Journals, Stationery, Thank You Cards, Oh My! Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Get ready to relive some seriously fun challenges… we have compiled not one, not two, but three of our past challenges to announce all our special prize winners in one super-post! In our ‘Thanks a Million’ Thank You Card Challenge and Journal and Stationery Gift Challenges, we asked the Minted Design Community to spice up these categories with unique pieces for our design-savvy, modern customers. What an amazing outcome! Congratulations to the special prize winners who stood out in all the categories below:

The Thanks A Million Thank You Card Challenge

Typography Award for the best bold, simple, and modern design relying on typography to showcase a name and/or thanks

Big Diamond Thank You” by Laura Jordan

Laura knocked it clean out of the park with this symphony of type, color, and geometry. We’re wild about the prisms of color that seem to refract off of each letter, creating beautiful angularity and tricky optical illusions. The simple heart is the perfect finishing touch.

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Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

In our Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Challenge, we asked our talented design community to reinvent the traditional save the date; to dream up designs for all customers and all styles from classical to whimsical and minimalist to vintage. We got just that! The Minted Community submitted a huge breadth of stunning work, with designs sure to please just about every couple out there. Now, without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners below. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full bleed photo design

Boutique” by Laura Condouris

We love a full-bleed photo design with plenty of personality! Laura’s “Boutique” is the perfect marriage between photo and design. Her casual, yet very pretty lettering glides effortlessly across this design, filling the space without detracting from the customer photo behind it.


Special Prize Winners: Holiday Party Invites + New Year’s Cards

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Today we have one last holiday hurrah for you to start off 2013 with a bang. Announcing the special prize winners for both our “Celebrate” Holiday Party Invitations and “Happy 2013” New Year’s Card Challenges! In both challenges, we asked designers to liven up the holidays with fresh, modern designs that just can’t be found anywhere else. Needless to say, the Minted Design Community did not disappoint. So sit back and enjoy one last burst of holiday cheer by congratulating the special prizes winners in the following categories:

Celebrate! Party Invitations Challenge

Christmas Spirit Award for the best Christmas party invitation

Cheer Season” by Alethea and Ruth

Rachel exudes lots of Christmas cheer with this design! Her festive berry sprigs and hand-drawn banner are simple, but sweet. It’s the big, bold “Cheer” that truly makes this design stand out. We love her unusual turquoise background and neatly placed type.


Wedding Inspiration Board Challenge

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Ever wonder about those beautiful boards on the top-right of our blog? They’re current submissions in our wedding inspiration board challenge! Every Monday between now and January 7, we’re awarding 2 prizes of $200 Minted credit each. One for the most ‘favorited’ board and one random drawing. At the end of it all, one grand prize winning Editor’s Pick will win $1000 to spend on Minted!

Don’t you just love these boards? To join the ranks and enter the challenge, just create an inspiration board around a Minted wedding invite or save the date. Then embed the board on your website or blog and fill out your entry information here. Happy styling!

Cover Board: A Greenhouse Affair by Kayla King

1: Orange, Gold, and Butterflies by Caroline

2: Central Coast Wedding by annie clark


The Minted Design Grant

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

The Minted Design Community is all about meritocracy. Artists should have opportunities based on the quality of their work rather than who they know or where they live. In keeping with that belief, we’re incredibly proud to share the details of our first annual Minted Design Grants!

This year, we’re offering 3 grants of $4,000 each. 2 student scholarship grants and 1 open design grant for anybody and everybody. We’re looking for fresh, innovative design and we hope these grants will go a long way in nurturing 3 well-deserving artists.

So to all you design geniuses out there, apply here by Sunday December 16, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. Minted’s editorial team will select the finalists and Mariam, our founder and CEO, will select the winners. Winners will be announced and grants awarded in early January 2013. Show us what you’ve got!


Hats Off Graduation Announcement Special Prize Winners

It’s already November, but designs these great can be appreciated all-year-round. Our Hats Off Graduation Announcement Challenge was all about creating fun, unusual, and memorable graduation announcements. It may have taken a few extra semesters of deliberation and anticipation, but we think that makes this graduating class of special prizes all the more well-deserved! Congratulations to the designers whose designs won in each of our categories below – we give you all straight As in amazing announcements!

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best multi-photo design

Long Road” by Carrie ONeal

“Long Road” has both beautiful design and lots of photos. Carrie’s layered text is clean and unusual, but still lets the customer’s photos stand out. We love the concept – the photos from little girl to grad emphasize what a long road graduation is.


Dallas Mintie Meet Up

We love it when Minties get together and especially when they send us photos! Last week, Lauren Chism of Palm Papers organized a meet up for local Dallas-area minties. Here are some lovely photos and a few words from Lauren:

(Clockwise from the front): Jill Efrussy of Stamped Paper Co., Annie Roche of 5by7 Designs, Susan Asbill, Ann Gardner, Lauren Chism of Palm Papers, Rebecca Bowen, Vivien Jordan of The Eclectic Press, Lesa Abney of Paper Nest by Lesa, and Abigail Luby of Chips and Salsa Designs.


