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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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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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 4)

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! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Deck the Halls Award for the best design that celebrates the Christmas spirit, and not a generic/non-denominational holiday card

“Christmas Pop” by Jessie Steury

Jessie has such a knack for lighthearted, cheerful design! “Christmas Pop” has that distinctively-Jessie Steury feel: bold graphics, retro icons, and bright colors. Her off-kilter borders and offset colors add lots of visual interest and a sense of playful movement. This card definitely pops!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 3)

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! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Festive Full-Bleed Award for the best full-bleed photo card

“Covered in Joy” by Phrosné Ras

We love how Phrosné creates a pattern out of the letterforms in her aptly-named “Covered in Joy”. So modern and editorial without sacrificing holiday spirit, this card is such a wonderful new take on full-bleed! The use of a script front for “love” adds just the right personal touch.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 2)

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! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Minimalist Award for the best design that is simple, edited, and clean, with greater emphasis on photos and less on design elements that can detract from photos

“Joy Burst” by Betty Hatchett

Elizabeth nailed beautifully simple with “Joy Burst”! The intricate medallion recalls snowflakes and conveys the winter spirit while letting the customer’s photo really shine. The rounded corners die-cut shape is the perfect choice for this design, echoing the shape of the medallion and subtly adding to the softness of the watercolored illustration.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 1)

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! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best design that showcases multiple photos – our customers often can’t pick just one!

“Etched Greetings” by Misa

Misa’s casual holiday collage is such a fun way to feature multiple family photos on a card! The rough edges of the photos perfectly match the chalk-texture type and the lovely rustic foliage illustration. “Etched Greetings” is so beautifully balanced while still maintaining a casual feel.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Surprising Our Winner!

Our annual holiday photo card challenge is always the biggest challenge of the year and holds a very special place in our hearts. So every year, we try to come up with a fun way to surprise the 1st place winner.

In 2012, we surprised Angela Marzuki by asking her to hop on a Skype call with us to discuss using Dropbox (video here). In 2013, we planned a would-be-routine Minted Meetup in Jill De Haan’s hometown, with our Founder & CEO Mariam Naficy as the surprise guest with the big news (see it here). This year, we switched things up just a bit. Watch the video below to see the surprise for winner Jennifer Wick and read all the details below!

We asked Jen to come out to San Francisco to attend a (non-existent) Minted Board Meeting and give feedback as a member of the Minted Community.

Meanwhile, we decorated our office with tons of bunting banners, balloons, crepe paper, and sweet treats in anticipation of her arrival. We invited all the employees in our SF office to write her a congratulatory note and come join in the surprise celebration.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 1st Place Winner

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for!

We couldn’t be happier for Jen Wick and her big win! She expertly combines playful florals and original typography in this elegant holiday card. The festive winter flora harmoniously surround the delicate diamond. The mixture of serif, sans serif, and script artfully reinforces the balance of modern and traditional and the subtle dotted outline creates a beautiful illusion of hand-stitching that frames the design perfectly. “Storied Joy” is simply that. Congratulations, Jen – you’re amazing!

For this year’s winner surprise, we did something a little different from what we’ve ever done before. Check back tomorrow to read about the surprise and see Jen’s reaction to the big news!

Video Music: “Carefree” by Kevin MacLeod

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 2nd Place Winner

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 votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Jessica’s unexpected color palette and playful layout is truly a work of art. The expressiveness of the script gives the design a joyful energy, while the modern sans serif type helps to balance and ground the composition. Jessica’s designs always have such a positive, cheerful feel to them, and “Peaceful Wish” is a beautiful example. We love how the stylized holiday greenery illustrations seem to dance around the type, creating a perfectly festive frame.

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