Take A Bow Quickfire Holiday Wrapping Paper Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Take a Bow Quickfire Holiday Wrapping Paper Challenge! At Minted we believe that when giving holiday gifts, what’s outside the box matters almost as much as what’s inside. We looked to you, the Minted artist community, to design modern, unique, non-custom wrapping paper designs to make Minted customers’ gifts even more special this holiday season. Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, innovative wrapping paper design that you would only find at Minted.
$500

Party On by Vivian Yiwing

Runners Up: Pink Confetti by Yeye62, Holiday Wave by Baumbirdy and Airstream Holidays by Baumbirdy


Silver Bells Award

We are very excited about sourcing foil-pressed gift wrap for the first time! This award is for the best non-custom gift wrap design featuring a foil element.
$250

Happy Reindeers by Susanne Kasielke

Runners Up: Snowy Night by heathered and Berry Fields by Elena Wilken


Timeless Tradition Award

This award goes to the best gift wrap design that has a classic and traditional holiday feel.
$250

gingham stars by Carolyn Nicks

Runner Up: Watercolor Sprigs by Lehan Veenker


Santa’s Little Helper Award

For the best fun and festive pattern design that appeals to children.
$250

Arctic by Genna Cowsert

Runners Up: Letter to Santa by Peetie Design and Favorite Winter Things by Anastasia Makarova


Classic Christmas Red Award

For the best wrapping paper design featuring a prominently red color palette.
$250

Painted Snow by Cass Loh

Runners Up: Floating Greenery by Jan Shepherd and Minimalist Trees by Mischief Monday


Non-Denominational Award

For the best wrapping paper design that is not specific to a certain holiday and could therefore be used for an array of winter celebrations.
$250

Festive Village by Iveta Angelova

Runners Up: Painterly Plaid by AK Graphics and Luxe Branches by Lucrecia


First-Time Winner Award

For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.
$250

Bottle Brush Forest by Janet Hirata Stall


Critique Award

For providing helpful critique during the challenge.
$150 towards art supplies or art classes

Congratulations, letterfix!

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Birthday and Anniversary Greeting Card Challenges: Special Prizes


Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Just for Her: Birthday and Anniversary Greeting Cards, Cue the Confetti: Children’s Birthday Greeting Cards, and Another Year, Another Adventure: Masculine Birthday and Anniversary Greeting Cards Challenges!

We looked to you, our community of artists, to create fresh, unique designs. We looked for innovative designs that shake up the existing market and that customers truly love. We were thrilled with the results!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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How we surprised the top winner of Minted’s 2019 Holiday Photo Card Challenge

Written by the Minted Team

It was Wednesday, August 28 at 1:15pm when unsuspecting Minted employees and artists joined what they thought was a regular conference call. Fast forward thirteen and a half minutes to Canadian artist Eve Schultz surrounded by a life-size Elf on a Shelf, a giant check for $12,000, and nearly a hundred Minted employees applauding and waving Canadian flags. It wasn’t easy surprising the top prize winner of our 2019 Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Minted team clapping Elf surprises winner

Minted Founder & CEO Mariam Naficy surprises Eve Schultz in front of the Minted team while our community of artists stream and chat in to the live broadcast. The first artist to congratulate Eve via chat? Last year’s winner, Slovenian artist Petra Kern.

Our original plans of surprising Eve at Camp Minted were thwarted when she declined our invitation because of a pre-planned family vacation. We then began plotting to unsuspiciously get Eve out to San Francisco. What was our cover story? We told Eve that we wanted to conduct a series of “in-person media interviews with Minted artists for local press opportunities.” Shortly after she agreed to participate, we cast a fake reporter and video crew, and organized a joint employee and community business meeting on the day of her arrival. Watch the video of Minted Founder & CEO Mariam Naficy surprising Eve in front of the entire Minted office below.

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2019 FOIL-PRESSED HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: 1ST PLACE WINNER

Written by Mariam Naficy, Founder & CEO at Minted

I’m thrilled to recognize Sweta Modi of Creo Study as the first-place winner of our 2019 So Very Merry Foil-Pressed Quickfire Photo Card Challenge! This is a major accomplishment as the Challenge was very competitive, with 2,091 submissions and nearly 500,000 votes. Sweta’s winning design, “Gilded Botanics” is minimalist and elegant with delicate, gold foil-pressed botanicals beautifully ornamenting the corners of the photo. 

