May 20-23, 2018 Javits Center, NYC
Stationery, Distinctive gifts & creative pursuits

Design Our Valentines


 

Show your customers some love by creating Valentine-themed designs for 2018!

Back by popular demand from NSS buyers, we will be accepting new, original designs for consideration for our “Design Our Valentines” contest in 2018. The NSS is proud to showcase the incredible talent inside our industry to thousands of retailers and buyers.  We invite NSS exhibitors to submit new, original designs for consideration in the 2018 “Design Our Valentines” competition.  A winning design in each category will be featured on printed, mailed Valentine’s Day postcards, digital messages, social media and the NSS website*.  Two finalist designs in each category will be featured on digital messages, social media and the NSS website*. The widespread promotional exposure to influential decision makers is the key reason to enter!

Deadline to enter: Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:59 pm ET – Submit today!


CATEGORY#1: TRADITIONAL GENRE

This category is for Valentine’s Day-themed greeting card art, design, graphics and editorial direction that is wholesome, vintage, tender, romantic, serious or conservative. Limit one entry per designer/company per category.

(Pictured counterclockwise) 2017 Winner: Good JuJu Ink | 2017 Finalists: Quilling Card LLC | JooJoo Paper


CATEGORY #2: CONTEMPORARY GENRE

This category is for Valentine’s Day-themed greeting card art, design, graphics and editorial direction that is current, modern, on trend, hip, fun, humorous, bold, sarcastic or snarky. Limit one entry per designer/company per category.

(Pictured counterclockwise) 2017 Winner: Valley Cruise Press | 2017 Finalists: Ratbone Skinny | Sparkvites


NEW FOR 2018! CATEGORY #3: WE LOVE THE NSS

Let your creativity run wild! This category is for Valentine’s Day-themed greeting card art, design, graphics and editorial direction that incorporates the NSS as part of your original design. Your design may include the NSS logo or can reference “NSS” as part of the design. Limit one entry per designer/company per category.

(Pictured) 2017 Honorable Mention: Inklings Paperie

 


WINNER/FINALIST SELECTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION:

The week of December 19:

  • 1 winner and 2 finalists in each category selected by NSS show team
  • Winners and finalists notified

PRIZES:

A winning design in each category will be:

  • Included in a direct mail promotion to NSS pre-registrants and prospective attendees prior to Valentine’s Day, 2018
  • Featured on www.nationalstationeryshow.com as a winning design
  • Included in an email promotion to pre-registrants and prospective attendees

Two finalists in each category will be featured on:

 

Official Rules

*For purposes of entering the Design Our Valentines contest as a qualified entry, you must be contracted for the NSS 2018 and submit entries by 12/15.