Don’t Forget! Save the Date Challenge Special Prizes

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

In the Don’t Forget! Save the Date Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create fresh save the date designs to delight couples and to help them express their personal style, whether it be modern, vintage, whimsical, romantic, or traditional. We were looking for unique designs that would help set just the right tone for couples’ upcoming nuptials. We just love the result!

The designs below stood out in our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, special prize winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most creative and innovative take on a save the date

Our Timeline” by Jessie Steury

Jessie’s “Our Timeline” strikes that perfect balance between fun and sophisticated. What a great way for a couple to share some of their history and happiness, without going over the top. The simplicity of the design keeps the design classic, but definitely with a bit of a twist.

Runners Up: “Birdy Love” by Petra Kern | “love +” by Aspacia Kusulas | “Vintage Blooms” by Miranda Lyn

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Outside the Box Gift Wrap Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

At Minted, we believe that when giving gifts, what’s outside the box matters almost as much as what’s inside. So this year, after years of dreaming and plenty of requests from designers, we held our first-ever gift wrap challenge! In the Outside the Box Gift Wrap Challenge, we asked designers to create modern, unique, personalizable gift wrap designs that would make Minted customers’ gifts even more special this holiday season.

We received so many amazing submissions and are beyond thrilled to present our gift wrap collection. Among those winners, the designs below really shined in our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Interests Award for the best gift wrap design that reflects a hobby or interest

Night Skate” by Morgan Ramberg

We cannot get enough of Morgan’s abstracted ice skaters! The mixture of exaggerated curves and angular poses creates a very interesting, whimsical scene. This gift wrap would surely bring a smile to anybody’s face – perfect for holiday gifts!

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Quickfire Holiday Party Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Tis the Season for holiday partying! In the Quickfire Holiday Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create holiday party invitations that would appeal to all types of revelers. Above all, we were looking for those incredibly unique designs that would make any party the most anticipated one of the season! Among the winning pieces, the designs below stood out in our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, winners! (You can check out all holiday party invites here.)

Out of the Box Award for the most unique holiday party invitation that you wouldn’t find on other sites

Holly Jolly Tree” by Karidy Walker

We love Karidy’s incredibly unique take on a holiday party invitation. There’s so much that makes this truly “out of the box” – her type tree is a very cute take on the traditional Christmas tree and her clever copy makes the design feel very fresh and modern.

Runners Up: “Retro Swank Poster” by Gakemi Art+Design | “time to celebrate!” by rose eckford

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creativeLIVE’s Online Courses

Minted is all about providing a platform where you can develop skills, help each other grow, and try new creative outlets. So we’re always on the look out for resources to help inspire your creative side—not only in art and design, but also in just about any skill that might interest you!

Today we wanted to share some resources from our friends over at creativeLIVE. creativeLIVE is a site dedicated to providing free, live interactive courses taught by world-class instructors. They have classes on all types of skills — like how to take better photographs, create intricate designs using programs like Adobe’s Creative Suite, produce incredible videos, and even whip up artisanal winter cocktails! If you’re participating in a class, you can even chime in and ask questions in real time using their chatrooms.

Here’s a note from creativeLIVE: “creativeLIVE is an interactive global classroom. All you need is an internet connection to learn from world-class experts — right alongside your peers. Since 2010, more than 2 million students have tuned in for over 1 billion minutes of live education. ‘creativeLIVE has changed the way I think, the way I operate, literally changed my life,’ user Lorenzo Hill says, adding, ‘creativeLIVE put me in business.’ Another user, Lee Tenneboe, says, ‘creativeLIVE is the best learning experience ever. There’s just no place like this to learn a variety of information like this.’”

In the last few weeks, creativeLIVE has produced some amazing design and DIY workshops, like Crocheted & Embroidered Snowflakes, Using Color in Home Design with Tobi Fairley, How to Become a Commercial Photographer, as well as a wide range of productivity and lifestyle courses.

creativeLIVE can help you grow and learn through free online access to useful, transformative education. Here are a few upcoming creativeLIVE workshops that we think you might like:

Think Like a 10K Wedding Photographer with Scott Robert Lim

Personal Finance for Artists & Freelancers with Galia Gichon

The Art of Pregnancy & Newborn Photography

Scrapbooking with Project Life with Becky Higgins

Enjoy!

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The Happy New Year’s Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer and Hope Tammany, Minted Community Team

Happy New Year’s Special Prize Winners! Every year, more and more people choose to send unique, personal New Year’s cards to family and friends. So in this challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to help customers ring in the New Year by giving them the freshest designs out there. The special prize winners below each stood out among an incredible collection of designs. Congratulations, winners!

