What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Advice is like a train. You can take it or leave it.

For the launch of our #ArtistAdvice series, we asked Minted artists Tanya Lee of Frooted Design and Eric Beckett of GeekInk to share the best career advice they’ve ever received. Luckily, it shaped their paths for the better.

Stay tuned to the Community>Resources section of Julep. For upcoming editions of #ArtistAdvice, we’ll take a deeper dive into advice ranging from artistic techniques, personal branding, and life-changing insights.

Tanya Lee of Frooted Design
Orange County, California

Think of your computer as just another tool. If you always begin there, then what you can or cannot do on the computer limits your full creative potential.

Practically speaking, this means I usually begin a project by writing word lists, sketching, or experimenting with new mediums. Sometimes it means taking a step back and just hanging out with my family, who often proves to be my best inspiration. For example, “Splash-o-saurus” was inspired by spending the summer swimming with my dino-loving 5-year-old son).

(Right) “Splash-0-Saurus” Art Print by Frooted Design

Peace on Earth’s Globe” Business Holiday Card by Frooted Design


Eric Beckett of GeekInk
Los Angeles

In the middle designing an invitation for a Minted wedding Design Challenge, my wife walked in and saw that I was working on a floral-themed wedding invite. In a confused voice, she asked, “Why are you trying to do florals? That’s not your style.”

That one small question made me stop and really think about what I was doing. My florals were horrible, and I realized that the key to me being a successful designer wasn’t in trying to do what other successful designers were doing, but to find what I could do better. It freed me from the stigma that “florals always win,” and I was able to think outside the box and design what I thought looked cool. Sometimes the best advice isn’t advice at all, but simply asking the right questions. The next day, I started working on my Antique Lines design, and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite creations.

Antique Lines” Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitation by GeekInkDesign

Merry Little Lines” Holiday Card by GeekInk Design


What’s the best career advice you’ve received? Share your answer in Comments below and on social media with the hashtag #ArtistAdvice.
This is the first edition of Minted’s #ArtistAdvice series. Get a glimpse into more Minted artists’ lives in our #WhatInspiresMe series:
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Calligraphy Halloween Drink Labels (Free Printable!)

Written by Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you have to resort to the gory decor found at all of the party stores. It is possible to have a pretty Halloween party! Start with a softer color palette but be sure to throw in a few creepy touches so it’s not just another cocktail bash with your pals.

Halloween Decor IdeasPrintable Halloween Labels

My local market had these fantastic “fairytale” pumpkins everywhere and I just could not resist. Their muted tones inspired this fresh palette and simple drink labels that are perfect for a chic Halloween cocktail party. Paired with moss, some succulents, and a selection of mix-and-match glass bottles, you can recreate this at home in just a few minutes.

Click through to download the free printable drink labels

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DIY: Creepy Crawly Tablecloth for Halloween

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes & Cutlery

Halloween is upon us which means tricks, treats, and tons of DIYs. This do-it-yourself painted tablecloth is perfect for your ghoulish get-togethers. We took a plain white tablecloth and turned it into a creepy-cool reusable holiday decoration with just a few supplies and a little sunshine.

DIY Halloween Tablecloth with Inkodye

Click through for the step-by-step instructions…

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Non-Photo Holiday Challenge: Guest Judge’s Pick

This holiday season, customers searching for a non-photo holiday-card design will be in for a treat! Our Minted community of artists dreamed up fresh holiday cards that feature strong typography, illustrations, and graphic design. Check out our guest judge’s pick!

We were so excited when Brittany Jepsen—designer, crafter, and stylist behind one our favorite blogs The House that Lars Built—signed up to help judge our “Winter Wonderland Non-Photo Holiday Challenge.” Brittany’s favorite holiday-card design? The cheery, bright-yellow “Bursts and Swirls” by Genna Cowsert. Which makes complete sense, since Brittany is all about color (she pioneered the fun Insta hashtag #dresstherainbow).

Bursts and Swirls” by Genna Cowsert

“Everything about ‘Bursts and Swirls’ by Genna Cowsert expresses the exuberance of the meaning of the card, from the bright yellow to the jubilant typography. It’s a non-traditional
color to ring in the new year, which is both refreshing and enthusiastic.

—Brittany Jepsen, blogger of  The House that Lars Built

Congratulations, Genna! Check out more non-photo holiday-card designs here and click through below to see more prize-winning holiday cards from this year’s collection.


More Winning Holiday-Card Designs:
• “Winter Wonderland” Non-Photo Holiday-Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners
• Holiday Photo-Card Challenge: 1st Place Winner
• Holiday Photo-Card Challenge: 2nd Place Winner
• Holiday Photo-Card Challenge: 3rd Place Winner

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DIY: Lollipop Ghost Cupcake Topper

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

We’re definitely getting in the Halloween spirit now that October is under way. These adorable tissue-paper ghosts are a ghoulish way to top a cupcake, and your own little goblins will be delighted once they realize there’s a treat inside! Best of all, these lollipop ghosts are a cinch to make. Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions.

