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Nuts and Bolts: Last Day September’s Design Challenge Entries

September 30, 2016

Nuts & Bolts – Last Day September’s Design Challenge Entries

 

Today is the last day to enter September’s Design Challenge.  Don’t miss out on the fun and good-hearted competition.  It’s a great opportunity to create a wonderful new card for the upcoming holiday!  Christmas holiday cards are already selling!

 

This month’s theme, Jingle Bells, is pretty straight forward:
  • Must be approved for the Holidays > Christmas Cards > Bells / Jingle Bells / Sleigh Bells category.
  • Recipient must be ‘general’, in other words; any relation-specific creations should be done after the challenge – not for the challenge.
  • Imagery must include at least one bell of the ‘sleigh bells and/or jingle bell’ variety. Other bells in the image okay too, but the “Jingle Bell” must be prominently represented.

 

 

A few tips:
1. to enter post your card product id number (pid#) and the direct URL to your card to the post linked above.  The URL link to the card should be the link from the public gallery, NOT a link to your card from within your Manage Cards page.
2. be sure to FastTrack your submission and include in the Notes to Reviewer “sept design challenge submission” so the review team knows to be as expedient as possible.
3. before designing your card be sure to take a peek at what’s already offered on GCU for “Christmas jingle bells” and create something DIFFERENT, not more of the same.

 

Hope to see your card in the judging, I’ll be there with bells on!

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Congratulations Passing Driving Permit Test

September 29, 2016

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Wanted Cards: Congratulations Passing Driving Permit Test

This category needs a bit of help.

 

 Occasions >> Congratulations >> Passing Driving Permit Test

 

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We only have 1 card in this category:

General cards would be great as well as gender specific cards.

We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function (Bigstock) or your own graphic designs.

Remember, when you’re submitting your new card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers. Be inventive,  be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Font Frenzy: The Callpedia Font Duo

September 28, 2016

The Hungry Jpeg has a fantastic freebee for you this week.
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Callpedia Script and Sans + 85 bonus doodles from FL Studio.co comes with a full commercial license, allowing you to use these beautiful fonts across a wide range of commercial activities.

Rainbow Connection: Subdued Color Sets

September 27, 2016
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Here is some Subdued Color Sets I found on the internet this week:

 

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Nuts and Bolts: Wordsmithing for Unique Artist Notes

September 23, 2016

 

Nuts & Bolts – Wordsmithing for Unique Artist Notes
When creating cards, I find it challenging to create unique Artist Notes.  Particularly with a similar occasion or collection.  You have to get crafty with words and good at wordsmithing.

 

Here is my advice:
– use synonyms to change words
– consult a thesaurus
– move around the order of words and sentences
– change up the sentiment
– add a new fact, tidbit or image description that makes it unique to the text

 

Here are a few examples of my Artist Notes for similar cards that I’ve created for Thinking of You >> Away at College >> From the Pet category.  I’ve re-worked the Artist Notes (AN) to achieve a green thumbs up.

 

Pug – Version 1:
Thinking of your child who has moved away to college? Chances are the family dog is too. Wondering where that special person went that gave them extra attention and companionship. Since no pets are permitted on campuses and in dorms, your student is probably missing the dog too. Send this cute pug card to your student to let them know the dog is wondering where they went, and more importantly, when they’ll be back with a little touch of humor.

 

Golden Retriever – Version 2:
There’s a void and deafening silence at home when a child moves away to college – everyone misses them, even the family pets! We underestimate the impact on your attention hungry dog who is likely missing the petting, belly scratching, walks and special bond. Your student probably misses the dog too as there are no pets on college campuses or allowed in the dorms. Send this cute golden retriever dog card to your student to let them know the dog misses them too. The eyes say it all!
 
Black Lab – Version 3:
The family pet is sure to feel the absence of a child moving away to college. Missing the special feedings, walks, fetch and cuddle times. One of the top things college students miss are their pets! With none on campus and not permitted in the dorms this is no surprise. Send this adorable black lab dog patiently balancing a bone treat on his nose and patiently awaiting the students visit home.

 

Shih Tzu – Version 4:
When a child moves away to college it’s not only the family that misses them. The dog misses them too! Certainly one less belly scratch-er, walker, ball thrower, treat giver in the house affects the dog. Campus dorms don’t allow pets, so your college student is likely missing the companionship of the family pet as well. Let this running black and white Shih Tzu card deliver the message with a touch of lighthearted humor to your student letting them know the dog is thinking of them too.

 

Essentially I’m saying the same thing four times, just a little differently each time.

 

See this related post on Artist Notes & Uniqueness Factor.
TIP:  When creating a new card that is similar to another one of my cards I have two windows open.  One window for creating the new card and the other to refer to the other card so I can copy and paste the card title, keywords and Artist Notes fields and then simply modify them on the new card vs starting from scratch each time.

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Sorry I Hit your Mailbox!

September 22, 2016

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Wanted Cards: Sorry I Hit your Mailbox!

A brand new category in need of cards.  It sounds quite outlandish, but bumping into mailboxes happens quite often, especially in inclement weather.

 

Occasions >> I’m Sorry / Apology >> Hit / Ran Over / Damaged your Mailbox
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So let’s help all of those unfortunate drivers out there by offering them a wonderful selection of cards to confess and soften the “blow”.

 

We only have 1 card in this category:

 

We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function (Bigstock) or your own graphic designs.

Remember, when you’re submitting your new card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers. Be inventive,  be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Rainbow Connection: Apples

September 20, 2016
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Here are some Apple color inspirations I found on Pinterest this week:

 

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