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Holiday Card Project 2015!

Thu Nov 12, 2015, 12:35 PM


The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back for its 9th year!  With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

In the past few years, this project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 2,000 deviants from 60 different countries/political regions. Cards are then divvied up and distributed by DeviantArt members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for DeviantArt volunteers and 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 sends in a card will be given a free one-month Core Membership to DeviantArt.

Read below to see how you can join in on the holiday cheer!


: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, helping to bring a smile to the faces of those who may need some holiday cheer.


: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 "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 some artistic 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 average-sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.49). 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 cards we receive are often so impressive that we want to share them with the world. When you're finished with your creation, upload a photo or scan of the card and submit it to DeviantArt using the #HolidayCardProject tag.  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 Core Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Core Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Core Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2016.


:holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 14, 2015.


: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 Core Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written legibly!


:holly:  Can I help hand out cards?We're always looking for dedicated volunteers to hand out holiday cards. If you're interested in handing out cards at hospital local to you, please send a note to madizzlee. All volunteers must be over the age of 18. 


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


:megaphone:  Spread the WordShare your #HolidayCardProject involvement across the Internet!  Write a Journal or Status Update, or post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram! We can't do this without you and getting the word out helps this great cause get boosted to more people — resulting in more holiday cheer!  Thank you.


:note:  Past Projects
Holiday Card Project by madizzlee  Holiday card project 1 by silverlakephotosHoliday Card Project 2008 by Heidi IMG 2131 copy by madizzlee






: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 to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards. 
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:iconfireball2cool:
FireBall2Cool Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't got my one month subscription yet! What?


This is my information based on a previous comment:

    Bullet; Green Your name - FireBall2Cool was written on a piece of paper that I placed inside the envelope, so I believe that's my name! (Also inside the card it said "From Ben Alberts", so yeah, that's my real name.
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent - I think it was sent on the 10th of December, but by a special 'express(?)' mail so that it would get there quickly(approximately arriving on the 18th)
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card - It had three snowmen on the outside having a snowball fight, with the caption 'Season's Greetings!' above it, and inside was a large 'Happy Holidays!' and a caption above saying "Making sure you're happy!" with a few scattered snowflakes.
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from - Maidenhead, United Kingdom

I put a lot of effort into this card, so I really hope it got there and that I can get the one month subscription! ;n;
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FireBall2Cool Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here are the pictures of the outside and inside of the card just for proof:
Inside: fireball2cool.deviantart.com/a…
Outside: fireball2cool.deviantart.com/a…
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qimon Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ummm hello, i sent a card with a little note inside the envelope with my username (Aerifies) inside... still haven't gotten the core membership! what's going on?
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:iconfireball2cool:
FireBall2Cool Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the same with me! What's happening?
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I-undertale-I Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Student Writer
You guys are such nice people! It's so great of you to be doing this for people who don't get these kinds of things. I hope you can do it again this year!
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KittyCarousel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
I wonder if anyone got my Christmas cards. It doesn't look like I got my 1 month membership so maybe it got lost in the mail :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2016   General Artist
You did get the 1-month! It will kick in once your paid membership expires. :) 
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:iconkittycarousel:
KittyCarousel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
ah I see! Thank you for the help!!
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:iconanjicle:
anjicle Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
I haven't gotten my core membership upgrade either.

Here's what I have:::
What I contributed:
anjicle.deviantart.com/art/DA-…

Here's the tracking number:
9500 1131 9922 5341 0299 32 (expected delivery of 12/10/15)

My name:
Andrea Glick

Sent from:
West Salem, WI, USA
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Mrowgi Featured By Owner Edited Feb 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Does it tell you in the Extend Core membership (or anywhere) that you will have an extension after your previous one??

I'm not sure how to know if I got mine yet.
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madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016   General Artist
It looks like you weren't on the list we had. Can you send me a note with the following information so I can give you the 1-month Core?

    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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Mrowgi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure.

    Your name - Mrowgi
    Approximately when your card was sent - I believe it was about 2 days before the deadline.
    A one sentence description of your card - I drew Rudolph on the front, and inside it had a simple snow scene with santa in the background. I scanned it beforehand, so if it's necessary I can upload the image.
    Where you sent it from - I'll send in a note since it's a little personal. I hope that's okay!
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016   General Artist
Just saw this comment! I'll send you the Core Membership now. :)

