Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Spring has sprung! And we’re very excited to have a fresh batch of brand new birth announcements just in time. Birth announcements are all about announcing a little person in a big way and they’re incredibly meaningful for newly-minted moms and dads. So in our Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked designers to create the most unique, beautiful, and modern birth announcements the world has ever seen (a pretty tall order). Our Design Community did not disappoint!

The designs below took chic birth announcements to another level and each stood out among a very impressive crowd in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design

Precious Name” by Oscar & Emma

Karly has got to be one of the queens of understated elegance. This full-bleed design allows the customer to show off a great big photo of their new baby. The simple, minimalist white text shares all the information we want to know in a classic clean way (without taking away from the little one).

Runner Ups: “Big News” by papermints | “Over the Moon” by Momo | “Wrapped in Lace” by fatfatin


Cheers Wedding Party Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

We all focus on the Big Day, but what about all those important days leading up to it? In our Cheers Wedding Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create eye-catching party invitations for a variety of pre-wedding celebrations like bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bachelorette parties.

We know you’ve been waiting quite a while for these winners, so now that our wedding party invitations have launched, we’re thrilled to finally announce them and relive some truly amazing work with you! Thanks to everyone who submitted to this challenge and thanks so much for your patience. Without further ado, congratulations to the special prize winners below – cheers to all of you!

Sweet Simplicity Award for the best simple/chic invitation

Simply Floral” by Amber Barkley

Combining a muted palette with minimalist florals, Amber creates the perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. The design is clean and contemporary, with the flowers providing just the right feminine accent. Perfect for celebrating the chic bride-to-be!


On the Wall Art Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted’s Art Team

Our On the Wall Art Challenge marked our largest number of art submissions yet – over 1,400 pieces from a growing group of artists for the community to evaluate, and our curatorial team to review. Our team was enthralled by the quality of the work and we were pleased to see both new and old members of our community expand the breadth of imagery and original media.

We developed a wide array of special prizes that were designed to push the Minted art envelope – and our community responded. We are very pleased to announce the following winners by category. Congratulations to these artists below.

 Edgy Photography Award

Construction” by Becky Nimoy

Jutting girders and an intersecting grid reveal a construction site set against a monochromatic sky. Look again and the image yields a highly contrasted series of lines to create a work of abstract beauty. Referencing iconic works in photographic history, this piece highlights a moment in time and captures the dynamic of the unfinished.


XOXO Valentine’s Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air today and we’re thrilled to share a bit more with you now by announcing the special prize winners from our XOXO Valentine’s Day Challenge! In this challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create beautiful designs for customers of all ages to send sweet sentiments to family, friends, and classmates. And of course, the Community had a lot of fun with this one and created some truly beautiful and very fun Valentine’s. So give a little love to the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations, Minties!

Big Picture Award for the best Valentine’s photo card design

Floral Love” by lehan paper

Lehan’s “Floral Love” has just the right amount of sweet details and sweeping text to truly enhance any customer’s photo, without detracting from it. The subtle ombre along the bottom pushes your eye upwards, towards what are inevitably some very cute kids!

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Perfect Match Wedding Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Announcing the special prize winners of our Perfect Match Wedding Invitations Challenge! We look forward to our big, annual wedding invitation challenge every year and watch eagerly as more new, fresh designs show up every day. We’re always so surprised and thrilled with the incredible range of invitations we receive, from classic and traditional to wildly whimsical and contemporary. No matter what the style, all the winners and runner ups below stood out among the over 1,400 submissions we received. As befitting a wedding invitation challenge, we just fell head over heels in love with these designs! Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic, timeless design

Classically Stacked” by Ann Gardner 

Every once in a while, we see a design that is so classically, simply beautiful that we know it will truly be timeless. Ann’s “Classically Stacked” is just that. Her traditional black and white color palette, minimalist type, and large, neatly stacked names will never go out of style. An instant classic!


Journals, Stationery, Thank You Cards, Oh My! Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Get ready to relive some seriously fun challenges… we have compiled not one, not two, but three of our past challenges to announce all our special prize winners in one super-post! In our ‘Thanks a Million’ Thank You Card Challenge and Journal and Stationery Gift Challenges, we asked the Minted Design Community to spice up these categories with unique pieces for our design-savvy, modern customers. What an amazing outcome! Congratulations to the special prize winners who stood out in all the categories below:

The Thanks A Million Thank You Card Challenge

Typography Award for the best bold, simple, and modern design relying on typography to showcase a name and/or thanks

Big Diamond Thank You” by Laura Jordan

Laura knocked it clean out of the park with this symphony of type, color, and geometry. We’re wild about the prisms of color that seem to refract off of each letter, creating beautiful angularity and tricky optical illusions. The simple heart is the perfect finishing touch.

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Little Journeys and Inspired Art Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Little Journeys: The Nursery, Children’s, and Family Tree Wall Art Challenge

There is something magical about decorating a child’s room. We want the best for our children and look to use elements that will inspire and educate them. Art can help stimulate their imaginations, yet soothe them at the end of a day. These special prize picks from our Little Journeys Nursery, Children’s, and Family Tree Art Challenge do just that. Congratulations to our winners!

Part of the proceeds of the sale of these pieces, as well as those from our entire children’s collection, help to fund Every Mother Counts, a charitable organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns to increase education and support for reducing global maternal mortality.

Easy as ABC Award for the best design that teaches the alphabet by relating to illustrations in a clever way

Animals Alphabet by Alethea and Ruth

Delightful animals are interspersed among the whimsically rendered letters of the alphabet. This imaginative menagerie mixes land and water animals along with unusual color renditions that are sure to delight any child. Customize the print by adding your child’s name at the top.

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Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

In our Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Challenge, we asked our talented design community to reinvent the traditional save the date; to dream up designs for all customers and all styles from classical to whimsical and minimalist to vintage. We got just that! The Minted Community submitted a huge breadth of stunning work, with designs sure to please just about every couple out there. Now, without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners below. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full bleed photo design

Boutique” by Laura Condouris

We love a full-bleed photo design with plenty of personality! Laura’s “Boutique” is the perfect marriage between photo and design. Her casual, yet very pretty lettering glides effortlessly across this design, filling the space without detracting from the customer photo behind it.


Call for Entries – Special Picks Part I

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

The start of the New Year is always an excuse for me to evaluate my surroundings – and my focus usually lands on my walls. As it happens, we just selected our December’s special picks for Minted’s current art challenge (Call for Entries), and I’m incredibly pleased with the quality of the submissions. It was difficult for the Minted curatorial team to select our favorites, but we finally landed on the gorgeous work below.

We are picking monthly special prize winners, so be sure to submit your work before to 1/31/13 to be considered for the January special picks.

Lastly, we will announce voting awards and special picks in the next couple of weeks for a few outstanding challenges: Little Journeys (special picks), Be Inspired (special picks), and On the Wall (voting awards and special picks). Good luck to all!

Best Photograph

The Lake, PH Design

Central Coast, CA (New Minted Artist)

I’m drawn to the juxtaposition of color and texture in this image: the calm, liquid blue of the lake mixed with the linear, hard yellow surface of the reeds congregating in the foreground. At the upper edges of the image, additional reeds are reflected in the water.