It has been a really busy four months for all of us Minted Artists. Since April, we have poured our hearts and souls into the concepting and design of greeting cards inspired by the most wonderful time the year. With a couple more holiday design challenges to go, I have participated in six out of six of them and submitted a total of 33 designs. From watercolor painting, to sketching, to hand lettering, to illustration, I have really enjoyed working on each of my holiday card designs and I am truly proud of the final product. A big thanks to my dear husband and our sweet boy for helping me making this goal of mine a reality.
This past March, Minted hosted it's annual Kids' Birthday Party Invitation challenge, a long awaited event for me. Last year, while looking for birthday invitations for Luke, my sweet toddler, I came across Minted for the very first time. It was such an eye opener to find out about a company that promotes and supports art so magnificently through competitive design challenges, impeccable customer service, fierce artist promotion and gorgeous packaging. Long story short, it took me a couple of months to actually enter my very first Minted challenge and now, after participating in 20 of them and winning 5 Editor's Picks, let's just say it has been a wonderful ride.
This is one of the art challenges I have been waiting for so anxiously since I joined Minted. West Elm has amazing and modern products for young couples like Marek and I. Having one of my designs sold in their stores would be an honor to say the least.
Hi all! Valentine's Day is almost here and what a better way to start the celebrations than sharing a very sweet DIY project. I have seen this very cute heart handprint project in some Pinterest posts and in some arts and crafts blogs. Aside from being such an awesome DIY project, I really wanted to give it a try and start practicing these type of activities with Luke, our 19 month old baby.
A very quick post to introduce the designs in submitted for this very sweet and special stationery design challenge. Vote for any of these designs (or for all) if you like them. Voting closes January 29th at 1PM EST. Thanks for supporting my work! And don't forget to vote for all the other amazing designs done by my fellow Minted artists. Each vote helps determining the designs that will be sold at Minted.com and added to their birth announcement collection.
This was a very relaxing challenge since I just love pencil sketching and watercolor painting. The four designs I submitted were inspired by our veggie garden and some of our outdoor activities prior the winter. And here they are...
This is the very first graduation announcement stationery I have ever designed, and it has been a very delightful experience. I got the chance to detach myself from my MacBook and spent a couple of days sketching and watercoloring.
For the first three designs I submitted for this challenge, I wanted to keep it simple and focused on one specific design mark, the quintessential graduation cap. I also used a soft peach color palette enhanced by rose foil details. If all get picked as winners, I am thinking on creating gold and silver foil versions.
I'm so happy to finally share with the world one of my designs that won an Editor's Pick award during the "A is for Art" challenge for Minted. "Name Initials" is a really dear art piece for me since it was designed thinking of the the love of my life Luke, my one year old son, and my beautiful baby niece who I adore.
The focal point of this art piece is the child's first name initial which has a subtle watercolor treatment I painted especially for this challenge. The child's name is displayed right under the initial in a simple elegant typeface. It's available in 5 colorways to match your little one's room or nursery color palette.
I remember when we were deciding on a wedding invitation suite and overall theme, Marek wanted COLORS EVERYWHERE and flowers, lots of flowers. I, on the other hand, wanted a simple theme, preferably silver tones, with Swarovski crystals, and white peonies. Talk about opposites attracting each other. It was obvious we had to make compromises. In the end, after going over options and logistics, and because of the location of the event (Arequipa, my birthplace), we both decided on a colorful flower theme which contrasted with the blue sky and majestic volcano that graces this beautiful city. It was an amazing moment because, in a way, it was one of those very big decisions that we made together as a couple. Which is why, for this fantastic Minted challenge, I created designs that are beautiful and memorable to help those newly engaged couples with the very crucial step of finding the wedding suite design that works for them...and, why not, maybe serve as inspiration for their own wedding theme.
And here they are...