Sweta is from Mumbai, India and worked in the travel industry for 10 years before transitioning to a full-time freelance designer. She joined the Minted community in 2016 and coincidentally, her first Minted submission was to the Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Not only is Sweta a talented artist with 174 Minted Challenge wins under her belt, she pays it forward and helps other artists in the community improve their craft. She has given 922 critiques since she joined and was recently nominated by her peers for the 2019 Critique Award. We were thrilled that she travelled all the way from India to join us at Camp Minted! We have seen tremendous growth in her work over the past 3 years and she has even noted that she is “constantly learning and growing with every Challenge” and this is in many ways thanks to artists in the community who offer her “advice and words of encouragement.”

Congratulations, Sweta for winning the $3,000 top-voted prize in this Challenge!


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mariam Naficy is the founder and CEO of Minted. She loves creating and managing the Minted brand, ensuring our products are the best in the world, and working with Minted’s talented community of independent artists, who inspire her every day. Mariam founded Minted to create a retailer that could stay fresh forever, using crowdsourcing and analytics to bring the best design to market faster than anyone. She has pioneered consumer Internet models since 1998, when she co-founded the first online cosmetics retailer, Eve.com, which was sold for over $100 million. Mariam sits on the Board of Yelp and Every Mother Counts. She is a Stanford Business School and Williams alumna.


*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our final winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

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2019 FOIL & NON-FOIL HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGES: 2ND PLACE WINNERS

Written by Katherine Philpot

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! While it still feels like summer here in San Francisco (forecast calls for 75 today), we can almost hear the winter wind start to blow and hear sleigh bells jingle. As we near the end of the 2019 Holiday Photo Card challenges, I want to personally thank all the artists in our community for their beautiful work this year. 

Today we announce the well-deserved 2nd place winners of the 2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge and the So Very Merry Quickfire Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge. 

Please help me in congratulating Lauren Chism and Kristel Torralba!

2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge 

2nd Place Winner

2019 So Very Merry Quickfire Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge 

2nd Place Winner

Lauren Chism’s aptly titled card “Jubilantly” features a handsome pairing of elegant script and serif text that evokes the festive and joyful mood of the holiday season. 

With its minimal typography and restrained white border, Kristel Torralba’s “Stardust Christmas” embodies modern minimalism, while the glittering stars dancing across the photo imbue the design with playful holiday joy.


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Katherine Philpot is Minted’s VP and General Manager, Holiday, overseeing the cross-functional effort to bring holiday cheer to all of Minted’s customers every year. She lives in San Francisco and comes from a family that (amazingly!) loves the holidays even more than she does.


*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our final winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

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2019 NON-FOIL & FOIL HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGES: 3RD PLACE WINNERS

Written by Annie Shapiro

With thousands of submissions to this year’s Non-Foil and Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenges, it was as difficult as ever to narrow down the designs in our final Holiday Card assortment. We carefully review every single design, and we were so impressed by the quality and ingenuity of submissions this year. As always, the artist community surfaced emerging trends and displayed its continued ability to reinvent holiday card design. 

We deeply value each and every submission from Minted’s community of independent artists and are so grateful for the time and creative energy you invest in your work. The depth and breadth of your craft are what infuse life into each and every Minted holiday card. I am thrilled to announce the third-place winners, as determined by voters, of Minted’s 2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed and Foil-Pressed Holiday Card Challenges. 

2019 So Very Merry  Quickfire Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge

3rd Place Winner

2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge

3rd Place Winner

Congratulations, Morgan Ramberg and Oma N. Ramkhelawan!

Morgan’s whimsical winter wonderland illustrated in fresh watercolor feels like a breath of fresh air. “Winter Ice” features familiar winter animals offset against a pink-tinted backdrop, and evokes the spirit of the winter season. 

Oma’s “Modern Gilded Joy” blends bold typography with delicate greenery. The cascading letters of “JOY” and elegant botanical photo frame come together for an elegant, modern design. 


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Annie Shapiro is Minted’s Holiday Merchant and this is her third go-around at launching Minted’s Holiday Card collection.


*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our final winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

 

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All the Feels: Sympathy & Get Well and Let the Good Times Roll: Everyday Milestones Greeting Card Challenges: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our All the Feels: Sympathy & Get Well and Let the Good Times Roll: Everyday Milestones Greeting Card Challenges!

We looked to you, our talented artist community, to continue to push the boundaries in these categories and design cards with a wide range of sentiments, from sincere and heartfelt to honest and imperfect.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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2019 NON-FOIL & FOIL HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGES: TOP 4-10 WINNERS

Written by Easter Kim

We’re excited to continue the countdown of winner announcements for the So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed and Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenges! We’ve been announcing winners in countdown style for just more than a decade, and the Minted artist community never ceases to amaze us with their incredible holiday designs. The community’s talent and holiday spirit during the spring and summer months make our work all the more worthwhile.

