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Inspired by vacation memories with a vintage flair, now’s the time to experiment with texture, showcase your typography skills or celebrate your most exciting travels. Whether your globetrotting takes you by boat, train, airplane or even car, remember that your design entry must be a repeating pattern.


Overview

Calling all worldly explorers and adventure seekers! This week’s Retro Postcard Design Challenge is sure to get your creative wheels spinning.

Prizes

  • 1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit.
  • The top 50 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

The Winner

souvenirs du monde
295

The rest of the Top 58

retro post stamps
190
Dear Cousin
151
Europe
153
222 Votes
cartoline
279
220 Votes
Retro Vacationing
132
Retro travel love
201
Retro Road Trip
710
See the World
206
Hola Cuba!
146
164 Votes
Passport to Japan
241
(private design)
139 Votes
Postcards From Paris
89
Vintage Postcards
138
Wish You Were Here
85
Retro postcards
68
122 Votes
RETRO MAIL
120
119 Votes
Wish you were here!
88
Travel stuff
145
110 Votes
Blast from the Past
59
Retro postcards.
62
104 Votes
Fabulous Florida
152
RETRO TRAVEL
127
VintageBali
60
97 Votes

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 325 votes for souvenirs du monde by miraparadies
  2. 313 votes for Hawaii Holiday Postcards by heleen_vd_thillart
  3. 277 votes for World Traveler - Large Scale by heatherdutton
  4. 267 votes for The Wall of retro Postcards (yellow) by chicca_besso
  5. 260 votes for Postcards From Spain by jaimecromer
  6. 256 votes for retro post stamps by wzory_story
  7. 242 votes for Small scale // Retro Postcards // blue background by selmacardoso
  8. 232 votes for Retro Aussie Postcard by Mount Vic and Me by mountvicandme
  9. 224 votes for Dear Cousin by run_quiltgirl_run
  10. 224 votes for California Dreaming: Come visit! by vo_aka_virginiao
  11. 222 votes for Europe by la_fabriken
  12. 220 votes for cartoline by swoldham
  13. 218 votes for Nostalgic Trip To Paris by andrea_haase_design
  14. 217 votes for Vintage Postcard - Morocco by fernlesliestudio
  15. 209 votes for Retro Vacationing by love_&_cloth
  16. 206 votes for Retro Cornwall Postcards by abbilaura
  17. 205 votes for Pin-up Girls on Holiday by atelierdorina
  18. 203 votes for Retro travel love by vilmosvarga
  19. 184 votes for Retro Road Trip by bruxamagica
  20. 183 votes for See the World by flixydoodles
  21. 182 votes for life journey by marcela_mac_laughlin
  22. 181 votes for Canadian Wildlife Road trip by new_branch_studio
  23. 172 votes for Retro Desert Postcards by doodlebymeg
  24. 164 votes for Hola Cuba! by nanshizzle
  25. 159 votes for Faster By Air / Vintage DC-3 by studioxtine
  26. 158 votes for travel the solar system by writtenbykristen
  27. 155 votes for Passport to Japan by caleblukelin
  28. 149 votes for Passport Vintage/Retro Postcard by thephotogardener
  29. 146 votes for Vintage travel stickers (suitcase) by morecandy_shop
  30. 142 votes for Explore Scenic Scotland through Heritage Railways- Large Scale by winkeltriple
  31. 141 votes for Retro Postcard Stamps by creativehorizons
  32. 139 votes for (private design)
  33. 136 votes for Wish You Were Here by jennifergeldard
  34. 134 votes for Postcards From Paris by j9design
  35. 133 votes for Vintage Postcards by julia_diane
  36. 130 votes for Vintage Around The World by artbykarridi
  37. 129 votes for Wish You Were Here by vinpauld
  38. 127 votes for Vintage Postcard Elements by xoxotique
  39. 122 votes for Retro postcards by julistyle
  40. 120 votes for vintage mail from paris by michaelakobyakov
  41. 119 votes for RETRO MAIL by bluevelvet
  42. 119 votes for Wish you were here! by floramoon
  43. 113 votes for Retro Cali Postcards by studio_b_creations
  44. 110 votes for Aloha Hawaii postcard by gavayka
  45. 110 votes for Travel stuff by kondratya
  46. 109 votes for Blast from the Past by mimmy_b
  47. 106 votes for Greetings from California by nofontsgivenco
  48. 104 votes for Retro postcards. by boszorka
  49. 104 votes for Retro postcards - South of India by artypeaches
