Our Holiday Cards!

Taking a much needed break from holiday gift guides to bring you a post on a very fun topic…
Holiday Cards!
Who else loves to send them but always feels late to the game year after year? Well this year we did it (!!!) and we did on time which is in part thanks to Minted! We took advantage of their pre-printed addressing (it was free!) and it was a major time saver, but I will talk about that later.
Anyways, we have an annual tradition of going to our favorite coffee shop and spending a weekend afternoon preparing our cards for launch and jumped on the chance when a rouge snow day arrived
Here is our final card for 2016, I love how they turned out!
We chose the “merry christmas magic” design style in red, which I think looks so perfect with our minty green photo! I love how the scripting looks with the watercolor and they had both “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” options available.
One thing that’s especially nice if you still havent ordered your families cards is they had a ton of “Happy New Year” card designs available which I think is brilliant! New years cards have become more and more popular in recent years and its a great solution for waiting till after the holiday rush to send greetings. They have an entire section of the website dedicated to just new years cards, check it out if you still need to order.
In terms of getting our photo we surprisingly had the easiest experience ever! 
We picked out some brown/tan clothes to coordinate with our dog and went to the Dollar Tree to snag a wreath for her neck. The while process took about ten minutes and we were thanking our lucky stars that Baloo finally decided to perk up and pose while we were holding her. Most of the pictures prior to this one involved us smiling while she blinked.
To save some time, you can always use a picture from an event or vacation that year instead of taking a whole new picture for your christmas card. But since “getting a dog” was a big thing that happened to us in 2016, we really wanted a great photo with both of us and her in it.
Here are some things to consider if you are ordering your card (or any card!) with Minted:

1) The Address Assistant makes addressing your cards so easy, look so beautiful, and during the holiday season it’s free! This saved us so much time because the envelopes were pretty much ready to ship when we got them. They also offer custom stamps which I think are really fun.

2) The find it fast option is also a super helpful tool to find the perfect holiday card design. Simply upload your photo, then watch as it appears in hundreds of different holiday card designs. This saves a lot of time on individually clicking through and uploading photos to holiday card product pages. This quick process was how we found our final card design!

Finally, I have partnered up with Minted today to help a few of you send holiday greetings for free! They were kind enough to offer a giveaway to a few lucky readers. This would be perfect for some new years cards so be sure to enter if that is something you’re interested in!

We are giving away two 125$ gift cards to minted.com, all you have to do is enter here, fill out the form, and Minted will contact you if you win 🙂 Winner will be notified on December 23rd.

Seasons Greetings!
This post was crafted in partnership with Minted.com. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Ariel and Alder a possibility.

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