Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 17th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

“A Holiday Note” strikes the perfect balance between classic and modern. Chryssi’s confident use of white space frames the photo and puts it at center stage, while the playful handwritten-style script adds a festive twist. Crafting such a clean design is no easy task, and this holiday card proves that less can truly be more.

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Back-to-School Supplies: Gold, Stripes, Dots, and Neon!

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus
back to school gold gear

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, I’m not talking about Christmas, but Back to School (BTS)! Growing up in the 80s, Lisa Frank was the end-all, be-all for my back-to-school gear. But with the new-school crowd these days? Not so much. Instead, send your stylish kids to class with the Midas touch with these gilded BTS accessories. Better than any paper airplane—how adorable is this airplane charm necklace?! And gold foil-pressed mommy calling cards are perfect for play dates, carpools, and nonstop birthday parties.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 18th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

I am absolutely swooning over Rachel’s “Evergreen Frame”! The elegant design uses curved pine garlands to create a bountiful frame for the holiday sentiments. White type pops off of the bright red background, and the mix of font styles creates an ideal composition. Perfectly modern – but with a nod to tradition – this card is sure to make a grand statement.

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DIY Scalloped-Paper Party Backdrop

By Melanie of  You Are My Fave
party photo booth backdrop
I’m back today with yet another party DIY that’s so easy, you really don’t need instructions (but I’m gonna give them to you!). I just want to spread the word that you don’t have to resort to ugly, store-bought decor to create a fun, eye-catching party backdrop. Basically, if you can cut a circle, you can make this.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 19th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

The spectacular use of big, bold, and bright lettering makes this fun holiday card pop! Karidy has garnished this delightful composition with festive details. From the chalked look of each letter to the joyful red holly berries and verdant leaves, this design really does make the season jolly! With a holiday card this expertly crafted, it’s hard to believe Karidy had been a Mintie for less than a year when this challenge started. We’re so very lucky to have her!

 

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 20th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Merry Wish” by Lori Wemple

Is there anything Lori Wemple can’t do? Lori is well established as a master of designing with vibrant colors and rich textures – she even did a Minted Master Tutorial on it! But here, she proves that with just one color (and very possibly one hand tied behind her back), she can create a truly stunning holiday card. If I didn’t know how sweet she is, I might accuse her of being a show off! The elegant lettering, intricately fitted, flows together to make a perfect Christmas tree.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 21-30 Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Today, we continue to make spirits bright with the announcement of the 21st-30th ranked designs from our ‘Let it Snow!’ Holiday Card Challenge. Seeing these wonderful pieces together gives me a very warm feeling. 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 truly an incredible accomplishment. My most sincere congratulations to these very creative talents!

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Meet a Mintie: Penelope Poppy

Name: Nicole Armstrong
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Watercolor style marker with black line art
Occupation: Elias/Savion Advertising Graphic Designer and Mintie

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
Since I was little, I loved to color and draw. My mom would tell you it all started when I won my first coloring contest when I was 4 years old. It was a Christmas contest, and I won a teddy bear wearing a Santa hat. After receiving the bear, I immediately cut his hat off and thought it would look better on me, though it was too small. I still have “Teddy” (I know, so original), sans hat, to this day!

Throughout my grade school and high school years,, I took every art class there was.
I wasn’t really familiar with “design,” but I knew I loved being creative. Turns out, I was pretty good at it.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 31-50 Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year once again! While most folks are wondering where the summer went, here at Minted, we are already looking forward to winter. It feels like each year the holiday challenge is bigger and better. Let it Snow!, our seventh holiday challenge, was definitely no exception. Here is this year’s challenge by the numbers:

4,103 Submissions from 481 Artists
646 design polls, 11,047 Comments, 62,513 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 31st-50th place winners. Stay tuned for 21-30 to come tomorrow. Huge congrats to our first batch of holiday winners!

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DIY Wedding Favor: Homemade Pickles (With Printable Tag!)

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Give your wedding guests a take-home treat that’s delicious, homemade, and packs a big crunch: pickles! This recipe is super simple to make; plus, the elegant glass jars make them very versatile—they could easily work as favors at a more rustic-themed celebration as well as at a more classic wedding. Just whip up an extra-large batch and tie each jar of pickles with the downloadable favor tag we made just for you.

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