‘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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Top 10 ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge Winners!

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

This is the final moment that truly makes September feel like the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ Today, as we reveal the top results of our 6th annual holiday card challenge, we honor not only the ten individuals featured here, but also all of the designers who contributed to the success of these designs with comments, critiques, and encouragement.

I am always thrilled to see designers who are new to our community rise to the top of the charts. Likewise, I find it immensely gratifying to watch familiar faces grow over time by participating in our design challenges. There are even a few designers in this year’s top 10 who submitted to the very first holiday challenge!

We truly celebrate designers at every stage and are very grateful to have you all in our community. With that, I give you the top 10 ranked designs. Congratulations, designers!

1st Place Winner: “Hand Lettered Christmas Wishes” by Jill De Haan

We were absolutely thrilled to see Jill De Haan’s “Hand Lettered Christmas Wishes” land in first place. Jill is fairly new to the Minted Community, but has made a huge splash with this design. The sweeps and curves of her hand-lettering make for such a beautiful layout. It takes incredible skill to make this artwork look so effortless. We love the flow of the watercolor and the unusual pairing of red and pinky-cream for a holiday card.

I was able to surprise Jill with the news last night at a Minted Meetup in her hometown of Salt Lake City, UT.  It was so much fun getting to know the SLC Minties and getting to tell Jill in person about her first place win! We’ll be posting all about the meetup and the surprise very soon.

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Top 11-20 ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Today, we keep the holiday ball rolling with the announcement of the 11th-20th ranked designs from our ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge. Looking at the designs below, it’s easy to see why they were so loved by designers and consumers alike. Congratulations to the exceptional talents behind these stunning designs!

11th Place: “Merry Holly” by Fig and Cotton Paperie

Oh what fun this design is! We love Erin’s quirky font choice; those playful swashes and alternate letterforms add so much personality to “Merry Holly.” The sweet little sprig and berry provide just the right amount of color against the bright white type.

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Top 21-40 ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Even though the phrase makes most people think of winter, here at Minted we think that September is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Summer was a whirlwind of submissions, critiquing, voting, and file requests, and now we have arrived at the very best part: announcing the winners. Today we begin our ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge announcements with the winning designs that came in ranked at 21st-40th place, as voted on by the community of customers, designers, fans, and friends.

In this, our sixth annual holiday challenge, we received a record-breaking 3,348 submissions from 470 independent designers. Over the five and a half weeks of submission and voting, designs received a staggering 58,876 ‘likes.’ I think it’s safe to say that this was one of our best (and most competitive) challenges yet, which speaks even more highly of the incredible talent demonstrated in the designs listed below.

I want to thank each and every designer who submitted a design, provided feedback, voted in a design poll, or simply cheered on fellow community members. The design community is what makes Minted special and is what allows us to continue to provide customers with the most beautiful and unique designs in the world. So, without further ado, I give you the top 21st-40th place winners. Congratulations to our first batch of holiday winners!

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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

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The Top 10 Joy to the World Holiday Winners

This is the moment that we all look forward to every year. Today, as we reveal the top results of our 5th annual holiday card challenge, I can’t help but stop to think about just how talented and diverse our community is. I believe that the Minted community is the strongest community of designers and artists in the world. The 10 designs below have been curated as the best of over 2,600 designs by thousands of designers, customers, and fans from around the world.

These designs are the work of a range of Minties, from some who participated in their very first holiday challenge to seasoned designers. Their designs are not only beautiful, but also very different from each other—it’s a testament to the range of talents and tastes that makes our community the very best. With that, I give you the top 1-10 ranked designs. Congratulations, designers!

1st Place Winner: “Be Merry Berries” by Angela Marzuki

We could not have been more thrilled to see that “Be Merry Berries” was voted as the first place holiday card design. Angela takes the cake with our grand prize of $7,000, the largest we’ve ever awarded. This design is a true work of art. From her mod berries to her subtle shadows and textures, Angela’s design is absolutely beautiful. We shared the news with Angela this morning. See her reaction here:

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The Top 11-20th Joy to the World Holiday Winners

Today, I’m happy to announce the 11-20th ranked designs from our Joy to the World challenge. Every year, we see tremendous growth in the Minted community and this year in no exception! Looking through the designs below, it’s easy to see why they rated so highly among a staggering 2,700 submissions. It’s all in the details – the unusual layouts, exceptional illustrations, and unique ways to incorporate customer photos. My congratulations to the creative minds behind these beautiful designs!

11th Place: “Rustic Joy” by Hooray Creative

Kristy’s “Rustic Joy” is a perfect example of a card that achieves that tricky balance between beautifully constructed design elements and a large customer photo. We love her hand-drawn pine elements that are delicate enough to let your family photo stand out.

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Joy to the World Holiday Challenge: The Top 21-40th Place Winners

After a long summer of holiday submissions, voting, and file requests, I could not be more excited to kick off our Joy to the World winners’ announcements with our top 21-40 winners, as ranked by the community of customers, designers, fans, and friends. Last year, we were blown away by the 2,206 entries we received. This year, you outdid yourselves yet again with an incredible 2,658 submissions. The quality and strength of those nearly 2,700 designs is a true testament not only to the wonderful talent of the community as a whole, but also to the accomplishment of the top 21-40 designs below.

Thank you so much to everyone who put yourself out there by submitting a design and providing invaluable critique and feedback to your fellow community members. Thank you also to everyone who helped determine the winners by voting in not one, but two rounds, to make the process as fair and as accurate as possible. Your participation, support, and hard work are what makes Minted the source for the freshest, most unique designs on paper. Without further ado, I give you the top 21-40th place winners. Congratulations to our first batch of holiday winners!

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