Our New Year's cards

I love holiday cards, but I kind of love New Year's cards even more! Receiving a card in the New Year is kind of like finding that extra french fry in the bottom of the bag: you think you're done and you're feelin' pretty satisfied, but waitβ€”there's more!

I illustrated our family portrait and had the cards printed with Minted, using Annie Clark's foil-pressed template, Gold Rush. The design was actually intended to be a wedding thank you card, but I'm all for a little creative repurposing!

Holiday fever, part I.

It's a stormy Monday here in Houston and I've finished work early, so I thought I'd share some of my recent entries for Minted's 2012 Holiday Card challenge. In the name of brevity, I will break this up into a couple posts (more to come). Winners and Editor's Picks will be announced later this summer, so fingers crossed for a nice surprise come September!

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Valentine's Day cards.

Valentine's Day is creeping up, and I've got you covered! Here are two new Jody Wody additions to Minted's line of adorable Classroom Valentines. These teeny-tiny cards were designed to incorporate a touch of DIY – you can affix a matching bow to Prize Ribbon via two strategically placed punch holes, and I'm a Sucker includes the perfect spot to attach a yummy lollipop.

Remember, you don't have to be a kid to hand these out. Think of how many new friends you'll make by handing out Sucker cards at the grocery store.

Jody Wody holiday card.

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Show and Tell! Here are the holiday cards I sent out to clients this year. This season was a doozy and I didn't have the spare time to create anything from scratch, so I used one of my Jody Wody designs for Minted, "Antique Typography". To spice things up, I bought dozens of Tattly temporary tattoos, slipped them into tiny silver coin envelopes, and sealed them inside the folded card!

I included my favorite design-themed Tattly tattoos, including: Love Your WorkTattone,  Type Nerd and Crops.

Apparently someone at USPS wanted to get their hands on a tattoo so badly, they took a bite out of the envelope! Check out this one card that was returned to me...

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Holiday card inspiration: This and That

"This and That" pays homage to the almighty ampersand (this particular specimen is part of the typeface American Typewriter). When designing this card, I was inspired by young romance, typed love letters, pure white snowflakes, with a tinge of nostalgia.

Inspiration board sources: JCoPhoto (top left), feather package, unknown source (top middle), inhauspress (top right), .benedicte (middle left), ragehaus (bottom left, snowflake lights, unknown source (bottom middle), rickrack.com (bottom right).

Holiday card inspiration: Classic Collage

Do you have trouble making up your mind? Can't decide on just one photo, huh? How about, say, eight? I designed this card, "Classic Collage", with you in mind. The messaging is simple and straight to the point, with a touch of curlique to pretty it up.

Inspiration board sources: Todd Klassy (top left), Ethan Ollie (top middle), Decor8blog (top right), Its Fitz (middle left), Anthropologie (bottom left), GEMMAWH (bottom middle), Ranveig (bottom right).