Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 19th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

The spectacular use of big, bold, and bright lettering makes this fun holiday card pop! Karidy has garnished this delightful composition with festive details. From the chalked look of each letter to the joyful red holly berries and verdant leaves, this design really does make the season jolly! With a holiday card this expertly crafted, it’s hard to believe Karidy had been a Mintie for less than a year when this challenge started. We’re so very lucky to have her!

 

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 20th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Merry Wish” by Lori Wemple

Is there anything Lori Wemple can’t do? Lori is well established as a master of designing with vibrant colors and rich textures – she even did a Minted Master Tutorial on it! But here, she proves that with just one color (and very possibly one hand tied behind her back), she can create a truly stunning holiday card. If I didn’t know how sweet she is, I might accuse her of being a show off! The elegant lettering, intricately fitted, flows together to make a perfect Christmas tree.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 21-30 Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Today, we continue to make spirits bright with the announcement of the 21st-30th ranked designs from our ‘Let it Snow!’ Holiday Card Challenge. Seeing these wonderful pieces together gives me a very warm feeling. We are continually blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions to the holiday challenge, and to be voted into the top 30 is truly an incredible accomplishment. My most sincere congratulations to these very creative talents!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 31-50 Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year once again! While most folks are wondering where the summer went, here at Minted, we are already looking forward to winter. It feels like each year the holiday challenge is bigger and better. Let it Snow!, our seventh holiday challenge, was definitely no exception. Here is this year’s challenge by the numbers:

4,103 Submissions from 481 Artists
646 design polls, 11,047 Comments, 62,513 Likes

As ever, we want to thank each and every designer who submitted a design, gave a critique, voted in a design poll, or shared festive posts in the Minted Community Facebook group to help their fellow community members get in the holiday spirit. Our community is truly what makes Minted unique and is, without question, the very reason we have the best design and art in the world.

Let’s not keep you in suspense any longer – here are your 31st-50th place winners. Stay tuned for 21-30 to come tomorrow. Huge congrats to our first batch of holiday winners!

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Holiday Challenge Winners’ Trip to San Francisco

Our Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge is well underway and it has been so exciting seeing all your submissions come in! This year, like last year, our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners will win a 2-day VIP trip to visit Minted Headquarters here in San Francisco (full details here).

The top 3 winners from last year’s ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge came out for their own VIP trip last month and we had a great time showing them around the Minted office and our beautiful city. Here are a few highlights from our trip with Minted Designers Jill De Haan, Eric of GeekInk Design, and Karly of Oscar & Emma.

Eric, Jill, and Karly at that iconic spot!

Minted Community Artists are serious celebrities to everyone here in the Minted Office. Our employees were anxious to hear all about the visiting designers. Jill, Eric, and Karly were kind enough to answer lots of juicy questions from Minted employees in a friendly Q&A. We talking about everything from how they got started in design to their favorite (and least favorite) personal works and what their weirdest Pinterest boards are.

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‘Twas the Night Before the Challenge…

Tomorrow is the big day! We’re launching the 2014 Holiday Challenge. If you are as excited as we are, you may very well not sleep tonight, but to help you dream of candy canes and gingerbread, we present to you a little video bedtime story as told by Elliot, our Community Design Lead and the man behind files@minted.com.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

By popular demand, we’re pleased to share a closeup of Elliot’s cat sweater and the entire poem:

‘Twas the night before the challenge and all through the land,
not a snowflake was stirring, not a mitten on hand.

Jack hung the lights round the office with pride
To bring winters glow while the sun shone outside

The Merch team was nestled all snug in their desks
With visions of cards to assort in the annex

While Katy spun dreidels and whipped up a hot toddy
Jen and Madeline sent fruit cakes (a terrible hobby)

We’ve blasted the classics to make ourselves merry
Sinatra, King Cole and Mariam’s fave, Mariah Carey

We wove evergreen wreaths and warmed our hands by the printer
We’ve done all that we can to bring thoughts of winter!

But try as we may, try as we might,
something is missing, it just doesn’t feel right

Are our sweaters too boring? No, that can’t be it
Just look at this festive cat-themed knit!

What else can be done to bring christmas to spring?
I know what’s missing! I know just the thing!

We need photo cards, skinny wraps, backers and liners
The freshest new work from the world’s best designers

Now, Jennifer! Now Sarah! Now Laura and Erin!
On, Jessica! On Kelly! and both of the Erics!
Now Stephanie! Now Kimberly! Now Heather and Amy!
On, Ashley! On Katherine! and ALL of the Minties!


Now we just have to wait til’ the bright morning light
Happy Challenge to all, and to all a good night!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Katy’s Hot Toddy and Spiced Apple Cider Recipes

This last idea for getting in the holiday spirit may be one of the simplest, make a holiday beverage!  The taste (and smell!) of these drinks always make me think of wintertime.

Hot Toddy (makes 1 serving)
  • 1 1/2 ounces whisky or bourbon (I’m using Bulleit® Rye)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • a few whole cloves and/or a cinnamon stick
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Holiday Wreath DIY

As our holiday challenge gets closer and closer everyday, we’re doing everything we can think of to help get our Minted Community designers in that holiday-card-creatin’ spirit! We’re hitting all the senses – we warmed things up with Jack’s holiday music playlist and filled your homes with the sweet winter smell of Cathy’s Gingerbread Cake. Now how about some nice winter greenery? Today we have a beautiful Holiday Wreath DIY from Lizzy McGinn, a Mintie who also does incredible floral design. You can see her work at her website, Saturday Flowers, and on Instagram. Check out Lizzy’s instructions below, in her own words:

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The Sweet Smell of the Holidays

With our big holiday challenge coming up soon, we decided to help get everyone in the spirit. We kicked things off yesterday with Jack’s holiday playlist and we’re very happy to continue spreading holiday cheer with a delicious Gingerbread Cake recipe from Cathy Haebe. Cathy is not only a Mintie, but she is also an incredible baker! Check out her work at kneadtomake.com and on Instagram. Try this recipe out at home to fill you home with the scent of the holidays…

Classic Gingerbread Cake

(Yields 3 layer 9” cake)

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Album Art adapted from Lena Barakat’s “Retro Resolution

Though it’s hard to believe, our big annual holiday challenge is just around the corner! Here in San Francisco, the shining sun, the green grass, and March Madness have been making it a bit hard to feel the cheer. So we’ve decided to share a series of things you can do to help yourselves (and us!) get in the holiday spirit.

To kick things off, our very own Jack of jackmove has put together a playlist of his favorite holiday jams. And don’t forget: the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Listen (and sing along) to it here.

If you have any great ways to get in the holiday spirit, please post them in the comments below!

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