Next Stop: Parenthood Baby Shower Invitation Challenges: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Next Stop: Parenthood Foil & Non-Foil Baby Shower Invitation Challenges! Family and friends of expectant parents come to Minted seeking a unique baby shower invitation that sets the stage for this momentous event. Baby shower invitations is a fast growing category and we were so excited with what artists came up with for this challenge.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Non-Foil Challenge

Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, innovative baby shower invitation that you would only find at Minted.
$750 + a giftbox from Boxfox

Rainbow Unicorn by Genna Cowsert

Runners Up: Baby Jungalow by Ekko Studio, love bug by Baumbirdy, and Camouflage Warriors by Grae Sales

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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

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

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our So Very Merry Quickfire Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge! Once again, we looked to you, our talented community of artists, to continue pushing the boundaries of holiday card design. 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

$1,000

Winner: Agate by Lori Wemple

 

Runner Up: Sparkling by Itsy Belle Studio

Runner Up: Joyful Sunburst by Baumbirdy

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Minted Artists in the Press – October 2019

Congratulations to Minted artists who are featured in Real Simple Magazine, Domino, Vogue Online, and HGTV Magazine. Join the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.

Real Simple (October 2019) “At Home With Real Simple” featuring “Shes Blooming” by Theresa Bear, “Mousetrap” by Robert Deem, “Cadence” by Melanie Mikecz, “Pebbles” by Kelly Ventura, “Last Tuesday” by Jennifer Daily, “Three Chairs” by Michael Hovitch, “After the Storm” by Sue Prue, and “Le Passage” by Claire Abbiyesuku.

 

Domino (October 10, 2019) “12 Prints to Collect from Minted’s Class of Emerging Global Artists” featuring “Calm Forest No.18” and “Spring No. 16” by Cait Courneya, “Made in Heaven” and “Pink foliage” by Fernanda Martinez, “Surf’s Up” and “Two Sisters” by Elliot Stokes, “Linked” and “Plainful” by Bethania Lima, “Ocotillo IV” and “Whispered Rain” by Kamala Nahas, and “Experiments with Film 004” and “Experiments with Film 006” by Arash Fattahi Acosta.

 

HGTV Magazine (November 2019) Cover featuring “Sunshine Dots” by Alexandra Dzh

 

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Take A Bow Quickfire Holiday Wrapping Paper Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Take a Bow Quickfire Holiday Wrapping Paper Challenge! At Minted we believe that when giving holiday gifts, what’s outside the box matters almost as much as what’s inside. We looked to you, the Minted artist community, to design modern, unique, non-custom wrapping paper designs to make Minted customers’ gifts even more special this holiday season. Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, innovative wrapping paper design that you would only find at Minted.
$500

Party On by Vivian Yiwing

Runners Up: Pink Confetti by Yeye62, Holiday Wave by Baumbirdy and Airstream Holidays by Baumbirdy


Silver Bells Award

We are very excited about sourcing foil-pressed gift wrap for the first time! This award is for the best non-custom gift wrap design featuring a foil element.
$250

Happy Reindeers by Susanne Kasielke

Runners Up: Snowy Night by heathered and Berry Fields by Elena Wilken


Timeless Tradition Award

This award goes to the best gift wrap design that has a classic and traditional holiday feel.
$250

gingham stars by Carolyn Nicks

Runner Up: Watercolor Sprigs by Lehan Veenker


Santa’s Little Helper Award

For the best fun and festive pattern design that appeals to children.
$250

Arctic by Genna Cowsert

Runners Up: Letter to Santa by Peetie Design and Favorite Winter Things by Anastasia Makarova


Classic Christmas Red Award

For the best wrapping paper design featuring a prominently red color palette.
$250

Painted Snow by Cass Loh

Runners Up: Floating Greenery by Jan Shepherd and Minimalist Trees by Mischief Monday


Non-Denominational Award

For the best wrapping paper design that is not specific to a certain holiday and could therefore be used for an array of winter celebrations.
$250

Festive Village by Iveta Angelova

Runners Up: Painterly Plaid by AK Graphics and Luxe Branches by Lucrecia


First-Time Winner Award

For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.
$250

Bottle Brush Forest by Janet Hirata Stall


Critique Award

For providing helpful critique during the challenge.
$150 towards art supplies or art classes

Congratulations, letterfix!

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Birthday and Anniversary Greeting Card Challenges: Special Prizes


Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Just for Her: Birthday and Anniversary Greeting Cards, Cue the Confetti: Children’s Birthday Greeting Cards, and Another Year, Another Adventure: Masculine Birthday and Anniversary Greeting Cards Challenges!

