2010 Holiday Spectacular: Special Awards

We interrupt our countdown today to announce our four special category awards totaling $2,000 in prizes. These were incredibly difficult to decide upon… Our team has been deliberating over the choices all weekend long. But I think you’ll agree with us that each of these designs are quite special in their own, unique way. We’re, as always, so impressed by our community’s great creativity.

Our funniest/cheekiest award of $500 goes to Don’t tell Santa by Unless Someone Like You. What child doesn’t end up with marker on their face at least half a dozen times throughout childhood? I’m sure lots of families have pictures just like this one that they can’t wait to showcase (or I’m sure our talented design associates would be happy to do the mark-up as well!). This card made us laugh aloud, but not only that–it’s a really well-composed, spirited design with a fresh shade of green.

The best multi-photo award of $1,000 goes to Alex Elko for his brilliant Foursquare. Multi-photo cards are notoriously difficult to make look good, but doesn’t this look fresh, modern, and unique? Alex has really capitalized on the square size of the card; the big, block “Merry Christmas” lettering mirrors the square shape of the four images at the bottom making for a very nicely aligned card. I love how the family member’s names are tucked into that little square of white space. All in all, a very sharp design!

For our best religious $1,000 prize, it’s Madonna & Child by Paper Plains. Sarah Lenger has taken the traditional Madonna and Child and blended traditional with modern in a stunning gold halo and array of scintillating dots that spreads across the photo above. The font she has chosen is both soft and classic. What a gorgeous and truly unique way to celebrate Christmas!

And, finally, last but certainly not least, our newbie award of $500 goes to Robin Ott Design for Pear Family. Robin has so cleverly modernized the traditional ‘partridge in a pear tree.’ The tree is just so sweet! The pears and the leaves fit together so nicely in their varying shades of green. And has ‘love’ ever looked better? Isn’t the simply type treatment here just fantastic?

Robin hales from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a self-described “Owner + designer. Wife + mother. Addicted to paper, art, wine, cooking, anthropologie, trying to live organically and all things pretty.” We welcome her to the Minted community and look forward to seeing what she submits next!

Find more of Natasha on her blog.

  1. stacey day

    YAY! so cool! these were some of my favorites. sarah’s madonna card is the most modern, unique and beautiful take on a religious message. LOVE it. and i have always adored alex’s bold type on that card. and who doesn’t laugh at leslie’s hillarious message?! also, congrats to newbie robin – i look forward to seeing more from you. CONGRATS TO ALL!! you all rock!

  2. Alex Elko

    Thank you! And congrats to everyone!

  3. Maria Estigoy

    Congrats everyone!

  4. Sydney

    Just looked back at Alex’s submission and saw where one of the tags he included for his design is “OMG that text is huge!” That really made me laugh outloud! All very deserving awards! GO ROBIN!!!!! And welcome to the Fam!

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  6. Yolanda Mariak Chendak

    Wow, what an awesome turnout.. congratulations to ALL:)

  7. Great cards. I am always wowed by the MINTED quality on here!

  8. Sarah

    Congratulations to all! Each design is so unique and cool!

  9. Laura

    Perfect choices- congrats to all the winners!

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