Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prizes

It’s Minted’s biggest and most influential stationery challenge of the year the annual Holiday Card Challenge! Our customers say that their jaws drop when they get a Minted card in the mail. That’s exactly the effect we were looking for from you, our immensely talented Minted Community, and wow did you deliver! A huge congrats to all the winners!  

This year, for the first time ever, we announced the First Time Winner Holiday Collection Award. We awarded an artist with the opportunity to launch a line of holiday cards on Minted.com to a designer who has never won a Minted challenge before.

Congrats, Colleen Tracey! We will choose 2 more holiday card designs from Colleen for a total collection of 5 holiday cards launched on Minted.


For the funniest card that just makes you laugh
Uh Oh“ by Genna Coswert


For the most unconventional, unique design in the challenge that you couldn’t find on any other site. This design exemplifies the kind of design risk-taking Minted is looking for.
Popstract Multi” by Sydney Newsom


For the card that uses clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings
Forever Young“ by Carrie O’Neal

For the best design that showcases multiple photos our customers often can’t pick just one!
Photo Booth Filter“ by Olivia Kanaley

Click through for more special prize winners from this year’s holiday photo card challenge

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

We took out the eggnog for our non-photo holiday card challenge! This is a fun challenge that Minted artists typically enjoy, because it allows their talents as a designer to shine, whether they are an artist, illustrator, typographer or graphic designer. We were looking to help customers express a broad range of styles; there is no one Minted “look”. Our artists had fun, took risks, and designed holiday cards that they would be excited to send themselves. Congratulations to all our special prize winners and runners-up!

For the most innovative non-photo holiday card that best exemplifies design risk-taking,
while still conveying the cheer and spirit of the holiday season

Reindeer Love” by Cass Loh

Runners-Up (below): ”All I Want Is” by Magdalena Earnest | ”Year: The Board Game” by Betta


For the best holiday card that also announces a recent move
Decking New Halls” by Peridot Design

Runners-Up (below): ”Home” by Lori Wemple | ”Zola” by Chocomocacino


For the design that best reinvents the “annual letter,” in which
families share major milestones from their year

Annual Highlights” by Shirley Lin Schneider

Runner-Up (below): “Seasonal Update” by Jessie Steury


Keep reading for more special prize winners

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Very First Digital Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Minted’s customers have been asking for the same high quality design from you, the Minted Community, in digital form – and we can’t wait to offer this product at the end of October! Customers lean towards digital instead of paper for more casual and short-lead events like dinner parties, smaller holidays, and non-milestone birthday parties. We care a great deal about creating more opportunity for you, and digital invitations will present a chance for your designs to serve many more occasions and reach many more customers. Congratulations to all our special prize winners and runners-up!

For the best design that puts names or customizable 
information on a curvilinear path
Shark Attack Pool Party“ by iamtanya

Runners-Up: “Passover This Year” by Laura Bolter Design | “Tippling Bacherlorette” by Shari Margolin | “Congrats, Graduate” by Ann Gardner


 For the best dinner party design
Chalkboard Dinner Party“ by Laura Bolter Design

Runners-Up: Fresh Linen” by Pistols | “Red Plate Special” by Morgan Ramberg
Bon Appetit!” by Jennifer Wick 


For the best cocktail party design
Let’s Get Saucy“ by The Detroit Card Co.

Runners-Up: Cocktails & Conversation” by Morgan Ramberg | “Glam Cocktail Party” by Kelly Schmidt | “Mod Cocktail” by Keen Peachy


For the best design for bachelorette parties,  
rehearsal dinners, or engagement parties
Engagement Cocktails and Music“ by Bonjour Paper

Runners-Up: Hairdo” by Anna Elder | “Truffle” by chocomocacino
Soft Bouquet” by Jessica Williams


For the best design for a grownup birthday party  
Roaring 20s Birthday Bash“ by Leah Bisch

Runners-Up: “Big Numbers” by Cheer Up Press | ”Sneaky Surprise” by Jessie Steury
Quirky Surprise” by Up Up Creative


For the perfect birthday party invitation for an older boy or girl aged 13-18 
Chic Balloons“ by Melanie Severin

Runners-Up: “Sweetest Sixteen” by Phrosne Ras | “Sunset Sweet” by Lindsay Megahed
Age Appropriate” by Kimberly FitzSimons


For the best design for a birthday party invitation for a boy aged 8-12 
Laser Tag“ by Lori Wemple

Runners-Up: Wheels” by Bonjour Berry | “Kiddo Campout” by Leah Bisch
All Star” by Peetie Design


For the best birthday party invitation for a girl aged 8-12
Mani Pedi“ by Carrie O’Neal

Runners-Up: Scoop” by Carrie O’Neal | “Karate + Cake” by Up Up Creative
Tasty Type” by Jessie Steury


For the best design for a graduation party from 
high school, college, or any other school 
Hats Off Graduation“ by Frooted Design

Runners-Up: “Hats Off to the Grad” by Sara Showalter | “Painted Graduate” by Erin Deegan


