Most Memorable Minted Moments of 2018

We’ve already plunged wholeheartedly into the new year, but we believe in taking time to reflect on what made 2018 truly momentous. Thank you for helping to make Minted’s 10th anniversary year one for the books. And thank you to the Minted artists who shared their anonymous feedback in the Most Memorable Minted Moments poll. Here’s a look back (in no particular order) at some of the noteworthy events, product launches, and surprises that stood out in the minds of Minted artists around the world.

Possible tie: Camp Minted and surprising Petra Kern

August 7, 2018: Petra Kern was nearly speechless in the moments after Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy presented the award for winning top prize in Minted’s What a Bright Time Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

We’re not sure which event was more memorable: Camp Minted or when Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy surprised Petra Kern during Camp Minted. Toward the end of the live-broadcast community awards dinner ceremony, Mariam approached table 14, holding an oversized check facing inward to hide the name on the payable line. “I think you’re probably realizing,” Mariam said. “I am holding a $10,000 check. Right, Elvis? I’m here to award the 2018 Holiday Card Challenge winner. … My heart is pounding. I’m very nervous. I’m going to approach… and the winner is: Petra Kern.”

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As the largest “Mintie meetup” to date, nearly 200 Minted artists traveled from around the world to attend the Las Vegas retreat, August 6–8. With a series of insightful panels, design workshops, and creative meetings of the mind, many attendees viewed Camp Minted as an action-packed way to celebrate Minted’s 10-year anniversary.

“Camp Minted was life-changing,” writes a Minted artist anonymously in the Minted Moments poll. “I’d built some relationships virtually prior to that, but getting to real-life connect with these amazing people was invaluable.”

Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy hugs Petra Kern, the first-place winner of Minted’s Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

Minted artists at Camp Minted from left: Susan Asbill, Stacey Meacham, Karidy Walker, and Heather Francisco.

More about Camp Minted >>

Nearly 200 artists lit a ‘collective fire’ at Camp Minted’
How a Slovenian former journalist won top prize in Minted’s 2018 Holiday Photo Card Challenge
Minted’s 10th anniversary community awards recognize artist leadership


Moving to monthly commission payments was a Very. Big. Deal.

We’ve interpreted the “amazeballs” and “heck yeah!” gifs that artists posted on the Community Facebook Group to represent Minted artists’ happiness about the transition from quarterly to monthly commission payments. In 2018, we also began delivering artist commission reports in Excel and implemented Payoneer, a new payment platform for processing artist payments and tax forms. “Monthly payments are EVERYTHING,” writes an anonymous Minted artist in the Most Memorable Minted Moments poll. “I can’t believe we got by on quarterly ones before. It’s been by far one of the very best changes to the Minted model in the last year!”


Hitting the bullseye with the Minted + Target partnership

“BIG NEWS!! Two of my greeting card designs are now being sold at Target. #dreamsdocometrue” writes Minted artist Jennifer Pace Duran on her Twitter and Instagram.

When Minted made its Target debut with everyday greeting cards in fall 2017, we were excited about entering a whole new product category. Target guests were just as delighted with Minted’s new line of cards as the Minted artists whose designs were displayed at one of the world’s most recognized retailers. Armed with our learnings from the kickoff, in 2018 Minted expanded its Target partnership with Mother’s Day greeting cards, followed by the rollout of 49 holiday products, including 16 sets of boxed holiday cards, single greeting cards and holiday gift packaging items.

One anonymous artist commented in the Minted Moments poll that Minted Greeting Cards Challenges have given her a fresh new perspective on her designs. ”It’s been amazing to see how diverse Minted has become and how they’ve opened so many more doors for me as an artist,” she writes.

Melanie Mikecz’s “Multicultural Santas” design made a positive impression in Target stores and on this Scary Mommy writer.

Read more about Minted x Target >>
’Tis the season for Minted at Target: Artists celebrate rollout of Minted holiday cards and gift packaging

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Minted Artists in the Press January 2019

Congratulations to Minted artists who are featured in Parents Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Style Me Pretty’s Instagram, and Jillian Harris’ InstagramJoin the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.


Parents
Magazine (February 2019)

“6 Things That Delight Us This Month” featuring “Rainbows! Unicorns! Glitter!” Minted foil valentine by Holly Whitcomb and “Valentine Cutie” Minted valentine by Pixel and Hank



Southern Living
(January 2019)
“The Mood Board” featuring “Pointillism” Minted fabric by Alethea and Ruth



Style Me Pretty Instagram
(December 29, 2018)

Featuring “Elegant Serifs” Minted save the date card by GeekInk Design

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Sent With Love Valentine’s’ Day Challenges : Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Sent with Love Non-Foil Valentine’s Challenge and Sent with Love Foil-Pressed Valentine’s Day Challenge! We looked to you, our talented community of artists, to further push the boundaries of Valentine card design and bring a broad range of styles to our diverse customer base. These fresh, unique designs will surely inspire love at first sight.

