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Cultivate a life-giving card-writing practice

The Essential 16

The Essential 16

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Discover how card writing can shift your world in just 10-minute intervals with The Essential 16. 

These are our 16 best-selling cards which means two things: 

🥳 The people have spoken! This is our best art! 

🌎 These are the cards with the most universal messages

You're likely going to want to send all of these designs to more than one person and for more than one occasion.

These 16 cards will:

  • prevent you from last-minute "I need a card" panic 😅
  • help you find the words that people need to hear from you 💕
  • give you a way to shift your day when you need an off-screen moment of beauty, creativity, and calm.🌿

These 16 cards are the perfect tool to take a few mindful moments to refocus on what matters most— loving the people in your life while you’re still both here, and leaving behind a legacy once you’re gone. (Which is hopefully many, many years from now! But the best time to begin is today, so let's get started. 💃)

The Essential 16 also comes with a guide brimming with our best tips for cultivating a more life-giving, card-writing routine (which makes a great reference guide to have in your stash!)

We care that our cards are gentle on the earth and support fair wages, so we source our paper, envelopes, and printing all from Wisconsin, where our tiny studio is based (and happens to be a paper capital). Locally sourcing our products reduces our carbon footprint and shipping costs, so you can know that your dollars are doing the best in the world that they can.

P.S. The Essential 16 is our best deal. Save $32 when you buy our best-selling 16—that's the same as getting 5 free cards!

Product Details

This abundant bundle includes 16 of our most-popular-of-all-time cards.

All Cards are:
-printed on heavy, eggshell stock
-4.25″ x 5.5″
-come with a weighty kraft envelope and cute envelope sticker seal
-blank inside so you can express yourself
-made in the U.S.A.

This set also comes with a mini-guide to inspire you on your card-writing journey.

What do the cards say?

1. "There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights." -Dracula (Two moths surrounding light)

2. "Just sitting here thinking of the marvel that is YOU" (Jungle leaves with pink background)

3. "This is an all-new place for you and it brims with new unknowns, but there is nothing you will go through out here that you will have to go through alone." -Morgan Harper Nichols (Winding road in a dark landscape)

4. "May all your wishes come true" (Dandelions on top of cake)

5. Here's to Healing, Hope, Hugs, and Hanging on." (Bouquet on peach background)

6. "You're a stardust & fireworks kind of wonderful." (Camping scene with fireworks)

7. "Put yourself in the way of beauty." -Cheryl Strayed (Sunset Painting)

8. "May you flourish" (Flowering pea vines)

9. "Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch" -Walt Whitman (Small daisies on teal)

10. "Shine like the universe is yours." -Rumi (Brushstroke sunflowers)

11."You've been such a light" (Firefly at dusk)

12. Mustard Farmhouse Bouquet (No text)

13. "I'm so glad we are close" (Tulips)

14. "Sending Sunshine" (Sunflowers with goldfinch and blue sky)

15. "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever." -Alfred Lord Tennyson (Orange lilies with purple aliums)

16. "In Awe of the Gift that You Are" (swallows with gold banner on blue sky)

All quotes have been used with permission, are in the public domain, or are original phrases by us, Tiny and Snail.


This item qualifies for free shipping! (within the US.)

Return Policy

We want you to be super happy with your order! If something seems amiss, we accept returns of unused and unopened merchandise within 60 days of delivery.

We are committed to:

  • Printing and paper sourced in the U.S.A.
  • Supporting the USPS
  • Donating part of our profits to planting trees and spinal cord research
  • Choosing environmentally friendly processes
  • providing excellent customer service
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Customer Reviews

Based on 38 reviews
Katherine Arroyo
Essential? Without a doubt!

These cards are so lovely. I agree that each card is essential as I send my love across state lines and north and south. Genius products made with purpose and care. ❤️

My first order and we loved them

My first time ordering from Tiny and Snail and we were not disappointed. Great cards , love the sustainable approch. And we love supporting these ladies and small businesses everywhere! Five stars ⭐️

A Satisfying Purchase

The thing that lured me in to T&S was a sweet narrative I saw on some social media, about the deeper meaning and joy of handwritten correspondence. At age 71, I certainly hail from an era when we did such , so I decided to take a chance on this company. And myself: that I might actually DO some correspondence to encourage, to heal , to entertain. Wow. Glad I did . The kindness shines through , the product is nice to handle . Count me in !

Laura Midura
Beautiful and unique cards

Beautifully made cards! Packages are nicely done with card writing tips and benefits included. Lovely and unique.

Stephanie Zahrbock
Frickin' Love Your Cards

You were not wrong, these ARE the essentials. As I went through the trove, I could envision who I wanted to send each and every card to. Thank you for your amazing designs. I frickin' love your cards.