Winter Wishes Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prizes from our Winter Wishes Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge! Whether you’re an artist, illustrator, typographer or graphic designer, we looked to our talented community to create non-photo cards where the design is hero. Minted customers gravitate towards unique illustrations, fresh design trends, clever twists on greetings, and die-cut shapes that will make his or her card stand out from the pack. In this challenge, we were looking for designs across a wide range of styles and colors, from modern and bold to classic and traditional.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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What a Bright Time Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prizes from our What a Bright Time Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge! For this challenge, we were seeking foil-pressed designs across a range of styles that celebrate the holidays in a secular way. We were particularly looking for designs that use foil elements in a way that is integral to the design itself. Put your hands together for the winners!

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Minted x Target Let’s Eat Cake! Children’s Birthday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Minted x Target Let’s Eat Cake! Children’s Birthday Card Challenge! We dedicated this challenge to children’s birthday, sourcing new card designs for children that are both festive and fun. Congratulations to all the winners!

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What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our 2018 What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge! Each Minted customer wants a design that will make their holiday photo and message come to life in a unique way. We looked for a wide array of design styles, ranging from the traditional and reinvented classics to Millennial minimalism. Congratulations to our Special Prize winners!


Modern Minimalist Award
For the best design that embodies a restrained design aesthetic — simple and clean, and
allows the photo to stand out.

the edit by Design Lotus

Runners-up: Inked Joy by Lori Wemple, Minimalist Peace and Joy by Kelly Schmidt, and
Sweet Signature by Chryssi Tsoupanarias


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative holiday card that you would only find at Minted.

torn paper by Robin Ott

Runners-up: Snowy Day by Paper Sun Studio and polaroid by Design Lotus


The More the Merrier Award
For the best design that showcases multiple photos – customers have a difficult time
choosing just one!

Holiday Mood Board by Kristen Smith

Runners-up: Merry Dip Dye by Hooray Creative, Merry and Bold by Anna Elder, and
Holiday Boughs by Robert and Stella


Say It With Non-Script Award
For the best single-photo design that uses a non-script font.

 Spread Peace by Jessica Maslyn

Runners-up: inspire by Carrie ONeal, Time for Peace by Carrie ONeal, and
Minimal Monogram by Ekko Studio


Gifts of Plenty Award
For the best design incorporating 6+ photos.

Family Christmas Tree by Playground Prints

Runners-up: editorial by Jennifer Wick, minimal nameplate by Kate Ahn, and
panpepato by chocomocacino


Though It’s Been Said Award
Customers often fall in love with a designjust because of its unique copy. This is for the card that uses clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings.

Our Life by Itsy Belle Studio

Runners-up: Because Tacos by Erin L. Wilson, snow much fun by Susan Asbill, and
Almost Nice by Itsy Belle Studio


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.

Classic Trim by Amy Kross

Runners-up: Jolliest by Toast & Laurel, Two-tone frame by Stacey Meacham, and
Minimal Initial by Carrie ONeal


Holly Jolly Award
Some of our best holiday cards are humorous or witty. This award is for the funniest card that
just makes you laugh.

Holiday Antlers by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Nice list by Lea Delaveris, Reindeer Patrol by Laura Hankins, and
Santa’s Pet by Pixel and Hank


Merrily Matching Award
Minted tends to promote more heavily those cards which have unique matching Minted Envelope designs for their holidays cards. This award is for the most creative envelope styling.

Festive Flocking by Erin McManness

Runners-up: Filter fun by Creo Study, Sideline by Lehan Veenker, Modern Joy by Oscar and Emma


Festival of Lights Award
For the best design that celebrates Hanukkah.

