The Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge Special Prize Winners

Announcing the Special Prize winners of The Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge! New parents come to Minted in search of truly unique and fresh birth announcements to celebrate the arrival of their little one, and this year’s submissions were truly just that! From fun copy, to gorgeous understated typography, to whimsical illustrations, to striking foil, to timeless elegance – we were blown away by the breadth of talent and can’t wait to introduce Minted customers to the new assortment.

For the most design-forward, innovative birth announcement or invitation that you would only find at Minted.
I Got You Babe by Yours Madly

Runners-up: Colorforms by Frooted Design, Parfum by Nazia Hyder, and Letterboard by Lea Delaveris


For the best design featuring multiple photos.
Multi Simple Framed by Petra Kern

Runners-up: Linear by Lehan VeenkerID Bracelet by Michelle Taylor, and Indie by Lauren Chism


For the best classic design that will appeal to more traditional parents.
Stately Monogram by Stacey Meacham

Runners-up: Lyric by Jessica Williams, Formal Introduction by Shirley Lin Schneider, and Modern Welcome by Michelle Poe


For the design that highlights the new little one’s name in an extraordinary way and accommodates a wide variety of names.
Watercolor Script by Olivia Raufman

Runners-up: Bold Name Tag by The Carillos, Hi by Erica Krystek, and Meeting by Up Up Creative


For the most differentiated and unique full-bleed photo design.
Namely by Jessica Williams

Runners-up: Jubilee by Lauren Chism, Market Swirls by Jennifer Wick, and Lucky Stars by Hooray Creative


For the best design announcing twins or multiples.
Addition by Faith Dorn

Runners-up: Extra Blessed by Lea Delaveris, For the Love of Twins by Hooray Creative, and Bonded by Angela Garrick


For the best pregnancy announcement.
Soon to be Three by Ashley Rosenbaum

Runners-up: Bump Ahead by Pink House PressBaby Makes Three by AK Graphics, and Plus One by Bethany Anderson


For the best design for a boy.
Little Caterpillar by Moe and Me

Runners-up: Wood Carving by Jennifer Wick, Spunky by Lauren Chism, and Cars and Balls by Mai Jimenez


For the best simple, modern design.
Editorial Keepsake by Snow and Ivy

Runners-up: Simple Type by Faith Dorn, Small Heart by Jennifer Lew, and Clean and Classy by Dozi


For the card that best leverages clever wording to announce baby’s arrival.
The Snuggle is Real by Up Up Creative

Runners-up: Sup by Jennifer Postorino, Melting Hearts by Frooted Design, and Our Party Animal by Melissa Casey


For the best design that announces an adoption or is uniquely suited for same-sex couples or singles who are celebrating the birth of a child.
Hoped and Waited by Shiny Penny Studio

Runner-up: Homecoming by Lea Delaveris


For the design with elements that truly shine in foil.
Our Story by Lehan Veenker

“Our Story” will also be launching as a non-photo foil-pressed birth announcement design! This is a great option for parents who want to pair a standard printed photo of their newborn with a separate card containing birth stats.

Runners-up: Little Jewel by Carolyn Nicks, A Dream Come True by iamtanya, and Morning + Night by Carrie Oneal


For the best design specifically created for one of the die-cut shapes Minted offers.
Ornate Frame by JeAnna Casper

Runners-up: Floral Curved Frame by Erin Deegan, Formal Introduction by Kasia Labocki, and Precious Petals by Oscar & Emma


For the best design that puts the baby’s name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path.
Baby Train by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Modern Classic by Shirley Lin Schneider, Flora and Fauna by Lorent and Leif, and Brushy Love by Anchored Paper Co.


For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.
Our Newest Adventure by Aileen Pasion

“Our Newest Adventure” will be launching as a non-photo, foil-pressed birth announcement design. This is a great option for parents who want to pair a standard printed photo of their newborn with a separate card containing birth stats.


For the best design that incorporates an original hand-drawn illustration or hand lettering.
Woodland Forest by Lori Wemple

For the Originality Award we took nominations from our community and picked the winner based on your recommendations. Mariecor Agravante described this design as “elegantly enticing and uplifting.” Debb W. also nominated Lori’s design, noting the “wonderful transparencies, adding depth, and a rich color palette that enlivens her watercolor.” We completely agree!

Congratulations to the winners!

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Font Award Roundup: Special Prize Winners

Announcing Font Award special prize winners! This award is for the design that introduces the best font that we purchase and add to the Minted Font List. We’re always looking to the community to help us surface fresh new fonts to add to our Minted Font List. If you have a vision for an amazing design that uses a font that is not listed in our font library, feel free to use it in your submission. You can read more about Minted fonts here. A huge congrats to all the winners!