Simply Minimalist Award for the best New Year’s card that is simple, edited, and clean

New Little One” by Susan

Susan’s “New Little One” really lets the customer’s photo shine. Her wide, white background frames the photo nicely, while her minimal but playful text adds just the right amount of New Year cheer. Lovely!

Runners Up: “From the City” by Fig and Cotton Paperie | “The Classic” by 2birdstone | “Golden Cheer” by Sarah Curry

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‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Today we’re very excited to announce the Special Prize winners from the ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge. Our annual holiday challenge is the biggest, most anticipated challenge of the year and this year’s broke all sorts of records! Out of a staggering 3,348 submissions, the designs below stood out to us in the following special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Simply Minimalist Award for the best holiday card that is simple, edited, and clean, with a greater emphasis on photos and less on design elements that can detract from photos

Modern Shimmer” by b.wise papers

Alston proves that less can truly be more. The term “simply minimalist” describes this design exactly. Alston’s chic, structured stripes are perfectly balanced around a large customer photo. Her faux-glitter (also available in real foil here) adds just the right touch of shimmering elegance.

Runners Up (clockwise from top left): “Brushed Gold” by kelli hall | “Frenchie” by Stacey Meacham | “All You Need, Nothing You Don’t” by HUNT GATHER | “The Newlyweds” by Lauren Chism

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Salt Lake City Minted Meetup and Holiday Winner’s Surprise

By Hope Tammany, Community Relations Team

Last Thursday, I traveled to Utah to host a Minted Meetup with local designers at Bambara in downtown Salt Lake City. I brought our signature banners, bunting and gift bags – and this time, we also had Mariam Naficy, our founder and CEO, on her way with one giant surprise. That night we announced the unsuspecting first place winner of our “Oh What Fun!” Holiday Card Challenge: Jill De Haan! (If you haven’t seen our video of the grand reveal yet, be sure to watch it all happen here.)  Jill’s “Hand-Lettered Christmas Wishes” was voted the #1 design by designers, customers, ,and fans out of a record-breaking 3,348 submissions. Jill came for a fun, relaxing evening with other Minted designers, and was presented with the $8,000 grand prize, a trip to San Francisco, and an enormous hug from Mariam.

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A Sneak Peek at Jill De Haan’s 1st Place Win Surprise

Last night, Mariam, our Founder & CEO, made a surprise appearance at the Salt Lake City Minted Meetup to officially announce that SLC Minted Designer Jill De Haan won 1st place out of 3,348 incredible submissions in our ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge. Jill and the other Salt Lake City Minties had no idea Mariam would be there or that they’d be a part of our biggest announcement of the year!

More details about the meetup and the surprise to come soon. Take a look this sneak peek:

Congratulations, Jill!

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Corporate Cheer Business Holiday Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

We’re very pleased to announce the special prize winners from our Corporate Cheer Business Holiday Card Challenge! In this challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design cards that would send goodwill and cheer in a universally celebratory way, sure to appeal to every client, customer, and friend. The Community really (Santa) suited up for this one and got down to business – so leave a comment of congratulations for our winners! You can check out our entire collection of business holiday cards at https://www.minted.com/business-holiday-cards.

There’s No Card Like This for the Holidays Award for the most original design that you wouldn’t find on other sites

Trading Good Cheer” by Stacey Hill

We love this very clever take on a corporate card! Stacey not only came up with a very cute, unusual idea of “trading good cheer,” but she also created a lovely design. Her simple type, minimal design elements, and subdued colors are the perfect complement to her concept.

Runners Up (from left): “Sustainable Season” by Rebecca Bowen | “Real Characters” by Susan | “Bright Season” by Chloe and Fanny | “Vote Santa” by Stacey Hill

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‘Tis the Season Holiday Non-Photo Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Hope Tammany, Minted Community Team

The holidays are in full swing over here at Minted HQ! Our non-photo holiday card category is near and dear to our hearts because it allows designers to put their talent at the forefront of their holiday greetings. In the ’Tis the Season: Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create unique non-photo holiday cards to delight our customers and spread good cheer to their friends and family. We’re thrilled with the results, and we’re very happy to announce the special prize winners below. Congratulations, everyone!

There’s No Card Like This for the Holidays Award for the most unique non-photo holiday card in the challenge that breaks new ground and takes design risks but still conveys the cheer and spirit of the holiday season

Tapestry” by Maddy Nye

What a cunning concept! We were immediately struck by Maddy’s minimal design. The North Star reads as traditional and contemporary at once, resembling both a color-blocked tapestry and a neatly pixelated icon. No card like this for sure!

Runners Up: “Herbs and Vegetable Wreath” by Becky Nimoy | “Vintage Library Card Year in Review” by Four Wet Feet Design | “Resounding Joy” by Oscar & Emma

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