Written by Easter Kim

We’re happy to continue the countdown of winners for the It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Every year, the Artist Relations team brainstorms fun ways to get artists engaged and excited about our annual holiday photo card challenge. This year we had new team members join the festivities to celebrate the artists who never cease to amaze us with their beautiful holiday designs. Your talent and wild holiday spirit during spring and summer months keep our work interesting and worthwhile.

Congratulations to the 4th to 20th-place winners of our tenth annual holiday photo card challenge!


  1. The gold-foiled ‘Joy’ in Three Kisses Studio‘s design truly shines against the subtly textured, maroon background. It’s unique seven-photo layout gives space for families to showcase a variety of photo orientations and sizes.
  1. Jennifer Wick‘s elegant design is perfect for couples announcing their recent marriage and sending holiday wishes to friends and family. The gold foil-pressed winter foliage and crisp white background beautifully envelope the couple’s photo.
  1. Olivia Raufman’s design is a fun and innovative take on the traditional holiday photo card. It uses bright, contemporary colors, glitter-foiled text, and abstract shapes and caters to customers who are seeking to send a modern holiday card.
  1. GeekInk Design stays true to his signature style but reinvents the classic holiday photo card — his ornate typography and antique embellishments come together harmoniously to create a statement hand-drawn illustration.

  1. Petra Kern‘s beautiful, hand-painted leaves and berries perfectly frame the photo in her design. Petra has a knack for details — each leaf has a distinct painted texture and the typography is impeccably simple and clean as to not overpower the design.
  1. Lori Wemple recreated a winter wonderland in her design. She layers intricate hand-drawn details and shades of color throughout her design and all of these well-balanced elements beautifully frame the photo.
  1. We can definitely tell that Chris Griffith took the time to select the perfect serif, sans serif and script fonts for each word and carefully thought about the placement of text in this design. Customers looking to share their treasured photo memories will fall in love this vintage-inspired design.   
  1. Jamie Schultz Designs introduces intricate, gold foil details at the center of her seven-photo holiday card yet still manages to create a design that lets the photos to take center stage.

  1. The photo in Lori Wemple‘s holiday card blends organically in this design. The natural and distressed edges of the photo and color blocks create a vintage feel but the bright colors and simple foil details drive the design’s overall modern style.
  1. The curves and angles of each letter in Makewell‘s hand-lettered design is so well thought out and cohesive that together they create the illusion of a beautifully ornate holiday ornament.  
  1. Melanie Severin‘s painterly pine leaves outlined in hand-drawn gold foil creates an elegant and whimsical design, perfect for families who want to add a little shimmer and sparkle to their holiday card.
  1. We love the even mix bright-colored boxes and family photos in Kristie Kern‘s festive, multi-photo grid design. The shimmery rose gold letters create a whimsical and modern take on the common holiday phrase, “Joy”.

  1. Newly married couples will die to send Snow and Ivy‘s dreamy holiday card to friends and loved ones. The romantic hand-drawn typography and light watercolor wash complement the wedding photo so well.
  1. Newlyweds can proudly share their newly married name in Alethea and Ruth‘s sophisticated holiday card. The bold typography and botanical accents work together to create a clean yet stunning design.
  1. Oscar & Emma takes brushstrokes to another level! Her use of bold colors and abstract paint strokes give her design a modern and playful look.

  1. Each delicate botanical element in Susan Moyal‘s holiday card is carefully curated and frames the photo naturally. The greenery in her design feels fresh yet classic..
  1. We couldn’t have asked for a better design that showcases typography than Sarah Brown‘s multi-photo card. Although the typography is the star of this design, the use of goil foil and light grey pine leaves allows the color in the photos to pop.

Easter Kim is Minted’s Senior Manager of Community Strategy.

*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our last winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

Stay tuned! Next, we’ll announce 2nd and 3rd place winners in the Holiday Photo Card Challenge. To track our holiday winners announcements, visit the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.

More Winning Designs from our 2017 Holiday Design Challenges:

  1. Karen peterson

    Absolutely love 15 and 12.. Beautiful job