Pencil It In Quickfire Photo Calendar Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners from our Pencil it In Quickfire Photo Calendar Challenge ! Customers come to Minted for beautifully-styled photo products, and they love that our 12-month multi-page calendars can start at any month and allow their beautiful photographs to stand out. We looked to you, our talented community of artists, to create fresh and unique designs that Minted customers will be proud to hang on their walls all year round. We are so excited we were able to refresh our photo calendar assortment with this challenge too– this was our first photo calendar challenge in 5 years!

A huge round of applause to all of our winners!


Originality Award
For the design that incorporates the best original drawing, illustration, or lettering that has been made specifically for this Challenge and not used before.

Ink Detailing Frame by Shiny Penny Studio


Runners-up:
 Simple Floral Month by Alethea and Ruth, Foliage month by Summer Winkelman, and Delicate Frames by Paper Raven Co.


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative calendar design that you would only find at Minted.

Aztec frame by Baumbirdy


Runners-up:
Monochrome by Jessie Steury and Checked by Angela Garrick


Fully Booked Award
For the best design incorporating a full bleed photo on the front cover.

Jotted by Erin L. Wilson

Runners-up: Thin Line by Kacey Kendrick Wagner and Simplify by Guess What Design Studio


Colorful Plans Award
For the best design featuring colorful design elements and/or a pop of color in a unique way.

Colorful Minimalist by Playground Prints

Runners-up: Organic Shapes by Kann Orasie, Tides by Erin Deegan, and
Harmony by Shirley Lin Schneider


Simply Minimal Award
For the best understated minimal design.

Slick by Up Up Creative

Runners-up: Bright by Lori Wemple, Minimalisme by Ashley DeMeyere, and Wonder by
Sara Hicks Malone


Completely Classic Award
For the best classic/traditional design.

Didot Latté by Kate Ross

Runner-up: Sidelined by Erin L. Wilson


Modern Man Award
For the design best suited for a man.

Modern simplicity by Susanne Kasielke

Runners-up: Cutout by Kacey Kendrick Wagner, Wonder by Sara Hicks Malone, and
New Adventures by Playground Prints


Curvilinear Award
For the best design that puts customizable text on a curvilinear path.

Fancy Frame by Kristen Smith

Runner-up: Ethereal Wreath by Jackie Crawford


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.

Memo Block by Kimberley Henze


Critique Award
For providing helpful critique to other artists in the challenge.

Congratulations, Bekah Beckman!


Published December 11, 2018

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All Year Cheer Specialty Holiday Challenge: Special Prizes

It’s time to announce the Special Prize winners of our All Year Cheer Specialty Holiday Quickfire Challenge! Many Minted customers look for a card that celebrates their family’s unique religious or cultural beliefs with a beautiful, fresh design. We looked to you, our talented community of artists, to continue to push the boundaries of card design and deliver a fresh perspective on the variety of needs in this Quickfire Challenge. Congratulations to all our winners!


Originality Award
For the design that incorporates the best original drawing, illustration, or lettering that has been made specifically for this Challenge and not used before.

Autumn Florals by Grae Sales


Thanksgiving Award
For the design that best captures the sentiment of Thanksgiving.

Always be thankful by iamtanya

Runners-up: Peace love pumpkin pie by Jackie Crawford, Framed Thankfulness by Emmeline Bramble, and Autumn Foliage by Nazia Hyder


Halloween Award
For the design that best captures the spirit of Halloween.

Happy Halloween by Amy Payne

Runners-up: Cutest Pumpkin by Little Print DesignHappy happy halloween by Eve Schultz, and Halloween Ghost by Shirley Lin Schneider


Lunar New Year Award
For the best design that celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Magnolia Spring Lunar New Year by curiouszhi design

Runners-up: Joy Luck Club by Gwen BedatMystic Pattern by Kanika Mathur, and Red Chinese New Year by Four Wet Feet Studio


Easter Award
For the best design that celebrates Easter.

Sunrise by Shirley Lin Schneider

Runners-up: Scripted by Erin L. WilsonThe New Is Here by Paper Raven Co., and New Peeps by Bethany Anderson


Rosh Hashanah Award
For the best design that celebrates Rosh Hashanah.

Shana Tova by Morgan Kendall

Runners-up: Rosh Minimal by Ariel RutlandFruitful year by Ana de Sousa, and
Pomfetti by Jacki Loomis


Diwali Award
For the best design that celebrates Diwali.

Diwali Inlay by Robert and Stella

Runners-up: Diwali Splash by Nazia HyderRangoli Corners by Oma N. Ramkhelawan, and
Geo Diwali by Monika Drachal


Eid al-Fitr Award
For the best design that celebrates Eid al-Fitr.

Arabesque Frame by Nazia Hyder

Runners-up: Nocturne by Cassandra ImaginesArab window by Ana de Sousa, and Eid Wishes
by That Girl Press


Critique Award
For providing helpful critique to other artists in the challenge.

Congratulations, Elky Ink!


