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Holiday Card Project 2012

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 7:06 PM


It's back!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for 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 submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantART.

Please read the following text for more details on the Holiday Card Project.



: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 little cheer to those who are undergoing a hospital stay.


:holly:  Who receives the cards?The 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. The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors, and have illness 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. 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. Be sure include a message of “Happy holidays” as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.


:holly:  Can I make a card myself?Of course. An 8.5" × 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" × 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. 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 holiday cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store bought cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but try and add a little extra 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 averaged sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.45). 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, 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.


: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. You may also include your e-mail address and/or deviantART URL in hopes of getting a reply; though, that can’t be guaranteed. 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 fun 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 Premium Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Premium Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Premium Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2013.


:holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 15, 2012.


:rudolph:  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 a holiday card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Premium Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written in such a manner that it easy to read!


:stare:  Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Premium Membership per participant. DeviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Premium Membership.


:megaphone:  Spread the WordIf you’d like to help promote the Holiday Card Project, please use the image below and link back to this journal.



:note:  Past Projects


: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 in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards. Every deviant who participates in the Project will be awarded a free one-month Premium Membership!
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:iconlashanicole:
LaShaNicole Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013

I gonna do this!

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LaShaNicole Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
*I'm
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SunHatter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
will there be another one this year??
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theCrow65 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Like many, I have not seen a premium membership activated in spite of sending in a card. What is the status of this?
Not that I wouldn't have sent a card anyway, but it does beg the question...
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graciosa89 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello. Seeing as how it is the last day of January, I thought I would inquire as to the status of all the Premium memberships. I sent in a card for the Holiday Program with my info on it, but have not yet received the membership. Is there something I am missing?
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Mainecare Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't receive mine either :c
Perhaps the paper you're supposed to write your name on it fell off or smth 0-0
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Star-Brite Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am I too late? :(
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:iconmainecare:
Mainecare Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very late :c It was done a few months ago. Try again this year maybe c:
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Star-Brite Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay.
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Southrobin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you for the pm ;A;
This was a really great project, and i'd say it really benefitted the community and really helped the sick kids c':
Deviantart should have more projects like this c:

Im just wondering though, because my brother sent one in for my old account ~starfire-wolf, why were both pms sent to my main account? Just need to clarify. Thank you c:
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MoonieStarSky Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thx so much for the premium membership. I hope my card got in time.:D
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:iconhi-agni:
Hi-Agni Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just get Premium, thank you! It is nice to know you get my card in time :D
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Koceta Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love seeing everyone with a little * by their names as I scroll down through the comments! :love: I hope we get to see pictures of patients with our cards soon!
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audweam Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you going to post pictures up of the holiday card project? :'D I'd really like to see the cards that were given to the patients :)
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pigiama Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the membership! :) And I hope that the patients who recieved the cards liked them :)
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joandnah Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
sorry to bother, but have the free memberships been given out?
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:iconmainecare:
Mainecare Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All Premium Memberships will be received by the end of January, as promised in the journal.
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:iconjoandnah:
joandnah Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
thankyou <3
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:iconmainecare:
Mainecare Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem c:
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Yllari Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Hello deviants, has everyone who submitted a card receive the promised free Premium Membership, or at least some communication that you will receive it soon?
Asking, because I sent 2 cards with separate sheet of paper as asked from deviantART and haven't known anything from DA regarding the promised free Premium Membership so far.
Regards
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
All Premium Memberships will be received by the end of January, as promised in the journal.

Thank you for your participation. :)

~Heidi
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pokadot6584 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When does deviant art hand out the cards?
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Yobuko Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I can't wait to see if they take pictures! <3

So excited to see what they think. >v<) <3

Also, I guess others haven't gotten their premium yet either- so there must be some delay.
Oh well, as long as they get their cards! ^0^)/
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:icondouglas85:
Douglas85 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I eagerly await my premium membership and I'm so glad I might have brightened up two peoples Christmas holidays. I hope they contact me....
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:icongraphix-goddess:
Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Me too! I was wondering if anyone else had gotten their Prem memberships yet, I guess not ^__^ I put my email on my card, too . It would be cool if we got replies.
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Kateboat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I haven't gotten mine yet either, so I figure we'll all get 'em eventually. C:
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MaddieCox Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Would love to see some pics of people receiving the cards. I hope mine arrived! I certainly enjoyed making them. :)
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crxzyduck Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
me too! but i changed my user name e__e
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Fatality-Like-Ghosts Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How long until we all get our premium memberships? I understand that this can take a while for you to give them all out since there are so many of us that sent in cards. I was just curious.
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music-drop Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just came to ask the same thing. :D
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
All Premium Memberships will be distributed by the end of January. :)

~Heidi
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hhorseACE Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you already have a premie, do you still receive it?
I think I've read about it somewhere before but I want to make sure, because I might be buying a premie later today :D

PS: I don't want to jinx it but I feel there's going to be a huge New Years sale and I don't want to have bought a premie RIGHT before that. Is there gonna be a sale anytime soon? :meow:

Thanks!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Yes, it'll be automatically added to the end of the existing premium membership :)
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:iconhhorseace:
hhorseACE Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Fatality-Like-Ghosts Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Thank you!
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UltraWaffles Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sent my card 5 day before the deadline i hope it made it.
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did my cards make it? *worry worry* I sent them close to the dead line, maybe too close... *sob*
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I sent mine. :) I sent 6 envelops that have 2 cards in each one. :)
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LIDIAMARINA Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I missed the deadline, next year I'll participate.
Happy Holidays
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crxzyduck Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thats bad :( but good luck next year! :) :hug:
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:iconarichy:
Arichy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you got my cards already :lol:
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FirePhoenixCreations Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
man i made one i just haven't had time because my computer is being stubborn
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Cyntilla Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Updates! We want updates! :D And not about the PM giveaway, we want pics of happy, smiling people with cards! :xmas:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Interface Designer
There have been some on #communityrelations!
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:iconcyntilla:
Cyntilla Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Found many reports and pics, thank you! :heart:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome :hug:
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ShaerWolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. :D
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:iconlou-in-canada:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconyesyesyesplz:
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shadee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was also just thinking about that. Looking forward to seeing those pics as well. :)
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Hazel-Sola Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Hey, did you actually get our cards? It was a box full of them from my school?
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