Winter Wishes Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prizes from our Winter Wishes Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge! Whether you’re an artist, illustrator, typographer or graphic designer, we looked to our talented community to create non-photo cards where the design is hero. Minted customers gravitate towards unique illustrations, fresh design trends, clever twists on greetings, and die-cut shapes that will make his or her card stand out from the pack. In this challenge, we were looking for designs across a wide range of styles and colors, from modern and bold to classic and traditional.

Congratulations to all the winners!


Out of the Box Award
For the most fresh, modern, design-forward non-photo holiday card that you would
only find at Minted.

Painted Holiday by Kelly Schmidt

Runners-up: Radiant Christmas by Paper Sun Studio, Holiday Overlays by Kristen Smith, and
Warm and Cozy by Ekko Studio


Traditional with a Twist Award
For the best design that embodies a fresh twist on a timeless aesthetic that would appeal to the customer seeking elegance.

Joyful Pointed Pines by Gina Grittner

Runners-up: Watercolor Painted Wreath by Katharine Watson, Poinsettia Post by Paper Raven Co., and Gathered by Kristie Kern


Home for the Holidays Award
This is for the best non-photo holiday card design that doubles as a moving announcement. Customers love that they can send holiday wishes and share their new address with friends and family at the same time!

The Bird House by Bonjour Berry

Runners-up: Christmas Post Box by Shiny Penny Studio, Holiday Window by Susan Moyal, and Evergreen Home by Oma N. Ramkhelawan


“Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” Award
For the best non-photo card that celebrates Christmas and expresses spiritual or religious sentiments through greeting and iconography.

Illuminated Nativity by Paper Sun Studio

Runners-up: Prince Of Peace by fatfatin, Choirs of Angels by Eve Schultz, and Heavenly by
Everett Paper Goods


New Year Cheer Award
For the best New Year themed non-photo design that welcomes in 2019.

Champagne Flute by mo kelley


Originality Award
For the design that incorporates the best original drawing, illustration, or lettering that has been made specifically for this Challenge and not used before.

Joymatic by Gwen Bedat

Runners-up: Scripted Merry by Kristen Smith and Peace Ornament by Jessica Ogden


Type it to Me Award
For the best design that uses typography as the central design element.

Inner Peace by Leah Bisch

Runners-up: Blue Peace by Phrosne Ras, New Home Send Mail by Lauren Chism, and Aeris
by AK Graphics


Illustration Award
For the best design that features original illustrations of holiday motifs (think snowmen, winter animals, gingerbread, Christmas trees, Santas, etc).

Festive Bear by Eve Schultz

Runners-up: Holiday fun by Alexandra Dzh, Watercolor ornaments by Jackie Crawford, and
Merry Stocking by Paper Raven Co.


The Gallery Award
This is for the card that feels elevated enough to stand alone as its own work of art.

Winter Baby Deer by Cass Loh

Runner-up: Eucalyptus by jinseikou


Visions of Die-Cuts Award
Shapes can be especially impactful when paired with non-photo designs. This award is for the design that best showcases one of Minted’s unique die-cut shapes.

Vintage Wreath by Oscar & Emma

Runner-up: Family Name by Hooray Creative


Curvilinear Award
The ability to customize text on a curved path is unique to Minted. This award is for the best design that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path.

Retro Ornament by Joanna Griffin


Merrily Matching Award
Customers love that they can choose unique matching Minted Envelope designs for their holiday cards. This award is for the most creative envelope design that adds something extra special to the holiday card.

Surround by Oscar & Emma

Runners-up: Happy Merry by Up Up Creative, Winter Skate by NutMeg Ink, and Merry Blooms
by Phrosne Ras


Newbie Award
For the best design from a first-time entrant.

Terrazzo by nicole marie

Runners-up: Sending Holiday Spirit by Green Hound Press, Peace On Earth Botanical by
Monique Aimee, and Fa La La La La by Everyday Hooray


Critique Award
For providing helpful critique to other artists in the challenge.

Congratulations AK Graphics!


Published November 19, 2018

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