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

Design Our Valentines


The NSS invited its 2018 exhibitors to submit their original Valentine-themed card designs in our 2nd annual “Design Our Valentines” contest.

See below for the winners and finalists of this year’s competition.  Each design was new for Valentine’s Day 2018 and shoppers fell in love with them all!

We encouraged retailers to continue falling in love at the National Stationery Show with the NSS Sweet Treat Giveaway, inviting attendees to register by February 14 and then attend the NSS for a chance to win one of five $100 American Express® Gift Cards!

* For purposes of entering the “NSS Sweet Treat Giveaway”, attendees had to register by February 14, and must attend the NSS, May 20-23, 2018, with a valid attendee badge. Winners were notified on or about February 21, 2018. One prize per winner. See the official rules here.


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) 2018 Winner: JooJoo Paper “Happily in Love” | 2018 Finalists:  ilootpaperie “Llama Love You Forever” | Big Wheel Press “Love You So Much”


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) 2018 Winner: OXHIP Studio “I Want You Baaaaad” | 2018 Finalists: Boss Dotty Paper Co. “Heart Pockets”| Leadfeather Creative “Alo(v)e You”


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

Exhibitors were invited to let their creativity run wild! This category was for Valentine’s Day-themed greeting card art, design, graphics and editorial direction that incorporated the NSS as part of their original design. Their design could include the NSS logo or could reference “NSS” as part of the design. Limited to one entry per designer/company per category.

(Pictured counterclockwise) 2018 Winner: Elm Paper “Pink Watercolour Heart” | 2018 Finalists: Good Juju Ink “NSS Snail Mail” | Halifax Paper Hearts “Call Me Old Fashioned”

 


WINNER/FINALIST SELECTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION:

Beginning December 19, 2017:

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

PRIZES:

A winning design in each category was:

  • 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 were featured on:

Official Rules

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