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Holiday Card Project 2013

Fri Nov 8, 2013, 6:10 PM


It's back!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantART.

Please read the following text for more details on the Holiday Card Project.



:holly:  What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create physical holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season to helping to bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing a hospital stay.


:holly:  Who receives the cards?The cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals. Some cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the areas of the respective hospitals, while other cards will be distributed by hospital staff members. The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors, and have illnesses or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.


:holly:  What should I write in a card?Be as creative as you'd like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful and stay positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Stay away from phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better" as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure include a message of "Happy Holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.


:holly:  Can I make a card myself?Of course. An 8.5" x 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" x 5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. Though, there is no specific "set" size for cards. Use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great to help make your card as special as possible.


:holly:  Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store bought cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but be sure to add a little extra flair and pizzazz by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative.


:holly:  How much is postage for sending a card?If you live in the U.S. and are sending an averaged sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.46). If you live in a country other than the U.S., the best thing to do is to check with your local postal agency for rates.


:holly:  Can I send more than one card?Please do. You can even put more than one card in the same envelope or package to save on postage. However, remember that quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.


:holly:  Can I share my cards on deviantART?That's part of the fun! The thousands of cards we receive truly make someone's day, but they are often so impressive, we want to share them with the world. When you're finished with your creation, upload a photo or scan and submit it to Community Projects > Holidays > 2013 > Holiday Card Project. You can also explore cards of other deviants by visiting the Project's category. Sharing your inspirational artworks with others online also helps spread the word about the Holiday Card Project, which leads to more cards being created and shared.


:holly:  Will patients know who made their cards?The only way a patient will know who made a card is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do. You may also include your e-mail address and/or deviantART URL in hopes of getting a reply; though, that can't be guaranteed. If you wish to send a card anonymously, you may.


:holly:  Can non-deviants participate in the Project?Definitely. The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause. The Project is a great way for schools, clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity. No deviantART affiliation is necessary.


:holly:  What do I get out of this?The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those undergoing a hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards.

Additionally, once the Holiday Card Project has been completed, all registered deviantART members will be given a free one-month Premium Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Premium Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Premium Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2014.


:holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 16, 2013.


:rudolph:  Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:

deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028
U.S.A.

Please remember to include your deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when mailing in a holiday card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Premium Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written in such a manner that it easy to read!


:stare:  Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Premium Membership per participant. DeviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Premium Membership.


:megaphone:  Spread the WordThe best way to help get the word out and brighten the days of as many people as possible is by sharing your involvement across the Internet! Share this Journal or write your own, then post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or even share an image of your final masterpiece with all your friends. We couldn't do this without you, so getting the word out helps this great cause get boosted to more people than we could have imagined.


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:holly:  Where do I direct questions and concerns?Please note that many common concerns have already been addressed in the above questions and answers. Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a good chance it already contains an answer to your question. For any remaining issues, please leave a comment in this journal.



With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards. Every deviant who participates in the Project will be awarded a free one-month Premium Membership!
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BlackBee23 Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hai, I receved an E-mail a few weeks ago telling me that a random deviant had given me a 1 month premium membership. (The membership has since run out today ^^;) a few days after I had gotten the membership from the random person, I got a notice saying that, because I sent a Card in for this project, I had gotten another 1 month Premium Membership and the notice also said that if I already had one currently active, that the Premium Membership I had earned would be added to it. 

Not quite sure whats going on. Did I not recive the one from the Card Project because I already had one active? 

So confused o.o 
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madizzlee Feb 27, 2014   General Artist
The Premium Membership from the anonymous deviant was from us. :)
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BlackBee23 Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh. XD well then thanks! *feels stupid* 

sorry about all that! :heart:
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madizzlee Feb 27, 2014   General Artist
Not a problem! :)
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Bee047 Feb 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Hello! I have send my cards on November 29th with the right address clearly written and payed the shipping to the post office. They told me that you should have received it by December 10th on the latest. I tried my best doing non religious, non disrespectful, non "get well soon" cards, I put a paper with a note to say how much I like you project and signed with both my real name and my DA name, but I do not see any trace of one month Premium membership. I don't like to complain about the huge work you do for this web community I love, but when I saw "Premium Memberships were granted to all deviants who sent a card for the Holiday Card Project." in the Site Update of Feb 6, 2014, I was a bit  angered.

My cards;
bee047.deviantart.com/art/Chri…
bee047.deviantart.com/art/Knit…
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madizzlee Feb 21, 2014   General Artist
Hey! You should have it now. :)
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Bee047 Feb 22, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow! It was quick! In the same hour! Thank you very much! Your work is so much appreciated on everything! :heart:
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:iconsweetooth102:
I did not get my PM yet and I'm not sure if my card got in on time...
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madizzlee Feb 19, 2014   General Artist
Could you send me a note with this information?
    Bullet; Green Your name
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from
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Notherguy Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well, seems my card didn't make it in time. Thought three weeks were enough time to reach the states. :(
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