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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2019 Religious Christmas Photo Card Challenge: Top 20 Winners

Written by Julie Black and Kelly Hird

The countdown begins – with the Top 20 winners of the Counting Our Blessings Religious Christmas Photo Card Challenge! For many Minted customers, Christmas is both a festive occasion and a meaningful celebration of their faith. From traditional and reinvented classic, to bold and modern, to minimalist, we’re thrilled to showcase a broad range of styles across this year’s faith-centric assortment. Congratulations to the winners!

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New Formats Children’s Birthday Greeting Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the New Formats: Children’s Birthday Greeting Card Challenge special prize winners!

The world of children’s birthday cards is full of bold, 3D cards with unique printing types and embellishments, and we’re thrilled to announce that Minted will be launching a new formats children’s birthday card challenge to add new options to the industry. For this challenge, we asked for birthday cards for boys and girls ages 1 to 21.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Birthday Boy Award
Goes to the best birthday card intended for a boy
$750

Dinomite Birthday by melanie mikecz

Runner-up: Hey Wild Thing! by Kayla King.

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Global artists unite for annual Camp Minted conference: Day 1 Recap

Camp Minted SignPhotos by Jacob Loafman Photography.

Written by Julie Black

Nearly 200 Minted artists gathered under the neon (yet tasteful) lights of the JW Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas this July. From watercolor workshops to inspirations sessions teaching that “some people just won’t like you,” Camp Minted 2019 was a jam-packed three days of creativity, learning, and camaraderie. We’re holding onto that Camp Minted feeling for as long as possible, starting with a visual summary of Day 1 — stay tuned for Day 2 and 3 recaps coming soon!

The energy on Day 1 was contagious as Minted artists poured in from as far as India and South Africa and as close as the local area. Regardless, each and every artist rushed from session to session to, yet another, session, determined to absorb as much knowledge and inspiration as possible. We’ve included only a few of the many highlights from this Day below.

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How to Write Your Minted Product Description

Written by Mimi Werdegar

Congratulations! Now that your design has won a Minted challenge, your next step is to write a product description. Product descriptions appear in the bottom right of each product page under the “Details” tab. To match the high quality and luxe standard we hold our designs to, your product descriptions must also be impeccable. Don’t let this scare you, though — each description should only be a couple sentences at most! Find helpful advice for writing product descriptions after the jump.

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Minted In The Press – August 2019

Congratulations to Minted artists who were featured in The Knot, The View, Forbes Online, and HGTV Magazine. Join the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.

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The Knot Regional Issues (Fall/Winter 2019) “A Suite For Every Shade” featuring wedding stationery: Modern Initials by Lori Wemple, Gilt Agate by Kaydi Bishop, River Rock by AK Graphics, Bowtie Chevron by Baumbirdy, Painted Sea by Hooray Creative, Direction by Owl and Toad, Coastal Lines by Grace Kreinbrink, Single Swath by Angela Marzuki, Blue Tides by Erin Deegan, This Love by Eric Clegg, Wedding Enchantment by Chris Griffith, Urban Sophisticate by Carol Fazio, Entredeux by Kimberly Morgan, Tidal Blooms by Grace Kreinbrink, and Mod Block by Little Words Design.


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The View (July 31, 2019) Back to School Giveaway featuring “School Days” photo art by Sara Hicks Malone, “Space Planets” notebook by Susanne Kasielke, “Compendium” notebook by Oscar & Emma, “Nice Work” notebook by Heather Francisco, “Blast Off” children’s stationery by Griffenbell Paper Co., “Line It Up” children’s stationery by Oscar & Emma, “No Dairy” custom name labels by Jessie Stuery, “Pop of Color” custom name labels by Shirley Lin Schneider, “Big Month” grand photo calendar by Erin Deegen, “School’s In” notebook by Annie Montgomery, “Dedication” art print by Lehan Veenker, “Live in Color” art print by Char-Lynn Griffiths, and “French Phone” art print by Morgan Kendall.


HGTV Magazine (August 2019) “The Most Organized Wall In The World” featuring “Be Rad” by Christine Sullivan Houlihan, “Color Wheel” by Melanie Mikecz , and “Vase With Blue Stripes” by Lindsay Megahed.

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From Here to Eternity Quickfire Letterpress Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the From Here to Eternity Quickfire Letterpress Wedding Invitation Challenge!

Customers love letterpress for its luxurious texture, and we seek a broad range of styles for this assortment, from traditional and reinvented classic, to bold and modern, to minimalist. We challenged you, our talented artist community, to show us your freshest take on this premium format.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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I’m New Here! Birth Announcements Challenges: Special Prizes

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Announcing the Special Prize winners of our I’m New Here! Non-Foil-Pressed Birth Announcements Challenge and I’m New Here! Foil-Pressed Birth Announcements Challenge!

New parents come to Minted to help share the most exciting of news with friends and family – the birth of their little one! Parents most often care about showcasing a photo of their baby as the central focus of the birth announcement.

We looked to our talented Minted community of artists to create unique, modern designs as special as this cherished milestone.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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