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Announcing the FineStationery.com® & Celebrations.com® 2014 Holiday Design Challenge

The most wonderful time of the year calls for the most wonderful invitation and greeting card designs! It's time to get into the holiday spirit.

Offical Design Challenge Rules

This year, Celebrations.com and FineStationery.com have teamed up to bring you our 2014 Holiday Design Challenge. We are looking for the most creative, trendy holiday designs to help our users celebrate all season long. From ugly sweater parties to humorous cards, we want to see your creativity shine!

Here are the categories:

1) Ugly Sweater Holiday Party or Cookie Exchange Party

2) Corporate/Office Holiday Party

3) Happy Hanukkah Photo Cards or Happy Hanukkah Cards

4) New Year’s Eve Party 2015

5) Happy Holidays Photo Cards

6) Happy Holidays Greeting Cards or Humorous Holiday Cards (no photo)

The Celebrations and Fine Stationery teams have taken a look at some of the best upcoming trends and data for the 2014 holiday season. These trends are for inspiration and suggestion only but you are welcome to incorporate them into your design submissions!

2014 Holiday Design Trends:


Reds: Rich Red, Cranberry

Greens: Kelly Green, Earthy Green

Blues: Cobalt, Pale Winter Blue

Purples: Radiant Orchid, Wine

Grays: Cool Winter Gray

Metallics: Matte Aluminum, Gold



Geometrics (interlocking triangles)

Stripes (diagonal or horizontal)

Photo Tape/Washi Tape




Stage one; A thirty day submission period from 6/16- 7/16

Stage two; Entries will be judged from among eligible entries received during the entry period based on the judging criteria and the top ten (10) from each category will be selected as finalists. Judging period: four days

Stage three; A twenty day public voting period from 7/21- 8/9/14

Winners announced on 8/11/14

What is the Judging Criteria?

In submitting multiple designs, please do not submit the same design in slight variations. Each design must be unique!


Kun Yang, Senior Graphic Designer at Celebrations.com

Tony Valado, Director of Marketing at FineStationery.com

Ashley Post, Designer Community Manager at Celebrations.com

Entries will judged on 7/16/14 equally on the following three criteria:

  • Suitability for Marketing.   How well does the design communicate the host’s message? There should be enough space for personalization while setting the style and tone for the event.   We’ve found that hosts prefer 6-8 lines of text space to communicate the details of the event.
  • Design balance.   How balanced is the design? Graphic elements shouldn’t overwhelm the design. Text boxes should be placed away from the edges of the design.
  • Design Cohesion.  Do the colors within the design blend? Chosen colors should work together while allowing the host’s message to be legible.

How Do I Enter?

Card and invitation design entries are accepted from 12:01 AM EST Monday, June 16th to 11:59 PM EST July 16th. Each designer may submit up to three (3) designs per creative category.

1) Create a free Celebrations.com Designer Profile by clicking “Get Started” at the bottom of this page: http://www.celebrations.com/info/design-a-collection

2) Upload all designs to your Celebrations profile through our Designer Studio. Don’t forget to give each design a title (be creative!).

3) Once the design is added to your collection, please email all design page links (this is simply the URL for each design) you would like included in the contest to: submissions@celebrations.com

4) Please add “Holiday Design Contest 2014” to the subject line.

Please Note: All designs must be NEW to both Celebrations.com and FineStationery.com. Please do not submit an already active design.

If you have any questions about this process, please email laura@celebrations.com

What Can I Win?

Winning designs will be featured at the top of our Celebrations.com Holiday collections as well as prominent placement in our December holiday mailings.

Winnng designs will be showcased on the Celebrations.com homepage during the peak month of December.

Winning designers will be interviewed for a ‘designer spotlight’ article to be featured on Celebrations.com for the holiday season.

Winning designers will earn the opportunity to have their products sold and featured on FineStationery.com


As voted by the community. Designs with the highest overall amount of votes at the end of the twenty (20) day voting period will receive cash prizes of:

First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: $100

Fourth – Eighth Prizes: $50

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