Its open to all ages (separate judging category for children) and there is no cost to enter. I'm not sure how many people enter, but I've been amazed at the talent and creativity of those whose entries have won in past years (each year's winning envelopes can be linked to from the Graceful Envelope Contest page). According to the website:
Designs that incorporate postage stamp(s) into the theme are encouraged. Judges look for skill in lettering, effective use of color and design, and creative interpretation of the theme.
This year, I decided to join. Not in the hopes of having a winning entry, but just I love the idea of this contest and I wanted to be part of it and to show my support of it. This year's theme focused on creating a graceful envelope around something that begins with a D. Pretty wide open there, huh? So broad that it took me a while to come up with a theme that was meaningful, but I ultimately settled on the the idea of donors. Here is what I submitted:
I had a lot of fun with this and can't wait to see the winning entries!
Please check out what my friends at Paint Party Friday have been up to this week!