Fall in Love Wedding Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Love was in the air in our Fall in Love Wedding Invitations Challenge! We gave the Minted Community no small task – to re-invent the traditional wedding invitation with unique, fresh designs to wow both brides and grooms. We were looking for a full range of themes from traditional to whimsical and backyard to ballroom. We were amazed by the results! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best sophisticated and timeless design that pleases more  traditional couples and their parents while still being a fresh take on a classic

Gold Notes” by Carrie ONeal

Carrie breathes fresh life into traditional design with “Gold Notes.” The combination of her sophisticated type and her bold, strong lines strikes that perfect balance between classic and contemporary.

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A Talk with Minted Artist Jorey Hurley

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Last week, we were very lucky to have Minted artist, illustrator, and author Jorey Hurley visit us here at Minted HQ in San Francisco. Jorey sat down with Mariam, our CEO and Founder, for a Fireside Chat to talk about Jorey’s work, her inspiration, her Minted experience, and her new book, Nest, with Simon & Schuster.

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Good for You Kids’ Art and State of the Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge

We have special prize winners for two art challenges for you today! In the Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to channel their inner children to submit innovative and creative work for children’s rooms. We were thrilled with the result. Congratulations to the winners of our special prizes!

The Curvilinear Kid Award for the best art print that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path

The Little Miss” by Frooted Design

We think this piece by Frooted Design is awfully clever (there’s a boy version as well). Multiple layers evolve after the first glance – a silhouetted profile, first popularized in the mid eighteenth century, is placed in the center of the design and is accented by a stamp like treatment.  Lovely scrollwork helps to incorporate the vital birth announcement details – date, place, time and weight.  The child’s name shares the stage and is highlighted at the top with the secondary names noted in a graceful curved banner above the image.

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Make an Impression! Letterpress Wedding Challenge Special Prizes

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

We were beyond excited to launch our very first Minted Letterpress Challenge! We asked the Minted Community to design letterpress wedding invitations for a breadth of themes and styles to build out our current assortment. It’s a pleasure to announce the special prize winners who each stood out in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic and timeless design that pleases both traditional couples and their parents

Classic” by Lauren Chism

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Quickfire Stationery Gifts Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer and Jen Casebeer, Minted Community Team

We went back to basics with one of our old favorites – a stationery challenge! Discerning customers come to Minted for clean, beautiful, and unique stationery designs that they just can’t find anywhere else. So in the Quickfire Stationery Gifts Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create fresh stationery designs that would wow our customers and make great gifts (to order for someone else or for yourself!). The winners below each truly shined in our special prize categories. Congratulations to our special prize winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most unique, original stationery design:

Desert Stripes” by Alethea and Ruth

We’ve never seen stationery quite like Rachel’s “Desert Stripes,” and we can’t get enough of it! Practically evoking a desert landscape at dawn, the delicate dots and stripes seamlessly combine with graphic color-blocking to create stationery that’s really worth writing home about.

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R Studio and Students in Minted’s State of the Art Challenge

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Minted artists are incredibly supportive of each other; they critique each others’ work, give suggestions, celebrate others’ wins, and often become good friends. Many see Minted as a type of “design school” and a valuable source for learning and inspiration. So it’s very fitting that we’re writing today about a Minted relationship that incorporates education on a whole new level! Longtime Mintie Renée Stevens of R Studio is a professor at SUNY Oswego in upstate New York. We were so happy and flattered to hear that last semester, she encouraged her graphic design students to submit their artwork to Minted’s State of the Art Challenge.

In a challenge with an incredible 1,044 art submissions, two of Renée’s students won Minted Editors’ Pick prizes! “The Mess” by Emily Hinckley and “Townie” by Melissa will both be up for sale on Minted.com soon. We see Minted as an artistic community, first and foremost, and nothing makes us happier than seeing artists take a risk and learn through the challenge process.

Emily, Renée, and Melissa

 We were lucky enough to get to hear from Emily, Renée, and Melissa about their Minted experiences and about the inspiration for their work.

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Love is in the Air Valentine’s Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Get ready to feel the love! In the Love is in the Air Valentine’s Day Challenge, we asked the Minted Community Designers to create beautiful, original designs for customers of all ages to send sweet Valentine’s sentiments to family, friends, and classmates. We are just in love with the designs below, that each stood out in the following special prize categories:

Big Picture Award for the best Valentine’s photo card design using a full-bleed photo

Valentine Heart Sprinkle” by Alethea and Ruth

Rachel’s “Valentine Heart Sprinkle” perfectly complements any customer’s full-bleed photo. Her sweet little hearts in varying sizes and colors dance adorably around the “Happy Valentine’s Day” greeting.

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Together Again: Minted + West Elm Art Challenge

Together again! We are very happy to say that we’re continuing our Minted + West Elm Collaboration with a second art print challenge. We have loved working with West Elm not only because they are at the forefront of modern, eclectic home design and decor, but especially because they share our fundamental passion for supporting independent artists.

Our first challenge was such a success that we jumped at the change to work with West Elm again. Learn more and submit to our second Minted + West Elm Art Challenge here by Monday, February 3 at 10am PT. Keep reading for more details!

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Don’t Forget! Save the Date Challenge Special Prizes

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

In the Don’t Forget! Save the Date Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create fresh save the date designs to delight couples and to help them express their personal style, whether it be modern, vintage, whimsical, romantic, or traditional. We were looking for unique designs that would help set just the right tone for couples’ upcoming nuptials. We just love the result!

The designs below stood out in our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, special prize winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most creative and innovative take on a save the date

Our Timeline” by Jessie Steury

Jessie’s “Our Timeline” strikes that perfect balance between fun and sophisticated. What a great way for a couple to share some of their history and happiness, without going over the top. The simplicity of the design keeps the design classic, but definitely with a bit of a twist.

Runners Up: “Birdy Love” by Petra Kern | ”love +” by Aspacia Kusulas | ”Vintage Blooms” by Miranda Lyn

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Outside the Box Gift Wrap Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

At Minted, we believe that when giving gifts, what’s outside the box matters almost as much as what’s inside. So this year, after years of dreaming and plenty of requests from designers, we held our first-ever gift wrap challenge! In the Outside the Box Gift Wrap Challenge, we asked designers to create modern, unique, personalizable gift wrap designs that would make Minted customers’ gifts even more special this holiday season.

We received so many amazing submissions and are beyond thrilled to present our gift wrap collection. Among those winners, the designs below really shined in our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Interests Award for the best gift wrap design that reflects a hobby or interest

Night Skate” by Morgan Ramberg

We cannot get enough of Morgan’s abstracted ice skaters! The mixture of exaggerated curves and angular poses creates a very interesting, whimsical scene. This gift wrap would surely bring a smile to anybody’s face – perfect for holiday gifts!

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