Thursday, July 30, 2009

Winners of “Monochrome”

The time has come to separate the colour-blind men from mice. As you know, Foldees received a record number of entries from MONOCHROME, a contest suggested (but not joined… tsk) by one of our current designers, jayemcee. We’re proud that a contest created for designers by designers has garnered sucha response.

Unfortunately, the new contest also means that not everyone can possibly win, so for this contest, we have yet a new winner (no, we absolutely swear that we do not doctor the results), and quite a few first-timers. Because there were quite a few commendable entries this time that didn’t win, we’ve decided that on top of the prizes that we’re announcing today, there will be a few extra prizes that we’ll be announcing over the next coupla days, so do keep watch!

Without further ado…

5. ZacYouthSurrender Now! (Prize: US$100)

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ZacYouth has joined EVERY single contest that we’ve had at Foldees, and we’re grateful for it. Of course, we’re sure he’s pretty grateful as well, since he’s won prizes in more than half of them (and came within 0.05 points of winning almost all!). His style is best recognised by the thick outlines he uses on his characters, which make them look simple and appealing, despite their intricate designs.

This latest design is a true tribute to his creativity. God knows what kind of mind would think of pills as police chasing down worms as bad guys (maybe Vitagen?), but we absolutely LOVE IT!

4. shuwanThe Power of Love (Prize: US$100)


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Continuing the Malaysian fight-back is a new designer that hails from the Klang Valley (not too far from where we are). She recently wrote on her blog that after seeing her card in real-life (at one of our stores), she doesnt “care much whether I can win the contest now. I know there're designs much better than mine.”

Well, not that many, shuwan. Your simple lines and great we-are-the-world theme are just the sort of thing we, and apparently the public, love! Congratulations on your first win… we hope to see alot more coming from you.

3. ayeishaTrue Color Of Love(Prize: US$300)

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For some reason, we always seem to have a special place in our hearts for the third place card. Our last third place winner was one of our favourite cards in the entire contest, and such is the case again. We love the concept of this card from ayeisha, another talented designer from the Philippines.

We also love that it adheres strictly to the monochrome rule, with only black, white, and one shade of green on the cover. We also love the fact that it’s the first ever Foldees card featuring a lizard on the cover (unless you think Yoda kinda looks like one)! Incidentally, one of our staff has already used this card.

2. dezilove_09The Hare & The Tortoise (Prize: US$600)

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We originally wanted to reject this card. Because it was so detailed that we thought it was a raster. Upon closer inspection, it’s simply an extremely detailed vector, done by a barely-legal Aussie guy.

The message is simple (with more undertones than is at first apparent), but the attention to detail, both in the lighting on the cover and the pictures on the wall on the inside are absolutely staggering. If this is an indication of what you guys can do Down Under, then we’re hoping for the Marmite invasion asap!

1. Kokuzo - You Color Up My World! (Prize: US$1000)

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We were smart about this. We gave Kokuzo an iPod Classic for our last Christmas contest, and he’s been hooked ever since. His style of drawing is very very versatile, as you can see here and here, which is nice since every card is a new surprise. And no where is is versatility more apparent than in his winner entry. It’s enough nuance and attention to detail for 6 cards, so this one’s a real bargain! A few things details we really, really liked about this card

  • The eyebags on Tired
  • The rain cloud above Sad
  • The girlie bear has brushes hidden behind her back.
  • The expressions of the singing flowers

Franz, here’s hoping that you’re enjoying that iPod classic enough to join us for many, many contests to come.


THANK YOU to all of you who participated in Monochrome! Even if you didn’t win, don’t forget to check out your Royalties page for card purchases. If you want a better chance at making that happen, don’t forget to pop our widget over on your blog/website, and ensure that your profile is up to date!

PLUS On Sunday, we’ll be revealing a few extra “Special Mention” prizes, so don’t forget to revisit the blog then.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ratings period closed for Monochrome

Ok, critics, mouses down please. The ratings period for the Monochrome greeting card contest is now closed. We will be tabulating the ratings and announcing the results on the 31st of July (maybe sooner if we’re itchy!). Keep tabs on the results at

In the meantime, if you’re feeling itchy, the deluge of entries has already started for Mr. Roboto! Hurry and submit your entry early for a better chance at better feedback from us! Submissions close on 15th August. Here’s a preview of some of the entries we’ve already received (some of these are not finalised or confirmed as yet).


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Foldees now in 4 new stores!


Slowly but surely, we are taking over the world.

Foldees recently signed a deal with Designer Greetings and Precious Thots to place our cards in their shops, conveniently located in some of the busiest malls in the Klang Valley.

The guys that run these companies are a really fun bunch of women, who share one thing in common with us – a love for this little rock we live on. Not only do they recycle boxes, minimise use of plastic and conserve energy – but they even have a box of earthworms in the back of their warehouse to process compost! How cool (ewww, but wicked) is that!? We didn’t have our camera on the last visit, but we’ll be sure to make a return trip down to find out how these little earthworms change everyday trash into the best natural fertiliser and insecticide in the world.


So if you need a card in a rush, or don’t have a credit card, do look for our cards (guilt-free!) at Designer Greetings and Previous Thots stores in Mid Valley Megamall, 1 Utama Shopping Centre and Bangsar Village! Check out all our retail locations here on our new Store Locations page.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Greeting Card Contest

I have a confession. Due to time constraints, and severe lack of talent, I have never drawn anything on the site (aside from buttons and text). I know, i know... it's quite shameless seeing as how I own the world's only vector-art greeting card site. So anyway, I finally caved in to the guilt, had some spare time today, and started work on this simple little poster.


Whaddaya think? Not too bad right? Well, ok, shutup. Stop laughing.

Anyways, welcome to the new contest. We figured what kinda greeting card company called Energon wouldn’t run a contest using robots right? With all the interest in Transformers and WALL-E lately, we figured it was about time anyway.

So the contest? Yup. Robot-themed cards. Mechanised birthdays, cyborg party girls, whatever your sick (and sometimes brilliant) minds can conjure!

You can find out more about it here. Deadline is August 12th 2009 so GET CRACKING!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Designer Widget is done!

We’re proud to announce the launch of designer widgets. It’s been long overdue, and for that we apologise. In fact, it’s been so long overdue that some of our designers have even come up with their own versions of the widget.


Anyways, as pretty as that one is, we’ve decided to come up with our own! This one’s not explicitly for voting, but more for you designer people to highlight your designs to visitors on your blog. Yes, it’s just part of the little service we offer. Anyways, without further ado, here it is!

Yes, given that they do look just a wee bit similar, but isn't ours groovy?! If you’re a Foldees designer, you can add yours by going to You need to be logged in though.

Also, it’s using iframes, so that while Blogger is a cinch (and right now is the only officially supported blog), it means that myspace and wordpress are going to be tough, but we’re looking into that at the moment. In the meantime, if you have any other blogs that you’re using that you’d like to embed this on, let us know and we’ll try to the best of our ability to figure out a way for you.

Do let us know your thoughts on the widget. It’s our first, so we’re pretty sure there are ways to improve it. Once again, you can grab your customised widget code here.