Shine by Susan Moyal

Runners-up: Watercolor Hanukkah by Yao Cheng Design, Scripted Hanukkah by Laura Bolter Design, and Shalom Hanukkah by Ana de Sousa


Santa Baby Award
Many new parents use their holiday card to announce the birth of a baby. This is for the best design that doubles as a birth announcement.

asymmetrical frame by Summer Winkelman

Runners-up:  Most Wonderful Time by Susan Moyal, Joyous intro by Creo Study, and
Up All Night by Erin L. Wilson


Sand and Snow Award
Many customers feature photos taken during family trips throughout the year. This award is for the most creative design and greeting intended to showcase a customer’s photo(s) from a
family vacation.

Vacay Fav by Debb W

Runners-up: From snow boots to swimsuits by Lea Delaveris, How We Holiday by Leah Bisch, A Very Mele Kalikimaka by Elsa Duncan


Happy Howlidays Award
For the best pet-themed holiday card.

Deck the Yard by Kayla King

Runners-up: Barking Fun by Stephanie Given, Furry Christmas by Eric Clegg, and
Paws-atively Happy Howliday by Hooray Creative


Married and Merry Award
Couples often send their first holiday card the year they get married. This award is for the best design for newlyweds.

A Little Married by Sarah Guse Brown

Runners-up: Simply Bright by Roxy Cervantes, No Additional Mistletoe by Amy Payne, and Peaceful Chalk by Becky Nimoy


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.

Desert Holiday by Emily Lynne


Runners-up: The Definition of Merry by Emmeline Bramble and Bold Merry + Bright by Elsa Duncan


Published November 2, 2018

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Blow Out the Candles Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Blow Out the Candles Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge! Each year, parents come to Minted to find the perfect invitation to celebrate another year in their child’s life. We invited our talented Minted community of artists to design fresh, fun and unique invitations that set the tone for a memorable party and become a keepsake for the parent and child to enjoy for years to come. Congratulations to our Special Prize winners!


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative kids’ birthday party invitation that you would
only find at Minted
.

Dress for a mess by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Bounce into a birthday by Heather Francisco, Puppy Pizza Party by Stephanie Given, and Shero Party by Baumbirdy


Originality Award
For the best design that incorporates an original handdrawn illustration or hand lettering.

Birthday Experiment by Shiny Penny Studio

Runners-up: jungle party by Cass Loh, Unicorn dreams by Jennifer Wick, and
sssomeone’s birthday by Kiersten Garner


Birthday Boy Award
For the best design for a boy.

Dino Friends by Alethea and Ruth

Runners-up: Sun Sand and Surf by Maggie Maeve, Roswell by Gwen Bedat, and volcano blast by Karidy Walker


Perfect Picture Award
This award is for the best party invite featuring one or more photos of the birthday boy or girl.

Calling All Princesses by Half Pint Studio

Runners-up: Typography Clouds by Simona Cavallaro, Simply One by Joanne Williams, and
yippee for three! by Susan Asbill


Great Shape Award
This award is for the best design specifically created for one of the unique shapes Minted offers.

circus party by Anupama

Runners-up: Hop on Over II by Hallie Fischer and Shimmering Princess by Rebecca Durflinger


Fantastic Foil Award
For the best design with elements that would truly shine in foil.

whimsical balloon by Phrosne Ras

Runners-up: Sweet unicorn by Anne Holmquist, She’s A Wild One by Susan Moyal, and
Princess Carriage by Paper Sun Studio


First Fete Award
For the best party invitation for a 1 year old girl or boy.

Wild One! by Christie Garcia

Runners-up: freshly cut flowers by Jennifer Wick, Big one by Ana de Sousa, and
Big Confetti 1 by fatfatin


Changing Seasons Award
This award is for the best design that celebrates a fall or winter birthday.

playful ice rink by Karidy Walker

Runners-up: ONEderland by Anne Holmquist and Pumpkin Party by Michelle Shanaman


Curvilinear Award
For the best design that puts the name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path.

at the park by elena diaz

Runners-up: bears marching band by Faith Dorn, Handy Man by Ink and Letter Designs, and
Hot Air Balloon Birthday by Noonday Design


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.

Surfer’s Dream Beach Bash by Maggie Maeve


Critique Award
For providing helpful critique to other artists in the challenge.

