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Channel your inner Matisse during his cutouts phase as you dream up a bold and graphic floral design. Actually taking scissors to paper is not required, but do your best to create the same effect whether you use print making, digital, or hand painted methods. Submissions close April 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. EDT. Voting begins April 6, 2017.


Overview

April showers bring floral design challenges! After you take a short break during the Annual Employee Design Challenge, that is. That's right folks, for the first week of April the tables will turn and Spoonflower staff members get to put on our designer-hats to face off in a beloved annual tradition. Inspired by the constant strive for balance, this year's theme is Opposites Attract. Employees submit designs, and the community votes on a favorite. Take that week to visit some gardens and gather inspiration, because the rest of the month is dedicated to floral designs with a twist. Read on to find out more.

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. 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.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 267 votes for Cut Flowers - Floral Collage by heatherdutton
  2. 252 votes for PaperCut_RocsannePutri by rocsanne_putri
  3. 241 votes for Paper Florals by jody_mcmullen
  4. 239 votes for Paper Meadow by mariaspeyer
  5. 224 votes for Purple Paper Anemone Collage by micklyn
  6. 221 votes for Green Peackok Tail by sevas
  7. 218 votes for Spring Paper-Cut Bouquet by cherishedminky
  8. 217 votes for paper florals by marta_strausa
  9. 202 votes for Matisse's Garden by gracedesign
  10. 200 votes for ranunculas by wingmade
  11. 197 votes for Matisse and Me Paper Flower Cutouts by sarah_treu
  12. 196 votes for I Live Life in Full Bloom by madibee
  13. 188 votes for Paper Cut Flowers (Cornflower Blue) by vannina
  14. 187 votes for Paper Cut Cascading Garden by ceciliamok
  15. 185 votes for Red poppies fire red by kotyplastic
  16. 183 votes for Paper Garden by cynthiafrenette
  17. 182 votes for Pachyderms & Posies {big} by pinkowlet
  18. 179 votes for Scandi flowers by gabriellemutel
  19. 178 votes for Spring cut flowers by vo_aka_virginiao
  20. 176 votes for Paper Roses by logan_spector
  21. 175 votes for Endless Bouquet by angelastevens
  22. 169 votes for Papercut tulips by elena_naylor
  23. 167 votes for Cut Paper Flowers by jennifergeldard
  24. 166 votes for paper_cut_floral by laurenthomasdesigns
  25. 164 votes for Scattered Paper-cut Effect Florals Pattern on Grey by paula_ohreen_designs
  26. 164 votes for Matisse's Garden by sara_berrenson
  27. 163 votes for Paper Tulip Garden by mygiantstrawberry
  28. 162 votes for flower-paper-scissors by analinea
  29. 162 votes for Spring paper-cut floral by retrorudolphs
  30. 157 votes for (private design)
  31. 157 votes for Tulip Garden by Friztin by friztin
  32. 154 votes for Paper Garden by lisa_kubenez
  33. 151 votes for Cutouts Magnolia by miyatake_(julie's_fabrics)
  34. 150 votes for fioridicarta by gaiamarfurt
  35. 148 votes for Paper Cut Flower Field by julietmeeks
  36. 147 votes for Paper cut floral by mister-moon
  37. 147 votes for paper cut flowers silver by scrummy
  38. 144 votes for Paper flower summerhouse print by ravnorr
  39. 144 votes for FLEURS_PAPIERS_DECOUPES by melluciani
  40. 143 votes for RedAnemones by bonsaimechagirl
  41. 142 votes for Paper Poppies by tarynosaurus
  42. 134 votes for Paper cut spring flowers in purple and blue by heleen_vd_thillart
  43. 131 votes for (private design)
  44. 129 votes for Henri & me by stitchyrichie
  45. 126 votes for Matisse Garden green and red by colour_angel_by_kv
  46. 122 votes for Cute flowers by valyavalenok
  47. 121 votes for Bluebells of the Paper Planet by linziloop
