Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 7th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Kelli Hall is the master of minimalism. She has an uncanny ability to strip a design of fussy embellishments without making it feel cold or stark. Her 7th place winning design, “Glaze,” is no exception. The sweeping curve of her hand-lettered joy makes for a striking layout, while the delicate type retains the decidedly modern feeling of the design. It takes incredible skill to put together such a beautiful composition, and here Kelli makes it look effortless.

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Meet a Mintie: Max & Bunny

Name: Rebecca Hardie
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Bold, modern and colorful
Occupation: Max and Bunny founder and designer, Mintie

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I was in college, sitting in an accounting class and the professor had gone off on a tangent telling us to pursue our passions and I realized my passion was definitely not accounting; it was design. While the thought of doing hours of accounting homework made me cringe, I had been working for the student government creating posters for various activities on campus and loved doing that.

Where do you go for design inspiration?
Everywhere. I recently was at a wedding and was sitting in the most gorgeous 1860s church building with the most amazing stained glass windows and detailing throughout. I found myself sketching out designs and snapping pictures—I couldn’t help myself. I was also in Stockholm last winter and fell in love with Scandinavian design and drove my husband nuts taking an excessive amount of pictures of buildings, signs, streets, random objects and patterns.

How has moving to Richmond just recently influenced your work?
I’ve loved learning about Southern style and that has definitely rubbed off on me.

After being in the New York for several years, I had some clients tell me how this design would be perfect in the South whereas another design was too “city.” I couldn’t fully understand that until moving here and really getting immersed in a more Southern culture. I think it’s nearly impossible to experience something new and not have it influence your work. I also love how Richmond has both the old and the new – being rich in history and the new with a strong art community that is well-supported and seeks out all aspects of art from design to food to fashion.

What is your normal workflow or process like?
My process varies a bit from project to project, but typically I start by drawing out ideas. It helps me to get it down on paper and explore everything first, before creating on the computer. I’ve also found that I’m at my most creative in the afternoon and into the night—I’m definitely not a morning person.

As an independent designer, how do you self-motivate / stay on track?
I find the most success in setting little daily goals. I also like to try and balance it out. For example, after having several intense work days where I feel like all I’ve done is sit behind a computer for hours on end, I like to get out and find some inspiration. That may be going to the art museum for a couple hours, antiquing, or even just taking a long walk with the dog.

How did you hear about minted?
I have my own design company, Max & Bunny, and we have a booth at the National Stationery show every year. The Minted team approached me and I loved the crowdsouring idea and thought the camaraderie it created was infectious. Besides, the Minted team is so amazing, I jumped at the chance to be a part of that community. 

Tell me about one of your designs for sale on Minted and how it came together.
For the Color Zip holiday card, I was inspired taking a taxi home in New York City. While riding up the West Side Highway, the passing lights of cars and the cityscape blurred together creating a line of color that sparked the idea for that card.

What’s a cool DIY project you’ve worked on recently?
I love my YuDu desktop screen printer. It allows for easy at home screen-printing and I’ve done all sorts of projects on that — everything from invitations to t-shirts to baby onesies. It’s really fun and it makes for great homemade gifts.

Do you have any fun party planning or decorating tips you can share with us?
I love sending my guests home with personalized party favors, like notecards with their name on them because it really is something that makes someone feel special. Also, decorations don’t have to be expensive or purchased to be beautiful.  You can do so much with tissue paper, kraft paper, and a little time.

Favorite pen? Favorite notebook?
Both are from MUJI—I’m in love!

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DIY Back-to-School Duct Tape Pencil Holders

This time of year is always so exciting for us, we love back-to-school! The new backpacks, bottles of glue, notebooks, and loads and load of markers and pencils galore! So we thought it only fitting that we make a few duct tape supply holders to house our colorful new supplies—they make homework time that much more exciting! The best part: This is a project you can easily make together with your kid. Get the DIY instructions after the jump.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 8th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Playing off the ever-festive chalkboard trend, Eric has created yet another holiday masterpiece with “Merry Little Chalkboard.” An abundance of details fills the card, including ribbons and banners with flowing text, scrolls, snowflakes, and pine boughs. Expertly mixing type styles and intertwined imagery, Eric is truly a genius in the art of inspired lettering.

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8 Summer Wedding Signature Cocktails

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

wedding signature cocktail

Working on custom wedding signage means I see a lot of the little details brides are incorporating into their big day. One thing that’s always a good idea: a sign or two displayed at the cocktail bar listing the couple’s signature cocktails. Custom beverages are a fun way to personalize your bar menu and share your favorite libations with your friends and family. Plus, if you opt for cocktail the bartenders can mix in advance, that will definitely help cut down on long lines at the bar. We served two signature cocktails at our wedding and our guests loved them so much, most didn’t even scan the menu for other options. In the spirit of infusing one last bit of summer into your upcoming soiree, check out these eight cocktails I’ve had my eye on… and that you might want to consider making your own.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 9th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Carolyn has an amazing talent for beautifully simple design, particularly in birth announcements. “The More, the Merrier” joins her incredible collection as the perfect way to show off any family photo. The addition of clean and festive messaging against a crisp white background gives this card a modern touch, while giving the photo ample room to shine. The effortless placement of hand-drawn stars adds a fun and fresh twist that is sure to make this card a holiday favorite!

 

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Design to Dish: S’mores Truffles

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker 

glamping tipi dinner s'mores

Like many of you, I’m in denial that summer is quickly coming to an end. Luckily, the short shoulder season between summer and fall is absolutely dreamy! The days are still warm, while the nights are cool and there’s a little nip in the air. Which means now’s the perfect time of year to have a camping party! You can make it fun and kid-friendly with summer camp-themed games, or make it cozy and glamorous enough for an alfresco grown-up dinner party. Some s’mores, some twinkle lights…pure summer magic.

I got it into my head months ago that s’mores truffles would be a really awesome creation. But I didn’t just want to do jumbo marshmallows dipped in chocolate and rolled in graham cracker crumbs. I wanted to make actual truffles, complete with marshmallow-y ganache centers. After a little bit of research and some kitchen experimentation, I think we have a very delicious winning recipe! A rich, gooey, marshmallow center covered in creamy milk chocolate and a dusting of crunchy graham cracker crumbs. They’re the perfect party favors to send home with guests after your camping-themed party—a little bit of childhood of nostalgia with a grown-up twist. Read on for the recipe…

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 10th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Kristy is definitely one of those cameleon designers who can really design in any style. This design is just lovely. Delicate and wintery, simple but with a very warm sentiment. The pastel color palette is beautiful, and I admire the clever way she made the inline text greeting stand out from the background by putting a subtle grey behind it. Well-played Kristy!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 11th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Karly’s design truly is “so festive”! I love the bold red text against the pale greenery, and the stamped treatment adds such fun texture. The hand-drawn, uneven berries are lovely pops against the white background, and the faded branches compliment the text perfectly. The casual composition perfectly frames the photo without competing with it, which is so often a mark of one of Karly’s designs. “So Festive” really gets us in the holiday spirit.

 

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