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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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:iconjcoolarts:
JCoolArts Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
I think this has been officially cancelled for 2017, by the clear display of radio silence on the matter. It simply shows that deviantart's core is it's financial bottom line, now more than ever. 
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Qara Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Been waiting to see if we were doing it this year :( it would seem not at it's the 7th and kinda of hard to get cards to people on time  
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:iconrollzero:
RollZero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Has this been canceled for this year? I always so look forward in taking part in this =/
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:iconqara:
Qara Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ditto!!!!
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:icontheac:
TheAC Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Will there be one for this year?
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:iconslyblue08:
SlyBlue08 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
Will there be a Holiday Card Project for 2017 as well? I'm surprised it hasn't been announced yet.
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:iconazraelengel:
azraelengel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Same. I'm sending one to the address above regardless in hopes that it's still happening. It's only 1 extra card and $.47 postage so if it doesn't go to the hospitals then meh.

I didn't get a 1 month core membership last year either, but that's not why I do it so eh.
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:iconslyblue08:
SlyBlue08 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
Ughhh, we all seem desperate. I told a bunch of people I know in real life about this project and they were excited to participate, I don't know how to face them now.. 
Not to mention I was really looking forward to it too. 
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:iconazraelengel:
azraelengel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I contacted the American Red Cross to see if they would take cards and they will! These are locations local to me, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind getting cards from other people too. I believe these cards go to military veterans... www.redcross.org/volunteer/vol…

American Red Cross of New Hampshire Region
2 Maitland Street
Concord, NH 03301

American Red Cross of Vermont
29 Mansfield Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

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SlyBlue08 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017
That's actually a pretty nice alternative! Thank you very much for sharing it with me.
Though it's inconvenient for me, it's pretty hard for me to send stuff to the US. But for the Holiday Card Project, I have an acquaintance here on dA who volunteers to print other people's cards and sends them along with her own. 
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:iconazraelengel:
azraelengel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm willing to bet there's something similar in your country! Just google up "holiday cards for veterans in (country name here)" or "holidays cards for sick children in (country name here)". There's looooads of these organizations who do nice things like this that would love to have another card they could send out.
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Will this be back for this year? #HolidayCardProject #HolidayCardProject2017
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:iconitsthemysterygirl:
ItsTheMysteryGirl Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I was wondering these past few days! I had so much fun doing this last year and wanted to start making it a personal tradition for myself, I really hope they do it again.
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I sent madizzlee a note asking about it but I don't know if she will reply. Looking at the previous years, the announcement was made earlier in November so at this rate, I think it's canceled this year, which is really sad. I participate in 3 card/gift exchanges/projects each year, one here on deviantART and the other 2 on Facebook. I have participated in them each year for a few years and coincidentally, it seems all 3 of them are being canceled this year. No word yet about #HolidayCardProject here and Brimmies card exchange on FB is the same. I even offered to take over and not a single person has replied that they are interested. How sad. At least the Backstreet Boys gift exchange had an announcement that it was being canceled this year but the other 2, I would really like to know officially if they are canceled or not instead of being left hanging in the dark. For now, I am giving up and assuming it's canceled. :( 
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:iconanaticuia:
AnaticuIa Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really do hope so. I never got around to sending in the ones I did last year... ^^;
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too but worries it might be canceled again. They did cancel it from 2009 to 2011. It first ran from 2004 to 2008 then again from 2012 to 2016. I'm hoping they aren't canceling it again or taking time off maybe but if it's too much work, then it's understandable. Just sucks as I also take part in a card exchange and gift exchange on Facebook and do so every year and this year they are being canceled too. :(
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:iconcosmicgrove:
CosmicGrove Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really want to know and soon. I've already begun making cards....150 of them in fact.  I'm getting nervous lol
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I sent madizzlee a note asking about it but I don't know if she will reply. Looking at the previous years, the announcement was made earlier in November so at this rate, I think it's canceled this year, which is really sad. I participate in 3 card/gift exchanges/projects each year, one here on deviantART and the other 2 on Facebook. I have participated in them each year for a few years and coincidentally, it seems all 3 of them are being canceled this year. No word yet about #HolidayCardProject here and Brimmies card exchange on FB is the same. I even offered to take over and not a single person has replied that they are interested. How sad. At least the Backstreet Boys gift exchange had an announcement that it was being canceled this year but the other 2, I would really like to know officially if they are canceled or not instead of being left hanging in the dark. For now, I am giving up and assuming it's canceled. :( 
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CosmicGrove Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I sent a message too and it this point I have given up hope. It just bums me out because I spent quite a bit of money and time buying card stock and embellishments. I've participated for the last 4 years, it never crossed my mind it might get cancelled. I got a jump start early this year so I could make more too. Would have been nice to have some sort of notification. I'm already hardly on this site anymore, this makes me want to stop coming entirely. 
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That sucks. Sorry about that. I just hope this is a temporary phase again. This has happened before. I have participated in each and every #HolidayCardProject since 2004. It first ran from 2004 to 2008 then was cancelled for a few years. It came back in 2012 and ran until 2016 so far. Looks like it's getting cancelled again since there has been no announcement yet and by this time, I think it's getting too late to do this project anyway. But as for announcement that it's gets cancelled, I doubt that will happen. I think when it happened the first time, I don't think anything was announced but maybe there was and my memory is wrong. I just don't remember anything being announced. You could try to find another card project or exchange. The 2 other exchanges I participate in are also being cancelled this year but one of them I might take over now. I asked on the FB forum of the app/game called Brimmies, which has been around nearly 10 years, if I could take over and I have finally had some people reply after a few days. I think I 10 people or less interested so since it's small group, I think that would be easy for me to manage. So anyway, if you think you can find another to join then maybe you can use all those materials you bought so they don't go to waste. Just an idea. Good luck!
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:iconfire4564:
Fire4564 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to know this too, I'd love to do it again haha
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:iconmelmuff:
MelMuff Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too.
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:iconodnua:
OdNua 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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:iconodnua:
OdNua 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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:iconjaiin:
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 General 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 General Artist
Oh ok, thank you :)
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:iconnecropossum-jpg:
Necropossum-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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:iconacla13:
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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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 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;

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 Digital 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 Digital 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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