  48. 121 votes for Peeping Toms (at night, largescale) by cerigwen
  49. 120 votes for paisley paper-cut flowers by cjldesigns
  50. 120 votes for (private design)
  51. 117 votes for Paper flowers by dariara
  52. 117 votes for Floral cut paper by olgart
  53. 117 votes for Papercut Valentine Flowers by krissymadrid
  54. 112 votes for magical paper flowers by angelastolons
  55. 112 votes for (private design)
  56. 110 votes for Flores Magenta by lellobird
  57. 110 votes for Paper cut blue birds and flowers on dark blue by magic_pencil
  58. 109 votes for Tropical Palms by alison_janssen
  59. 109 votes for spring flowers-cut paper by ottomanbrim
  60. 109 votes for Tropical Toucan Paper-Cut Floral by tangerine-tane
  61. 109 votes for Papercut_Daisies_Royal_Blue by wink&smile
  62. 106 votes for Tropical bouquet for Matisse by heather_hughes_-_halarty_designs
  63. 105 votes for Paper cut joy: meadow flowers by mariamsol
  64. 104 votes for Midnight Daisies by angel_mio
  65. 103 votes for Transportation by mimipinto
  66. 102 votes for Papercutting with Matisse by designed_by_debby
  67. 102 votes for Papercut Meadow - Teal on charcoal by cecca
  68. 101 votes for hand-painted garden fleur by leilani's_fleurs
  69. 101 votes for Papercuts1 by cathy_ann
  70. 100 votes for Spring Daisies_Paper Cut by mia_valdez
  71. 99 votes for Always Flowers (natural) by seesawboomerang
  72. 98 votes for Daisy Chains by robyriker
  73. 97 votes for MatisseFlowers-print by melhales
  74. 97 votes for (private design)
  75. 97 votes for Blossoms Collage by heather_anderson
  76. 96 votes for (private design)
  77. 96 votes for Paper posies by beesocks
  78. 96 votes for henri meets frannie by keweenawchris
  79. 96 votes for Papercut blooms by ebygomm
  80. 95 votes for Paper_Flowers by sketchedup
  81. 95 votes for Dark Botanical by meeri_anneli
  82. 95 votes for Blossoms and Lanterns by zandloopster
  83. 95 votes for Floral Cut Out by kylie_33
  84. 94 votes for Floral a la Matisse - Primrose by fernlesliestudio
  85. 94 votes for Spring Papercut Floral Orange and Mustard by tiffanyheiger
  86. 93 votes for cats and leaves by kostolom3000
  87. 93 votes for Paper Water Lilies on a Paper Lake by khowardquilts
  88. 92 votes for Flowercut white by marielatresoldi
  89. 92 votes for Awesome Blossoms by jilbert
  90. 91 votes for kcorydaffodils by katherinecory
  91. 90 votes for Paper Flower Garden by designsidestudio
  92. 90 votes for Tibouchinas on bright straw by Su_G_©SuSchaefer by su_g
  93. 89 votes for In a Matisse Mood by hedgepigart
  94. 88 votes for cut-leaves by dale_coykendall
  95. 88 votes for Flower Garden on Grullo by meowandcraft
  96. 88 votes for flowers and dragonflies by heleenvanbuul
  97. 85 votes for Tropical Watercolor Floral Summer by smallhoursshop
  98. 85 votes for Matisse flowers by studio_esperluette
  99. 83 votes for (private design)
  100. 83 votes for 06307373 © flame-flower shadow : 0080FF by sef
  101. 83 votes for Paper Cut Bouquets on Scarlet by hnldesigns
  102. 82 votes for A Day In A Spring Garden by amel24
  103. 81 votes for Tropical Pattern #4 by nantia
  104. 81 votes for (private design)
  105. 80 votes for sea_of_flowers by natalie_du
  106. 79 votes for paper-cut coneflowers by desertfable
  107. 78 votes for PAPER CUT FLORALS by janemonteith
  108. 78 votes for paper-cut peony light by sekyoung
  109. 78 votes for 36. Blue Mood by shaunasarelittle
  110. 76 votes for Paper Cut Floral Overlay by wildnotions
  111. 76 votes for Teach Educate Encourage Inspire in Black/Gray/Golden Yellow Small Scale © Jennifer Garrett by jennifer_todd
  112. 76 votes for White Paper Outline Flowers by xoxotique
  113. 76 votes for Sea_of_Flowers by jollyjaroszko
  114. 76 votes for floral_beauty by vedanta
  115. 75 votes for (private design)
  116. 75 votes for Flower Cutout by catashtrophe
