Holiday Card Project 2018!

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The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back to spread some holiday cheer once again!

Now on its 11th year, the Holiday Card Project aims to bring that cheer to patients in hospitals both in the United States and around the world during the holiday season, connecting artists everywhere and applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating meaningful, uplifting greeting cards.

Since it first started in 2004, the project has received nearly 28,000 cards sent in by thousands of deviants from over 60 different countries/political regions. Cards are then distributed by DeviantArt members and staff to different hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles area, 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: to 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 as a thank you for sharing your skills with those less fortunate than us.

Read below to see how you can be part of the holiday cheer, and we look forward to you joining us this year!

Holidays 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.

Holidays 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.

Holidays 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's important that what you write stays cheerful and 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 to include a message of "Happy Holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays!

Please refrain from using any religious quotes or references. 

Holidays 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. However, there is no "set" size for cards, so use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Using construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great ways to help make your card as special as possible.

Holidays 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!

Holidays 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 ($0.50). 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.

Holidays 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.

Holidays 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 #HolidayCardProject2018 tag. Sharing your inspirational artworks with others online also helps spread the word about the Holiday Card Project, which then leads to more cards being created and shared!

Holidays 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.

Holidays 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.

Holidays 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, 2019.

Holidays When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 17, 2018.

Holidays Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:
DeviantArt, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028

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 #HolidayCardProject2018 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

Holidays 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.

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nightthedog's avatar

Hey, I got another question. Do you write your username on the outside in pencil or something? I included a piece of paper with my username on the inside of the envelope but im not sure if you would see my username then.

akiestar's avatar
That's up to you, nightthedog! You can also write your username on the envelope: I keep track of those as well. :)
nightthedog's avatar

Thanks! I sent it out this morning!

Uriirem's avatar
I never received mine :L  thats ok ig haha atleast mine gave somebody some joy ^^
akiestar's avatar
Hi, Uriirem! Could you show me the card you sent in? :)
Uriirem's avatar
I don't have it anymore bc i sent it in the mail lmao I didn't take a picture
akiestar's avatar
Do you remember when you sent it in so I can check?
Uriirem's avatar
I think I sent it on the 28th however I did change my username after sending it so could that have anything to do with it?
akiestar's avatar
What's your old username, if I may ask?
Uriirem's avatar
It was just Urirem I just added an extra I lmao
Laugh-Butts's avatar
Thank you, I received mine! :-D Hope you guys had fun at the hospices and hospitals! 
akiestar's avatar
We certainly did, Laugh-Butts! You might want to check out our wrap-up journal. ;)
xXSuperartistartsXx's avatar
Dynamoe's avatar
Got it! :clap:

Thank you
acla13's avatar
Thanks a lot for the Core
AyosDesignz's avatar
I received my core membership! 😮
Thank you✨
I hope all the cards were liked, curious to know just how many there were total.
Lunartfic's avatar
I've received it! Thank you! I hope who receive my card had like it :3
Dynamoe's avatar
When all is said and done, could you tell us how many cards were processed, please? I think it would be an eye opener for many.

Thank you.
akiestar's avatar
Of course, Dynamoe! Like in previous years, I'll be announcing the final number in the wrap-up journal, which will be out soon. :)
Dynamoe's avatar
Very good. Sounds like a plan.

JesseAllshouse's avatar
Any Core Memberships given out yet?
akiestar's avatar
Not yet, JesseAllshouse! I should be giving them out this week though. :)
TheSSUltimateGoku's avatar
akiestar Just was going ask again. You got mine card right?
akiestar's avatar
Yes, Gohan6425! I think you asked me this as well a few weeks ago. :)
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