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.
Silver Bells Award for the most elegant, classic, and timeless design
“Twigs” by Oscar & Emma
Karly is so versatile, and she reminds us with “Twigs” that she’s just as skilled with classic design as she is with modern design! The festive greenery illustrations, complete with sweet little holly berries, gorgeously frame the classic serif text. We love the deep pine green color and the modern touch of the “twenty fifteen” bookending the design with perfect balance.
Visions of Die-Cuts Award for the best use of one of Minted’s die-cut shapes
“Flight Crew” by Shari Margolin
The perfect luggage tag for any “present patrol” on their ’round the world journey, “Flight Crew” is such a great use of our tag die-cut shape. The fresh colors Shari chose are so fun, from the diagonal blue and ivory colorblocking to the tonal red inline text. The shining red border around the hole at the top reminds us of Rudolph’s nose!
Edgy Award for the best edgy design that exemplifies the type of risk-taking Minted is looking for
“Hip Type” by Jody Wody
Jody has never been one to shy away from a design risk, and her bold use of type in this card is so effective. This design has so many interesting elements – from the askew tonal red photo frame to the textured type spelling out a myriad of holiday messages to the fantastic tilt of the type – but still keeps the emphasis on the photo. The way the type overlaps the photo creates an edgy frame that cool, modern families are sure to love.