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Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2017

Wed Feb 1, 2017, 4:01 PM
Og-preview by seoul-childBreak out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the deviantart Valentine’s Day Art Exchange is back!


Valentine’s Day

Take part and spread love

From now until February 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones.

There’s still time to create and submit a valentine of your own! Just submit it to the Valentine Exchange category before February 16th so your fellow deviants can share it!

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Create your Valentine

Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category.

Send a Valentine

From now until February 16th, a special “Send a Valentine” button will appear on deviation pages for deviations submitted to the Valentine Exchange category.

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Share the love

Share the Love

Your friends will receive the deviation you send, along with your Valentine message, in their DeviantArt Notes.

Heart filled hints
  • Deviations submitted to the Valentine’s Exchange category will be available for everyone to send. Avoid including specifics on your deviations - such as a deviant’s username, real name, etc.
  • Fallen in love with one of your previous designs? It’s okay! If you’ve included text suggesting it’s for a lover, you can change the design to look as though it were to a friend or from a secret admirer, and then resubmit it.
  • You can submit as many deviations to the category as you want.
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Holiday Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up!

Tue Jan 31, 2017, 4:22 PM
The Holiday Card Project celebrated its 10th year of bringing smiles and joy to those in need this last December of 2016. The project was a complete success, with over 4,000 cards from 1,500 deviants and artists all over the world.  Our mailbox opened for submissions in November, and almost immediately, we were flooded with messages from across the world—ranging from delicately hand-made cards to inspired digital designs.

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A selection of some of the cards sent to us!

A team of DeviantArt staff, including damphyr, danlevmakepictures, chris, likasmyles, Lunat1k15, and more helped me open every card and sort it according to the message on the card and which hospital it would go to. 

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The cards all sorted according to which hospital they'd go to, before moving them into gift bags. 

A couple days before Christmas, I delivered cards to hospitals across Los Angeles to USC Norris, Huntington Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and Pomona Valley Hospital. 

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Counter-Clockwise: USC Norris, Huntington Hospital, Pomona Valley

At St. Francis, I met Brother Richard, the person in charge of handing out the cards. He told me that he usually gives the cards to the patients in the psychiatric center, as they are the ones who are most often alone during the holidays. He also said that he leaves a basket of cards in the chapel, with a sign that encourages those who are alone during the holidays to take a card. He was so thankful for your card donations, and for all of the work that went into every single card.

While bringing cards to Huntington Hospital, we also got to experience one of their annual traditions—their staff-decorated Christmas trees!

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Huntington Trees by madizzlee  Untitled by madizzlee
Trees decorated by doctors and nurses at Huntington Hospital!

In addition to the cards given out across Los Angeles, our wonderful damphyr took some cards to Lewisville Independent Estates and Lewisville Assisted Living in Texas, where she spent the holidays with her family.

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We also sent out cards to hospitals in Germany and Spain this year, thanks to the amazing help of deviants KimericalArtworks & Roiderjackl! They both went above and beyond to make sure their local hospitals received the cards that you all spent so much time on. 

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This year was also more personal for me, as my mom was in the hospital this Christmas with an infection. I spent Christmas Day in a hospital room with her and my grandparents watching Christmas movies. Some of the cards that were sent in had tree ornaments included, so I grabbed a couple of those cards for her and put the ornaments on the little tree she had next to her bed. She absolutely loved the cards, and commented multiple times on how beautiful they were. 

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My mom's little Christmas tree, and me with my grandparents and mom on Christmas!

This year was a fantastic success, and the perfect way to celebrate the 10th annual Holiday Card Project. Thank you to every single artist who spent time creating a card for this project. 

Every person who sent in a card with their username on a separate piece of paper should now have a 1-month Core Membership! If you sent in a card and did not receive your Core Membership, don't fret—that doesn't mean that we didn't receive your card! Some cards didn't have usernames in the envelopes with them, and some usernames were hard to record (especially when they have 0's and O's or L's, I's, and 1's). If you didn't receive your membership and you sent in a card to us through the mail, please leave a comment on this journal with a description of your card and approximately when you sent it in to us!

Please note: If you already have an active Core Membership, the 1-month Core Membership has been added to that existing Core Membership, and will take effect once your current one expires.

Once again, thank you to everyone for spreading the holiday cheer!

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

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

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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.

Summer Card Project 2016 Wrap-Up

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 4:59 PM

Summer Card Project 2016 Wrap Up

This year, we decided to host our first ever Summer Card Project, and it was a wonderful and warm success! With nearly 2,500 cards from over 1,000 deviants, artists from all over the world brought cheer to various patients who could not enjoy the summer days outdoors. 

Shortly after we announced the project, we were flooded by unique and beautiful cards. Most of them were handmade, but some there were also some wonderfully unique digitally designed cards as well! You can see a selection of the beautiful summer themed cards by exploring #SummerCardProject!

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Card1 by madizzlee Untitled by madizzlee
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With all of the cards that came in, I asked for some assistance in opening the variety of cards! afungshui, makepictures, and danlev all helped a ton with the card opening process (chris also helped, but would only open cards from Canada Giggle). After they were all open, I took them home to sort them before bringing them to hospitals around LA! We took hundreds of cards each to hospitals around Los Angeles, where they were then handed out both in person by hospital staff and by putting the cards on the meal trays for the patients! While we unfortunately were unable to hand out any cards ourselves, the hospital staffs made sure to tell us just how much the cards would mean to the patients.