Congratulations Jan Shepherd!


Published October 26, 2018

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It Takes a Village Baby Shower Invitations Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our It Takes a Village Baby Shower Invitations Challenge! Family and friends of expectant parents come to Minted seeking a baby shower invitation that not only sets the stage for this event, but is also special enough to serve as a cherished keepsake for the parents-to-be. Congratulations to the winners!

Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative baby shower invitation that you would only find at Minted.

Baby shower cut outs by Eleanor Mayrhofer

Runners-up: Aloha Baby Pineapple by Alethea and RuthFarmers Market by Karidy Walker, and Caterpillar and Butterfly by Morgan Ramberg


Couples Shower Award
For the best design that celebrates both parents-to-be.

Over the Crescent Moon by Lisa McLean

Runners-up: Baby Shower BBQ by Robert and StellaAloe, Baby! by Erica Krystek, and Modern Block by roxy

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Time-Saving Tips for Faster File Prep

By Olivia Goree 

While a Minted challenge win is exciting and exhilarating, the file prep that follows can be, well, not so fun. Formatting text boxes, building out colorways, and getting that foil sheen placed just right can be time-consuming and exhausting. We get it! Illustrator is an extremely powerful and complex program that can be overwhelming at times, but there are tons of tools and shortcuts to help you work in the program more efficiently. We’ve gathered our favorite “time-saving tips” to help speed up your file prep and make the process a little less painful.

 

1. Eyedropper Tool

The Eyedropper is a handy tool that allows you to pull styling from one element and apply it to another. Use this to match the color between two design elements (or even text settings from one text box to another) to ensure consistency.

2. Paste in Place

A simple but commonly used feature, Paste in Place allows you to copy one element and paste in the exact same spot it was copied from. This feature comes in handy when you need to either copy something from one artboard and paste in the same spot on another artboard, or if you are copying elements from one colorway file to another. You can find this feature by going to Edit > Paste in Place, or by using the shortcut Shift + Command + V on a Mac (or Control + V on a PC).

3. Shortcuts!

Keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator are by far the most helpful feature in speeding up your file prep process. Although they can take a while to set up and get used to, they are life-changing within Illustrator once you become comfortable with them. While some shortcuts are automatically programmed into Illustrator, others are open for you to set up on your own. These are the Minted Production team’s favorite shortcuts; you can set up these same ones or set up your own by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Festive Holiday Fabric & Wrap Quickfire Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Festive Holiday Fabric & Wrap Quickfire Challenge! For this challenge, we were looking for winter, holiday, and Christmas themed patterns and placed images that could be used on a variety of products. We were so excited to see your fresh and festive designs. Congratulations winners!

 

Visionary Award
For the design that feels truly differentiated and new

Multi-Cultural Santas by Melanie Mikecz


Runners-up: 
Main Street by Julie Murray and Bonney Woods by Cindy Willingham



Santa’s Little Helper Award
For the best fun and festive pattern or placed image design that appeals to children

Gumdrop Buttons by Jackie Crawford

Runners-up: Nutcracker Suite by Peetie Design and Stacked Arctic Animals by Jennifer Wick

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Make a Statement Large Format Art Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Make a Statement Large Format Art Challenge! Our customers are looking for large scale pieces to fill an empty space, and we are excited for this potential sales opportunity for our growing art business. Congratulations winners!

Figures & Form Award
For the most interesting and eye catching photograph or drawing that displays
a human figure large scale

Shes Blooming by Theresa Bear

Runners-up: Movement by Kaitie Bryant and Watching by Kelly Witmer

Bold Strokes Award
For the best large scale abstract statement piece emphasizing unique shape and form

Jazz on the Radio by Melissa McGill


Runners-up: 
Circular Movement by Roann Mathias and Indeed they are by Allison Filice

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Font Award Roundup: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the Special Prize winners for our Font Awards! These awards are for designs that introduce new fonts and use them in a visually interesting and differentiated way. 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’s not 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!

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