks with this fun Friendsgiving playdate party! When we saw this “A Slice of Thanks” invitation, we knew it would be perfect for our playdate—it’s the perfect opportunity for your children to express how thankful they are for all the sweet little friends in their lives. Keep reading for all of our decor and activity ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun!

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

For the party backdrop, we spelled out “Friendsgiving” in gold foil balloons and layered in a tissue tassel garland in brown, tan, peach, and mint. We filled glass milk bottles with apple cider and used twine to tie on straws. We added tissue tassels to the back of each chair, which adds the perfect pop of color.

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

DIY Flower Arrangement
Make this Friendsgiving playdate a memorable one by setting up an interactive kids’ table decorated just for them! Start with fresh flowers, since they always add color and life to any tablescape. You might even be able to save these centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a very simple centerpiece DIY that everyone can do.

1. Purchase fall-looking flowers. Here we used kale, hypericum (red berries), safflower (orange), and thistles (purple).

2. Line wooden flower boxes with wet oasis floral foam.

3. Trim flower stems and insert into foam.

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DIY: Wooden-Bead Trivet for Thanksgiving

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

‘Tis the season for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home or are headed somewhere else, these wooden-bead trivets are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. With all of the piping-hot dishes headed to the dining table, chances are you’ll be searching for something to set them on. These simple trivets are easy and inexpensive to make and look great display on the tabletop. Make several ahead of time or set up an activity table to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the meal to be served. You can also create an extra set and package them up as the perfect hostess gift!

Homemade gift idea for DIY wood bead trivets.Wood Bead Trivet DIY

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DIY: No-Sew Thanksgiving “Grateful” Banner

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Thanksgiving prep, for our families, involves a number of things: planning festive holiday-weekend activities, menu planning for the big day, and, above all else, practicing being grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on gratitude, and today we are delighted to share this simple fabric banner project showcasing the word “grateful.” This no-sew banner only requires an iron and fusible hemming tape; we used a neutral grey linen for the banner paired with mustard yellow for the hand-painted word.

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Spaces & Places Art Challenge: Special Prizes

We’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of our Spaces & Places Art Challenge! In this Challenge, we looked for artwork and photography that was inspired by a location. We were in awe of the diverse perspectives and unique interpretations of locations represented in the submissions.

Urban Photography Award

For the best piece of photography inspired by an urban place.
Empire State by Kaitlin Rebesco

Point of View Award

For the most unique interpretation or viewpoint of an iconic place or building.
Sydney Rising by Maja Cunningham

Vintage Edition Award

For the best antique or vintage inspired photograph.
montreal Cafe by kerri dougherty

Diptych Award

For the art that showcases the characters that make up a community.
Palm i and Palm ii by Annie Montgomery

People Make the Place Award

For the art that showcases the characters that make up a community.
Ponte del Ciolo by Sandro Portaluri

Pastoral Award

For the best piece inspired by a rustic scene.
House in the Woods by Ekaterina Romanova

La Grande Fête Award

For the best piece inspired by a festive location or scene.
Sky Coasters by Stephanie Sherman

Behind the Piece Award

For the piece that has the most interesting story.
Silver and Gold by Stephanie Sherman

“This painting is based on a photo I took from the ferry crossing between Seattle and my home on Bainbridge Island. Gray can be overwhelming here in the winter months but I’ve come to appreciate the many shades of gray found in the Pacific Northwest as seen in the green, gold, lavender and blue tones in this piece.” – Kelly Johnston

Winning Shot Award

For the best piece inspired by your favorite sports oriented location.
Santa Barbara Skate i by Kamala Nahas

Tropic of Cancer Award

For the best bright piece inspired by a tropical place.
Looking Far West by sue prue

By Land or By Sea Award

For the best piece that depicts travel from one place to another.
Cite by Emily Coey

Published on November 11, 2016

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