Thanks!
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:iconmrowgi:
Mrowgi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, too! ^^ I appreciate it.:heart:
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FluffyRockStar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I never got my core membership..
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:iconrainbywolf:
RainbyWolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I included my username with the card, I understand you are most likely busy. I hope it arrived safely :)
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:iconmav-the-artist:
Mav-The-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you guys SO much for giving me Core membership!! This means my card has been given to someone in need, and that is so wonderful! Now I can finally change my name after almost two years of being stuck with it. I wish I had known about this project years ago. From now on I'm going to try to make a card every year, even without a membership gift! Thanks again ^^
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WishUponAMorgan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016   Digital Artist
Hello there! I finally got my CORE membership today and I just wanted to personally thank the people who gave it to me! Thanks to you guys I was FINALLY able to change my Username which is a big deal to me. Getting it also means I know that my Card got there okay, and was sent to (or WILL be sent to) someone who really needs cheering up around the winter season. It makes me feel good knowing that it got there and that someone got it or is going to get it, and maybe it'll brighten their day. You've certainly brightened mine. Thanks! :-D
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Summer-Lynx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hello, I'm just curious if my card was disqualified? I never got a membership and was just curious.
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rainstorm1997 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Traditional Artist
So i sent in my cards and i was wondering if you guys ever received them.. I'm not sure when you were going to send out the memberships so i thought i'd ask ^.^
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DecepticonOptiPrime Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Same here. Still waiting patiently. :D
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:iconhazyhue:
hazyhue Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. Still waiting :D
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:iconangelssilverwings:
AngelsSilverWings Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
will there be a message notifying users when their core membership is 'activated' ? 
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   General Artist
Yes!
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TheDragonOfTime Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Alright, just a quick question. Are you guys still going through cards, because now that I'm done panicking about finals, I want to make sure that my card was received.
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:iconnetoey:
Netoey Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What happens if you made a card and sent it but you already have core membership? Will it just be extended? 
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016   General Artist
Yep!
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:iconnetoey:
Netoey Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
K thanks just making sure :D
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BigDA5735 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok I know I had send my card on Dec 10. And I know for a fact that I had put in my username on a separate piece of paper in the same envelope of my Christmas card. It's January, and I'm wondering why haven't I gotten my core membership yet?
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016   General Artist
They haven't been given out yet, as we're still writing in all the names and opening the envelopes that came late. They will be awarded by the end of January!
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BigDA5735 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh ok. So what happens to the cards that arrived late? Would they be used for next year?
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016   General Artist
Yep! Also, we've been invited to an event at the cancer hospital we give out cards to so we can explain our project to cancer survivors who went to that hospital! So if we can go to that event, we'll bring some cards with us so they can see examples!
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planteae Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thats wonderful! I was worried my card would be late ;v; so they'll still be used next year huh? awesome!
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Matarot Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016   General Artist
I tried submitting my entry to Community Projects/Holidays/Recurring -> but then what? There's no ''Holiday card'' category? Closest are Christmas and New Years hmm  I chose Christmas, but help on the matter is greatly appreciated. :)

P.S. I had mistakenly written this comment on the Holiday card project 2013 and just now saw it, so posting it again here. 
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016   General Artist
Hello!

We don't have a category for these right now, we're instead just encouraging deviants to use the tag #HolidayCardProject on their submissions. So feel free to submit it to whatever category you think it best fits into. :)
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:iconmatarot:
Matarot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016   General Artist
Thank you for your reply. :)
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:iconlime-vodka:
Lime-Vodka Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hi! I sent my card a few months ago. I just wanted to make sure it got to DA on time.
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:icondeer-o:
deer-o Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Photographer
hi, I have sent my postcards did you get them on time ? I have the tracking no of the letter if they haven't arrived yet.
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:iconilwyd:
Ilwyd Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2015  Student Writer
Question: How do I know I got the Core membership?
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:iconbadbandit2015:
Badbandit2015 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You'll receive a notification on your messages that you got CORE.
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:iconilwyd:
Ilwyd Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Writer
Ok. Thank you!
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need--forRead Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I gave my card to a person who's going to print it off and send it for me because I can't. Will I still receive CORE?
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AnimeHimeSama69 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you put your account username in the envelope on a little piece of paper, or anywhere (or told your friend to do it), then yes, you will get the membership. If you didn't do that, then you won't get the membership.
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Kiddy4ever Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I hope everyone got their cards!:hug: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
\(>V<)/
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Mangakido Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: It has been over a month for my sister and I.  Our cards should be there.  Have you guys finished or I am being a little hasty?
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015   General Artist
We are working on handing the cards out to hospitals currently! The Core Memberships will be sent out in January after the holidays. :) 
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:iconmangakido:
Mangakido Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Was just making sure our cards actually got there but the membership is appreciated as well. XD

Thanks for getting back to me, what you guys are doing here is simply wonderful. :)
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:iconrainbywolf:
RainbyWolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool, :D
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shimthecat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
I have a small question. I sent my card out a bit after the beginning of December/late November I believe. At the time I didn't have core and was a regular member. A few weeks ago I got core and changed my username, after the card was sent. My old username is in the card though. Will I still receive the membership even though I changed my username?
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