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Nuts and Bolts: New Year New Changes

January 14, 2022

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Nuts & Bolts – New Year New Changes
 
 
Fresh into 2022 there will be some new things and changes on the near horizon I’d like to share with you.
 
1. Price Increase – this is long overdue (GCU has not raised prices since 2013) coupled with the skyrocketing price of paper. It goes into effect on 1/17/22.  With your artist discount code, this does not impact artists’ buying price. However this WILL bump up artist commissions by a few cents per card. The artist commission rates (%) will remain the same.
 
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2. Artist Tool Improvements – we have a few tweaks to the artist pages that we hope will make your life easier.  Primarily ease of use and navigation. We will announce these here when they become available.
 
3. In-store Pickup – GCU’s new in-store pickup partner and offering was to be announced at the end of 2021. It’s complicated but know the diligent work continues on both sides to get this service in place in early 2022.  See prior posts here.  Stay tuned for the official announcement date.

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: Persian New Year Missing You

January 13, 2022

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Wanted Cards – Persian New Year Missing You

 

The first day of Spring brings the Persian New Year.  Please consider design cards for those that will not be together to join the holiday. 

The cards should go here:

Holidays > Persian New Year Cards > Missing You at Persian New Year

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 stock card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers.

 

Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

 

 

 

 

Freebie Wednesday: Free New York Hand-lettered Signature Script Font

January 12, 2022
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New York Hand-lettered Signature Script Font!

New York is a hand-lettered signature script font perfect for your modern designs!  This font comes with tons of ligatures so you can alter it to your liking! Font comes in OTF format.

This awesome freebie is brought to you by Blush Font Co.!

Available for free for the next 6 days on the Hungry Jpeg site. Don’t miss out!

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Nuts and Bolts: 2021 1099-NEC Form (MISC)

January 6, 2022

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Nuts & Bolts – 2021 1099-NEC Form (MISC)
 
Form 1099-NEC will be mailed out the first week of January to all U.S. based artists who were paid more than $600.00 in 2021.  When you receive your Form 1099-NEC, please review the information and let us know ASAP if there are any errors as the forms must be filed with the IRS on January 31st and it is difficult to correct mistakes after that date. 
 
All corrections should be sent to accounting@gcuniverse.com    

NOTE: 1099-NEC (Non-employee Compensation) will now be used instead of the 1099-MISC form see here for details on the change of form.
 
 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Freebie Wednesday: Free Emanie Font

January 5, 2022
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Emanie is a chic display font, that emanates confidence and versatility. Its stylish alternates and ligatures make this font the perfect match for any project. Available for free on the Creative Fabrica site.

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Dash of Inspiration: January 2022 Design Challenge

January 4, 2022
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It’s a new year and it’s full of design challenges! We lead off the year with the Pantone Color of the Year for 2022! I was not able to create an example card this round due to being without power for five days in heavy snowfall. So I’m a bit behind … LOL!

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Theme: Pantone Color of the Year 2022 – Very Peri

Requirements:

  • Create a new design using the 2022 Pantone color: Very Peri (6868AC)
  • Any category which your card speaks to.
  • No Stock card creations will be accepted.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT use trademarked terms “Pantone” or “Very Peri”” in your meta-data.  You can however use individual terms like: periwinkle, purple, color of the year, etc. 

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Entry Deadline: Monday, January 31st

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How to Enter: Post the PID (card number) and the URL (public storefront link – please WAIT for the card to be available in the public marketplace, please DO NOT post a link to your Manage Cards area) as a post in the challenge blog. We’ll forward your entry to the jury.

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Category:

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle– Fast Track your submission with this in the Notes to Reviewer: January Design Challenge Submission here is the link to the blog post: (include THIS blog post URL)
  • Only ONE card per artist per challenge.
  • Submissions must be NEW, no existing designs.
  • Your entry must meet the Challenge Requirements and Theme or it will not be included in the challenge.
  • Stock Card Creations entries will not be accepted.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the category of your choice to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.

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BLIND Judging: We hope each of you enters every month. Entries are submitted anonymously for judging by the GCU Challenge Jury which means that before and during the challenge, judges do not have any way of knowing what artist is behind each entry. This eliminates any and all concerns with ‘favoritism’. Results will post on the Community Blog. The jury will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • How well the card meets the Challenge Requirements and Theme.
  • How well the card speaks to the Category the artist chooses for the card submission.
  • Creativity, Execution and Marketability.

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Winners: 1st Place:

  • The winning designer’s card and store will be featured on the GCU Public Blog the blog which customers view and follow.
  • As well as featured on the GCU Public Facebook Page nearly 58,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 5.36K!
  • The winning card, should the artist choose, may be referenced in a new series by the winning artist and he/she may Fast Track all cards in the new series (being sure to give the Challenge URL and winning card PID in your Notes to Reviewer for each card in this series).
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!
  • GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.
  • 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2022!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • Your card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board.
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!
  • 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2022!

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Tips:

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Nuts and Bolts: 2021 Top Nine Instagram

December 31, 2021

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Nuts & Bolts – 2021 Top Nine Instagram

 

Social Media is a great way to share your creative works and things that inspire, entertain, and maybe even annoy you.  It’s also a great repository or chronicle of your past years.  Again, let’s have some fun and share your best 9 posts of 2021, hopefully they are greeting cards or your creative works!

 

Here are a few ways you can generate your Top Nine.

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Be sure to use the hashtags: #2021bestnine #bestnine2021 #top9  #topnine #best9 #bestnine #bestnineof2021 #topnine2021 #artvartist #artvartist2021

And most importantly, be sure to tag us @greetingcarduniverse  

Looking forward to seeing your best nine on Instagram!

 

 
 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: High School Sports Hall of Fame

December 30, 2021

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Wanted Cards – High School Sports Hall of Fame

 

The following new sub-category is in need of cards:

Occasions > Congratulations Cards > Installation / Inducted / Induction > Hall of Fame >> High School Sports Hall of Fame

Please consider creating custom front designs for the school name allowing shoppers the ability to customize for their high school.

 

 

 

Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

 

Freebie Wednesday: Free Love & Cupid Clipart Collection

December 29, 2021
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Last chance to download the free Love & Cupid Clipart Collection – 12 Cupid illustrations, 26 love elements, seamless patterns and some really cute-looking postcards as a bonus.

 

All the files come in both PNG & vector EPS format, so you can use them with pretty much any software you want. And the included commercial license gives you the opportunity to use these elements for both your personal projects or for commercial purposes.

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If you liked this freebie, be sure to check Shark & Croc’s store – it’s jam-packed with gorgeous products! Available on the Hungry Jpeg site only today so down’t miss out!

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Nuts and Bolts: Year End Holidays Office Closure

December 24, 2021

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Nuts & Bolts – Year End Holidays Office Closure

For your planning purposes, in observation of the Christmas and New Year holidays, GCU offices will be closed on the following days:

Friday 12/24 – closed
Friday 12/31 – closed

This includes our dedicated Card Review team members who will not be reviewing cards on either of those days / times.

ALSO our Card Review team members and GCU personnel will be taking some additional days off between the day before Christmas and January 3rd so staffing will be present but very light.
Thank you for your understanding & patience while we all enjoy the holidays!

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From all of us at GCU, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous, healthy, and joyful 2022!

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