Holiday Card Project 2015!
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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

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.

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FireBall2Cool's avatar
FireBall2CoolHobbyist General 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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FireBall2CoolHobbyist General Artist
Here are the pictures of the outside and inside of the card just for proof:
qimon's avatar
qimonHobbyist 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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FireBall2CoolHobbyist General Artist
It's the same with me! What's happening?
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I-undertale-IStudent 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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KittyCarouselProfessional 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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madizzlee General Artist
You did get the 1-month! It will kick in once your paid membership expires. :) 
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KittyCarouselProfessional General Artist
ah I see! Thank you for the help!!
anjicle's avatar
anjicleProfessional General Artist
I haven't gotten my core membership upgrade either.

Here's what I have:::
What I contributed:…

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
Mrowgi's avatar
MrowgiProfessional 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 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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MrowgiProfessional Traditional Artist

    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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madizzlee General Artist
Just saw this comment! I'll send you the Core Membership now. :)

Mrowgi's avatar
MrowgiProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you, too! ^^ I appreciate it.:heart:
FluffyRockStar's avatar
FluffyRockStarHobbyist General Artist
I never got my core membership..
RainbyFolf's avatar
RainbyFolfHobbyist 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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Mav-The-ArtistHobbyist 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 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-LynxStudent 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 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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DecepticonOptiPrimeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here. Still waiting patiently. :D
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hazyhueHobbyist General Artist
Me too. Still waiting :D
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AngelsSilverWingsHobbyist General Artist
will there be a message notifying users when their core membership is 'activated' ? 
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