Suite Love Wedding Invitation Challenge

Head of the Class Quickfire Graduation Challenge

Special Delivery Birth Announcements Challenge

Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge

Sweet Celebrations Quickfire Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge

Lucky in Love Save the Date Challenge

Nothing But Love Valentine’s Day Quickfire Challenge
 

We update our Minted Font List regularly, and include new fonts in The Palette community newsletter.

You can purchase all of these fonts by using the links below:

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Style Me Pretty’s Guest Judge Pick

This year, we engaged a broader audience to partake in our Guest Judge selection process for our Wedding Bells are Ringing: 2016 Wedding Invitation Challenge. We partnered with Style Me Pretty, a style savvy wedding blog, and asked its readers to vote on their favorite designs. Style Me Pretty brings chic, stylish weddings to the masses, featuring only the best in real weddings, fashion trends, color palettes, inspiration and so much more.

Style Me Pretty’s editors selected 10 design finalists from the Challenge’s 200 top designs. These designs were then shared on Style Me Pretty’s Instagram and website, where readers were invited to vote for their favorite design. The 10 finalists were: Vines of Green by Susan Moyal, Lustrous by Kaydi Bishop, Gilded Laurels by Smudge Design, Floral Sprigs by CaroleeXpressions, Botanical Bokeh by Angela Marzuki, Lush Garland by Design Lotus, Stacked Date by Amy Kross, Watercolor Dashes by Jennifer Wick, Modern Stamp by seulghi, and Josephine by Kelli Hall.

Readers from across the country weighed in, Style Me Pretty tallied the votes, and the design that ultimately won was Vines of Green by Susan Moyal! Style Me Pretty’s readers felt that this design was on-trend with Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 color of the year. Congratulations, Susan!

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6 Tips to Inspire Originality in Your Minted Designs

Written by Kim Dietrich Elam

“Freshness of aspect, design, or style” is one of the ways Merriam Webster defines “originality.”

In late 2010, I received a Minted holiday card designed by Kelli Hall, and was so impressed with the originality of the design and the quality of the paper and printing, that I entered my first Minted Design Challenge a couple months later. Designers and design connoisseurs alike are drawn to “the freshest designs on paper” at Minted, which are created by its community of independent artists around the world.

The great thing about originality is that each of us has it—we all possess a different combination of educational, professional, and life experiences that lend a fresh aspect to the creation or choosing of a design or art piece. Because my degree and experience is in civil engineering—rather than in a traditional art- or design-related field—I tend to avoid complex illustration and, instead, boil a design idea down to its simplest execution, which has resulted in a minimal design style.

If each of us is true to ourselves and our own unique talents, the diversity of the Minted community is what makes Minted and its designs special. Here are six tips offering sources of inspiration to help designers bring their own style and originality to Minted Design challenges.

1. Make lists and brainstorm words and ideas related to the category in which you are working.

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko offers wonderfully creative brainstorming techniques. One chapter is dedicated to SCAMPER, a checklist of nine idea-generating techniques (“M” and “R” each represent two techniques). I used “C”—“combine with something else”—when I created my “Ripped” digital holiday party invitation, which combines a cocktail party with a gift exchange, resulting in the “ripped” double entendre.

Rippedholiday party online invitation by Kim Dietrich Elam

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The Future is Bright Graduation Challenge Special Prize Winners

Announcing the Special Prize winners of The Future is Bright Graduation ChallengeWe were floored by the quality and breadth of designs submitted to this challenge. The graduation business is one of our fastest growing stationery categories, and 2017 graduates will be thrilled with the new assortment this year!

For the most design-forward, innovative graduation announcement or invitation that you would only find at Minted.
Photo Booth by Stacey Meacham

Runners-up: shaping the future by Guess What Design Studio, Grad Doodle by Katharine Watson, and Scribbled Spirit by The Carillos


For the best design that appeals to the male grad.
Virginia Beach by Little Words Design

Runners-up: Cornerwise by Jennifer PostorinoBold Statement by Kristie Kern, and Minimalist Frame by Jennifer Lew


For the design that best highlights the graduate’s name.
Just Fab by Paper and Parcel

Runners-up: sharp by Sara Hicks Malone, my name is by Phrosne Ras, and Grad Chart by Shirley Lin Schneider


For the best design featuring multiple photos.
Pride and Joy by Carrie ONeal

Runners-up: distinguished by Sara Hicks Malone, Classic Stack by Stacey Meacham, and Artifact by Jennifer Lew


For the best design that incorporates a creative way to share where the graduate is heading after graduation.
Destination University by Cheer Up Press

Runner-up: Destination College by Melissa Casey


For the best traditional and timeless design.
Stacked Class by Jennifer Wick

Runners-up: Stylish Celebration by Lauren Chism, Elegance by Jennifer Postorino, and Gracious Grad by Guess What Design Studio


