Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Spring has sprung! And we’re very excited to have a fresh batch of brand new birth announcements just in time. Birth announcements are all about announcing a little person in a big way and they’re incredibly meaningful for newly-minted moms and dads. So in our Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked designers to create the most unique, beautiful, and modern birth announcements the world has ever seen (a pretty tall order). Our Design Community did not disappoint!

The designs below took chic birth announcements to another level and each stood out among a very impressive crowd in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design

Precious Name” by Oscar & Emma

Karly has got to be one of the queens of understated elegance. This full-bleed design allows the customer to show off a great big photo of their new baby. The simple, minimalist white text shares all the information we want to know in a classic clean way (without taking away from the little one).

Runner Ups: “Big News” by papermints | “Over the Moon” by Momo | “Wrapped in Lace” by fatfatin

Multi-Photo Award for the best design featuring multiple photos

Modern Album” by Jana Volfova

It can be difficult to seamlessly stitch multiple photos into one cohesive card; we love that Jana not only accomplished the feat, but did it in such a unique way! This is one very unusual and refreshing muliti-photo design. The grid provides a neat structure for the photos while subtle textures and a bright color palette make for bit of fun on this chic tag.

Runner Ups: “Gallery” by Susan Asbill | “Precious Name” by papermints | “Classic Color Block” by Wondercloud Design

Minimalist Award for the best simple, modern design

Simply Official” by Snow and Ivy


Less can really be more for a birth announcement. The newborn is center stage in this wonderfully minimalist design. We can’t get enough of Hailey’s thin, clean text and her monochrome palette. The scalloped circle shape adds a bit of visual interest and whimsy, but the design overall stays crisp and simple. Well done!

Runner Ups: “Little Bow” by Amber Barkley | “Nantucket” by toast & laurel | “Uptown” by kelli hall | “Baby Mine” by b.wise papers

Out of the Box Award for the best card you wouldn’t see on other online sites

The Naming Grid” by Frooted Design

We were immediately taken with Tanya’s very original naming grid. We love that this design is so much more than an announcement; it’s a  personal expression and explanation of the little one’s name and heritage. Tanya has masterfully allowed for lots customization and personality, without sacrificing a large photo of the man (or woman) of the hour.

Runner Ups: “Baby Specs” by Spotted Whale Design | “Woodland Awakening” by Griffinbell Studio | “Overlay Love” by Jessie Steury

Best Use of a Shape for the best use of one of the die-cut shapes that Minted offers

Fancy Floral Frame” by The Lovely Letters

Gorgeous! Phronsne’s fancy florals are sort and delicate, but their abundance is striking. She wins our Best Use of a Shape award for creating a design that not only fits perfectly in a shape, but that is actually enhanced by it. The soft curves of the bracketed shape add to the overall feeling of peace and quiet.

Runner Ups: “Sweet Garden” by Inkwell Design Studio | “Prim” by Susan Asbill | “Gold Eyelet” by Linda Beach | “Special Delivery” by Hooray Creative

Gender Neutral Award for the best design that could be used for either a boy or a girl

Introduced by Infographic” by Squareview Studios

This clean infographic would be perfect for either a boy or a girl; not only because of Andrea’s color choice, but also because of her sweet banner, map, and icons. What a great way to add a little character to your traditional announcement! We love the clean, but playful mixture of fonts and design elements.

Runner Ups:  “The Main Event” by b.wise papers | “The Modern Way” by Vellum and Vogue | “Polka Dot Frame” by roxy

More the Merrier Award for the best design for twins or multiples

Twin Blocks” by fatfatin

It’s not everyday that you see something so minimal, but so unusual. Yen lets each twin have his or her own space and style with this clever announcement. She ties together wonderfully symmetrical photos spaces, names, and initial blocks with a clean center line. Perfect for two little twins who each deserve to show off a bit of their own personalities.

Runner Up: “Twin Stamps” by Heather Francisco

Adoption Award for the best design announcing an adoption

Chosen” by Tami Warrington

Tami’s “Chosen” is a chic, subtle way to announce an adoption. Like every proud parent wants, Tami allows for a large full-bleed photo with barely-there text that adds to rather than detracts from the baby. “We chose her” is a very sweet sentiment and a touching way to share your wonderful news.

Runner Ups: “Proudly Adopted” by Candace McRae | “Locally Grown” by R Studio | “The Most Special Delivery” by Oak Street Press

Best non-photo design

Je t’aime bebe” by guess what?

For those parents who are looking for a non-photo design, Lori’s “je t’aime bebe” delivers all the adorable whimsy necessary! This design had us smiling right away. Her sweet bundle, playful hearts and embellishments, and small touches give plenty of personality. A little hand-lettering can go such a long way!

Runner Ups: “A Sweet Hello” by annie clark | “babygraphics” by Cecile Paper Lounge

Best design for a boy

Vintage Jacks” by Sarah Curry

We’re in love! “Vintage Jacks” just screams playfulness. Sarah lets your little boy come into the world with a real bang. Her off-kilter jacks, bouncing ball, and nearly-jumping type give so much movement to this design. The bold color palette makes a real splash in the often soft, pastel world of birth announcements.

Runner Ups: “Petite jungle frame” by Jennifer Wick | “Full of Joy” by Melanie Severin | “Tagged with Love” by Maison Yellow

Best design for a girl

A Bit of Whimsy” by Brie Zacher

This is one aptly named design. Brie’s delicate details add just the right amount of whimsy to this birth announcement. Soft flowers and a simple laurel sprig frame the new little girl perfectly. We love that every little detail adds something sweet and unique. And can you believe that this was Brie’s first win?! Congrats, Brie!

Runner Ups: “Sweet Splash” by SimpleTe Design | “Vintage Charm” by Kristie Kern | “Devon” by Kimberly Nicole

  1. Cecile

    Congrats everyone ! Great picks !!

  2. Olivia

    Beautiful work, everyone!

  3. Susie

    Congratulations to all! Lovely work!