For the best design for a children’s or grownup’s Valentine’s Day part 
Valentine’s Day Cocktails“ by Jessica Ogden

Runners-Up: “Heart Profusion” by Up Up Creative | “Lovestruck Potluck” by Jessica Booth
XO Bites” by SimpleTe Design


 For the best invitation to an Easter Egg hunt, bunch, or other Easter party
Easter Bouquet“ by Jennifer Wick

Runners-Up: “Dip Dyed Eggs” by Stacey Meacham | “The Big Hunt” by Peony Papeterie
Easter Parade” by Chris Griffith


For the best invitation to a St. Patrick’s Day party
Pot-O-Luck St. Patricks Feast“ by Bask In Design

 Runners-Up: Luck of the Irish” by Carly Reed | “Wear Green” by Leah Bisch
Shamrock Party” by Sarah Brown


For the best invitation to a Mother’s Day brunch 
Garden Burst Mother’s Day Brunch“ by Erin McManness

Runners-Up: Mother’s Day Garden Brunch” by Hooray Creative | “Mason Jar Brunch” by Olivia Raufman | “Brunch Leaves” by Katharine Watson


For the best invitation to a Father’s Day brunch 
Father’s Day Cookout“ by Dulce Dahlia

 

Runner-Up: World’s Best Dad” by Itsy Belle Studio

 

Images created by: Leah Conroy 

 

Guest Judge Awards will be announced at a later date.

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“For Art’s Sake” Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We are continuously impressed with the high quality of artwork and photography that our Minted community has created. As our art business continues to grow, we can’t wait to launch a more diverse and unique assortment of art. We turned to you to submit your most interesting and creative pieces. You wowed us once again! Congratulations to all the winners!

Curator’s Choice Award: For the artwork that most captures
the attention of the Minted curatorial team
The Mountains Before Us“ by Mande


Newbie Award: For the best work of art by a first-time entrant
Sable Song“ by Juniper Briggs


Color Award: For the best bold and colorful art piece
Green Garden“ by Tae Lee


Nursery award: For the most charming print for a little one
Blue Fish Wish“ by Maja Cunningham


Avant-Garde Award: For the best edgy print that pushes boundaries
Star Child“ by Tolani Lightfoot


Abstract Award: For the best abstract painting, illustration, or graphic
Melt“ by Adrienne Jackson


 Photography Award: For the best photographic art print
Red Rock and Sky“ by Compass Rose Photography


 Seasonal Award: For the best piece of artwork inspired by the fall or winter months
Blue Mountain“ by Jenny Partrite


Landscape Orientation Award: For the art piece that best utilizes the landscape orientation
Linger Longer III“ by Lindsay Megahed


Square Award: For the most interesting square-shaped composition
Sombras“ by Lulaloo

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“Joy to the Work” Holiday Challenge: Special Prize Winners

This holiday season, businesses across the country will search for the perfect card to send customers and partners. We asked you, our talented Minted community, to significantly update our corporate holiday card assortment with fresh, original designs. We were overjoyed with the incredible submissions to this challenge. A huge congrats to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most innovative corporate holiday card
that you wouldn’t find on other sites
Abstract Tree“ by Erica Krystek

Runners-Up: Stateside” by Jessie Steury | “Christmas Birds” by Ana de Sousa


For the best simple (but still interesting!), masculine design
Holidays Stamp“ by Erin L. Wilson

Runners-Up: “Big Joy” by iamtanya | “Joy All Around” by Alston Wise


For the card that best communicates gratitude to customers
lettered thanks“  by Dawn Jasper

Runners-Up: “Thanks for being Awesome” by Genna Cowsert  | “Shimmering Snow” by
Pistols | ”Simple Script” by Misa


For the best design incorporating stats & 
data from the year in a fun way
Infographic Joy“ by Bonjour Berry

Runners-Up: Holiday Pie Chart” by Hooray Creative | Watercolor Stats” by Smudge Design


For the best design that incorporates a company logo
From Our City“ by Frooted Design

Runners-Up: Delivering Holiday Cheer” by Itsy Belle Studio 
Winter in our City” by Shelly Gerritsma


For the most clever, witty card that makes you smile
Loading“ by Elly

Runner-Up: Tools of the Trade” by Cheer Up Press


For the best design showcasing the company’s office location
nickname city“ by Aspacia Kusulas

Runners-Up: Joy From Our State” by Sarah Brown | “West Coast Greetings” by Erica Krystek | “Location Location” by Hooray Creative


For the best new year’s corporate card design
A Complete 2016“ by fatfatin

Runners-Up: Bright New Year” by Kaydi Bishop | “Bright Ideas” by Elly


For the design that best showcases one of Minted’s die-cut shapes
Wreath of Prosperity“ by Qing Ji

Runners-Up:  Joyful Garland” by Katherine Moynagh | “Watercolor Laurel” by Baumbirdy


For the best design that puts text on a curvilinear path
Watercolor Pine Wreath“ by Gakemi Art + Design

Runners-Up: holiday streamers” by peetie design 
Good Cheer is Good Business” by Chelsey Scott


For the best design from a first-time entrant:
Vintage Snow Globe“ by Lisa Assenmacher

Runners-Up: Winter Sprigs“  by Claudia Bianchi | “Merry & Bright, You Were the Highlight” by Chelsea Voorhees

Images: Leah Conroy
Ed. note: ”The Most Wonderful Type Award” will be announced at a later date.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 1st Place Winner

By Mariam Naficy

At Minted, we celebrate independent creatives. They are the heart and soul of what we do as a company. We know that creativity comes from unexpected places, and we cherish the serendipity and surprise that result from this. We strive to create a marketplace for independent creatives—a marketplace that rewards them for the quality of their work and provides customers with a direct connection to find art and design that expresses their unique style.