For the best simple, modern design.
Double Grad Gallery by fatfatin

Runners-up: Commence by Lauren ChismAcknowledged by Michelle Taylor, and Simple Grad by Still and Mundane


For the most differentiated and unique full bleed photo design.
elegant grad by Erin Deegan

Runners-up: Yay for Graduate by Amy Payne, Our Grad by Chris Griffith, and Adventure Awaits! by Hooray Creative


For the design that best showcases a graduate’s school colors and can be easily customized to suit various school colors.
impactful by lena barakat

Runners-up: Simply Tagged by Cait Trainor, Classic Graduate by Owl and Toad, and Grad Stripe by Rebecca Durflinger


For the best design showcasing a graduate through the years.
The Years Fly By by Amy Payne

Runners-up: Always Proud by Susan Brown and Tiles by Shari Margolin


For the best design that puts the graduate’s name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path.
Cum Laude by Kimberly Morgan

Runners-up: retro by Poi Velasco and Golden Graduation by Itsy Belle Studio


For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.
Graduate Knock Out by Megan Roe

Congratulations to the winners!

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2016 Wedding Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of our Wedding Bells are Ringing: 2016 Wedding Invitation Challenge! This was our largest and most competitive Wedding Challenge of the year with over 2,800 submissions. We were absolutely delighted by your beautiful invitation designs; we know that engaged couples and wedding guests will be too. Congratulations to the winners!

For the most creative and innovative take on a wedding invitation.
Rainbow Roll by Katharine Watson

Runners-up: love is strong by Aspacia Kusulas, Artful Oneness by Moglea, and Happy Day by Angela Marzuki


For the design that best lays the groundwork for a sophisticated, classic wedding.
Classic monogram by Stacey Meacham

Runners-up: We Do. by Eric Clegg and Subtly Sweet by Kimberly FitzSimons


For the best gender-neutral design that will appeal to both men and women.
Elan by Griffinbell Paper Co.

Runners-up: Painted Leaf by Katharine Watson and Astor by carly reed walker


For the best non-floral wedding invitation.
Josephine by kelli hall

Runners-up: Mod Lines by Alethea and Ruth, Brushed Stripes by Everett Paper Goods, and Stable by Roxy


For the best design with a simple, edited, and clean aesthetic.
Scattered Diamonds by Nikkol Christiansen

Runners-up: The Minimalist by Kelly Schmidt and over and over by Lea Delaveris


For the best design for a destination wedding.
Palm by Kaydi Bishop

Runner-up: Stellar by Elly


For the design that best showcases one of Minted’s unique die-cut shapes in an original way.
Arched Wedding by Jennifer Wick

Runner-up: Adorned Ampersand by Jennifer Postorino


For the best design that puts the couples’ names or other customizable text on a curvilinear path.
Rustic Love by GeekInk Design

Runner-up: Wonderland by Laura Hankins


For the best design from a first-time winner.
Art Deco Frame by Caitlin Mac

Runner-up: Wedding Stamp by Kasia Labocki


The following Special Prizes will be announced at a later date: End-to-End Award, Stamp Award, Perfect Match Award, and Font Award.

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Jessica Hische’s Guest Judge Pick!

Back in October, we invited Jessica Hische to be the Guest Judge for our biggest Wedding Challenge of the year, the Wedding Bells are Ringing: 2016 Wedding Invitation Challenge. Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in San Francisco and Brooklyn. Jessica has become as well known for her side projects as she has for her client work. She’s created several educational micro-sites including Mom This is How Twitter Works, Should I Work for Free? and Don’t Fear the Internet

Out of 2,848 submissions, Jessica selected Beloved by Design Lotus! When asked specifically why she chose this design, Jessica said, “It was incredibly hard to choose a winner because there were so many outstanding submissions this year, but I kept coming back to this design. I love how it combines classic elegant components (the use of gold engraving illustrations and beautiful clean typefaces) in a modern asymmetrical layout. It almost feels like the design could double as a high-end wine label. I think it’s really difficult to design in a way that feels understated and elegant but not minimalistic. I could see this design working for a wide range of weddings—from a big elaborate affair in a gilded ballroom to a small outdoor ceremony in an overgrown garden.” Congratulations Design Lotus!

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DIY Holiday Card Display: Magnetic Picture Rails

Written by Melanie Blodgett of  You Are My Fave

Since the Christmas cards and holiday cards keep arriving, display them at home on these easy-to-make magnetic picture rails. Then, once the holidays are over, swap out the cards for some favorite family photos and keep using the display year-round.

DIY Magnetic Holiday Card Display DIY Magnetic Holiday Card Display

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DIY: Eucalyptus Garland Christmas Card Display

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

This hanging display of fresh eucalyptus is a modern way to display your Christmas cards and holiday cards. Best of all, it’s simple to make—all you need is fresh greenery, wire, and a nice long branch you can probably find in your backyard.

Christmas Card Display Ideas

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