This postage stamp is the result of Croatian Post's annual "Create a stamp and win a prize" competition. Aimed at schoolchildren, the competition was started in 2007 with the goal of rewarding the best stamp design done by children. This year, the theme of the competition was "a tree in winter" and the best work was used as the motif of this year's New Year stamp. The selection committee received a total of 1,614 works from 213 schools in Croatia, and selected a painting by Marta Bilandzija, a seventh grade pupil from Slavonski Brod, as the best. Sabina Resic, a designer from Zagreb, adapted Marta's work for the stamp. The stamp has a face value of HRK 1.60 and was printed in 100,000 copies.