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Nuts and Bolts: Sort by Notes Uniqueness.

February 16, 2018

Nuts & Bolts – Sort by Notes Uniqueness

We’ve shared before the importance of unique Artist’s Notes for each card. This field serves as a product description and should be different for each card. In general, it can be challenging to create unique and creative notes and quite honestly it can be downright mind numbing to do so for a like image series of cards.

With our recent guest post, Storewide Facelift by GCU artist Doreen Erhardt which detailed her complete once over of each and every card in her store including fine-tuning the Artist’s Notes, Doreen shared with GCU that it was quite cumbersome to locate the cards rated Not Unique.

 

We are happy to announce a new “Sort by” filter in artist’s Manage Cards page!  It’s located in the left hand margin under Find Specific Cards as “By Uniqueness:”.

 

This will allow you to sort for Very Unique, Unique, Not Unique cards.  So easy now to quickly identify your cards with red or yellow thumbs and craft new descriptions to boost their exposure.
Thank you, Doreen, for the excellent feedback!  Inline image 4

 

The uniqueness is literally the difference between your card getting exposure outside of GCU or not.  Exposure means visibility and visibility means sales.   If you’ve seen your sales drop since this was announced and have not made improvements to your Artist’s Notes this is probably the reason why.

 

Here are some good reads on Artist’s Notes:

 

 

Note: another important item to include in your Artist’s Notes is an English translation for Non-English cards.

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager
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Wanted New Cards: Persian New Year Relation Specific.

February 15, 2018

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Wanted Cards – Persian New Year Relation Specific
GCU likes to have more than 5 cards in a category to offer shoppers choices.  Please consider creating new Persian New Year cards for these relationships:
>> Brother in Law
>> Brother in Law to be
>> Cousin
>> Cousin & Husband
>> Cousin & Wife
>> Daughter in Law
>> Daughter in Law to be
>> Daughter & Son in Law
>> Father in Law
>> Father in Law to be
>> Grandson
>> In Laws
>> Mother in Law
>> Mother in Law to be
>> Nephew & Wife
>> Niece & Husband
>> Sister in Law
>> Sister in Law to be
>> Son
>> Son & Daughter in Law
>> Son in Law

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: The Color of Love.

February 14, 2018
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Some lovely Valentine inspired colors I found on Pinterest this week:

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: Best of 2017 Feature Page

February 9, 2018

Nuts & Bolts – Best of 2017 Feature Page
 
In January, GCU proudly announced the Best of 2017 Founders’ Choice Award winners!  See all the winners here on their very own landing page which will soon be linked from the site and shared via social media.

 

 

This was GCU’s third annual “Best of” awards as part of the monthly Design Challenge series.  Be sure to check each month’s challenge as it may be a perfect opportunity for you to submit a design that’s been on your mind, or something totally new getting you outside of your comfort zone or overcoming artist’s block.

 

Design Challenges are run each month and announced on both the GCU community blog and GCU forum.  There is plenty of time to enter February’s challenge, see details here.

 

Tip: for a design challenge, and any new card for that matter, take a look at what is currently offered in the category and do a little brainstorming to offer something DIFFERENT not just more of the same. This will help your card stand out from the crowd and offer shoppers more choices, and ultimately sales!
 

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Doctors’ Day

February 8, 2018

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Wanted Cards – Doctors’ Day

 

It is common with many of the big holidays and occupational holidays for companies / businesses to place larger orders to send to their employees, clients, customers.  These business shoppers often, and hopefully, return to GCU year after year for the same occasion.  It’s important for GCU to be able to offer them fresh designs in the category each year.

 

Please consider creating new designs for this category.

 

 

TIP: before creating new designs for an existing category that may seem to be crowded or saturated, please take some time to peruse what is currently being offered in style, image, message and offer something DIFFERENT.

 

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!

$1 Font: Crazy Love (Valentine Edition)

February 7, 2018
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$1 Font:

The Hungry JPEG has a super cute Valentines edition of the font Crazy Love on offer for only 1 Dollar.

 

The font comes with uppercase A-Z letters, 0-9 numbers and limited punctuation including a Crazy Love Extras Bonus and is free for commercial use.

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Lisa Crisafi

February 2, 2018

Nuts & Bolts – Artist Interview Lisa Crisafi

One of the many perks of being a GCU Design Challenge winner is an interview.  These mini-interviews are fun reads and a peek into the makings of the winning card.

Here is November’s Design Challenge winner, Lisa Crisafi of Nest to Nest Greetings, interview.http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/blog/2018/01/lisa-crisafi-design-challenge-winner-november-2017/
Congratulations to Lisa for her November Design Challenge win but also on her 2018 Founders’ Choice Awards – Funniest Card of the Year that will continue to sell and leave a mark into the new year.

 

Note: Read about the other rewards, in addition to bragging rights, of being a Design Challenge winner. 

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager
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