Published November 30, 2018

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In Good Company Corporate Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

We’re excited to announce the special prizes from our In Good Company Corporate Holiday Card Challenge! Companies large and small often choose to send an annual card to their partners and clients, wishing them well or thanking them for their business. We looked to you, our talented community of artists, to bring on the corporate cheer and submit a broad range of innovative designs to refresh our 2018 corporate card assortment.

Put your hands together for the winners!


Non-Denominational Award
For a card that a company could send to any recipient to wish them a happy holiday season, without being easily identifiable as a ‘Christmas’ card (colors that do not include red, Christmas design elements, etc).

Watercolor Snowflakes by Genna Cowsert

Runners-up: Modern brushed by Summer Winkelman, Grateful by Jessie Steury, and
Snowflake Joy by Little Print Design

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Winter Wishes Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prizes from our Winter Wishes Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge! Whether you’re an artist, illustrator, typographer or graphic designer, we looked to our talented community to create non-photo cards where the design is hero. Minted customers gravitate towards unique illustrations, fresh design trends, clever twists on greetings, and die-cut shapes that will make his or her card stand out from the pack. In this challenge, we were looking for designs across a wide range of styles and colors, from modern and bold to classic and traditional.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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What a Bright Time Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prizes from our What a Bright Time Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge! For this challenge, we were seeking foil-pressed designs across a range of styles that celebrate the holidays in a secular way. We were particularly looking for designs that use foil elements in a way that is integral to the design itself. Put your hands together for the winners!

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Minted x Target Send More Letters Greeting Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Minted x Target Send More Letters Greeting Card Challenge! For this challenge, we were looking for fresh and unique greeting card designs for a broad range of everyday categories (adult birthday, new baby, thank you cards, and more). Let’s hear it for all of our winners!

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Minted x Target Let’s Eat Cake! Children’s Birthday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Minted x Target Let’s Eat Cake! Children’s Birthday Card Challenge! We dedicated this challenge to children’s birthday, sourcing new card designs for children that are both festive and fun. Congratulations to all the winners!

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What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our 2018 What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge! Each Minted customer wants a design that will make their holiday photo and message come to life in a unique way. We looked for a wide array of design styles, ranging from the traditional and reinvented classics to Millennial minimalism. Congratulations to our Special Prize winners!


Modern Minimalist Award
For the best design that embodies a restrained design aesthetic — simple and clean, and
allows the photo to stand out.

the edit by Design Lotus

Runners-up: Inked Joy by Lori Wemple, Minimalist Peace and Joy by Kelly Schmidt, and
Sweet Signature by Chryssi Tsoupanarias


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative holiday card that you would only find at Minted.

torn paper by Robin Ott

Runners-up: Snowy Day by Paper Sun Studio and polaroid by Design Lotus


The More the Merrier Award
For the best design that showcases multiple photos – customers have a difficult time
choosing just one!

Holiday Mood Board by Kristen Smith

Runners-up: Merry Dip Dye by Hooray Creative, Merry and Bold by Anna Elder, and
Holiday Boughs by Robert and Stella


Say It With Non-Script Award
For the best single-photo design that uses a non-script font.

 Spread Peace by Jessica Maslyn

Runners-up: inspire by Carrie ONeal, Time for Peace by Carrie ONeal, and
Minimal Monogram by Ekko Studio


Gifts of Plenty Award
For the best design incorporating 6+ photos.

Family Christmas Tree by Playground Prints

Runners-up: editorial by Jennifer Wick, minimal nameplate by Kate Ahn, and
panpepato by chocomocacino


Though It’s Been Said Award
Customers often fall in love with a designjust because of its unique copy. This is for the card that uses clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings.

Our Life by Itsy Belle Studio

Runners-up: Because Tacos by Erin L. Wilson, snow much fun by Susan Asbill, and
Almost Nice by Itsy Belle Studio


Classic with a Twist Award
For the best design that embodies a fresh twist on a timeless aesthetic that would appeal to the customer seeking elegance.

Classic Trim by Amy Kross

Runners-up: Jolliest by Toast & Laurel, Two-tone frame by Stacey Meacham, and
Minimal Initial by Carrie ONeal


Holly Jolly Award
Some of our best holiday cards are humorous or witty. This award is for the funniest card that
just makes you laugh.

Holiday Antlers by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Nice list by Lea Delaveris, Reindeer Patrol by Laura Hankins, and
Santa’s Pet by Pixel and Hank


Merrily Matching Award
Minted tends to promote more heavily those cards which have unique matching Minted Envelope designs for their holidays cards. This award is for the most creative envelope styling.

Festive Flocking by Erin McManness

Runners-up: Filter fun by Creo Study, Sideline by Lehan Veenker, Modern Joy by Oscar and Emma


Festival of Lights Award
For the best design that celebrates Hanukkah.

