By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team
In the Welcome Little One! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to help spread the joy of a new baby by creating fresh, original birth announcements. Minted designers proved up to the challenge of creating designs worthy of one of our most meaningful categories, producing an array of sweet, cute, funny, chic, and beautiful designs great for those little future stationery lovers (girls and boys alike!). The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!
Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design
“emma” by Rebecca Bowen
Rebecca does a great job of leaving plenty of room to highlight the new arrival’s photo without sacrificing style in “Emma.” The whimsical “hello” and the cute hand-drawn arrow make this announcement so fun.
Multi-Photo Award for the best design featuring multiple photos
“Clean Strokes” by Jessica Williams
We love how Jessica uses the baby’s name as a divider between the two photos. The rough, brushy photo edges add an artistic touch, and the whole design is grounded by the birth details in chic grey at the bottom.
Minimalist Award for the best simple, modern design
“loved” by Sara Hicks Malone
We fell in [love] right away with this minimalist design. Sara does away with frills and gets right to the heart of how new parents feel about their little one, keeping the focus on the photo and that one little word.
Runners Up: “Watercolor Swash” by Kristie Kern | “Fresh Start” by Carrie ONeal | “Birth Stats” by Kimberly FitzSimons | “Pure Modern” by Olivia Raufman
Oh Boy Award for the best design for a boy
“Modern Moniker” by Lauren Chism
Lauren’s “Modern Moniker” is dapper enough for any little gentleman! The unusual layout is so clean, and the name at the top introduces the new little mister in a big way. The subtle blue-grey background is so sophisticated.
Runners Up: “Festive Border” by Jill Means | “Classic Cutie” by Paper Dahlia | “Simplicity” by Sarah Brown
Out of the Box Award for the most unique card you wouldn’t see on any other site but Minted
“Party at my crib” by Lea Delaveris
We love clever copy, and so we fell right away for Lea’s cheekily-named “Party at my crib.” We love the nod to both the joyful and more trying aspects of new parenthood and the bold, bright orange.
Runners Up: “Elements” by Pistols | “the bun is done!” by guess what? | “Roots” by Stacey Hill | “Half Chalkboard” by Susan Brown
Foil Pressed Award for the design with elements that truly shine in foil-pressed metallics
“Golden Shell” by Petra Kern
Foil brings Petra’s gorgeous vintage pattern to life in “Golden Shell.” The little sunburst motif, reflected in the shell pattern and around the little one’s last name, ties the whole design together.
Runners Up: “Star” by Ink and Iron | “Golden Breath” by Phrosné Ras | “Little Gem” by Snow and Ivy | “A Big Welcome” by Griffinbell Paper Co.
Curvilinear Award for the best design that puts the baby’s name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path
“New Tiny Monster Born to Superhero Parents” by Kate Zane
Up, up, and away! Kate knocks it out of the park with her very first Minted submission, reminding us just how heroic new parents are. We love the hand-written look of the copy and the little illustrated icons.
Runners Up: “Wrapped in Love” by Heather Rae Designs | “Banner Day” by Petite Papier
What’s in a Name Award for the design that highlights the new little one’s name in a special way (and can accommodate many different names)
“Bella” by Jody Wody
Jody features the little one’s name so elegantly in “Bella.” Sweeping flourishes frame gorgeous typography. The slant of the name lends movement to the design, and we love how the pink is echoed in the parents’ names.
Movable Elements Award for the best design that features clever design elements that can be moved around and arranged on top of a customer’s photo
“Daddy’s Eyes” by Lori Wemple
Lori’s creative take on movable elements is just so darn cute! Minted customers are always looking for clever ways to customize their cards. This gives them the perfect personal touch to bring Mom and Dad into the joy of the announcement.
Newbie Award for the best design from a designer who is new to Minted
“Mint Flower” by Amanda Weaver
Amanda makes a stunning Minted debut with “Mint Flower.” The lovely typography is set against a background of clean stripes, perfectly balancing the dainty florals. We love her attention to every detail, right down to the unique shape of the photo frame.
Pregnancy Announcement Award for the best design that announces you’re expecting
“The Stork’s Surprise” by Lisa Schneller