A Holiday Card & Keepsake in One

Pair the custom vellum overlay with an art print or photo that your friends and family can keep; or, use the vellum to create a fun or beautiful reveal.

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How It Works


Choose and Customize Your Vellum Overlay

Starting at $1.99 per overlay.


Choose and Customize an Accompaniment Card

A curated assortment of unique art prints and photo designs. Starting at $0.69 per card.


Share more on the back

Customize the back of your accompaniment card with your photo and message.


Translucent vellum creates a luxurious layered look that transforms your holiday card into an expression of personal style.

The New Holiday Letter

Use a vellum overlay as an elegant way to share your annual holiday letter.

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Hand-written Holiday by Lindsay Stetson Thompson
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Simple Frame by Lindsay Stetson Thompson

Annual Letter by Minted
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The Big Picture by Minted

Hope Shine by Amy Kross
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The Big Picture by Minted

Give a Keepsake

Customize a vellum overlay with your greeting and commemorate special moments with a photo your friends and family can keep.

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Snow Globe Pine Branches by Alethea and Ruth
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The Big Picture by Minted

Dotted Tree Frame by Baumbirdy
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The Big Picture by Minted

Graphic Joy by Kristie Kern
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The Big Picture by Minted

Give Art

Send a message of warmth with a vellum overlay and a beautiful art piece from Minted’s community of independent artists, tranformed into a thoughtful gift with your photo on the back.

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Gold Letter Peace by Zhay Smith
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Season’s Best by Shannon

Simple Things by Annie Clark
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Christmas In Jupiter by Maja Cunningham

Cadeau by Carrie ONeal
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Painted Venice Cityscape by Oana Prints

Design Your Own

Layer with letterpress or foil-pressed cards for an extra luxe look. Letterpress and foil-pressed cards sold separately.

Aeris by AK Graphics

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Gilded Pine Edge by Angela Thompson

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Enchanted Holiday by Jennifer Postorino

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Luxe Accessories

Elevate your holiday card with the perfect finishing touches. Ribbon and wax seals sold separately.

Unique Background Card Designs

Pair your customized vellum overlay with photo designs or unique art prints from our community of independent artists.

the big picture


simple frame


the big picture


Untitled 1b

byJaime Derringer


byJordan Sondler

Winter Wander



byCaryn Owen

Penguin Portrait

byLori Wemple

Through the Trees

byKeely Norton Owendoff

Floral Peace


Season's Best


Almond Milk

byCarolyn MacLaren


byParima Studio

san francisco cityscape

byJordan Sondler

Los Angeles Cityscape

byJordan Sondler


byNazia Hyder


byKatie Short

Peace of Quiet


Reindeer Love

byCass Loh

Christmas in Jupiter

byMaja Cunningham


byLindsay Stetson Thompson

Painted Venice cityscape

byOana Prints




byDenise Wong


byDenise Wong

ornament evergreen



byKristi Jackson

Boston Cityscape

byJordan Sondler

Chicago Cityscape

byJordan Sondler

DC Cityscape

byJordan Sondler

Festive Bear

byEve Schultz

Dove Wings

byZhay Smith

winter baby deer

byCass Loh

Bouquet Branches

byHannah Williams


What is vellum?
Vellum is a smooth, translucent paper used to create a rich layered look for fine stationery. We’ve paired luxe vellum overlays with unique keepsake cards to create one-of-a-kind holiday cards.
What kinds of vellum overlay designs can I choose from?
Choose from customizable vellum overlay designs featuring your family letter, a holiday greeting, or playful overlays revealing a photo underneath.
How do I choose the background card?
After personalizing your vellum overlay, you’ll be taken to the vellum accessories page. You’ll be able to choose and personalize your background card from unique art prints and photo designs.
How do I keep it all together?
Tie your look together with twine to put that perfect finishing touch on your holiday card.



If you’re looking for that extra special touch for your holiday card this season, a sheer vellum overlay is a stylish choice. This luxurious layer can be added to any photo or art print card (sold separately). Imagine your friends and family opening your holiday card to reveal this stunning design detail. All of our cards are designed by our community of artists and designers from around the world and a vellum overlap is a stunning accent that is sure to make your holiday card stand out. Sometimes it’s the little details that count!