  50. 103 votes for From Hawaii with Aloha by hunnellekari
  51. 103 votes for Fabulous Florida by ruby_ritz
  52. 101 votes for Postcards From France | Painting Journey by southwind
  53. 101 votes for RETRO TRAVEL by mistletoe_art
  54. 100 votes for My Travels by what's_in_hollye's_head
  55. 99 votes for Nautical - Portugal Marina by vagabond_folk_art
  56. 98 votes for vintage airplane windows by saint_shores
  57. 97 votes for VintageBali by pamelandia
  58. 95 votes for (private design)
  59. 95 votes for Greetings from Earth. Travel design. by kostolom3000
  60. 94 votes for Golden Age of Travel by taranealart
  61. 93 votes for Wish You Were Here by dasbrooklyn
  62. 91 votes for Visit Japan Retro Postcard by m_harrison_design
  63. 90 votes for Normal scale • Geometric Art Deco flower by pakanta_handmade
  64. 90 votes for Global Roaming by sheri_mcculley
  65. 88 votes for Vacation Nights by createmyworld
  66. 88 votes for Wish you were Here by kimette
  67. 88 votes for Romantic European Tour by bmfabricdesigns
  68. 87 votes for (private design)
  69. 87 votes for World Cruise by stitchyrichie
  70. 86 votes for All Around the World by oliveandruby
  71. 85 votes for The Land of Sunshine by open_face_sandwich
  72. 84 votes for Vintage Postcards Drawings 1900s by emmie_norfolk
  73. 83 votes for Aloha Oe Hawaii Postcards by maliuana
  74. 82 votes for Aloha Postcard by vintage_style
  75. 82 votes for Hello Luggage by dilatorysloth
  76. 81 votes for Fantasy European Vacation Postcards /Light Blue by kim_marshall_studio
  77. 81 votes for Mid-Century Roadtrip by lellobird
  78. 80 votes for sketched 70's postcards by lisahilda
  79. 80 votes for Oh, what to bring! by heidi-abeline
  80. 79 votes for roadtrip by agathests
  81. 79 votes for Oh the Places You'll Go by mypetalpress
  82. 74 votes for (private design)
  83. 72 votes for National Parks Postcards by maggie_klope
  84. 72 votes for Retro Oregon Postcards by diseminger
  85. 69 votes for Cape Cod by chris_jorge
  86. 69 votes for botanical garden by nina_leth
  87. 68 votes for Mermaid Beach_sheshedesigns by sheshe_designs
  88. 66 votes for travel by pamelachi
  89. 66 votes for Postcards by roxiespeople
  90. 66 votes for World Traveler on Pink by ArtfulFreddy by artfulfreddy
  91. 65 votes for The Retro Postcards by nadiiaz
  92. 64 votes for Vacation not spots post cards 12x12 by leroyj
  93. 64 votes for Travel back in time by hiirikki
  94. 63 votes for Victorian Picture Postcards by merry_makewell_designs
  95. 63 votes for Souvenir Matchbooks Chartruse by hollycejeffriess
  96. 62 votes for Rio Retro Postcards by magrelacanela
  97. 62 votes for VacationMemories by beckarahn
  98. 61 votes for Retro Capri by studio_marywood
  99. 60 votes for Memories of Travel. The Retro Postcards by fantuzura
  100. 60 votes for making memories - 110 pocket cameras by booboo_collective
  101. 59 votes for Catalina Postcard 1a by muhlenkott
  102. 59 votes for Greetings by jjtrends
  103. 59 votes for greetings from hell vintage retro postcard, large scale, blue yellow orange by amy_g
  104. 59 votes for Flowers in the mail by chantal515
  105. 58 votes for Retro Arizona Glamping by 3c_creative_design
  106. 57 votes for Postmodern 80's Postcards by yesterdaycollection
  107. 56 votes for Retro Miami Art Deco by rimeswithpurple
  108. 56 votes for sunshine and surf by karen_erasmus
  109. 56 votes for Mid Century Travel by arthousewife
  110. 56 votes for Coney island dreams by amyjacobusdesign
  111. 55 votes for peru_postcard by vectoral
  112. 55 votes for Summer Vacation Retro9X10.5 B-01 by hotpinkstudio
  113. 54 votes for Awaiting Your Message by mongiesama
  114. 53 votes for Postcards and blue skies by nennepus
  115. 52 votes for Watercolor floral (moonlight) by zummadesign
  116. 51 votes for Visit Hawaii by sjwonderlandz
  117. 51 votes for Wish I Was Here by seesawboomerang
  118. 50 votes for F472A8B5-7606-491F-8724-72138DC7483E by raphaelleb
  119. 50 votes for Postcards from Monterrey, Mexico-Mountains in Watercolor by kandyceartstudio
  120. 50 votes for Retro Postcards Challenge by karendel
  121. 49 votes for BACK IN THE USSR by winterblossom
