2018 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 21-40 Winners

Written by Easter Kim and Amy Schroeder

Way back in March, we kicked off the What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge, our 11th annual Holiday Photo Card Challenge. We know how challenging it is to break out the inspirational cocoa and candy canes on the eve of springtime, but the Minted artist community was not only up for the task — they pushed and shoved boundaries of holiday card design. We set out seeking fresh, unique designs that serve Minted’s diverse customer base, and Minted artists exceeded our hopes by creating an array of styles, ranging from traditional and reinvented classics to Millennial minimalism.

Today we’re excited to begin counting down the top winners, as determined by voters, for this esteemed Minted Design Challenge, one of our biggest competitions of the year. This year, our international artist community submitted a combined total of 6,868 designs, and our customers and community of voters generated approximately 2.5 million votes.

Please help us congratulate all of these artists for their remarkable work!

2018 What a Bright Time Holiday Photo Card Challenge
Top 21-40 Non-Foil Winners

40. “Pristine” by Nicoletta Savod is a clean and simple yet bold way to sign any name this holiday season. Her chic design includes modern type and allows the photo to shine.

39. Kelly Schmidt’s “Abstract Frame” grabs your attention with a noticeable, updated spin on classic seasonal colors.

38. Sarah Guse Brown is more than just a talented designer; she’s also a humorous copywriter with her “Ho Ho Oh” design. Her full-bleed design is perfect for a couple wanting to announce their soon-to-arrive bundle of joy this season.

37. Kristy Kapturowski of Hooray Creative makes winter foliage refreshingly fashionable in “Chic Greenery.” Her design has a modern layout with a unique placement of greenery and understated typography.

36. Classic Joy” by Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co. captures memorable photographic moments in striking black and white. The subtle, light gray frame and clean typography is design-forward and modern.

35. It’s no wonder Lori Wemple won the title of Minted’s 2018 “Designer of the Year.” Her “Blooms + Berries” card is an example of how she pushes boundaries with watercolor. The bright colors of her florals make the design pop — this card is just right for a customer looking for a holiday floral design with a bold twist.

34. The structure of “Artistic Border” by Petra Kern leaves the viewer curious about the art that hugs the photo. Her design includes a unique, hand-painted frame and represents a harmonious blend of fine art and graphic design.

33. Winter Sonata” by Grae Sales is a well-balanced composition. Her delicate, hand-drawn winter foliage shapes the edges of the photo to create a rustic yet classic design.

32. “Give Joy” by Sara Hicks Malone is an elegant way to share a full-bleed photo with loved ones for the holidays. Her design is clean and minimal yet adds a fun twist with the scripted, red bow tied around the J in Joy.  

31. “Classic pine” by Rebecca Durflinger includes fun, hand-drawn pine illustrations to beautifully frame the photo. The subdued colors and white frame give the design a classic and sophisticated look.

30. “Spekkoek” by chocomocacino is a romantic design with classic script type paired with a simple serif font. Even with the center placement of the script, this full-bleed photo design allows the photo to stand out.

29. Sketched Greenery” by Lori Wemple embodies elegance. Her use of white space creates breathing room in the design for the viewer to truly appreciate the details of her hand-drawn botanicals and clean typeface.

28. Love and Cheer” by Julie Murray is a fun and dynamic multi-photo design featuring a lovely, hand-lettered holiday greeting. The size and placement of the words come together like a beautiful illustration. 

27. Kristie Kern is not afraid to showcase a bright pop of holiday colors in her design “Fresh Winter Greens.” Her mix of complementary shades of green and unique pieces of foliage create a fresh and bold design.

26. Canadian artist Susan Moyal makes minimalism merry with her “Merry Berry” design. Her hand-drawn mistletoe adds an elegant touch to this full-bleed design.  

25. Melanie Kosuge puts the all caps in “JOY” in her design “Flourish.” Her hand-drawn botanicals are beautifully balanced and draws your eyes toward the photo.

24. Lea Delaveris’ “Plaid framed” is exactly that. Her festive and fun design brings plaid back! The white frame balances the photo and creates simple but timeless holiday card.

23. Joy makes a dramatic statement in “Audubon” by Jennifer Wick. The traditional colors and delicate composition of winter foliage create an elegant and classic design.

22. Catherine Everett of Everett Paper Goods allows customers to showcase two photos in her design “Delicate Boughs.” Her hand-painted botanicals adorn the edges of this design and complement the customer’s photos.

21. Merriment” by Olivia Raufman is a refined, classic design featuring a modern, polished script with sweeping flourishes. The calligraphic typography gives this design a natural, hand-drawn look.


Amy Cuevas Schroeder is Minted’s Senior Manager of Community Content and Education; she’s also a messy minimalist and plantaholic raising twin girls.

Easter Kim is Minted’s Director of Artist Relations. Outside of work, you can find her exploring new coffee shops and taking yoga classes.

Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2018 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.

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


Published September 10, 2018

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