Most Memorable Minted Moments of 2018

We’ve already plunged wholeheartedly into the new year, but we believe in taking time to reflect on what made 2018 truly momentous. Thank you for helping to make Minted’s 10th anniversary year one for the books. And thank you to the Minted artists who shared their anonymous feedback in the Most Memorable Minted Moments poll. Here’s a look back (in no particular order) at some of the noteworthy events, product launches, and surprises that stood out in the minds of Minted artists around the world.

Camp Minted and surprising Petra Kern

August 7, 2018: Petra Kern was nearly speechless in the moments after Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy presented the award for winning top prize in Minted’s What a Bright Time Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

We’re not sure which event was more memorable: Camp Minted or when Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy surprised Petra Kern during Camp Minted. Toward the end of the live-broadcast community awards dinner ceremony, Mariam approached table 14, holding an oversized check facing inward to hide the name on the payable line. “I think you’re probably realizing,” Mariam said. “I am holding a $10,000 check. Right, Elvis? I’m here to award the 2018 Holiday Card Challenge winner. … My heart is pounding. I’m very nervous. I’m going to approach… and the winner is: Petra Kern.”

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As the largest “Mintie meetup” to date, nearly 200 Minted artists traveled from around the world to attend the Las Vegas retreat, August 6–8. With a series of insightful panels, design workshops, and creative meetings of the mind, many attendees viewed Camp Minted as an action-packed way to celebrate Minted’s 10-year anniversary.

“Camp Minted was life-changing,” writes a Minted artist anonymously in the Minted Moments poll. “I’d built some relationships virtually prior to that, but getting to real-life connect with these amazing people was invaluable.”

Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy hugs Petra Kern, the first-place winner of Minted’s Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

Minted artists at Camp Minted from left: Susan Asbill, Stacey Meacham, Karidy Walker, and Heather Francisco.

More about Camp Minted >>

Nearly 200 artists lit a ‘collective fire’ at Camp Minted’
How a Slovenian former journalist won top prize in Minted’s 2018 Holiday Photo Card Challenge
Minted’s 10th anniversary community awards recognize artist leadership


Moving to monthly commission payments was a Very. Big. Deal.

We’ve interpreted the “amazeballs” and “heck yeah!” gifs that artists posted on the Community Facebook Group to represent Minted artists’ happiness about the transition from quarterly to monthly commission payments. In 2018, we also began delivering artist commission reports in Excel and implemented Payoneer, a new payment platform for processing artist payments and tax forms. “Monthly payments are EVERYTHING,” writes an anonymous Minted artist in the Most Memorable Minted Moments poll. “I can’t believe we got by on quarterly ones before. It’s been by far one of the very best changes to the Minted model in the last year!”


Hitting the bullseye with the Minted + Target partnership

“BIG NEWS!! Two of my greeting card designs are now being sold at Target. #dreamsdocometrue” writes Minted artist Jennifer Pace Duran on her Twitter and Instagram.

When Minted made its Target debut with everyday greeting cards in fall 2017, we were excited about entering a whole new product category. Target guests were just as delighted with Minted’s new line of cards as the Minted artists whose designs were displayed at one of the world’s most recognized retailers. Armed with our learnings from the kickoff, in 2018 Minted expanded its Target partnership with Mother’s Day greeting cards, followed by the rollout of 49 holiday products, including 16 sets of boxed holiday cards, single greeting cards and holiday gift packaging items.

One anonymous artist commented in the Minted Moments poll that Minted Greeting Cards Challenges have given her a fresh new perspective on her designs. ”It’s been amazing to see how diverse Minted has become and how they’ve opened so many more doors for me as an artist,” she writes.

Melanie Mikecz’s “Multicultural Santas” design made a positive impression in Target stores and on this Scary Mommy writer.

Read more about Minted x Target >>
’Tis the season for Minted at Target: Artists celebrate rollout of Minted holiday cards and gift packaging

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Minted Artists in the Press January 2019

Congratulations to Minted artists who are featured in Parents Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Style Me Pretty’s Instagram, and Jillian Harris’ InstagramJoin the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.


Parents
Magazine (February 2019)

“6 Things That Delight Us This Month” featuring “Rainbows! Unicorns! Glitter!” Minted foil valentine by Holly Whitcomb and “Valentine Cutie” Minted valentine by Pixel and Hank



Southern Living
(January 2019)
“The Mood Board” featuring “Pointillism” Minted fabric by Alethea and Ruth



Style Me Pretty Instagram
(December 29, 2018)

Featuring “Elegant Serifs” Minted save the date card by GeekInk Design

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Sent With Love Valentine’s’ Day Challenges : Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Sent with Love Non-Foil Valentine’s Challenge and Sent with Love Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Challenge! We looked to you, our talented community of artists, to further push the boundaries of Valentine card design and bring a broad range of styles to our diverse customer base. These fresh, unique designs will surely inspire love at first sight.

Congratulations to all our winners!


Sent with Love Non-Foil Valentine’s Day Challenge

Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative Save The Date that you would only find at Minted.

Big Painted Heart by Jackie Crawford

Runners-up: Love is in the Hair by Jessie Steury, tissue hearts by Carrie Moradi, and
Dot by Carolyn MacLaren

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A Date to Remember Save the Date Challenge: Special Prizes

Love is in the air, and we’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of our A Date To Remember Save The Date Challenge! Many couples come to Minted in search of unique and beautiful designs to help reserve their wedding date and set the tone for their special day. In this Challenge, we looked for a broad range of fresh, highly unique designs that will appeal to our diverse customer base. We were seeking a range of styles extending from elegant reinvented classics to bold and modern to Millennial minimalism.

Congratulations to all our eye-catching winners!


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative Save The Date that you would only find at Minted.

romantic evening by Sumak Studio

Runners-up: artistic by Kate Ahn, A Million Times by Paper Raven Co, and Painterly
by Four Wet Feet Studio

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