  117. 75 votes for Paper Garden by habiba_artsy_studio
  118. 74 votes for little black dot by jackiejean
  119. 73 votes for Cut Paper Art Nouveau Amaryllis Red by eclectic_house
  120. 73 votes for Protea by lavish_season
  121. 73 votes for linoprint roses by karinka
  122. 72 votes for (private design)
  123. 71 votes for (private design)
  124. 71 votes for Fantasy dragonfly by lidiebug
  125. 70 votes for Pinstripe Paper Flowers by heatherhightdesign
  126. 69 votes for Vintage Paper Cut Flowers by yesterdaycollection
  127. 69 votes for Flower Girl Peach by lindiart
  128. 68 votes for PaperCutPoppies by appaloosa_designs
  129. 66 votes for Tribute to Matisse + by gargoylesentry
  130. 66 votes for Paper-Cut Coral by gingerlique
  131. 66 votes for Paper-cut floral Spring Easter Flowers, large scale, rainbow colorful pink yellow orange white by amy_g
  132. 66 votes for Matisse Cut Out Inspired Floral Foliage by laine_and_leo
  133. 66 votes for Papercut Flowers warm palette by pinky_wittingslow
  134. 64 votes for Big Flowers Green by ullamermaid
  135. 64 votes for Flower Burst Inspired by Matisse by annelafollette
  136. 64 votes for Water lilies pond by boissindesign
  137. 63 votes for Coffee Papercut Florals by suzzincolour
  138. 63 votes for Tropicolors by ivydoodlestudio
  139. 62 votes for Cut Paper Flowers Blue by vinpauld
  140. 62 votes for Garden Path Red by chris_jorge
  141. 61 votes for PAPER CRANES & CHERRY BLOSSOMS by bluevelvet
  142. 61 votes for PapercutFloralBlueRed by moinlena
  143. 59 votes for My Pretty Garden Helpers Aqua Skies by inscribed_here
  144. 59 votes for SincerelyHopeDesigns-Floral-1-Wallpaper-Spoonflower-01 by sincerelyhopedesigns
  145. 58 votes for Paper Florals 1 by jadegordon
  146. 58 votes for 9_paper_peony_light by leroyj
  147. 57 votes for white paper flowers by pamelachi
  148. 57 votes for Modern Florals // Bloom Sketches in Blush and Gray by frostdesignco
  149. 57 votes for Zinnia Paper Cut Flowers by mariafaithgarcia
  150. 57 votes for Spring Cut Out Floral after Matisse by jamielewisdesigns
  151. 57 votes for paradisse by ipek
  152. 56 votes for Delft blue and white papercut garden pixies by joanandrose
  153. 56 votes for Marguerite floral by becski_design
  154. 56 votes for (private design)
  155. 55 votes for Matisse's Garden at Night by bashfulbirdie
  156. 55 votes for Night_garden by pip_pottage
  157. 54 votes for paper_cut_floral_janet_taylor_palette_3 by hlozik
  158. 54 votes for Still_Life_with_Paper by j9design
  159. 54 votes for Ditsy Matisse Floral by meganpalmer
  160. 54 votes for Rose of Prose by graceful
  161. 54 votes for Paper Curl Buttercup by valeriepomerleau
  162. 54 votes for (private design)
  163. 54 votes for Chat Limon by orangefancy
  164. 53 votes for Papercut Houseplants Small by katebillingsley
  165. 53 votes for Love in Lavender by ladyrattus
  166. 52 votes for Hummingbird Garden by vanillabeandesigns
  167. 52 votes for Mod Aloha Shacks by boris_thumbkin
  168. 51 votes for Fairy Garden Paper Cut by pond_ripple
  169. 51 votes for Paper-Cut Petals by tonia_dee
  170. 50 votes for Cut Flowers by awikegard
  171. 50 votes for Papery Blossoms by jjtrends
  172. 50 votes for Paper Bloom by thewellingtonboot
  173. 50 votes for Neon Garden by jacquelinehurd
  174. 48 votes for (private design)
  175. 48 votes for Blooming Paper by christinelynnjohansen
  176. 48 votes for Painted Cut Paper Pink and Blue Dogwood Blossoms on Gingham Large by bloomingwyldeiris
  177. 47 votes for Matisse with seagulls by wardie3
  178. 47 votes for Edelweiss Lace Nr. 2 Dark Green Small by herbal_things
  179. 47 votes for (private design)
  180. 46 votes for PaperCut_Bloom-01-01 by jellypoprock
  181. 46 votes for Love In Idleness by honey_gherkin
  182. 46 votes for paper-cut-spring by siribean