Congratulations to the 4th through 10th place winners of our the 2019 Holiday Photo Card Challenges!

2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge

Top 4-10 Winners

10. Lori Wemple’s “Mostly Silent Nights” features funny, unique copy for families introducing the birth of their little one during the holidays. 

9. “Painterly Brights” by Laura Hankins is a cheerful design utilizing a bright color palette to emphasize the fun, hand-lettered Christmas greeting.  

8. “Color Block Joy” by Kelsey McNatt features a common holiday greeting, “joy” as an artful watercolor illustration with unique color blocks, stripes, and dots.  

7. “Abundant” by Everett Paper Goods is a classic yet festive design that features hand-painted foliage to complement many types of photos. 

6. Kristie Kern’s simple, and classic design “Festive Jot” features a warm holiday greeting in a beautiful script.  

5. “Joy Greenery” by Oscar & Emma features a bold “joy” greeting adorned by watercolor greenery creating a classic yet striking design. 

4. “Hand-lettered Wish” by Nicole Baretto features hand-lettered holiday message that is arranged into a beautiful, original artwork. 

 

2019 So Very Merry Quickfire Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge

Top 4-10 Winners

10. Hooray Creative’s chic and dramatic design “Dramatic Joy” showcases a modern layout featuring a gilded holiday greeting. 

9. Wildfield Paper Co.’s refined and elegant design, “Modern Merry Christmas” features a foil-pressed hand-lettered Christmas greeting. 

8. Wildfield Paper Co. creates an impactful red border on her design “Gilded Botanical Frame” ornamented with hand-painted holiday botanicals. 

7. Oscar & Emma’s classic design, “Luminous with Joy” features a bold red foil-pressed “joy” greeting complemented with beautiful hand-painted greenery.  

6. The border on Ana de Sousa’s design “Mistletoe Frame” is everything. She artfully incorporated foil-pressed botanicals, holiday greeting, date, and family name into a cohesive frame.   

5. Factory Made’s elegant design “Peaceful Botanical” features a geometric, gilded frame complemented with beautiful hand-painted winter botanicals. 

4. Ekko Studio’s minimalist design “Gilded Edge” features an interesting torn-edge texture that resembles a beautiful layer of snow.


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Easter Kim is Minted’s Director of Artist Relations. The Artist Relations team supports, develops, engages, and retains our talented community of artists. She lives in San Francisco, and in her spare time you’ll likely find her exploring new neighborhoods and finding the perfect coffee shop.


*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our final winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

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2019 NON-FOIL HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: TOP 11-20 WINNERS

Written by Easter Kim

Our annual holiday winner countdown is one of my favorite Minted traditions. The artist community’s excitement and anticipation is palpable and your energy rubs off on all of us here at Minted. The holiday photo card challenge is one of the largest competitions of the year, and each year I’m amazed by unique designs by our talented community of artists. 

Today, I am honored to announce the top 11-20 winners, as determined by voters, for the So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge. 

2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge 

Top 11-20 Winners

20 Palm Bridal’s beautiful hand-scripted design, “Peace, Love & Joy” truly allows the family photo to shine. The holiday foliage embellishments are the perfect touch to the soft and classic holiday greeting. 

19 Petra Kern’s design “Nostalgica” is a classic holiday design with hand-painted greenery surrounding the photo. Her design packs a twist with a dark and moody background. 

18 Hannah William’s hand-illustrated foliage in her design, “Merry Overlay” elegantly frames the full-bleed photo and pairs well with the script fonts. 

17 “Happy Holiday” by Susan Moyal is a classic holiday design with traditional green and red hand-painted greenery framing the seemingly polaroid shot. 

16 Owl and Toad’s design, “Minimal,” can take any holiday photo and modernize it with the emphasis on the De Valencia font. 

15 Lehan Veenker’s design “Cheerful Greens” features a cheerful and festive border of original hand-drawn greenery. Her design is a fun twist on traditional green botanicals and red berries. 

14 Melinda Denison’s soft and elegant design “Holiday Wisp” features hand-painted holiday springs overlaid on a simple pink frame. 

13 Jennifer Wick’s timeless and classic design “Encompassing” features a beautiful script holiday greeting on a full-bleed photo.   

12 “Winter Natura” by Petra Kern features soft, winter greenery and offers customers 3 places to add their perfect holiday photos. The hand-drawn eucalyptus leaves are a beautiful accent to the holiday botanicals. 