Shine by Susan Moyal

Runners-up: Watercolor Hanukkah by Yao Cheng Design, Scripted Hanukkah by Laura Bolter Design, and Shalom Hanukkah by Ana de Sousa


Santa Baby Award
Many new parents use their holiday card to announce the birth of a baby. This is for the best design that doubles as a birth announcement.

asymmetrical frame by Summer Winkelman

Runners-up:  Most Wonderful Time by Susan Moyal, Joyous intro by Creo Study, and
Up All Night by Erin L. Wilson


Sand and Snow Award
Many customers feature photos taken during family trips throughout the year. This award is for the most creative design and greeting intended to showcase a customer’s photo(s) from a
family vacation.

Vacay Fav by Debb W

Runners-up: From snow boots to swimsuits by Lea Delaveris, How We Holiday by Leah Bisch, A Very Mele Kalikimaka by Elsa Duncan


Happy Howlidays Award
For the best pet-themed holiday card.

Deck the Yard by Kayla King

Runners-up: Barking Fun by Stephanie Given, Furry Christmas by Eric Clegg, and
Paws-atively Happy Howliday by Hooray Creative


Married and Merry Award
Couples often send their first holiday card the year they get married. This award is for the best design for newlyweds.

A Little Married by Sarah Guse Brown

Runners-up: Simply Bright by Roxy Cervantes, No Additional Mistletoe by Amy Payne, and Peaceful Chalk by Becky Nimoy


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.

Desert Holiday by Emily Lynne


Runners-up: The Definition of Merry by Emmeline Bramble and Bold Merry + Bright by Elsa Duncan


Published November 2, 2018

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Blow Out the Candles Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Blow Out the Candles Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge! Each year, parents come to Minted to find the perfect invitation to celebrate another year in their child’s life. We invited our talented Minted community of artists to design fresh, fun and unique invitations that set the tone for a memorable party and become a keepsake for the parent and child to enjoy for years to come. Congratulations to our Special Prize winners!


Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative kids’ birthday party invitation that you would
only find at Minted
.

Dress for a mess by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Bounce into a birthday by Heather Francisco, Puppy Pizza Party by Stephanie Given, and Shero Party by Baumbirdy


Originality Award
For the best design that incorporates an original handdrawn illustration or hand lettering.

Birthday Experiment by Shiny Penny Studio

Runners-up: jungle party by Cass Loh, Unicorn dreams by Jennifer Wick, and
sssomeone’s birthday by Kiersten Garner


Birthday Boy Award
For the best design for a boy.

Dino Friends by Alethea and Ruth

Runners-up: Sun Sand and Surf by Maggie Maeve, Roswell by Gwen Bedat, and volcano blast by Karidy Walker


Perfect Picture Award
This award is for the best party invite featuring one or more photos of the birthday boy or girl.

Calling All Princesses by Half Pint Studio

Runners-up: Typography Clouds by Simona Cavallaro, Simply One by Joanne Williams, and
yippee for three! by Susan Asbill


Great Shape Award
This award is for the best design specifically created for one of the unique shapes Minted offers.

circus party by Anupama

Runners-up: Hop on Over II by Hallie Fischer and Shimmering Princess by Rebecca Durflinger


Fantastic Foil Award
For the best design with elements that would truly shine in foil.

whimsical balloon by Phrosne Ras

Runners-up: Sweet unicorn by Anne Holmquist, She’s A Wild One by Susan Moyal, and
Princess Carriage by Paper Sun Studio


First Fete Award
For the best party invitation for a 1 year old girl or boy.

Wild One! by Christie Garcia

Runners-up: freshly cut flowers by Jennifer Wick, Big one by Ana de Sousa, and
Big Confetti 1 by fatfatin


Changing Seasons Award
This award is for the best design that celebrates a fall or winter birthday.

playful ice rink by Karidy Walker

Runners-up: ONEderland by Anne Holmquist and Pumpkin Party by Michelle Shanaman


Curvilinear Award
For the best design that puts the name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path.

at the park by elena diaz

Runners-up: bears marching band by Faith Dorn, Handy Man by Ink and Letter Designs, and
Hot Air Balloon Birthday by Noonday Design


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.

Surfer’s Dream Beach Bash by Maggie Maeve


Critique Award
For providing helpful critique to other artists in the challenge.

Congratulations Jan Shepherd!


Published October 26, 2018

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2018 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 11-20 Winners

Written by Annie Clark

For the past 10 years, one of my favorite holiday traditions has been the hotly anticipated Holiday Card Challenge winner announcements. Having participated since the very first challenge back in 2008, I remember eagerly refreshing the challenge page and waiting not so patiently for Minted to reveal who took the top prize. Each year’s winner announcement means that I now have the go-ahead to break out the decorations and put on my favorite holiday records — totally normal to do this in September; after all, we designers have been thinking about Holiday since April!

Every year I wonder how the artist community will surpass last year’s assortment, and without fail, I am continuously blown away by the innovative designs, your sophisticated use of color, incredible illustration skills, and perfectly kerned type.

I am honored to announce the top 11-20 winners, as determined by voters, for the What a Bright Time Non-Foil-Pressed Holiday Photo Card Challenge — especially because I admire each and every one of these artists. Though it’s a little awkward to describe one of my own designs in this roundup, I did my best, and in case you’re curious: The Artist Relations team asked me to write this announcement before we even knew which designs were deemed winners.

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