Congratulations to all our winners!


Sent with Love Non-Foil Valentine’s Day Challenge

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

Big Painted Heart by Jackie Crawford

Runners-up: Love is in the Hair by Jessie Steury, tissue hearts by Carrie Moradi, and
Dot by Carolyn MacLaren

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A Date to Remember Save the Date Challenge: Special Prizes

Love is in the air, and we’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of our A Date To Remember Save The Date Challenge! Many couples come to Minted in search of unique and beautiful designs to help reserve their wedding date and set the tone for their special day. In this Challenge, we looked for a broad range of fresh, highly unique designs that will appeal to our diverse customer base. We were seeking a range of styles extending from elegant reinvented classics to bold and modern to Millennial minimalism.

Congratulations to all our eye-catching winners!


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

romantic evening by Sumak Studio

Runners-up: artistic by Kate Ahn, A Million Times by Paper Raven Co, and Painterly
by Four Wet Feet Studio

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Minted’s First-Place Challenge Winners of 2018

It’s hard to believe 2018 is already at its end, with a brand-new year on the horizon. This past year was a remarkable one for the Minted artist community, a group of designers and artists who continue to raise the bar with creative and compelling designs, for everything from stationary to textiles.

The Challenge-winning designs of 2018 played with color, texture, and pattern in truly unique and special ways, showing us that there’s no need to settle for standard. Let’s take a look at the winners throughout the year.

Minted’s 2018 First Place Challenge Winners

Striking Year

Adventure Awaits Graduation Challenge
Striking Year” by Jessica Williams
Announced January 25, 2018


Thrive by Jess Franks

Fabric Frenzy Challenge
Thrive” by Jess Franks
Announced February 01, 2018


Punchy Peonies

From This Day Forward Letterpress Invitation Challenge
Punchy Peonies” by Alethea and Ruth
Announced March 05, 2018

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How Designer Julia Hall Turns “Inspiration Block” Into Her Secret Weapon

Written by Daryl Lindsey 

Minted Designer Julia Hall at her home studio in Queens, New York. Studio portraits by Stefan Klapko.

Most artists and designers know the pain of feeling “blocked,” when creativity and inspiration feel like they’re clear on the other side of a big, brick wall. For Minted Artist Julia Hall, that feeling is just as common as it is for the rest of us — but Hall has managed to take her “blocked” moments and turn them into opportunities for growth, both as an artist and an entrepreneur.

“Artist block” is even what helped her reach her current career path as a stationery designer. “I went to college for painting, but it never felt like a perfect fit,” Hall explained, recounting feeling stressed and blocked while trying to carve out a path for herself. “Finding stationery, where I can do different styles for different designs, and incorporate hand drawing, painting, digital work, and photography has been very freeing.”

Thinking outside the box while feeling creatively blocked helped her design the invitation suite she would use for her own wedding — and led her to a major career success. Hall created her most popular design, “Holiday Frame,” in a last-minute, down-to-the-wire Minted Challenge submission for their 2016 holiday contest.

Hall is based in Queens, New York and works full-time as a digital designer in Jersey City, New Jersey while running her successful Minted business on the side. We spoke with Hall about how she finds inspiration (even when it’s hard) and what it means to be a stationery designer in 2018.

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‘Tis the season for Minted at Target: Artists celebrate rollout of Minted holiday cards and gift packaging

Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy posted this photo at a Target store in Minneapolis with Brady Wood, SVP of Artists and Partnerships, on her Instagram.

The 2018 holiday season will go down in history as yet another major Minted milestone. We’ve expanded our Target partnership by rolling out 49 holiday products in phases, beginning in November with 16 sets of boxed holiday cards, followed by single greeting cards and holiday gift packaging items. And with Minted-branded endcaps in nearly all Target locations, it’ll be difficult for guests to not take notice.

The launch marks the debut of Minted wrapping paper rolls, paper gift bags, stickers, and gift tags with ribbons—an exciting moment for the company, says Deborah Baltodano Tilson, Minted’s Director of Business Development. “We had so much fun working on this project and love showcasing an array of artists’ designs. The community should be proud—Target is a big deal,” Deborah says.

Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy led the creative direction of the Minted Holiday collection for Target. “Mariam wanted to showcase the products and brand in the best way possible, and she put a lot of thought into every detail, from the manufacturing to the packaging, displays, and product placement,” Deborah says.

Minted artist Carrie O’Neal posted this shot on her Instagram showing herself (wearing the “TOUCHDOWN shirt”) and friends holding rolls of Carrie’s “Little LaLa” wrapping paper in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What’s it like for Minted artists to see their designs for sale in their local Target stores? For Joyce Pinheiro of Travel and Tart, it was a bit surreal—in the best possible sense. “I always dreamed of seeing my designs in big retail,” she says of seeing her “Presents” design on a gift bag and stickers in a San Bruno, California, store. “The best part was seeing a Target guest walk up to the display and gush about how beautiful the Minted products are. It makes me proud to be part of an amazing community with such talented designers.”

