2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 15

Wow guys. We are getting close! So close. We are almost to the top ten!!! But honestly all of these designs are just so good it hardly matters what number you are since it really came down to tenths of tenths of decimal points. So without further ado: No. 15. Peace Love & Hope by The Social Type.

So I can’t help but think that this card is fitting now more than ever. A ridiculously number of years later, we’re still in Iraq and ‘peace’ is still outside our reach. We’re always looking for ‘love’–that’s just the human condition–and certainly the people of Haiti are struggling to keep their ‘hope’ six months post earthquake. Heavy thoughts aside, I think ‘Peace, Love and Hope’ will show up on a lot of holiday cards this year, but probably not in this beautiful of a way. I love how the Type has put together ‘peace’. The white outline is so classy and I love how the letters alternate between red and green. And the ampersand lines up so perfectly below and continues the color alternation. The family’s name in subtle white is completely classy. All of the color elements are used in perfect balance and the white border around ‘peace’ references the white border and holds the whole thing together. Last but not least, I really like the light turquoise background that is closer to green than blue. Congrats Allison & Jessica–this is really, such a wonderful card!

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 16

Ready to start your day with some great type, great words, and great color? Unless Someone Like You‘s Best of the Season is all that and more, earning it the coveted No. 16 spot.

This is such a fun idea and it has been executed in a carefree and whimsical way. It’s certainly fitting that ‘feast’ is the biggest and heaviest word here. The font used for ‘merriment’ looks just like what it is describing. Of course anyone who has young children–or heck even if you don’t–has to love that naps appears twice!! And, isn’t it so true that children as well as their parents live for those ‘days-off’? In short, I just love how these truly genuine sentiments keep the holiday wishes real! And just one last thing… I love that little star is in the center, but isn’t perfectly centered.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 17

A child’s anticipation of the holiday to come and their report from Santa is arguably the very best part of the holiday season and Carrie O’Neal‘s Nice List (No. 17!) captures that excitement perfectly.

Don’t you think families everywhere will get a kick out of this? I love the headline “Be Good” and then the tag line in a much softer script “for goodness sake”. And then the stamp is just great–it’s so well put together, with the double circle, the dotted lines, and the the starred lines. I wonder if families will want to be able to downgrade their young ins to say a 7.5? A 10.0 is really, pretty nice. I don’t think I ever earned that score! Isn’t it so great how the photo is tilted–it makes the whole composition so much more interesting. And the white frame against a beige background is very classy. I really like how the photo is black and white, too. All in all, a great idea and a very solid execution.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 18

It’s not easy to find a really well designed Christian card, but with No. 18 Carrie Eckert has done just that in her lovely Joy to the World.

This is one of the most elegant and thoughtful Christian cards I’ve ever laid eyes on. It couldn’t have been easy to lay out the font this perfectly to create such a nice tree. I imagine there was a lot of enlarging and shrinking of words and individual letters, as well as tilting and rotating, and re-layering. The curly q’s and loop-d-loos, in particular, are masterfully laid out. And then the red dots–don’t they mimic hanging balls in such a wonderfully understated way? I also really love how the pot of the tree is hand drawn and I love, love, love that this is a live tree–see the dirt there? This is also a very green card! I also love the sky blue background. Finally, I really love the particular lyric Carrie chose to illustrate–it’s such a lovely song and a beautifully expressed sentiment.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 19

Let’s lighten up for the weekend, but without resorting to cheese, with No. 19: Emily Ranneby‘s Joyeux Noel + st. nicholas.

First of all, I love the entire series Ranneby did like this. I think what makes it so great is that it’s actually quite rare that you see minimalism and humor together. I love how the beard is shaped like a doily and I love that she chose to add stripes to it on a diagonal. Also, despite the fact that there really are no eyes on this Santa–you don’t even miss them–maybe they’re hiding behind ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ which is Santa’s long hair? The point is  that Ranneby does lots of things I would never think of doing, but makes it look like that is just how it’s supposed to be! She also really nailed the color palette. The gray is both warm and yet still cool like you expect from the color gray. The shade of pink is not really pink it’s some sort of shade of beige with pinkish tones. And the reversed out effect = pure sophistication. Finally, the writer in me always loves when the copy matches the design and Ranneby also executes on that perfectly. Have a lovely and amusing weekend ahead!

