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This year marks deviantART's fifth annual Holiday Card Project!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from all around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get well holiday cards.

Last year the Project received well over 1300 holiday cards sent in by more than 750 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. The cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by dA members at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, California.  Extra cards were given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for their staff to hand out to patients.  

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to simply try and do something nice for others.  However, if that isn't enough incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month subscription to deviantART, as well as being entered into a drawing for additional prizes.

:holly: Please read the following text for more information on the Holiday Card Project.

:star: What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?
The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season. The idea behind the project is to simply try and bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing hospital stay.

:star: Exactly who receives the cards?
The cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals.  However, we're limited by the fact that some hospitals don't want cards and others have rules against their distribution.  The cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the areas of the respective hospitals.  The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors and have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

:star: What should I write in a card?
Be as creative as you'd like. Just remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful. Some suggested greetings include, "Hope you're feeling better," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Try and stay away from "Get well soon" as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Remember to include a message of "Happy holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.

:star: Can I make a card myself?
Definitely. 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 specific "set" size for cards. Use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. However, feel free to be creative as you want. Use glitter, construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., to make your card as special as possible.

:star: Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?
Absolutely. Many drug stores or stationary stores have holiday cards for as little as ninety-nine cents. (If you're feeling ambitious, boxed card sets can often be purchased for only a few dollars.) These kinds of cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but add a little 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.

:star: How much is postage for sending a card?
If you live in the United States and are sending an averaged sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.42). If you live in Canada, an envelope weighing 30g or less is $0.96 and 30-50g is $1.15 (both prices are in CAD). If you think your card might be bigger than normal, is a little heavy, or if you live in a country other than the United States or Canada, the best thing to do is to check with your local postal agency for rates.

:star: Can I send more than one card?
Please do. You can even put more than one card into the same envelope or package to save on postage. If sending multiple cards, you only need one envelope (the one that is used to mail the cards to us).  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.

:star: Will the patients know who sent the cards?
The only way a patient will know who the card is from is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do.  You may also include your e-mail address in hopes of getting a reply; though, that can't be guaranteed.  If you would like to send a card anonymously, you may.

:star: Can non-deviants participate in the Project?
Absolutely.  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 school clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity.  No deviantART affiliation is necessary.

:star: What will I get out of this?
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring cheer to those undergoing 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. Hopefully, this is motivation enough to become involved in the Project.

In addition, once the Holiday Card Project has completed, you'll be given a free one-month subscription to deviantART just for sending in a card.  You'll also be entered into a drawing for prizes.  In order to be entered into the prize drawing, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card.

:star: When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?
All cards should be received by December 15th, 2008.

:star: 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 sending a holiday card. By doing so, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for prizes and will be given a free one-month site subscription.  To ensure that you successfully receive your free subscription, it is vitally important that your username be written in such a manner that is easy to read!    

:holly: Prizes
The prizes available for participating in the Project are as follows:
:bulletgreen: Ten Fella plushies
:bulletgreen: Five one-year subscriptions to deviantART
:bulletgreen: Fifteen three-month subscriptions to deviantART

Remember, anyone who does not win one of the above prizes will be given a one-month subscription to deviantART, just as thanks for participating.

:holly: Rules and Terms
The winners of the above prizes will be selected by means of a random raffle. Every deviant who submits a presentable card to the Project will be entered into the raffle.  One entry per deviant.  Any deviant may not win more than one prize.  Limit one one-month subscription per participant. DeviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for either the above listed prizes or the one-month subscription.

:holly: Share the Wealth
If you'd like to help promote the Holiday Card Project, please use the image below and link back to this news article.

Holiday Card Project Stamp by Heidi

:santa: Past Projects

Holiday Card Project 2006 - 2 by Heidi   Holiday Card Project 2005 - 1 by Heidi   Mountain of Good Times by Heidi   Holiday Cards 2004 by Heidi   

:rudolph: Who do I direct questions and concerns about the Project to?
Please note that many common concerns deviants have about the Holiday Card Project have already been addressed in the above questions and answers.  Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a great chance it already contains an answer to your question.  If any questions remain, please contact Heidi.

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Heidi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012

toshiro12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gathering a bunch of friends to take part in this!!
mekisyo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
where is it for this year ;-;
Rayza88 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
I love the idea!

I have a lot of penpals...and I'd love to send a card like that ( the idea to give them to ill people is really good ! ).

Anyway, is that peroject still alive? I mean - if is it still on?
Please, answer Me, becouse I want to send some p o l i s h cards a.s.a.p. !
Mirax-chan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Won't there be a holiday card project 2009? I can't find any news about it...
Kiera135 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Llethri Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Today a friend of mine mentioned the Card Project for some reason in one of our conversations, and I just remembered that I have never received my one month subscription. It made me wonder if my card ever made it to you. I really hope it found its way to someone who needed a little something to make them smile. Maybe I sent it in too late or maybe it got lost. In that case, I'll try to be more careful next year.