Minted artist Kim Morgan took this photo of Minted wrapping paper rolls at a Target store in Gilbert, Arizona. Featured from left: “Multicultural Santas” by Melanie Mikecz; “Plum Flowers” by Katharine Watson; “Little LaLa” by Carrie O’Neal; “Indigo Wave” by Yaling Hou Suzuki; “A Merry Little Christmas” by Sandy Gervais; and “Bohemian Border” by Susanne Kasielke.

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Minted Artists In The Press December 2018

Congratulations to Minted artists who are featured on Draper James’s Instagram, The View, Forbes Online, The Knot, and Jillian Harris’ InstagramJoin the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.

Draper James Instagram (December 4, 2018), featuring “A Very Plaid Christmas” by Erika Firm


The View (November 30, 2018), “1st Birthday Giveaway” featuring “Pastel Palace” Playtent including fabric from “The City Fabric” by Jeanna Casper and “Diamond Black” by Olive and Me Studios, “Friyay” by Jackie Crawford, “Baby Animal Llama” by Cass Loh, and “Cheeky” by Angela Garrick.


The Knot (November 2018) “35 Elegant Invitations for a Winter Wonderland Wedding” Featuring “Poinsettia Garden” wedding invitations by Oma N. Ramkhelawan, “Frosted Branches” foil-pressed wedding invitations by AK Graphics, “Winter Dream” wedding invitations by Karidy Walker, “Holiday Wedding” all-in-one wedding invitations by Nazia Hyder, “Frosty Chic” all-in-one wedding invitations by Creo Study, “Aspen” foil-pressed wedding invitations by Kristie Kern, “Winter Berry” and “Winter Wreath” foil-pressed wedding invitations by Kelly Nasuta, “Gilded Branches” foil-pressed wedding invitations by Laura Hankins, “Feather Flurry” all-in-one wedding invitations by AK Graphics, “On the Slopes” all-in-one wedding invitations by Mere Paper, and “Winter Birch” wedding invitations by Kelly Schmidt.

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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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For Minted artist and former gymnast Jennifer Postorino, a PTSD anxiety attack led her back to a healthier path

Talk about fearless. As a former professional gymnast, Jennifer Postorino is strong and determined. And as a largely self-taught designer, Jen has continually pushed herself to improve her craft, combining hand-drawn sketches with design technology. But perhaps the most fearless thing she’s done is to help herself overcome the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and resulting anxiety she didn’t realize she suffered from for years.

And talk about passionate. Jen’s on a mission to design with her whole heart, wide-eyed excitement, and clear purpose. “I have adopted the philosophy of laying things out on the table — the good, the bad, and the ugly,” she says. “If you put your whole heart into whatever you’re doing, regardless of the outcome, you will come away with a sense of accomplishment. You will be able to take something away from that experience and apply it to whatever lies ahead. I try to be grateful for my failures and my successes, because you can’t have one without the other.”

Jennifer Postorino stumbled upon Minted by accident in 2008 after having her first child. At the time, her husband was a new college basketball coach at Clemson University and was gone most of the time. With no family close by, she was looking for a creative outlet while staying at home with her son. She entered her first Minted Challenge, and the rest is history. Although, she says, she got off to a clunky start. “It took me forever to figure out how to submit. After failing to upload my first file submission numerous times, I worked up the courage to call the Minted office and asked if someone could walk me through the process! Yep, I was that girl,” she says. “Someone emailed me step-by-step instructions and eventually I figured it out.” (Photo by Ashley Mauro Photography)

In this interview, the Ohio graphic designer and parent of two talks about about building her career as an artist, her incredible work ethic, and surviving the scariest day of her life that ultimately led to a new chapter.

MINTED: Did you go to school for graphic design or art?
JENNIFER POSTORINO: I went to school for graphic design at Ball State University, but had no clue what I wanted to do. I was a student-athlete, and after I received my degree, I had to make a decision. Either move home to Dayton, Ohio, where I had an offer to be a head gymnastics coach at a private club, or train with Cirque De Soleil with the hopes of maybe making it into one of their shows. My body was incredibly beat up from years of intense training — I’ve had 12 orthopedic surgeries due to gymnastics. Though the decision was hard, it made more sense to take time off to let my body heal and accept the coaching position. I figured it was a good way to be part of the sport I loved since age 4, and I could always find a “day job” doing something related to design.

Minted artist Jennifer Postorino’s former career as a gymnast soared as an undergrad at Ball State University. During her junior year, she was ranked second in the United States for floor gymnastics. In high school, she was also offered athletic scholarships to Auburn, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Ohio State University, and LSU.

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