  183. 45 votes for Paper-Cut Flowers - Midnight Dance by b2b
  184. 45 votes for Watercolored Paper Flower by ashli_irwin
  185. 44 votes for Morning glory by almerk_design
  186. 44 votes for Cabbage_Cut by g_lord
  187. 44 votes for Papercut Floral by whimsicalvigilante
  188. 43 votes for My_Garden_-_Matisse_Flowers by rmcaustralia
  189. 43 votes for Florida Palms by redfoxburrow
  190. 42 votes for CLEMATIS by acutehare
  191. 41 votes for Flower Faerie Lace by enid_a
  192. 41 votes for Paper Flowers by svaeth
  193. 40 votes for Matisses Garden by floramoon
  194. 40 votes for Chiyogami flower collage by fulgorine
  195. 39 votes for Cornflower Blue Floral by hollybender
  196. 39 votes for Red_paper_colorful_bouquet by fastthebest
  197. 39 votes for paper_flowers by anino
  198. 38 votes for Hamsa Flower Cutouts by anneostroff
  199. 38 votes for Blooming Buds by sewindigo
  200. 38 votes for Birds and the Bees by chloeclementinedesigns
  201. 37 votes for Fushia Dancers by lauraflorencedesign
  202. 36 votes for papercut flowers and leaves by zoet_&_sabeth_ontwerp
  203. 36 votes for Paper_Flowers_small by belana
  204. 34 votes for Cut Paper Pastel Floral by kellie_jayne_
  205. 34 votes for Paper Flower Cut Out by sweet_peach
  206. 34 votes for Cut Paper Cherry Blossoms by julietchase
  207. 34 votes for fleurspapier-200 by lisahilda
  208. 34 votes for Vintage_Flowers_Papercut_with_Ladybug by ruthjohanna
  209. 33 votes for Cut out Daisies and Birds over blue paper by isabella_asratyan
  210. 33 votes for More_Paper_Cuts by roxiespeople
  211. 33 votes for leaves or petals? by undiine
  212. 32 votes for Paper Flowers by lilyfox
  213. 31 votes for Delicate Flowers by emilieg
  214. 31 votes for (private design)
  215. 30 votes for Embroiderwheeeeeee by hojodojo
  216. 30 votes for elementary by stofftoy
  217. 30 votes for Daisy Delights by rhondadesigns
  218. 29 votes for Pink Ladies Swimming in Circles by gracelillydesigns
  219. 29 votes for IMG_2372_copy by loveoffabrics
  220. 29 votes for Floral Vintage by carrie_me_home
  221. 29 votes for Matisse Spring Tulips, pastels by palifino
  222. 29 votes for PaperCut_Flowers by maredesigns
  223. 29 votes for Flower-stamp by masha_llustra
  224. 29 votes for 20170402_181318 by naenaemerrill
  225. 28 votes for (private design)
  226. 27 votes for Paper Flower Study by twix
  227. 27 votes for (private design)
  228. 27 votes for Paper-cut_Spring_Floral_Dance by elen_&_lissa
  229. 27 votes for Cut the lace .Pink by fuzzyfox
  230. 27 votes for (private design)
  231. 27 votes for Fancy Flowers by landfish
  232. 27 votes for 3d_flower by katawampus
  233. 27 votes for QisforQuilling1 by et_al
  234. 27 votes for IMG_3573 by randa_red_panda
  235. 27 votes for Matisse_Inspired_Blooms by periwinkleartstudio
  236. 26 votes for Cosmos and Roses by dora_yvonne_textiles
  237. 26 votes for go_matisse by kgarvey
  238. 25 votes for Altered Matisse 420 by camomoto
  239. 25 votes for Paper Cutouts Under A Japanese by charldia
  240. 25 votes for (private design)
  241. 25 votes for Alium_Papercuts by boutique_unique
  242. 25 votes for papercut_fLowers by silnamilisa
  243. 24 votes for Paper Flowers by chihuahuashower
  244. 24 votes for (private design)
  245. 24 votes for Paper-Cut Florals by kate's_kwilt_studio
  246. 24 votes for White_Rose_on_orange by dry_wit_goods
  247. 23 votes for floral collage by daisyhsteele
  248. 23 votes for TigerLilies by beckarahn
  249. 22 votes for Paper Cut Florals; Daisies in a Field by lisakling
  250. 22 votes for Flower in a pot on a pink background by julia_faranchuk
  251. 22 votes for Paper flowers on paper squares by flutterbi
  252. 22 votes for sunflower sunset by tiffi
  253. 22 votes for 20170324122903008_Page_1-ed-ed by alise19
  254. 21 votes for Cute Flower Print by hannah_rose_design