PlyCrist2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry, I sent the card, but I have not had more news, I do not know if someone came and got no month subscription :(
CraSh2501 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
I didn't get my subscription....I 'm really glad that I send cards but still...
psyAlera Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Digital Artist
I still haven't got my sub,so I guess my cards didn't make it...or is it just that the DA staff needs more time to give everyone's subs?And what about the other prizes?Who are the winners?


I really hope someone received my cards and made the at least a little bit happy,because I made them with a lot of love! :heart:
katieh228 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Student General Artist
r u guys going to post pics of the cards?
milbisous Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Thank you for the one month sub :bow:
Kiera135 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Just wanted to thank all you guys out there that did this. My brother was one of the ones that recieved some of the cards. He was in a hospital far away so we couldnt be with him on christmas but he realy liked them and told me about them when we were talking on his cell. love you guys and keep up the amazing work.
CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
that's wonderful, Kiera135 -- I wish we would get clearer feedback like that, as it makes the act more worthwhile.

I guess the Admins must be extremely busy, but I wish we'd get more feedback like that and other official word on this entire Holiday Card endeavor.

And that includes the promised 1-month free subscription that used to show up by January, in the past years.
tia-dega Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Kiera135, I hope your brother is doing well, please tell him that we are all sending him our best wishes.

I agree with CyrionB about getting clearer feedback. It is nice to hear about someone a deviant knows getting one of the cards.

As for the free subscription I just got mine today.
Thank you Deviant staff.
My friends & I will continue to participate in this event.
Uninvited77 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
where is my subs for free for a month :'(
artbyRM Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009   Photographer
Yeah, i didnt get mine either :(
AMPEugenie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I sent two really nice cards and my username. Did mine make it?
I never got a sub., I hope some one got them, please repley or give me an update.
Leonham Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009   Photographer

It's a basic update. :)
AMPEugenie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thank you!
jeansjacketshirt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Any update on this one?
Leonham Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009   Photographer

Here's an update! :)
wolfofstorm Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been wondering for a while whether dA received the card I sent in from December, and you just answered my question. So, thanks. :D
Leonham Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Photographer
No problem. :)
sussure Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna know if my card make it!!come on nice da staff!!!
warrior-of-dream Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope that someone receive my card;-) I would like to know ^^
Bellaelysium Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have send mine as well..two infact and really wish there's update to see if my cards have been received. Anyone has any idea?

And i havent got my subscription either..
webXhip Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
what happen? why does people don't have the subscript?
Fennikusu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
lol, I didn't get mine either (not like I care that much; I just wanted people to get my handmade card) XD :heart:
But hm, I guess I'm not the only one =w=
webXhip Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope all my card arrived :s
i never had a sub that's why i want to try >w< but it's more important that people received the cards, Of Course ^^
Fennikusu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Yeaaaaah ;w;

lol me either XD I'm curious about how the whole subscription thing can benefit my experience in dA ^^
Amkii Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:( I haven't gotten mine either...
Leonham Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009   Photographer

An update for all of you fellow deviants. :D
Amkii Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Thank you!!
Leonham Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009   Photographer
No problem! :)
Fennikusu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Maybe they're busy with something else at the moment.

Like the new version of our profiles XD
Amkii Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol So true, probably... XD
Fennikusu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
jg233 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I would really like my subscription...
Amkii Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I would appreciate one too! I haven't gotten mine yet... maybe it takes a loooong time...?
bloominglove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Student General Artist
I sent mine and my friend's. I got my sub. but, my friend didn't... Why is that? We sent 3 in one envelope...
4EverRebel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hey I sent mine... and I had quiet hard time to do it... But I'd like to know if it arrived in time and somebody get it bec I know that most peoples did it to make a smile on somebody hospitalized during holidays... <- great thing!
How I can know if somebody recived mine?
I don't care a lot about subscription but anyway I'd like to recieve it...
CyrionB Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
My concern also: updates?
narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Student General Artist
I am agreeing with most people, what happen to this article. Its been over a month since the cards were sent, and nothing seemed to updated.

I sent mine too. Just so you all know.
CraSh2501 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
I'm sorry ...what happened?!Did people receive our greeting cards.., etc?
Amkii Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish we knew...! :(
mithaq Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
jody2k Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
For the first time since I've been a member, I, regretably, didn't get to participate but promise to double up next year.

Thanks to all whole did participate.
you're doing a wonderful thing.
Leatha101 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
So?? Who won the "contest??"
seeing-stars-87 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009   Photographer
i sent mine :D
can you tell me who got it or if someone got mine? and (not to be rude) what month do we all get the subs? just wondering if i missed it and didnt know ^^;
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