Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 5)

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 winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Traditional Take Award for the design that best uses traditional holiday or Christmas colors such as red & green or blue & white

“So Very” by Angela Marzuki

Angela’s red and white design is “so very” chic! Minimal but festive, this card puts on a modern spin on traditional holiday colors. The understated text and perfectly executed frame – complete with just a hint of mint green – work together to make the customer’s photo the main focus of the design.

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How To: Make Summery Wedding Colors Work for Fall

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Fall Wedding Colors

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of a bright, summery color palette for your wedding. One easy way to make summer hues work for fall is to add a moody touch to the overall palette by introducing a dark, saturated color. I love the combo of pale blues and corals mixed with deep, inky navy inspired by this pretty watercolor painting. Read on for more ideas and ways to incorporate this palette in your own wedding!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 4)

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 winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Deck the Halls Award for the best design that celebrates the Christmas spirit, and not a generic/non-denominational holiday card

“Christmas Pop” by Jessie Steury

Jessie has such a knack for lighthearted, cheerful design! “Christmas Pop” has that distinctively-Jessie Steury feel: bold graphics, retro icons, and bright colors. Her off-kilter borders and offset colors add lots of visual interest and a sense of playful movement. This card definitely pops!

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Design to Dish: Applesauce Muffins with Caramel Glaze

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

fall autumn harvest party ideas

A few years ago, I read an article in a magazine about a family who planted espaliered apple trees around their garden fence and hosted a huge cider-pressing party each fall with their extended family. That’s pretty much the most perfect idea in the history of the world, don’t you think? I love autumn, I love parties, and I love apple cider, so a cider-pressing party really sounds like the perfect afternoon. Someday, I’m going to plant a big garden and with espalier apple trees all around the border and I’ll throw my own cider-pressing party, where you can all come drink fresh cider with me, eat delicious apple snacks, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air.

Speaking of apple snacks, these applesauce muffins coated in a luscious caramel glaze are ridiculously delicious. I made a batch for my kids’ after-school snack on their first day of school this year and I won’t tell you how many I ate (let’s just say it was roughly half the batch). The muffins are lightly spiced and lightly sweetened, and the buttery brown-sugar glaze is so good you’ll find yourself scraping the saucepan and eating it with a spoon! The applesauce muffins are sweet enough for dessert, but not so sweet that they can’t be perfect for breakfast or for a fall cider-pressing party! Keep reading for the recipe…

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 3)

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 winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Festive Full-Bleed Award for the best full-bleed photo card

“Covered in Joy” by Phrosné Ras

We love how Phrosné creates a pattern out of the letterforms in her aptly-named “Covered in Joy”. So modern and editorial without sacrificing holiday spirit, this card is such a wonderful new take on full-bleed! The use of a script front for “love” adds just the right personal touch.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 2)

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 winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Minimalist Award for the best design that is simple, edited, and clean, with greater emphasis on photos and less on design elements that can detract from photos

“Joy Burst” by Betty Hatchett

Elizabeth nailed beautifully simple with “Joy Burst”! The intricate medallion recalls snowflakes and conveys the winter spirit while letting the customer’s photo really shine. The rounded corners die-cut shape is the perfect choice for this design, echoing the shape of the medallion and subtly adding to the softness of the watercolored illustration.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 1)

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 winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best design that showcases multiple photos – our customers often can’t pick just one!

“Etched Greetings” by Misa

Misa’s casual holiday collage is such a fun way to feature multiple family photos on a card! The rough edges of the photos perfectly match the chalk-texture type and the lovely rustic foliage illustration. “Etched Greetings” is so beautifully balanced while still maintaining a casual feel.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Surprising Our Winner!

Our annual holiday photo card challenge is always the biggest challenge of the year and holds a very special place in our hearts. So every year, we try to come up with a fun way to surprise the 1st place winner.

In 2012, we surprised Angela Marzuki by asking her to hop on a Skype call with us to discuss using Dropbox (video here). In 2013, we planned a would-be-routine Minted Meetup in Jill De Haan’s hometown, with our Founder & CEO Mariam Naficy as the surprise guest with the big news (see it here). This year, we switched things up just a bit. Watch the video below to see the surprise for winner Jennifer Wick and read all the details below!

We asked Jen to come out to San Francisco to attend a (non-existent) Minted Board Meeting and give feedback as a member of the Minted Community.

Meanwhile, we decorated our office with tons of bunting banners, balloons, crepe paper, and sweet treats in anticipation of her arrival. We invited all the employees in our SF office to write her a congratulatory note and come join in the surprise celebration.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 1st Place Winner

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for!

We couldn’t be happier for Jen Wick and her big win! She expertly combines playful florals and original typography in this elegant holiday card. The festive winter flora harmoniously surround the delicate diamond. The mixture of serif, sans serif, and script artfully reinforces the balance of modern and traditional and the subtle dotted outline creates a beautiful illusion of hand-stitching that frames the design perfectly. “Storied Joy” is simply that. Congratulations, Jen – you’re amazing!

For this year’s winner surprise, we did something a little different from what we’ve ever done before. Check back tomorrow to read about the surprise and see Jen’s reaction to the big news!

Video Music: “Carefree” by Kevin MacLeod

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