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Overview

To celebrate the arrival of “cozy” season, we’re offering loungewear / athleisure patterns from our sister brand Sprout Patterns as prizes for the top 3 winners of each week’s challenge Create a festive holiday mistletoe design in "ditsy" fashion: which is defined in the design world as a small scale, scattered, non-directional print. One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive a Lane Raglan Tee sewn with white glove service from Sprout Patterns. In addition, the grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive a Lane Raglan Tee from Sprout Patterns, along with $100 in Spoonflower credit. 3rd place will receive a Lane Raglan Tee from Sprout Patterns, along with a $50 Spoonflower credit. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Ditsy Mistletoe Design Challenge

Ditsy Mistletoe Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a test swatch size (8” x 8”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • Designs previously published on the Internet are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes



Timeline

  • 11/11/2016: Submissions open
  • 12/06/2016: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 12/08/2016: Public voting opens
  • 12/14/2016: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 12/15/2016: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive a Lane Raglan Tee with white glove service in their winning design or design of their choosing from Sprout Patterns. In addition, the grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive a Lane Raglan Tee in their winning design or design of their choosing from Sprout Patterns (without white glove service). In addition, the 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive a Lane Raglan Tee in their winning design or design of their choosing from Sprout Patterns (without white glove service). In addition, the 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

How to Submit a Design

  1. Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one here.
  2. Once logged into your account, upload the design you wish to enter into the challenge.
  3. Select Ditsy Mistletoe from the Challenges Dropdown.

For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms & Conditions.

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Closed December 6, 2016

How To Vote

Voting for Ditsy Mistletoe has closed. Check out our current challenge!

Vote for Designs
December 8 - December 14, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
This contest is open to ALL Spoonflower community members who are 18 years of age as of December 6, 2016. All submitted designs must be the original, previously unpublished work of the entrant created especially for this contest. Please do not use stock images or base your design on the work of another artist.
How many designs can I enter?
You can enter only ONE DESIGN in this contest. Designs entered in previous Spoonflower contests are not eligible. Designs licensed for reproduction on fabric with other companies are not eligible.
Can I share my entry on social media and make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace before voting opens?
The spirit of the Design Challenge is to give a creative prompt that inspires designers to create a new design that speaks specifically to the theme we have crafted with our brand partners. Spoonflower is seeking an exclusive set of designs for tea towels, so all designs should be created anew for this Design Challenge. We absolutely encourage sharing your process and finished design on the web and you can make your entry for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace, but to ensure that your work is eligible for the end product, we ask that it is not an existing design from your portfolio that has been previously made public on Spoonflower or another ecommerce website.
Who will judge the contest?
All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote starting December 8, 2016, but only one set of votes may be submitted per individual. Email addresses will be collected from voters. Duplicate votes are filtered using fraud detection software and not counted toward final totals.
What if I don't want my design to be purchased by other people?
Designs are not made available for sale without explicit permission from their creators. By participating in this contest, you are granting permission to make your design available to the public for voting and non-exclusively for sale if your design finishes in the top 25.
Am I giving up the copyright of my design by entering it?
You are not giving up ownership of your design, but by entering your design in the contest, you give us the non-exclusive right, should your design finish in the top 25, to make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace per the customary terms of the Spoonflower Marketplace. For any sales generated in the Marketplace, you will receive a 10% commission. You will always be credited for your design and you are free to continue to sell it on your own, now and in the future.

Upcoming Challenges

  • Retro Circus Limited Color Palette Operation Shower

    Submissions close June 27 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 29

    Take a step back in history and channel your inner ringmaster to create a vintage inspired circus scene, no time-machine required. Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the following colors: Red (#FE0000 ), Saffron (#F7B32C ), Tufts Blue (#4087C5 ), Oxford Blue (#032B44 ) or Cyan Turquoise (#136F64 ). Transparent variations will not be accepted. More Details

  • Animal Alphabet Limited Color Palette Operation Shower

    Submissions close July 4 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins July 6

    Pick your favorite letter (or all of them!) and circus animals to create a nursery-worthy design sure to awe and inspire the party guests at Operation Shower! Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the following colors: Green (#01AC54 ), Powder Blue (#BFE9E5 ), Cobalt Blue (#2A41A1 ), Orange (#FE8000 ) or Red (#FE0000 ). Transparent variations will not be accepted. More Details

  • Circus Performers Limited Color Palette Operation Shower

    Submissions close July 11 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins July 13

    Let your design skills soar to new heights as you create a design inspired by the talented performers that leave us holding our breath! Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the following colors: Orange (#FE8000 ), Lapis Lazuli (#2462AB ), Green (#01AC54 ), Moonstone Blue (#74BFB8 ) or Golden Poppy (#FEC600). Transparent variations will not be accepted. More Details

  • Big Top Treats Limited Color Palette Operation Shower

    Submissions close July 18 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins July 20

    For this week’s challenge, dream up a design featuring your favorite circus snack ( sans sticky fingers!). Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the following colors: Red (#FE0000), Sea Foam Green (#A8E5BA), Orange (#FE8000), Saffron (#F7B32C) or Lapis Lazuli (#2464AB). Transparent variations will not be accepted. More Details