Minted’s annual Holiday Photo Card Challenge is the biggest stationery design event of the year. This year artists submitted a total of 4,661 designs. We have a very diverse group of winners who truly embody independence of thought.

I’m thrilled to announce that the first-place winner of the 2015 Holiday Photo Card Challenge is Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma for her design “Embellished.” The Columbus, Ohio, artist has won $9,000 and a forthcoming VIP trip to San Francisco along with second-place winner Phrosné Ras of Cape Town, South Africa, and third-place winner Kristie Kern of Akron, Ohio. All winners also earn commission on the sales of their winning designs. See Karly’s winning design and a video of me surprising her below.

Having known Karly as a dedicated Minted community member since the very first year Minted launched (in 2008), I’m thrilled for Karly and her holiday win. A self-taught designer, Karly has embodied the Minted community spirit from the beginning, repeatedly giving advice and help to new designers along the way.

Embellished” is a refreshing new take on a full-bleed design. I love the delicate, elegant, circular lockup, which still lets a customer’s photo shine. What I’ve always admired about Karly is that she studies her work so carefully and that her typography is so carefully considered. Karly revealed to us that she edited “Embellished” nearly 20 times to achieve perfection. The use of holly and the color red convey holiday festivity without compromising the card’s elegance and simplicity.

The Depew Family from left: Karly’s husband Judd, Ollie, Maeve, Parker, and Karly.
Photo by Christa Kimble

Karly’s design was a favorite among both consumers and our community of independent artists—a very difficult feat. Congratulations on this well-deserved accomplishment, Karly. We couldn’t be happier for you!

Each year we surprise the first-place winner, and each time we aim to get a little sneakier. I traveled this year to Columbus to surprise Karly, and even enlisted the help of a special accomplice and fellow Minted artist, Carrie O’Neal, who created a cover story and drove all the way from Cincinnati to help get Karly to the right cafe at the right time. I emerged from a broom closet at the cafe, trying to cover my face with giant red balloons. Watch the video to see how it all went down.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 2nd Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. This year Minted’s community of independent designers produced breathtaking and exceptionally creative designs — we received an incredible 4,661 submissions. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Elegant gold branches adorned with delicate dots and leaves come together to perfectly frame the photo in Phrosne’s stunning design. Her artistry is on full display in this card. The thin clean stroke of her line brings a lightness while the use of gold adds just enough luxe to make this holiday card truly shine.


More Winning Designs from our 2015 Holiday Photo Card Challenge:
3rd Place Winner
• 4th Place Winner
• 5th & 6th Place Winners
• 7th & 8th Place Winners
• 9th & 10th Place Winners
• Top 11–15 Winners
• Top 16-20 Winners
• Top 21–30 Winners
• Top 31–40 Winners
• Top 41-50 Winners 

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 3rd Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. This year Minted’s community of independent designers produced breathtaking and exceptionally creative designs — we received an incredible 4,661 submissions. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Kristie takes two of the hottest aesthetic trends – foil texture and ambre watercolor – and brings them together to create a card that literally radiates joy. The ever-softening shades of red pull you into their soft glow. The tiny smattering of gold and vertical dashes burst onto the page like laughter or an uncontrollable smile. This card captures how the best of the holidays feel. Well done Kristie!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 4th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. This year Minted’s community of independent designers produced breathtaking and exceptionally creative designs — we received an incredible 4,661 submissions. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

There is so much to love about Eric’s card: the unexpected color, the illustrative complexity and control, the single moment when the pine needles pierce the border or the tiny bird you discover almost by surprise. What makes this design truly unique is how it is simultaneously modern and vintage, traditional and new – a card that everyone can love. Perfection!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 5th & 6th Place Winners

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. This year Minted’s community of independent designers produced breathtaking and exceptionally creative designs — we received an incredible 4,661 submissions. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

In this elegant design, Jen artfully crafts a silhouetted botanical that adds just enough dimensionality while the pops of red bring a festive touch. The striking use of white space adds a sense of wintry calm while the design as a whole still imbues the warm feeling of the holidays. Fabulous job!

The hand-lettering in this design is a stunning display of Lynn’s talent and skill. We love all the movement, the mix of type styles and the delicate use of flourishes that help bring everything together. The gold texture against the rich black background adds an elegant quality to this stunning design.

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