Winter Wonderland Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

We took out the eggnog for our non-photo holiday card challenge! This is a fun challenge that Minted artists typically enjoy, because it allows their talents as a designer to shine, whether they are an artist, illustrator, typographer or graphic designer. We were looking to help customers express a broad range of styles; there is no one Minted “look”. Our artists had fun, took risks, and designed holiday cards that they would be excited to send themselves. Congratulations to all our special prize winners and runners-up!

For the most innovative non-photo holiday card that best exemplifies design risk-taking,
while still conveying the cheer and spirit of the holiday season

Reindeer Love” by Cass Loh

Runners-Up (below): “All I Want Is” by Magdalena Earnest | “Year: The Board Game” by Betta

For the best holiday card that also announces a recent move
Decking New Halls” by Peridot Design

Runners-Up (below): “Home” by Lori Wemple | “Zola” by Chocomocacino

For the design that best reinvents the “annual letter,” in which
families share major milestones from their year

Annual Highlights” by Shirley Lin Schneider

Runner-Up (below): “Seasonal Update” by Jessie Steury

Keep reading for more special prize winners

For the best funny, clever or witty card
Coal” by Paul Berthelot

Runner-Up (below): “Christmas Cheer” by Hooray Creative

For the design that best showcases one of Minted’s die-cut shapes
Nutcracker Face” by Katie Zimpel

Runner-Up (below): “Peace Angel” by Maria Mordvintseva-Keeler

 For the best New Year’s design
Geometric Numerals” by Kelly Schmidt

Runners-Up (below): “Midnight Countdown” by Jessica Ogden | “Dotted Numerals” by Aspacia Kusalas | “Diamond” by Hooray Creative

For the best religious Christmas card
Introduced by the angels” by Ana de Sousa

Runners-Up (below): “Newborn King” by Rebecca Turner | “Joy Blessings” by Gakemi Design Co

 For the most elegant design that appeals to more traditional customers while still being fresh
Sparkling Love” by Phrosne Ras

Runners-Up (below): “Pine Circle” by Leah Bisch | “Much Joy & Peace” by Susan Moyal

For the best design that puts the customer’s name on a curvilinear path
Merry Bear” by Susie Allen

Runners-Up (below): “Polar Bear Snow Globe” by Four Wet Feet Studio |
Cheers to a Wonderful” by GeekInk Design

For the best design showcasing a Christmas-specific greeting and traditional Christmas colors
Santa Beard” by Katie Zimpel

Runners-Up (below): “The Magic of Holiday” by Chris Griffith | “Jingle Bells” by Ana Sharpe

For the best non-photo card that celebrates Hanukkah
Oh Hanukkah!” by Haley Weisberger

Runner-Up (below): “Shine Bright Menorah” by Sara Showalter

For the card that uses clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings
(like “happy holidays”, “Merry Christmas,” “happy new year”)
Fleece Navidad” by 24th and Dune

For the best design from a first-time winner
International Joy” by Betsy Berry

Runner-Up (below): “Expedition” by Heather Azano-Brown


Images: Leah Conroy

Ed. note: The Guest Judge’s Award and The Most Wonderful Type Award will be announced at a later date.


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