  255. 21 votes for Paper flower blue by bruxamagica
  256. 21 votes for stength in flowers by tiffanyagam
  257. 20 votes for hawaii_in_pink_2 by catalina_rodriguez_marroquin
  258. 20 votes for (private design)
  259. 20 votes for Springtime by alexsan
  260. 20 votes for Tropi-Cut Florals by sarah_coombs
  261. 20 votes for Paper Flowers by everhigh
  262. 20 votes for Night Blooms Papercut Flowers by ak-wildenature
  263. 19 votes for SCAN0036 by sibilini
  264. 19 votes for Pretty Posies by dollydimpledesigns
  265. 19 votes for Negative Papercut Orange Daisy by modernfox
  266. 18 votes for paper_flower_1 by prarthana
  267. 18 votes for (private design)
  268. 18 votes for RosesRoses by grannynan
  269. 18 votes for Bold_Floral_Cutout by cynthiajacquette
  270. 18 votes for Orange Lillies by ghostfire
  271. 18 votes for cat_pansy by alohajean
  272. 17 votes for matisse by wattenberger
  273. 16 votes for Paper Rose by jabiroo
  274. 16 votes for Matisse Meditation by fatcat_designs
  275. 16 votes for Papercut Flowers by sixsie_lou
  276. 16 votes for La joie des fleurs (small scale) by mariden
  277. 15 votes for Paper Flowers - Graphic - Red by whyitsme_design
  278. 15 votes for cutout_flowers_spoonflower_4_1_2017 by compugraphd
  279. 15 votes for Spring crocus by spikeabell
  280. 14 votes for Brace Yourself for the Perfect Smile (dental design) kawaii Purple small med by franbail
  281. 14 votes for paper cut protea by ali*b
  282. 13 votes for Summer Black Eyed Susans by susan_h
  283. 13 votes for Paper Cut Florals Daisy Chain by denisebeverly
  284. 12 votes for Paper-Cut Florals by ekaterinap
  285. 12 votes for Spring Flowers Small by palusalu
  286. 12 votes for fullsizeoutput_356-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch by kae50
  287. 12 votes for Spring Mosaic by applebutterpattycake
  288. 12 votes for Matisse-like Colorful Paper-cut Floral Design by creative_madame
  289. 11 votes for camellia_love by bugs4
  290. 11 votes for (private design)
  291. 10 votes for Paper Cut Florals by brandymiller
  292. 10 votes for Cut orchids Matisse ish by leashtotheworld
  293. 10 votes for paper flowers by craftwithcartwright
  294. 10 votes for PicsArt_02-20-07 by mute_
  295. 9 votes for Floral_Riot by zoopsia
  296. 9 votes for Matisse Bouquet by judi_b
  297. 9 votes for petites_fleurs by mimix
  298. 9 votes for daffodilpaper by suzy_q_designs_studio
  299. 9 votes for IMG_0470 by dezba_by_ni
  300. 9 votes for Cut-It-Out, Henri!2 by amsterdamsel
  301. 8 votes for Floral Fun by mango606
  302. 7 votes for Iris Montage/Collage by L.Stilnovich by stlojza1
  303. 7 votes for down the drain red by bjdk
  304. 7 votes for Heart_of_the_North-Star_paper_cut_out_flowers by spicerroots
  305. 7 votes for IMG_8032 by vhelmsb
  306. 7 votes for flowers_fill_over_vers_m by maryjanndesigns
  307. 7 votes for Lace Paper-cut Florals by dovetail_designs
  308. 7 votes for Floral cut outs by elsie_pie
  309. 7 votes for Tropiwax by camillehermant
  310. 6 votes for Nan's African Violets by disneymamom
  311. 6 votes for Cutout Floral - Chartreuse Sangria by sharri
  312. 6 votes for Floral_Cutouts_Small by cafe_projections
  313. 5 votes for Reclining Blue Nude Cat With Flowers-ed by vickiejofranks
  314. 4 votes for papercuts2 by pixabo

Paper-Cut Florals Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) 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.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com 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

  • 03/17/2017: Submissions open
  • 04/04/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 04/06/2017: Public voting opens
  • 04/11/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 04/13/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

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