Try these simple ghost cupcake toppers made with lollipops for Halloween

Click through to learn how to make these lollipop ghosts

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Recipe: Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Looking for a simple, crowd-pleasing cocktail recipe to serve throughout the holiday season? Try this refreshing spin on a classic! It’s a cinch to make since it only requires two ingredients: dark rum and ginger beer. My friend introduced me to this cocktail during a weekend getaway to the Oregon coast and that’s all she wrote! I’ve been mixing this deliciously easy-drinking recipe ever since. (Fun fact: The original Bermudian method from 1800s calls for Gosling’s black rum and includes a great seafaring story.)

Dark and Stormy Cocktail
Makes one cocktail 

• 2 ounces dark rum (such as Kraken Spiced Rum)
• 3 ounces ginger beer (such as Bundaberg Ginger Beer)
• ½ ounce fresh lime juice (preferably organic)
• Ice

Place several ice cubes in a glass. Pour lime juice, followed by ginger beer. Top with dark rum; add a lime wedge and gently stir.

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“Joy to the Work” Holiday Challenge: Guest Judge’s Pick

This holiday season, companies across the country will be on the hunt for the perfect card to send to their customers and partners. So, we asked our Minted community of artists to dream up fresh, original holiday-card designs for businesses and corporations, and the results are in!

We were thrilled when Sophia Amoruso, founder of the online retailer Nasty Gal, signed up to be a guest judge for our “Joy to the Work” challenge. After all, who better to weigh in on holiday cards for the corporate world than one of our favorite #GIRLBOSSES? Sophia’s favorite? “Blooming Year” by lulu and isabelle.

Corporate Holiday Card Ideas | Minted and Nasty GalBlooming Year” by lulu and isabelle

“I love the hand-drawn feel and colorful elements!”
—Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO, Nasty Gal

Congratulations, lulu and isabelle! Check out more corporate and busineess holiday-card designs here and click through below to see more prize-winning holiday cards from this year’s collection.

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Throw a Googly Eye Halloween Party!

Today I’ve got an entire Halloween party for you in five easy steps. The only rule? Add googly eyes to everything—the party invitation, the decorations, the food, your child. Got it? Here we go!

halloween decorating ideas

free halloween party invitation

Throw a Googly Eye Halloween Party!

Step one: Download and print the invitation.

Step two: Decorate your party space with loads of googly-eyed pumpkins and gourds.

halloween party food

Keep reading for the rest of our google eye Halloween party ideas

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prizes

It’s Minted’s biggest and most influential stationery challenge of the year the annual Holiday Card Challenge! Our customers say that their jaws drop when they get a Minted card in the mail. That’s exactly the effect we were looking for from you, our immensely talented Minted Community, and wow did you deliver! A huge congrats to all the winners!  

This year, for the first time ever, we announced the First Time Winner Holiday Collection Award. We awarded an artist with the opportunity to launch a line of holiday cards on Minted.com to a designer who has never won a Minted challenge before.

Congrats, Colleen Tracey! We will choose 2 more holiday card designs from Colleen for a total collection of 5 holiday cards launched on Minted.


For the funniest card that just makes you laugh
Uh Oh” by Genna Coswert


For the most unconventional, unique design in the challenge that you couldn’t find on any other site. This design exemplifies the kind of design risk-taking Minted is looking for.
Popstract Multi” by Sydney Newsom


For the card that uses clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings
Forever Young” by Carrie O’Neal


For the best design that showcases multiple photos our customers often can’t pick just one!
Photo Booth Filter” by Olivia Kanaley

Click through for more special prize winners from this year’s holiday photo card challenge

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prizes

We took out the eggnog for our non-photo holiday card challenge! This is a fun challenge that Minted artists typically enjoy, because it allows their talents as a designer to shine, whether they are an artist, illustrator, typographer or graphic designer. We were looking to help customers express a broad range of styles; there is no one Minted “look”. Our artists had fun, took risks, and designed holiday cards that they would be excited to send themselves. Congratulations to all our special prize winners and runners-up!

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

Reindeer Love” by Cass Loh

Runners-Up (below): “All I Want Is” by Magdalena Earnest | “Year: The Board Game” by Betta


For the best holiday card that also announces a recent move
Decking New Halls” by Peridot Design

Runners-Up (below): “Home” by Lori Wemple | “Zola” by Chocomocacino


For the design that best reinvents the “annual letter,” in which
families share major milestones from their year

Annual Highlights” by Shirley Lin Schneider

Runner-Up (below): “Seasonal Update” by Jessie Steury


Keep reading for more special prize winners

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