So Very Merry Non-Foil Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our So Very Merry Non-Foil Holiday Photo Card Challenge! Once again, we looked to our talented community of artists to continue pushing the boundaries of holiday card design. We looked for fresh, unique designs that resonate with our diverse customer base. Minted holiday cards make their way into millions of homes around the United States and abroad, and we were so excited to see beautiful designs that are sure to spread holiday cheer this season.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, risk-taking holiday card that you would only find at Minted
$2,000 and an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

mod bow by Carrie Moradi

Runners Up: dreamy palette by Phrosne Ras and Boldly Modern by JeAnna Casper


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
$2,000 and a one-year subscription to the Adobe app of your choice

Winter Floral Garden by Kelly Ventura

Runners Up: Stretch by Cheer Up Press and joy floral by Hannah Williams


Modern Minimalist Award

For the best single-photo design that embodies a restrained design aesthetic — simple and clean, allowing the photo to stand out
$1000

Noted by Jessica Williams

Runners Up: razzleberry by chocomocacino and Modern Pine Frame by Gwen Bedat


The More the Merrier Award

For the design that best showcases multiple photos in an original way
$1,000

Snapshots by That Girl Press

Runners Up: Delightful Trio by Hooray Creative, Colorful Blocks by Kampai Designs and cheery merry by Carolyn Nicks


Say It With Non-Script Award

For the best single-photo design that uses a non-script font
$750 and $100 credit to MyFonts.com

Stacked Peace and Joy by Kelly Schmidt

Runners Up: Headlining by Up Up Creative and Pile Up by Cheer Up Press


Classic 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
$750 and a one-year Minted More Membership

Classical Christmas by Hooray Creative

Runners Up: Classic Christmastime by Jula Paper Co. and CLASSICALLY by Melanie Kosuge


Gifts of Plenty Award

For the best design incorporating 6 or more photos.
$750

focacelle by chocomocacino

Runners Up: Outtakes by Olivia Kanaley, Happy Joyful Merry by Roxy Cervantes and Scripted Name Overlay by Kelly Schmidt


Copywriter Award

Whether it be sentimental or lighthearted, some customers look for a card with a message that makes a statement. This is for the best design that features clever, unique or sentimental copy rather than a typical holiday greeting.
$750 and your choice of 24 Minted Greeting Cards

Being Present by Paper Raven Co.

Runners Up: Favorite Things by Lori Wemple and In Our Hearts by Olivia Kanaley


Laughing All the Way Award

This is for the best design that makes you laugh, whether through the use of creative copywriting or clever design elements
$500

You’d Better by peony papeterie

Runners Up: Real Life. by Hudson Meet Rose and Nailed it by Jackie Crawford


Visions of Die-Cuts Award

For the best design specifically created for one of the die-cut shapes or ornament cards Minted offers
$500

Ribbons and Bows by Nicole Barreto

Runners Up: Greenery Ornament by Susan Moyal and Festive Pine Boughs by Katherine Moynagh


Merrily Matching Award

This award is for the most creative envelope styling.
$350

Boldly Modern by JeAnna Casper


Runners Up: Let It Snow by Wildfield Paper Co. and HINTERLAND by Melanie Kosuge


First-Time Winner Award

For the best design from a designer winning for the first time
$250 and a $50 Minted Credit

Fa La La La La La La La La by Kellie Yeck

Runners Up: Holiday Shapes by Betsy Siber and Happy overlay by Aaelia Creative Lab.


Baby’s First Holiday Award

This is for the best design that doubles as a birth announcement
$250 and guaranteed placement on the first page of Minted’s Birth Announcement Category Page for at least 4 weeks

World View by Yours Madly

Runners Up: Lettered First Christmas by Itsy Belle Studio and Babys 1st Christmas by Hooray Creative


Wedding Bells Award

This award is for the best design for newlyweds or the newly engaged
$250

frosted floral by Angela Marzuki

Runner Up: Newly Married by Pixel and Hank


Happy Hanukkah Award

For the best design that celebrates Hanukkah
$250 and eight surprise gifts from Minted

Snowy Hanukkah by Paper Raven Co.


Sending Cheer from Here Award

Many customers love to feature their home location or a favorite trip in their holiday card. Whether coastal or inland, sunny or snowy, this is for the best design that references a specific location, climate, or region
$250

Warm Wishes from by Alethea and Ruth

Runner Up: Ho Ho Howdy by Amy Payne


Happy Howlidays Award

For the best pet-themed holiday card: Our customers love their four-legged family members (both cats and dogs)!
$250

Good Boy by J. Dario Design Co.


Curvilinear Award

For the best design that puts customizable text on a curvilinear path
$250

Insignia by Sarah Brown


Font Award

Winner will be announced soon!


Critique Award

For providing helpful critique to other artists during the Challenge.
$150 toward Art Supplies or Art Classes

Congratulations, Summer!

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