That’s a Wrap! Personalizable Holiday Gift Wrap Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Last holiday season was the first time Minted offered customizable wrapping paper, and customers loved it! So we asked the Minted Community to help grow our assortment of custom holiday gift wrap by dreaming up the freshest, most original designs that incorporate a customer’s photos and/or custom text. We asked the Community to think out of – and around – the box, and the results blew us away! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Out of the Box Award for a holiday gift wrap design that incorporates personalized photos in a highly creative way

Santa’s Wrap” by Sarah Brown

We’re expecting to see a big order of this adorable gift wrap come in from the North Pole this holiday season! We love how Sarah dresses up your little one as an elf, Santa, a snowman, and a reindeer (and the last two even come complete with nose!). The sprinkle of snow and irregular positioning and angles of the holiday illustrations give “Santa’s Wrap” an extra-festive feel.


Meet a Mintie: Cadence Paige Design

Name: Paige Rothhaar
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Layers of detail and inspired whimsy.
Occupation: Graphic Design Professional at Fahlgren Mortine, Mintie, Mother to two.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I went into college with the notion of becoming a nutritionist but as soon as I realized how much chemistry was involved, I quickly changed my major to art education. It wasn’t until I had finished a study abroad in Italy that I realized that my future might be in graphic design. We had to keep a sketchbook/journal to receive credit for the course. We were expected to do studies of famous architecture and works by the great masters, but I was more fascinated by the details that usually go unnoticed in the art history world. I sketched intricate patterns that were hammered into Roman armor, geometric shapes on Etruscan vases, even patterns found on the coffins of Egyptian mummies. I also drew various coats of arms you’d see on buildings around Florence, which were basically an early form of branding for wealthy families. When I turned in my sketchbook at the end of the trip, my professor thought that I might really enjoy graphic arts and suggested I make it my concentration. Her instincts were right and that’s exactly what I did the following semester.  


Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Emily Jeffords

Today, in the latest installment of domino magazine’s At Home With a Minted Artist series, we’re given a behind-the-scenes tour of Minted artist Emily Jeffords‘ beautiful, light-filled home and painting studio in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Meet a Mintie: Robin Ott

Name: Robin Ott
Location: Orrville, Ohio
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Mid-century meets organic. Equally adept at painting and drawing.
Occupation: Watch designer turned freelance graphic designer, Mintie, Mom to two little ones.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
My high school was fortunate to have an ambitious art instructor, who introduced his students to so many opportunities related to the arts. He often invited local artists to visit and share their real-life work experiences with our class. I remember very specifically when my “ah-ha” moment occurred after a freelance, graphic designer came to our class and shared her story. I remember thinking that would be my “dream job”. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my dream came true. Anytime I get discouraged or in a creative rut, I remind myself that I’m living my dream.

I went to school for Computer Animation at the Art Institute of Dallas. My 3-D training and feminine style helped me land a job at Fossil, Inc. designing watches and accessories. I collaborated with other designers on brands like Armani, DKNY and Nike. It was so much fun that it didn’t even seem to be “work”. I returned to Ohio and started my freelance business in 2003, and I slowly transitioned to graphic design, forming several long-lasting relationships with clients that I still work with today. 


Oh Happy Day! Kids’ Birthday Party Invite Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Kids’ birthday party is one of our favorite categories! In the Oh Happy Day! Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to design fun, fresh birthday party invitations that parents and kids would both love. We just love the result! The winners below stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the freshest, most original party invitation you wouldn’t find anywhere other than Minted

Woodland Campout” by Grave Kreinbrink

Grace’s camping-inspired design has us ready to pack our backpacks! We love her illustrated forest from her stylized trees to her winding path and sweet little campfire. The off-kilter signs are such a unique way to provide all the details necessary to party!

Runners Up: “First Festival” by Phrosné Ras | “Did Someone Say Cake” by Amy George | “Mad Scientist” by Pretty Girl Designs


Meet a Mintie: Katharine Watson

We are very excited to be bringing back an old favorite, our ‘Meet a Mintie‘ designer interview series. Look for these ‘get to know a designer’ features every other Friday going forward! And let us know if there is anyone you want us to feature. We’d love to hear from you!

Name: Katharine Watson
Location: Hyde Park, Vermont
Years with Minted: 3.5
Niche: Bringing a modern twist to traditional textile designs with block printing.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I think I’ve always known, it has just been something I’ve loved to do since I was very little. But it wasn’t until college, when I sold my first painting at a coffee shop, that I realized you could actually make a living as an artist. That was a very exciting day! 


Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Karly Depew

We’re thrilled to be partnering with domino magazine—one of our favorite shelter mags!—for a new series “At Home With a Minted Artist.” Each month, editors at the magazine will profile one of our talented artists, taking you inside their homes and studio for a virtual tour. Needless to say, we’re beyond excited about collaborating with domino on this series, not only because we’re big fans of their fresh aesthetic and the art-filled homes they feature in the magazine, but especially since they share our passion for supporting independent artists.

Domino magazine: At Home with a Minted Artist Oscar + Emma

First up is the lovely Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma, who gives us a tour of her Columbus, Ohio, home (and shares a peek at her favorite Minted art prints!). A longtime Minted designer, Karly has been a part of the Minted community since 2008 and has racked up award after award (and has more than 800 designs for sale on the site!).

Head on over to domino to read the full feature, get a glimpse inside Karly’s workspace, and learn about her creative process and what she’s inspired by these days.

Minted art prints featured below in Karly’s studio: Dora’s Floral by Jill De Haan,  Block Printed Arches by Katharine Watson, and Nice Work by Heather Francisco


Milestones Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Invitations to baby and kids’ milestone celebrations are a fast-growing category for Minted. From Sweet Sixteen parties to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, from Quinceañera parties to Confirmation celebrations, customers are looking for fresh, modern invitations, and the Minted Community truly came through in this challenge. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most innovative design that you wouldn’t see on your run-of-the-mill stationery site; this design best exemplifies the risk-taking that Minted looks for

Wherever you go” by Griffinbell Paper Co.

What a joyful design! Lynn didn’t hold anything back in her bold use of color. The playful palette and whimsical hand-lettering do a beautiful job of highlighting a Bible passage that’s perfect for a baptism.


Let’s Celebrate! Wedding Parties Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

When it comes to weddings, it’s not all about the big day! We asked the Minted Community to create create unique, modern invitations for all the pre-wedding events: Bridal Showers, Engagement Parties and Rehearsal Dinners. We were looking for designs to suit every type of event, from casual to traditional, and Minted designers delivered! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Fun and Casual Award for the best informal, whimsical or fun rehearsal dinner or engagement party invitation

Stamped on Kraft” by Petite Papier

Erin’s engagement party invitation gets our stamp of approval! The justified copy in conjunction with the simple red, white, and kraft color palette is bold and eye-catching, and the “Let’s” stamped in script in the center adds the perfect hint of whimsy.