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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With This Ring Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our With This Ring Wedding Invitation Challenge! Engaged couples come to Minted for trendsetting and unique designs they cannot find anywhere else. The Wedding Invitations category is the largest in wedding and showcases our freshest and most innovative designs. Congratulations winners!

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Announcing the winners of the Minted x Every Mother Counts Contest

Drumroll, please! We’re excited to announce the two winners of our Minted x Every Mother Counts Contest, who will join Mariam Naficy and Christy Turlington Burns in Haiti this fall.

Please join us in congratulating our two winners, Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma and Briana Nielson! Karly and Briana participated in at least two of Minted’s Baby & Kids Challenges in 2017 and also submitted a very thoughtful written and video application, respectively. Both artists demonstrated excitement and passion in supporting EMC’s mission through their own personal stories and experiences with pregnancy and maternal healthcare.

Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. At the beginning of 2017, we kicked off a year-long contest where two Minted artists would be selected to join Minted Founder and CEO, Mariam Naficy, and EMC Founder Christy Turlington Burns on a trip to Haiti in fall 2018. On the trip, the winning artists will meet with one of EMC’s grantees and experience first-hand the work that they are doing to provide skilled and compassionate care to Haitian mothers throughout their pregnancies.

Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma

Karly has been with Minted since nearly the very start of the company. She is a talented graphic designer from Columbus, Ohio—she has 200 wins on Minted, won first place in Minted’s very first Holiday Photo Card Challenge and struck gold again in the same challenge in 2015. She is an active community member who is very well-liked, down-to-earth, and always willing to help fellow community members.  (Karly Depew photo by Christa Kimble Photography)

In Karly’s Words

“While the road I have traveled in motherhood has had its bumps and curves, I am so thankful to have had proper care. I can’t imagine going through this journey without the support system I had. Every Mother Counts is an incredible organization and it would be an honor to be able to visit Haiti and see firsthand the impact it is making on the lives of those who truly need extra helping hands.”

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Spread the Love Valentines Day Quickfire Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Spread the Love Valentines Day Quickfire Challenge! Cupid is coming in a few short months and kids and adults of all ages will celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending cards to family, friends, and classmates. These fresh, unique designs made our hearts skip a beat! Congratulations winners!

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Shonda Rhimes Reimagines Greeting Cards for Minted

You may have asked yourself at some point, “How does Shonda Rhimes do it all?” As the creator and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, the executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch, and Untitled Shondaland Project, you could safely say she’s very busy. In 2015, Rhimes expanded her storytelling prowess with her first book, Year of Yes (Simon & Schuster), an instant New York Times bestseller that chronicles her humorous attempts to come out of her shell by saying “yes” to everything that scares her.

Shonda recently added another credential to her résumé: Greeting card writer. She submitted 23 lines of bold, invigorating copy (see her writing below) to the Better Together Minted Greeting Card Challenge, our first competition that shines an extra-bright spotlight on excellence in writing and design. We’ll select greeting cards to sell through major national retailers and boutiques via Minted Wholesale, on minted.com, and in the Minted retail store in San Francisco. In addition to contributing to the Greeting Card Challenge, Shonda will serve as a guest judge in the competition. The first phase of the competition was about writing, and the second phase is now about design. During the first phase, we ushered in writers to produce witty, funny, and heartfelt copy for a variety of occasions and sentiments (think: “birthday wishes,” “happy anniversary,” “congrats on getting married,” “happy holidays,” and more). Minted artists can now use Shonda’s copy or any other copy submitted by writers in greeting card designs for this Challenge. (See the copy submissions in the PDF titled “Part I – Writing Submissions” here in the Challenge Submission Kit.) Hurry! Design submissions close May 5, 2017.

We thought it only made sense to invite Shonda to participate in our Minted 50 campaign, a series of 50 creative projects over 50 consecutive days by 50 artists and creatives. Projects range from drawing to painting, photography to video, to any media an artist’s imagination will lead them. Each day we challenge a different artist to create something unique; on day 34, we asked Shonda to reimagine greeting cards with her own message.

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Perfect Match Award Roundup: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners for our Perfect Match Awards! Our customers love that they can choose matching Minted Envelope designs that carry the theme of the invitation through to the envelope. These awards are for the most creative envelope designs that add something extra special to the invitations they accompany. A huge congrats to all the winners and runners-up!

The Most Wonderful Time 2015 Holiday Card Challenge
Merrily Matching Award


Everlasting Love Save the Date Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Suite Love Wedding Invitation Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Sweet Celebrations Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Imagery created by Leah Conroy
Perfect Match Awards will be announced as a roundup twice a year. 
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