We looked to you, our community of artists, to create fresh, unique designs. We looked for innovative designs that shake up the existing market and that customers truly love. We were thrilled with the results!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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Global artists unite for annual Camp Minted conference: Day 3 Recap

Photos by Jacob Loafman Photography.

Written by Julie Black

The joy continued through the third and final day of the Camp Minted 2019 conference in Las Vegas. Minted artists spent their mornings in the remaining workshops and sessions, before gathering in groups to discuss important topics in the community and Minted to wrap up an incredible few days. Take a peek into just a few of our favorite moments from the bittersweet finale below.

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GLOBAL ARTISTS UNITE FOR ANNUAL CAMP MINTED CONFERENCE: DAY 2 RECAP

Photos by Jacob Loafman

Written by Kelly Hird

The second day of Camp Minted started bright and early, with a flurry of excitement as artists geared up for a full day of sessions, our keynote speaker, and of course Camp Minted’s annual awards dinner and cocktail party.

Day 2: July 30, 2019

Whitney Ward, Senior Creative Lead at Pinterest, discusses social media strategies with Minted artist Patricia Vargas

Neeraj Nandkeolyar, Product Manager at Adobe, shares productivity techniques in Illustrator, as well as a sneak peek at some new features being developed to gather artists’ feedback.

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How we surprised the top winner of Minted’s 2019 Holiday Photo Card Challenge

Written by the Minted Team

It was Wednesday, August 28 at 1:15pm when unsuspecting Minted employees and artists joined what they thought was a regular conference call. Fast forward thirteen and a half minutes to Canadian artist Eve Schultz surrounded by a life-size Elf on a Shelf, a giant check for $12,000, and nearly a hundred Minted employees applauding and waving Canadian flags. It wasn’t easy surprising the top prize winner of our 2019 Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Minted team clapping Elf surprises winner

Minted Founder & CEO Mariam Naficy surprises Eve Schultz in front of the Minted team while our community of artists stream and chat in to the live broadcast. The first artist to congratulate Eve via chat? Last year’s winner, Slovenian artist Petra Kern.

Our original plans of surprising Eve at Camp Minted were thwarted when she declined our invitation because of a pre-planned family vacation. We then began plotting to unsuspiciously get Eve out to San Francisco. What was our cover story? We told Eve that we wanted to conduct a series of “in-person media interviews with Minted artists for local press opportunities.” Shortly after she agreed to participate, we cast a fake reporter and video crew, and organized a joint employee and community business meeting on the day of her arrival. Watch the video of Minted Founder & CEO Mariam Naficy surprising Eve in front of the entire Minted office below.

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2019 FOIL-PRESSED HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: 1ST PLACE WINNER

Written by Mariam Naficy, Founder & CEO at Minted

I’m thrilled to recognize Sweta Modi of Creo Study as the first-place winner of our 2019 So Very Merry Foil-Pressed Quickfire Photo Card Challenge! This is a major accomplishment as the Challenge was very competitive, with 2,091 submissions and nearly 500,000 votes. Sweta’s winning design, “Gilded Botanics” is minimalist and elegant with delicate, gold foil-pressed botanicals beautifully ornamenting the corners of the photo. 

Sweta is from Mumbai, India and worked in the travel industry for 10 years before transitioning to a full-time freelance designer. She joined the Minted community in 2016 and coincidentally, her first Minted submission was to the Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Not only is Sweta a talented artist with 174 Minted Challenge wins under her belt, she pays it forward and helps other artists in the community improve their craft. She has given 922 critiques since she joined and was recently nominated by her peers for the 2019 Critique Award. We were thrilled that she travelled all the way from India to join us at Camp Minted! We have seen tremendous growth in her work over the past 3 years and she has even noted that she is “constantly learning and growing with every Challenge” and this is in many ways thanks to artists in the community who offer her “advice and words of encouragement.”

Congratulations, Sweta for winning the $3,000 top-voted prize in this Challenge!


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mariam Naficy is the founder and CEO of Minted. She loves creating and managing the Minted brand, ensuring our products are the best in the world, and working with Minted’s talented community of independent artists, who inspire her every day. Mariam founded Minted to create a retailer that could stay fresh forever, using crowdsourcing and analytics to bring the best design to market faster than anyone. She has pioneered consumer Internet models since 1998, when she co-founded the first online cosmetics retailer, Eve.com, which was sold for over $100 million. Mariam sits on the Board of Yelp and Every Mother Counts. She is a Stanford Business School and Williams alumna.


*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.

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