A vellum overlay is a translucent paper layer that is sent with your holiday card for that extra special touch of elegance. The overlay can be used for effect only, but it can also be a place to include a holiday greeting such as “Peace!” “Joy!” and “Happy New Year!” Some people use it as a space to add a longer holiday greeting as well. This is a great option if you want to leave your card space for photos or artwork.


All vellum overlays are printed in a 5’’x7’’ format on translucent vellum paper with a white undertone.

  • Vellum overlays can be paired with any 5’’x7’’ photo or art print card.
  • Due to the nature of vellum paper, these cards cannot be foil-pressed. While some designs have elements that appear metallic, there is no foil on the card.
  • Pricing begins at $1.98 per card for a total of $208 for 105 cards. Remember, the more cards you buy, the more your cost per card price goes down.


A vellum overlay is a place to add a warm holiday greeting. Your greeting will depend on the type of card you are sending whether it is a Christmas, general holiday, religious Christmas, or a New Years greeting. Here are a few ideas for words and phrases you can have printed on your vellum overlay:

  • Peace!
  • Joy!
  • Love!
  • Happiest Holidays!
  • Merry Christmas!
  • Happy Hanukkah!
  • Happy New Years!


Many people like to send longer letters with their holiday cards to share updates about all that happened in the past year. Printing your letter on a sheer vellum overlay is a wonderful way to share a letter without crowding your holiday card or detracting from the photos or artwork. You’ll want to begin with a holiday greeting of your choosing and close with a warm sign-off, followed by your name. If you are writing a holiday letter, here are some topics you might want to include:

  • Kids’ ages and grades in school
  • Kids’ sports, school, or extra-curricular achievements
  • New hobbies
  • Family trips or planned vacations
  • Address changes
  • Job changes
  • New pets
  • Favorite memories
  • Birth announcements
  • Engagement or wedding announcements


A good rule of thumb for holiday cards is that you want your cards to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Years. Here’s our failproof timeline for ensuring that your card makes it to friends and family within that window without any stress. You’ll be done before Thanksgiving week!:

  • The first week of November: Begin designing your card.
  • The second week of November: Begin gathering addresses with our address collection tool.
  • The third week of November: Send your cards!

That said, cards are better late than never! If you fall behind, just know that friends and family will be happy to hear from you whenever you’re able to send. The U.S. post office typically takes between two and eight days for domestic mail delivery. If you are shipping internationally, you’ll want to plan for at least two weeks. If you’re short on time and need to make a quick last-minute design, you can text us your photo and follow our easy three-step process to design your card from your phone.


The style you choose for your vellum overlay is a personal choice. Remember to match the overlay design with the style of your holiday card. Here are the different styles you can choose from:

  • Simple and Minimalist
  • Modern and Edgy
  • Classic and Elegant
  • Vintage


Feeling festive this year? There are so many accents and special touches you can add to your holiday card package to make this year’s greeting extra memorable:

  • Envelopes: First impressions are everything. The envelope is the first thing you’re loved ones will see when they receive your card. So set the right tone! The envelope color, pattern, and texture will make your card stand out from the rest. They should feel excited to open your card! You can also add some flair to the inside of the envelope with a patterned envelope liner or even a gold, copper, or silver foil liner. Pairing a custom envelope with a matching card and vellum overlay can really make an elegant first impression.
  • Skinnywrap Address Labels: Everyone is short on time during the holidays. So why take the time to write out each return address? Browse through Minted’s Skinnywrap address label templates and customize one to mRXH with the theme and colors of your holiday card. Save yourself time this holiday season and look good doing it!


You have a gorgeous vellum overlay, now choose a card to match. Here are a few tips to help you choose a card this holiday season:

  • Take advantage of our website filters to narrow down your search. When thinking about style, filter for minimalist, funny holiday cards, or classic to ensure you get the card you’re looking for.
  • Curious about what is trending for 2021? Browse our Founder Pick’s section to see what holiday designs have been hand-selected by Minted’s founder.
  • Take advantage of our fast and user-friendly card customizer tool to make the card you had in mind a reality. Want even more customization not offered through the tools? Just leave a special request and our design associates will be sure to include it on your proof. If you want to start with a blank canvas, explore our custom cards.
  • Ensure every aspect of your card is exactly as you envisioned with unlimited proofs from your dedicated Minted designer.

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