Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 1 and Judge’s Picks

Without further ado, the First Place design on the Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge Countdown is The Womanly Type by Ann Gardner. You may recognize this design as the feminine half of Ann’s vintage-label-inspired “Type” series. The other half, appropriately called The Manly Type, placed 7th on this very countdown. For this First Place win, Ann will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Congratulations Ann!

The elegant combination of fonts are accentuated by delicate flourishes and bold graphics. The recipient’s name is set prominently in the design, making the design feel even more personalized and special. It’s clear from these two top 10 wins that Ann’s “Type” series was a huge hit with voters, and we congratulate Ann on two fantastic designs!

We are also thrilled to announce the two Judge’s Picks, selected by Guest Judges Kelly Beall of Design Crush and Lilliana Vazquez of the Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style. Each design will receive a $500 cash prize and the honor of being hand-picked by one of our esteemed guest judges. Here’s Kelly’s favorite design…

Joyeux by Yolanda Mariak Chendak

…and what she had to say about why she loved it: “I love just about anything and everything French, but the type and color palette are what really made this one stand out to me. The little cake slice illustration put it over the edge. I’d send this one in a heartbeat!”

And here’s Lilliana’s pick…

Ultra Official by J.Bartyn Design

…and what she had to say: ” I love how it reminds me of the notes we used to pass in school…birthdays are all about memories and this one captures that spirit perfectly!  And I love the little check boxes inside–shoes always make for a great birthday!”

Hurray for Yolanda and Cambria!

Additional designs have been selected to receive Editor’s Pick awards of $100. These will be announced later today by email, so keep an eye on your inbox to find out which designs will be included in Minted’s first ever greeting card assortment. In the meantime, check out the full top-10 on our winners page.

Congratulations to all! We are so impressed and couldn’t be more excited about these designs.

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  1. Amy E

    Congrats Ladies!! All well deserved.

  2. Hailey M

    Congrats to all! Great designs!

  3. jessica

    yay!! congrats. to all!

  4. Sydney

    Congratulations!! All three of these are great!!

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  6. Karen Glenn

    Congrats to you, Ann, Yolanda and Cambria on your well-deserved wins!

  7. Yolanda

    Wow, I’m in shock… thank you so much… and thank you Kelly Beall for choosing my design… congratulations Ann and Cambria… awesome designs 🙂

  8. Meg G.

    Congrats to all! You are all pretty darn talented designers.

  9. Paige

    Congratulations ladies! It’s going to be a fun assortment!

  10. Katie

    Congratulations to everyone!

  11. alston

    congratulations to all!

  12. Anng

    Wow! I’m stunned! Looks like I’ll have to do some more typography work! 😉 Congrats to Yolanda and Cambria, too! Thanks, everyone!

  13. Rock on ladies!!! Well deserved praise!

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  15. Amanda Larsen

    Congrats to these talented designers!

  16. bridget

    LOVE this card.