  122. 49 votes for Old School Aloha by gingerlique
  123. 49 votes for wish you were here by laura_may_designs
  124. 48 votes for See America First by dreamcustomartwork
  125. 48 votes for Antique Birthday Greetings by enid_a
  126. 48 votes for Vintage Postcards Road Trip by ms_contrary
  127. 48 votes for Votre Cherie' Emillie by gracelillydesigns
  128. 48 votes for Retro Postcard - California Mountains TEA TOWEL ©Julee Wood - BEST AS A FAT QUARTER IN Petal Signature Cotton by jewelraider
  129. 48 votes for Ski Quebec by orangefancy
  130. 48 votes for retro postcard by arrpdesign
  131. 47 votes for Aloha Paradise Hawaiian Vintage Postcards by hawaiiana_by_driveindustries
  132. 47 votes for The Words on Old Postcards by esme_on_plum_island
  133. 47 votes for Retro Postcards by beverley_glanville
  134. 46 votes for Victorian Seaside Postcards by slumbermonkey
  135. 46 votes for (private design)
  136. 44 votes for Aged San Diego Post Cards by twilfley
  137. 44 votes for Vintage Hawaiian Postcards on Tapa by poodle_girl
  138. 44 votes for Scrapbooking Vintage Postcards ! by salzanos
  139. 44 votes for Lakeside Mountains {Mint} by ceciliamok
  140. 43 votes for Tea in the Travel Room by teawithxanthe
  141. 42 votes for TRAVEL KENYA VINTAGE by yasminah_combary
  142. 41 votes for Greetings from Hawaii by robyriker
  143. 40 votes for venicepostcard by saraoh
  144. 40 votes for Vintage Retro Postcards Destinations by fabric_is_my_name
  145. 40 votes for Retro NZ card by wallflowerdesign
  146. 40 votes for Vintage Flag Postcards by lisakling
  147. 39 votes for Pompei Postcards by trace_of_colour
  148. 38 votes for little_vintage_postcard_squares by breannemariedesigns_
  149. 37 votes for 08883322 © ancient monuments by sef
  150. 37 votes for Grandma Irene WWI postcards by scarlettrose
  151. 37 votes for Greetings from Ireland by irishvikingdesigns
  152. 37 votes for Paris Postcards by sarayalyons
  153. 36 votes for Retro Vintage Cars by laurahurst_
  154. 36 votes for Painted Postcards by chipperandperk
  155. 35 votes for retro suitcases by anagomes
  156. 35 votes for World travels by everhigh
  157. 35 votes for Solvej Cannell_Copenhagen Postcard Spoonflower by solvej_design
  158. 35 votes for Remembering Sylt by rapunzelle_design
  159. 34 votes for Retro Postcard Young Love by nansdesigns
  160. 34 votes for sanssouci by dessineo
  161. 34 votes for Mongolia- Land of nomads by jjdesignwithlove
  162. 34 votes for Wish you were here: Myriad vanishings by Su_G_ ©SuSchaefer by su_g
  163. 33 votes for (private design)
  164. 32 votes for Travel the world by bycornelia
  165. 32 votes for vintage postcard with roses by panimoni
  166. 31 votes for SanFranPostcard by abbeyrow
  167. 30 votes for Venezia by inna_alborova
  168. 29 votes for Alaska Retro Postcards Challange by snow_bird_designs
  169. 29 votes for Berlin Gedaechtniskirche by variable
  170. 29 votes for (private design)
  171. 28 votes for Vintage Postcards in the Year 2100 by anneostroff
  172. 28 votes for Retro Postcards by iafiawik
  173. 27 votes for Postcards from afar Antique colorway by lorloves_design
  174. 27 votes for Bluebirds Postcard by mary_lou_warren
  175. 26 votes for Sun and Sand - Beach Girl Competition by bravenewart
  176. 26 votes for By the Sea by kristen_jasper_fine_art
  177. 26 votes for Vintage Paris Postcards by fabric_rocks
  178. 26 votes for Watercolor houses pattern by exotic_vector
  179. 26 votes for Colorado Road Trip, c.1972 by sharsu
  180. 25 votes for Blackberry vacations by dariara
  181. 25 votes for ArtUrgesVoyages_Anchor by eeperiod
  182. 25 votes for valse by avot_art
  183. 25 votes for Sail Away with me by bitter&jaded
  184. 24 votes for coimbra by ipek
  185. 24 votes for Atlantis by jadegordon
  186. 24 votes for Cinque Terre Sketches by stephkaydesigns
  187. 24 votes for ~~~GREETINGS FROM ROCKPORT! by shari*creates*by*shari*lea
  188. 23 votes for (private design)
  189. 23 votes for Vintage Hot Air Balloons by anniemontgomerydesign
  190. 23 votes for 70s Miami Beach by lucybaribeau
  191. 23 votes for (private design)
  192. 22 votes for Retro_Postcard_-_Normandy by kingery
