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Holiday Card Project 2016!

Fri Nov 18, 2016, 5:19 PM

The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back for its 10th 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?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. Patients who receive the cards range in age 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!

Please refrain from using any religious quotes or references. 

: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 5.5" (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 cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store-bought cards are great, 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 ($0.47). 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, 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 #HolidayCardProject2016 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. While we previously allowed you to include your email address, hospitals are now requesting that email addresses are left out of cards due to security concerns.  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 positive 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 card. Core Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2017.

:holly: When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 19, 2016.

:holly: 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 your card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Core Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written legibly!

: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 #HolidayCardProject2016 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 in advance.

:note: Past Projects

Holiday Card Project by madizzlee
Holiday card project 1 by silverlakephotos

IMG 2131 copy by madizzlee


Untitled by madizzlee
Img 0361-2 by madizzlee
Untitled 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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:iconandrews98:
AndrewS98 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still havent received core membership - I followed the instructions and sent it together with my friend who already got hers o.O what could be the problem?
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that people who didn't receive a core membership are suppose to leave a reply here: Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up! with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to them. Hope this helps.
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AndrewS98 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx a lot!
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:iconestherxiao:
EstherXiao Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Hi, I participated this and I haven't get a Core until now. o.o" Is it something wrong?
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that people who didn't receive a core membership are suppose to leave a reply here: Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up! with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to them. Hope this helps.
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jaiin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017   Digital Artist
xKingLeo sent in a card and still hasn't received a membership yet! :noes:
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that people who didn't receive a core membership are suppose to leave a reply here: Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up! with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to them. Hope this helps.
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:iconjaiin:
jaiin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Aaah thank you so much (:
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:iconthetropiclans:
TheTropiClans Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
still haven't received it yet ..
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that people who didn't receive a core membership are suppose to leave a reply here: Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up! with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to them. Hope this helps.
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:iconthetropiclans:
TheTropiClans Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok, thank you :)
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Goatlinqs-JPG Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I still haven't recieved my free 1 Month core membership and I don't know if my card was recieved NVM I just recieved it thank!
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acla13 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank You Stamp by Sugaree-33  so much for the Core membership fella (Badges) membership.
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:iconslytherclawpadawan:
SlytherclawPadawan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Got my extra 1-month core membership, thanks. :D
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:iconediemammon:
EdieMammon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still waiting :)
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that people who didn't receive a core membership are suppose to leave a reply here: Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up! with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to them. Hope this helps.
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:iconghostbusters2:
ghostbusters2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
im a core member for one month
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:iconthystyn:
Thystyn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just received my 1 month Core gift, many thanks.
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:icondistorted-hyrulian:
Distorted-Hyrulian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just letting people know, The Core Membership won't be recieved until January 31st.
So keep calm.
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FireBall2Cool Featured By Owner Jan 30, 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;

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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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that people who didn't receive a core membership are suppose to leave a reply here: Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up! with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to them. Hope this helps.
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:iconanguineaffinity:
AnguineAffinity Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone know when we'll know if our cards have been received?
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:iconhumandoomfox:
humandoomfox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gee i hope you guys got my card
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:iconsomersummer:
somersummer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is now 2017 but I still didnt hear any news if the card got sended to a owner. I would like to know :)
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:iconpandicornqueen:
PandicornQueen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When are you going to do this year's Wrap Up? 'Cause it's almost February
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017   General Artist
Before the end of January! :) 

There's still 12 days before February! 
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:iconpandicornqueen:
PandicornQueen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks!
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:icondesertdarlene:
Desertdarlene Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you got my card!
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:iconzaygogecko24:
ZayGOgecko24 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student Filmographer
Hi I sent mine a little while back so when do i get a notice it was received? 
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:iconstarriichan:
StarriiChan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Jan 31 during Core Distribution as long as you had your username with the mail.
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:iconzaygogecko24:
ZayGOgecko24 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student Filmographer
ok thank you very much!!! ^___^
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:iconstarriichan:
StarriiChan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
NP, hope your card was received by someone ^ o ^ 
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:iconzaygogecko24:
ZayGOgecko24 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student Filmographer
me too!:happybounce: 
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:iconsnowshine5:
SnowShine5 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excuse me....sorry to bother but....how or when do I get to know when my card was received by a kiddie? I am just curious sorry
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:iconstarriichan:
StarriiChan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Jan 31 during Core Distribution as long as you had your username with the mail.
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:iconsnowshine5:
SnowShine5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok thank you ^^
Also I have noticed you are a very helpful person along with other people's questions! And I can gladly say you are a kind person and may God bless you through this new year
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:iconstarriichan:
StarriiChan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
N-NP and thank you for those kind words. Same to you, hope you have a great new year and hope you card made it there safely. 
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:iconsnowshine5:
SnowShine5 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ thank you darling
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:iconstarriichan:
StarriiChan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
np
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:iconmilkywaters:
milkywaters Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sent mine in a while ago and hopefully it was received by the due date I truly do hope it made someone's day! I loved this and think its an amazing idea to bring art, wellness and the holidays together.
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:iconconservapunk:
conservapunk Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
I did this but it did arrive a wee bit late, likely. I truly hope someone got my card by today. Peace and Merry Christmas all...
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:iconzage56:
Zage56 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
AWESOME project! Heart 
Touching other people lives with OUR art! Painter

Merry Christmas! Holidays :D (Big Grin) Holidays
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ItsTheMysteryGirl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since everyone is showing the cards they sent to the project earlier this month I thought I might as well show mine I am a dummy!  fav.me/dar62ef  I shared this project with my homeschool group too in hopes that they can all get together and contribute to it next year. I hope you all on DeviantArt have a blessed Holiday season without any troubles. Huggle! 
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junaidbhatti844754 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  New Deviant
A Christmas card is a greeting card sent as part of the traditional celebration of Christmas in order to convey between people a range of sentiments related to the Christmas and holiday season. Christmas cards are usually exchanged during the weeks preceding Christmas Day by many people (including non-Christians) in Western society and in Asia.
all people set a iphone ringtones in his mobile phones in a christmas.
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:iconangelx1992:
AngelX1992 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sent my cards in. Hope they made it in time. The cards sent in by you guys are amazing
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:iconinvaderhawk:
InvaderHawk Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I sent in a card, is there any way for me to know if it made it? I did send it with a paper that has my username on it.
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:iconstarriichan:
StarriiChan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait until the core's are disbursed on Jan 31
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:iconinvaderhawk:
InvaderHawk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ok! Thanks!
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