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 20

Are you ready for a hand drawn masterpiece? Sydney Newsom‘s Love and Peace Eternal is just that. And it’s also No. 20!

So clearly Sydney has some real talent–I just love all of the hand drawn elements. It’s truly a beauty. Let’s just take a minute now and unravel her design genius piece by piece. Isn’t the ‘a’ in peace awesome? And isn’t it helpful how white, red, green, and blue are evenly spread throughout the entire composition? The globe is simply fabulous. Ditto re: the pictogram of the heart. I love the little banner with the tiny dots around ‘and’. And I also love the simple snowflakes that fill up any empty space. ‘This’ spelled out vertically looks really awesome. Finally, I love how the olive branch in the dove’s mouth pulls us into a peaceful 2010 and slightly overlaps across the photo! What other bits and pieces of fabulousness am I missing?

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 21

In the countdown so far we’ve had elegant, classic, and sophisticated, but we’ve yet to have modern or humorous… until now: No. 21, Jolly Dots by Sweet Tree Studio.

So first of all, the text of the card couldn’t fit the tone of the photo better. It’s good to remember that lots of Minted customers actually take their holiday photos to mimic the card they’ve chosen and I for one would love to see more babies up in the air come December! But, in all seriousness, I think the very best part of this card is the lovely dotted ribbon that plays so well off the dots in “Jolly” and the ‘a’s in  fa, la, la. It’s just such a fresh take on ribbon, which can lean towards stuffy/traditional. The ribbon is on one hand so simple–it is, after all, just dots–but it is so beautiful. Readers, what’s your favorite part of Sweet Tree’s masterpiece?

Note: The designs in the top twenty five countdown, as voted by our community, will each receive a $100 cash prize, plus five percent ongoing commission anytime the card sells.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 22

Here at Minted we love photography almost as much as we love good design. Christmas Glow nails both–it really lets the photo be the star, but the subtle design elements add stunning finishing touches and so much class. Congratulations to Karen Glenn for being No. 22!

I think this card would work with so many photos as often the top quarter of the card is background. And don’t you just love how the dots and lines from above reappear in a different way below? I also love how 2010 is in a crisp, ice blue. It really makes me think of a winter wonderland, but not in a cheesy, hit-you-over-the-head kind of way. Although, it’s a little hard to think of snow in July! Hope you all had a lovely, celebratory 4th!

Note: The designs in the top twenty five countdown, as voted by our community, will each receive a $100 cash prize, plus five percent ongoing commission anytime the card sells.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 23

Let’s be honest, the Christmas tree has been around the block a few times. So whenever we see something tree shaped that makes us stop and reconsider this timeless icon, it truly is a beautiful thing! Introducing No. 23: A Very Merry Christmas by Sarah Brown.

Don’t you just love how all of these fonts combine together in such an elegant way? Swirls and curly-q’s have never looked so beautiful. And I know families will love to see how their names look nestled into the bottom. I also just love black and white. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. I especially love it reversed-out like this.

So a big congratulations Sarah! I hope you enjoy this victory all long weekend long. You’re one of our community’s newest members and we just can’t wait to see what you’ll enter next!

Have a lovely Fourth of July everyone! We’ll be back on Tuesday with no. 22!

Note: The designs in the top twenty five countdown, as voted by our community, will each receive a $100 cash prize, plus five percent ongoing commission anytime the card sells.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular Countdown: No. 24

Sometimes it’s simply too hard to decide on just one photo for your family holiday cards, so why not select 6? “Bow Tie,” a stunning design by Design Lotus comes in at no. 24 on our 2010 Holiday Spectacular countdown for its fresh take on the multi-photo card layout. We adored how “Bow Tie” allows customers to showcase so many photos in a chic and elegant way. We also adored how Amy added a touch of warmth and humor with a tiny cardinal illustration. The simplicity of the type and bow-tie detail balance the design, while letting the stars (your family photos) really shine through.  Congratulations Amy!

Please comment and let us know what you think. We’ll be announcing no. 23 tomorrow…

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