11 “Wild Greenery” by Leah Bisch features a geometric diamond shape to showcase the family photo along with soft hand-drawn greenery to bring the design together. 


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Easter Kim is Minted’s Director of Artist Relations. The Artist Relations team supports, develops, engages, and retains our talented community of artists. She lives in San Francisco, and in her spare time you’ll likely find her exploring new neighborhoods and finding the perfect coffee shop.


*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our final winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

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2019 HOLIDAY NON-FOIL PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: TOP 21-40 WINNERS

Written by Jessica Schwartz

Drumroll, please! Today’s the day we start counting down the top winners of one of our biggest Challenges of the year, the So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge

With 5,474 submissions, the competition was steep, but now it’s time to celebrate and congratulate the artists who created the top 21-40 winners. They wowed voters with stunning designs that will help customers spread joy and share memories with their loved ones this holiday season.

2019 So Very Merry Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge 

Top 21-40 Winners

40. Erin Deegan’s full-bleed design, “Side of Joy,” is cleverly titled and delivers a bright shimmer of joy in snowy white on the side of a family photo.

39. Summer Winkelman‘s “Brushed Flourish” design features hand-painted foliage that elegantly frames the single photo in subtle, soft colors to celebrate the birth of a little one over the holidays

38. JeAnna Casper’s bold and festive design “Noel Greenery” features striking white lettering surrounded by hand-drawn green botanicals to complement a family photo.

37. In “Soft Pine Boughs,” Everett Paper Goods uses hand-painted, berry-dorned wintry foliage to create a beautiful classic holiday design.

36. Melanie Kosuge focuses on the joyful little moments in life with her elegant and modern design, “Little Joys”, featuring original botanical illustration.

35. Paper Raven Co.’s fun design, “My Favorite Things” draws everyone’s favorite holiday memories by framing a family photo with festive hand-drawn holiday illustrations.

34. In “Festive Joyful,” Hudson Meet Rose creates a simple, clean layout with a bright and bold holiday greeting that balances the photo

33. Karidy Walker‘s “Classic Wreath” frames a holiday photo with a charming wreath of winter branches.

32. Phrosne Ras‘ organic and whimsical design, “Ombre Berries,” surrounds a sweet holiday photo with a soft botanical frame hand-painted with a unique ombre texture.

31. Jackie Crawford‘s cheerful design, “Watercolor Painted Wreath,” welcomes the holiday season with a circular photo surrounded by bright hand-painted watercolor foliage.

30. Itsy Belle Studio surrounds a holiday photo with hand-painted, layered watercolor leaves and branches against a soft pale pink border in “Natural Foliage”. 

29. Oscar & Emma‘s delicate design “Juniper” features a soft, dusty green and bronze in this birth announcement, including plenty of room for details about the new little addition to the family.

28. Lea Delaveris‘ clean and simple design, “Tall Tree” creatively stacks a warm holiday message in the shape of a tall evergreen and creates symmetry with the three photos.

27. Susan Moyal‘s beautifully hand-illustrated berries, vines, and leaves, surround the holiday photo in her elegant design, “Berries & Vines.”

26. Wildfield Paper Co.‘s hand-painted botanicals frame her design, “Holiday Flowers,” bringing grace and joy to the holiday season. 

25. The hand-drawn illustration and lettering is complemented by a beautiful organic watercolor texture background in Cindy Reynolds design, “Soft Sentiment.” 

24. Snow and Ivy’s chic and modern design, “Notable” marries classic with edgy by featuring distressed photo edges along a simple white border.

23. Snow and Ivy allows the simple joys of the holiday season to shine with her cheerful and colorful design, “All things merry.”. 

22. Grace Kreinbrink uses fun, bright colors to make her design, “Fresh Blooming Frame” stand out from the crowd. Her hand-painted botanicals elegantly frame the multi-photo design.

21. The holiday greeting “joy” is organically integrated into a beautiful art piece in Michelle Taylor’s design, “Adorned Joy.” Her hand-lettered botanicals beautifully surround the type in the design.


Stay tuned! We’ll continue to announce Minted Holiday 2019 winners in the Minted Community > Winners section of Julep.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica Schwartz is Minted’s Manager of Community Operations and Strategy. She’s a Bay Area native and a hiking enthusiast, who will choose sourdough bread over cake any day.


*Please note that we will keep the Challenge page hidden until our final winners’ announcement. At that time, you will be able to see your final score and ranking on the Challenge page.

 

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