Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 21-30 Winners

I am proud to reveal the 21st -30th ranked designs from our ‘The Most Wonderful Time’ Holiday Card Challenge. We are continually blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions to the holiday challenge, and to be voted into the top 30 is an incredible accomplishment. My most sincere congratulations to these very creative talents.

21. Classic and slightly retro, Olivia’s card elegantly showcases even the simplest snapshot.

22. Warm Holiday Wishes evokes that wonderful cozy feeling only winter can bring. Genna’s playful illustrations and bright color palette get us excited to romp in the snow.

23. Misa’s hand drawn illustrations and swaths of watercolor capture the joyful effortless in her design.

24. Melanie Severin’s design sparkles with just the right amount of foil. The sweet added touch of tiny white dots is reminiscent of a snowglobe.

25. Four Wet Feet Studio captures two of our favorite styles with a beautiful blue wash of watercolor accented with delicate gold foil flowers. We love the framing and unexpected  colors on this card.

26. Simple and striking, Annie Mertlich’s design left a big impression on us. Her red watercolor Noel is perfection with the addition of sprigs of holly. The white backdrop leaves plenty of room for this  uncomplicated design to shine.

27. Chris’s use of traditional, vintage elements and modern type makes this card an instant classic.

28. We adore hand-lettering and this card by Little Print Designs is a burst of festive fun.

29. The sweeping curve of Design Lotus’s joy is both striking and seemingly effortless. While the delicate type gives her design a modern feel.

30. Shiny Penny Studio’s playful use of type perfectly captures the sentiment of this oh-so-cute card.


Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 31-40 Winners

Today, we continue to bring on the cheer with the announcement of the 31st-40th ranked designs from our ‘The Most Wonderful Time’ Holiday Card Challenge. From Petra’s lively watercolors boughs to Phrosne’s delicate hand-drawing, winners 31-40 demonstrate how the diverse styles of our community bring the spirit of the holidays to life. Fabulous job to these amazingly accomplished artists!

31. Petra’s energetic illustrations creates a delightful card that is a fresh take on botanicals.

32. Phrosne’s intricate hand-rendered detail is a stunning way to celebrate a new bundle of joy.

33. Andrea’s flourishes of gold and delicate details create a christmas greeting that bursts with cheer.

34. Once again Kristen is a master of simplicity. This bold white script that will elevate any family photo.

35. We love how Sarah’s art deco-inspired font make the champagne-style sparkles feel all the lighter and more effervescent.

36. Carrie is an expert of modern minimalism adding just enough variation in type to be editorial, but also feel warm.

37. Lea’s artful crafting of type into a tree can’t help but make us feel merry.

38. Using gold and subtle rotation, Lauren brings the soft magic of snowflakes to this modern greeting.

39. Jessica’s painterly pines complement the masculine serif to create a perfect couple’s card.

40. Fine and Dandy Paperie manages to communicate both formality and fun using layered framing, and the organic shape and dancing rhythm of the leaves.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 41-50 Winners

While most people are wrapping up the summer, everyone at Minted is focused on the upcoming winter holidays.  And we’re excited to announce – the Holiday Card Winners are here!

“The Most Wonderful Time” was our eighth holiday card design challenge. I am thrilled to say that this was the strongest holiday card design challenge we’ve had in our 8 years; Minted’s community of independent designers produced breathtaking and exceptionally creative designs. I appreciated how much designers took to heart our request for creativity and to carve their own creative path.

Here is this year’s challenge by the numbers:

  • The artist community submitted a total of 4,661 designs
  • Designers held 856 design polls, and participants submitted 8,305 comments and 79,948 likes

As ever, we want to thank each and every designer who submitted a design, gave a critique, voted in a design poll, or shared festive posts in the Minted Community Facebook group to help their fellow community members get in the holiday spirit. Our community is truly what makes Minted unique and is, without question, the very reason we have the best design and art in the world.

Let’s not keep you in suspense any longer – here are your 41st-50th place winners. Stay tuned for 31-40 tomorrow. Huge congrats to our first batch of holiday winners!

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Through the Lens Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners for our first ever photography-only art challenge! In this challenge, we asked you, the Minted Community, to channel your inner Gursky, Weston, Sherman, or Steiglitz. We were blown away by the artistic photographs we received in this challenge. Congratulations to our special prize winners!

Curator’s Choice Award: for the photograph that most captures
the eye of Minted’s Curatorial Team
Going for a Swim” by Whitney Deal

Outer Edge Award: for the photograph that pushes
the boundaries of our assortment
Joshua Tree” by Kaitlin Rebesco

Urban Landscape Award: for the photograph which best
celebrates the urban environment
NYC Viewpoint” by Debra Pruskowski

Still Life Award: for the most interesting composition
using a combination of objects
Collection” by Sadie Holden

The Good Sport Award: for the best artistic and innovative
photographic image involving sports
Our Pastime” by Karen Kaul

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Congrats to the Grad! Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Spring arrives and families across the country look for the perfect graduation design to celebrate this milestone in their child’s life. Graduation is a large and growing category for Minted, and we were stunned by so many unique and original designs. Outstanding work everyone, and a huge congratulations to all the winners!

For the most out-of-the-box graduation design 
Highlighter”  by Lori Wemple

For the best traditional, sophisticated design 
Poetic”  by Fine and Dandy Paperie

For the best design incorporating a photo of the new grad
Caps Off”  by Stacey Meacham

For the best multi-photo design
Fresh Perspective”  by Keen Peachy

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DIY: Braided Duct-Tape Headband

This easy braided duct-tape headband is a perfect summer craft for little hands! Make them in a variety colors—even a version in red, white, and blue for the upcoming Fourth of July!—for loads of DIY fashion fun!

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DIY Wedding: Watercolor Ceremony Program (with Printable!)

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

DIY Program

When I’m creating pieces for a wedding, I’m constantly thinking about ways to make them fun and functional, as well as something guests will actually want to take home after the wedding’s over. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never saved a ceremony program from any of the weddings I’ve attended in the past (except my own, of course!). But I thought that adding an artful element to the program cover—like a romantic quote done in watercolor—would transform a functional program into a keepsake your guests might enjoy later, perhaps framing and displaying it at home or pinning it to a bulletin board at work. I’m always collecting inspiring quotes on Pinterest and this is one of my current favorites, and it’s certainly one many soon-to-be-married couples might be able to relate to!

Read on to download the ceremony-program cover and for instructions on how to make your own ceremony-program booklets.