Deck the Office Business Holiday Challenge Special Prize Winners

In the Deck the Office Business Holiday Card Challenge, we asked the Minted community to design non-photo holiday cards that were modern and fresh (as always), but also universally appealing and clean enough for a professional business. That’s no easy feat! So the community got down to business to create a beautiful collection of business holiday cards that strike that balance between pretty and professional. Congratulations to the designers below, whose designs were the best in our specific categories!


Minimalist Award for the best simple, minimalist design

Swatch Wreath” by chica design “Swatch Wreath” really fits the bill for our Minimalist Award. Angela’s succinct copy, clean layout, and crisp white background make this one simple, sweet design. Her swatch wreath is modern and unconventional, while still being bright and festive. This is the perfect card for any creative group! Runner Ups: “Structured Greetings” by Jennifer Wick | “Happy-Go-Lucky” by Up Up Creative | “A Little Holiday Peace” by Kim Dietrich Elam


Cool Colors Award for the best design featuring blue or green colors

Joyful Reindeer” by Laura Bolter

We love how Laura embraced unique geometrics in “Joyful Reindeer.” Her background mosaic of blues and greys gives off a feeling of soft falling snow. The softness of those colors and lines allows her sharp, bold reindeer to pop right off the page. Runner Ups: “Simple Peace” by Sarah Brown | “Patchwork” by Ellis | “Mountain Pine” by Alex Elko Design


Making Spirits Bright Award for the best design that’s a lot of fun

The Gang’s All Here!” by Unless Someone Like You “The Gang’s All Here” made us all smile the second we saw it in submission – it’s sure to make anyone’s spirits bright! What a fun, friendly twist on a business holiday card. We love how each of Leslie’s illustrated carolers has his or her own distinct personality. The customizable speech bubbles allow you to send a message in a very whimsical way. Runner Ups: “Retro Cheer” by nocciola design | “Holiday Infographics” by Frooted Design | “Off the Charts” by Stacey Hill


Typography Award for the best typographical design

Good Cheer & Happy New Year” by Serenity Avenue Ashley lets her type do all the talking with this retro design. Her various typefaces blend together so perfectly—they were meant to be! The variety gives this card a lot of visual interest, while the textured champagne glass and marbled bubbles lend a bit of good-natured celebration. Runner Ups: “Glad Tidings” by Ann Gardner | “Happiness for All” by root beer float | “Dotted i” by kelli hall  


Flora Award for the best botanical design

Luminosity” by Griffinbell Studio Our Flora Award goes to Lynn’s “Luminosity” because of the unexpected twist on her botanical elements. It’s interesting how she achieves such a sense of greenery simply through the shape and placement of her otherwise very minimalist leaves. The snowflake-like star is a modern approach to holiday botanicals. Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Peace Love Happiness” by Melanie Severin | “Festive Banner” by trbdesign | “Burst” by Monica Schafer | “Rustic Season’s Greetings” by Gakemi Art+Design


Company Pride Award for the best design that displays a company name in a unique way

All the Trimmings” by Frooted Design

All of Tanya’s elements seem so thoughtful and intentionally placed to bring your company name to the forefront – her square format, large round seal, and symmetrical garnishes all draw your eye to the center of the card. At the same time, her curved type and delicate pine and mistletoe trimmings create an overall feeling of holiday cheer. Runner Ups: “A Venny Merry Christmas” by Bonjour Berry | “Typewriter” by VOSS  | “Greeting Tag” by Snow and Ivy


Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts

Wreath and Ribbon” by Laura Condouris

Laura has a knack for the delicate and beautiful. In this design, she uses subtle curvilinear text to complement the soft curve of her lovely illustrated wreath and ribbon banner. We love how clearly you can see Laura’s strokes and outlines. The result is a very personal feeling in a business holiday card. Runner Ups: “Vintage Ornament” by Hooray Creative | “Pine Cones” by Snow and Ivy


Joy to the World Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to continue our Joy to the World Holiday Card Challenge announcements with our special prize winners! Special prizes call attention to the best designs in specific categories. The winners below stand out among the more than 2,600 designs in a variety of categories. From humor to minimalism, specific design elements to overall vision, each winner speaks to a very different, unique theme. Congratulations, winners!

Vision Award for the most unique holiday card in the challenge that breaks new ground but still conveys the cheer and spirit of the holiday season

Merry Modern” by Sarah Curry

Sarah’s “Merry Modern” is a vision in neon! We love her very modern diagonal stripe and the unusual green overlay. The classic black text on a white background provides a perfect balance.

Runner Ups: “Red Abstract” by Moglea | “O Tannenbaum” by 2birdstone | “Trio” by Wondercloud Design | “Ombre Tidings” by Paper Dahlia


‘Chalkboard’ and ‘Darjeeling’ in Brides

We’re excited to say that our very own “Chalkboard” by Alethea and Ruth and “Darjeeling” by annie clark are featured in the October issue of Brides!

Rachel’s “Chalkboard” is sophisticated in black and white, while her chalk laurels and florals add a casual, friendly feeling to this wedding invite.

Don’t you just love how bright and bold “Darjeeling” is? We love Annie’s painterly strokes and playful flourishes.

Congratulations, Rachel and Annie!