Holiday Card Project 2016!
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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.


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JCoolArts's avatar
JCoolArts|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's avatar
Qara|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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RollZero's avatar
RollZero|Hobbyist Writer
Has this been canceled for this year? I always so look forward in taking part in this =/
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Qara's avatar
Qara|Hobbyist General Artist
Ditto!!!!
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TheAC|Hobbyist General Artist
Will there be one for this year?
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SlyBlue08's avatar
Will there be a Holiday Card Project for 2017 as well? I'm surprised it hasn't been announced yet.
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azraelengel's avatar
azraelengel|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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SlyBlue08's avatar
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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azraelengel|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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MelMuff|Hobbyist General Artist
Will this be back for this year? #HolidayCardProject #HolidayCardProject2017
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ItsTheMysteryGirlEdited |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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MelMuff|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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AnaticvlaEdited |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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MelMuff|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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CosmicGrove|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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Fire4564|Hobbyist General Artist
I want to know this too, I'd love to do it again haha
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MelMuff|Hobbyist General Artist
Me too.
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OdNua's avatar
OdNua|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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MelMuff|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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OdNua|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx a lot!
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EstherXiao's avatar
Hi, I participated this and I haven't get a Core until now. o.o" Is it something wrong?
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MelMuff|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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xKingLeo sent in a card and still hasn't received a membership yet! :noes:
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MelMuff|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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