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.

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best Valentine’s photo card design using multiple photos

Modern Hearts” by Keen Peachy

What a cute way to incorporate multiple photos in a Valentine’s card! We can’t help but smile at Amanda’s heart-shaped photos and simplicity of design.

Out of the Box Award for a Valentine’s photo card or classroom card that you wouldn’t see on other online sites

Xs and Os” by Ink and Iron

This is one Valentine’s design that we’ve never seen before! We love how clean and simple, yet entirely fresh and modern, TJ’s interlaced Xs and Os are. Lovely!

Runners Up (clockwise from left): “Rollin” by Erica Krystek | “All-Write” by Bonjour Berry | “Queen of Hearts” by Pistols | “Tribal Print Love” by Shiny Penny Studio

 We’re Late Award for the funniest Valentine’s photo card for customers who just couldn’t get their holiday card out on time

Bix XO” by Pistols

We can always count on Melissa for both beautiful hand-lettering and a healthy dose of humor! We can’t get enough of her playful rhyme that just goes right ahead and admits that you couldn’t get those holiday cards out on time!

Best Shape Award I for the best classroom Valentine card that uses one of Minted’s shapes

purrfect kitties” by peetie design

Dare we say that this classroom valentine is the “purrfect” winner for this category? Lisa’s personalizable heart and her adorable cats’ tails mirror the lines of the heart shape so wonderfully.

Best Shape Award II for the best Valentine’s photo card that uses one of Minted’s shapes

Ombre Love” by Maison Yellow

Great use of a shape is not always about being a literal part of the design elements. Kaydi wins our second Best Shape Award because her use of shape adds just a little something special to her sweet, simple ombre letters and clean photo placement.

Foil-Pressed Award for the Valentine’s photo card design with elements that truly shine in foil-pressed metallics

Heart of Gold” by Hooray Creative

Kristy has such a knack for sophisticated simplicity. Her hand-drawn, foil heart really jumps out against a clean white background. Simple text and a rough dividing line between photo and design elements lend an elegant feel to this design.

Runners Up: “fun love” by Rebecca Bowen | “Sealed with a Kiss” by Stacey Meacham

His Classroom Award for the best classroom Valentine card for a boy aged 3-9

Mac and Cheese” by Katie Zimpel

What could be more familiar, friendlier, or more well-loved than mac and cheese? Katie’s little mac and cheese characters are so fun—the perfect way to profess your friendship without any of the traditional, pink frills!

Runners Up (clockwise from left): “Hot Dog!” by Jessie Steury | “Hoop Shot” by Laura Bolter Design | “Dino Dig” by Lehan Veenker | “Big Heart Truckin'” by Bob Daly Illustration

Her Classroom Award for the best classroom Valentine card for a girl aged 3-9

You’re Brilliant” by Oscar & Emma

These lovely, sketched gems have so much personality! Karly’s sweet little faces and brilliant colors make for one incredibly cute design.

Runners Up (from left): “Conversation Heart” by Hooray Creative | “Be My Smitten Kitten” by Kristen Smith | “You’re Purfect” by Alethea and Ruth | “Mermaid ‘For Me'” by Brittany Porter

From Me to You Award for the best single greeting card you can buy for your significant other

Beyond Measure” by guess what?

We have to admit that we love Lori beyond measure! Every detail adds charm to this design, from her cute pun to that adorable hand-drawn tape measure, muted color palette, and just-so frame.

Runner Up: “Off the Charts” by Chryssi Tsoupanarias

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