  193. 21 votes for Zeppelin Crossing Serene by trilby_works
  194. 20 votes for bent_line_designs's letterquilt by bent_line_designs
  195. 20 votes for From Delaware / Post Cards by franbail
  196. 20 votes for Santorini-postcard by illidesign
  197. 19 votes for Lowcountry Life Edisto Island Tea Towel by nancy_aiken_campbell
  198. 19 votes for Art Deco-inspired Subway by meoweeb
  199. 19 votes for Italy Postcard by ekatrina
  200. 18 votes for E43FACB7-EEFF-4EA0-A126-E5BCE09BA20D by thelittlesilly
  201. 17 votes for Llama Land on Green by hejamieson
  202. 17 votes for vintage meadow by rysunki_malunki by rysunki_malunki
  203. 17 votes for Greetings from Beyond (the Grave) by e_lowecreative
  204. 17 votes for Island Hopping by uniqhb
  205. 16 votes for Life is Better at the Beach by janiebell
  206. 16 votes for Vintage Aloha Postcard Quilt by my_taylor_made
  207. 16 votes for Ships on waves in the sea by katrinkastem
  208. 16 votes for Retro Traveller by renata_menezes_
  209. 16 votes for Explore Savannah by petrapattern
  210. 16 votes for Mars, PA, USA by gcatmash
  211. 16 votes for Hawaiian Retro Postcards by kedoki by kedoki
  212. 15 votes for Plaid postcards by kassaundra's_designs
  213. 14 votes for fantasy letter by zo&so
  214. 14 votes for 12-8 Niagara - The American Falls by keramos
  215. 14 votes for Postcards from Scotland by daintydora
  216. 13 votes for Photo Postcard Greetings 2 by kae50
  217. 13 votes for Chic Cherry Pattern by pattern_house
  218. 13 votes for Retro Surfboards by mandala_flower
  219. 12 votes for Retro Postcard Australia by artonfabric
  220. 12 votes for Vatican Spiral Stairs (Textured, Postmarked Vertical) by esheepdesigns
  221. 12 votes for florida postcards by mycouturemonde
  222. 11 votes for morrocan design by tatvakala
  223. 10 votes for postcards by erymis
  224. 10 votes for Wish you were here by apalazon
  225. 10 votes for bienvenidos a Menorca Postcard by melt_bluebell&rose
  226. 9 votes for wish you were here -ed by a_to_z_design_studio
  227. 9 votes for Memories of Summer Camp by b2b
  228. 8 votes for Summer vacation beach by milatoo
  229. 8 votes for (private design)
  230. 8 votes for largepoppy-ed by papa_designs
  231. 8 votes for Vintage blue coral watercolor summer calligraphy by whitepeony_design
  232. 8 votes for Greetings from Belgium-04 by studio_stiel
  233. 8 votes for 4 Corners by dmaven
  234. 8 votes for retro dotty pattern by nika_martinez
  235. 7 votes for Postcard by aviatrix_
  236. 7 votes for Drop Me A Note by wepop
  237. 7 votes for Hawaiian island by mary'sart
  238. 7 votes for Baem Postcard by saiska_
  239. 7 votes for Italypostcard by littlefacecoutures
  240. 7 votes for Retro Nepalese Marigolds by katevasilchenko
  241. 6 votes for Postcards from Mexico by krisstoyer
  242. 6 votes for razzledazzledesigns's letterquilt by razzledazzledesigns
  243. 5 votes for mustard green and pink-01 by renicandelier
  244. 5 votes for Sea and stars black by randmaart
  245. 4 votes for photostudio_1557359242654 by jamesmpi
  246. 4 votes for RetroPostcard by rainybowy
  247. 4 votes for Wish You Were Here! by thewellingtonboot
  248. 3 votes for With love from Lyon and Geneva _ Amake Adedoyin by patternsbyamake
  249. 3 votes for Vintage inspired seamless pattern in dark vibrant colors. by senpo
  250. 3 votes for <>
  251. 3 votes for The Water Garden by taradeetscreek
  252. 3 votes for Retro by thecraftyhideout
  253. 2 votes for postcards from tour by tailorfairy
  254. 1 votes for North Flower by csturges
  255. 1 votes for flower by the sea by emmybelle
  256. 1 votes for boat repeat by mel'ssummershop
  257. 1 votes for Splat by street_busy_

Retro Postcards Details

  • The deadline for entries is June 4, 2019 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 50 winning designs.
  • 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

  • 05/03/2019: Submissions open
  • 06/04/2019: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 06/06/2019: Public voting opens
  • 06/11/2019: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 06/13/2019: Spoonflower will announce the winner

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