Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Guest Judge’s Picks

We were really excited to have two of the hippest ladies we know pick their favorite non-photo holiday card to send out this year. A big thank you to Angela Tafoya and Kate Arends for taking their time to inspire our community. If you’re not already following their work, you’d be remiss not to check out Refinery 29 – SF Edition and Wit and Delight.

Angela Tafoya, an editor at Refinery 29, chose Trimmed Tree by Pistols because “I love the geometric elements in the tree along with the colors used here. It feels very different and refreshing for the holidays.”

Kate Arends was drawn to Fa-La-La-Lettered by Up Up Creative because when she “first saw this design I wished I had thought of it! So clever. I love the modern, clean palette and how friendly and fresh the graphic feels.”

Thank you so much Angela and Kate and big, big congratulations to Melissa Egan of Pistols and Julie Green of Up Up Creative!
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Corporate Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Our corporate customers turn to Minted for fresh, unique holiday cards that will stand out from the stack. So in the Office Wonderland Corporate Holiday Card Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to help them send goodwill and cheer in a joyful, inclusive way. The Community delivered with cards that are sure to appeal to every client, business partner, and customer! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Most Wonderful Corporate Card of the Year Award for the most original corporate holiday card that you won’t find on other sites: “The Office” by Lori Wemple

Lori’s clever, well-crafted corporate take on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” put a smile on our faces at the Minted office (we admit it, nice paper is our idea of the perfect Christmas present!). We’re so impressed by how Lori combines fonts, switches up line breaks, and curves the text while still maintaining the flow of the poem so that it’s easy to read. Great job, Lori!

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Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners

The Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge is a favorite at the Minted office because it allows our designers’ talents to really shine, whether they’re in typography, illustration, or graphic design. We looked to the Minted Community to wow us with unique designs that would appeal to all kinds of customers, from classic and traditional to fun and modern, and the results blew us away. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Innovation Award for the most innovative non-photo holiday card that best exemplifies design risk-taking, while still conveying the cheer and spirit of the holiday season: “Merry Medley” by Angela Marzuki

Hats off to Angela for this thoroughly modern design! Her varying textures, off-kilter lines, and soft pastels are completely unexpected. Still, there’s something about her hand-lettered “joy” and bursts of red and green that keep this out-of-the-box design feeling very in-season.

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Holiday Ornament Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Last year we introduced holiday ornament cards for the first time and customers loved them! With luxe linen ribbon and festive shapes, ornaments are a fun, new take on the holiday card. So this year, we turned to the Minted Community to expand our ornament assortment by being creative, taking risks, and designing the most original holiday ornament cards in the world! We were so impressed by the result, and the winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Great Shape Award for the design that perfectly suits the ornament shape: “Deco Christmas” by Genna Cowsert

Genna’s elegant art deco-inspired pattern of lines and dots fits flawlessly into our new Rose Snowflake ornament shape. The mint and gold color scheme is vintage-inspired while still being modern. The incorporation of the die-cut ribbon hole as one of the dots in the pattern is so clever!

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Kelli Hall

Domino magazine’s monthly tour of a Minted artist’s home just went live and September’s cover girl is none other than our very own Kelli Hall. It’s no big surprise that we’re huge fans of Kelli’s work, from her abstract paintings to her modern-minimalist stationery designs. Head on over to Domino for a sneak peek into Kelli’s clean, bright-white home (those pristine white floors!) and read her Q&A with the editor to find out what’s inspiring her these days and what she counts as her most-prized possession. While you’re at it, check out all of the previous Art Home With a Minted Artist features.

Featured Minted art (above, clockwise from top left): Opus by Katie Craig; St. Paul’s Cathedral, London by 45wall design; Looking Forward by Hannah Perrine Mode; Artisan by Marabou Design; and Sleepy Kitty by Tyler Tea

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Guest Judges’ Picks

It is with great pleasure that we announce our Guest Judges’ Picks for the this year’s Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge. A big thank you to our guest judges Oma Blaise Ford of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Jeffrey Alan Marks of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, blogger Stephanie Morgan of Modern Parents Messy Kids, and Elaina Sullivan of Domino magazine for their stellar selections and for taking the time to comb through the thousands of photo-card entries that were submitted this year. In addition to being included in Minted’s 2014 holiday assortment, all of the winning designers will also receive an additional $500 prize. Congratulations! 

Oma Blaise Ford
Oma Blaise Ford is the Executive Editor for Better Homes and Gardens. Prior to taking up that post in 2011, she headed up the magazine’s Home Design department for nine years. When not busy wielding her editor’s pen and keyboard, she’s an inveterate dinner party host and can usually be found in the kitchen mixing up a casual meal and a great cocktail for friends.

“What can I say, I’m a sucker for that tag shape and I love the unexpected dark background for a holiday card,” says Ford of Snow & Ivy‘s Chalk & Holly card. “The design nicely frames the photo—I suspect it could even elevate a less than fabulous shot—and I love that it could be used as an oversize gift tag as well as traditional card. And the hole at the top just begs to be pinned to your bulletin board or strung on the tree, and not tossed in the recycle bin.”

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 5)

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 winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Traditional Take Award for the design that best uses traditional holiday or Christmas colors such as red & green or blue & white

“So Very” by Angela Marzuki

Angela’s red and white design is “so very” chic! Minimal but festive, this card puts on a modern spin on traditional holiday colors. The understated text and perfectly executed frame – complete with just a hint of mint green – work together to make the customer’s photo the main focus of the design.

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