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Nuts and Bolts: Update Chinese New Year YEAR of the OX

November 25, 2021
Nuts & Bolts – Update Chinese New Year YEAR of the OX
 
We say farewell to many things with a new year and for Chinese New Year we say farewell to 2021’s Year of the Ox for 12 more years until 2033.
Please update your 2021 Year of the Ox cards to 2033.  After 12/20/21, GCU will take any outdated cards offline.

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Be sure to review the Chinese New Year specific rules on Change or New Submission.
Not only should images be updated but also card titles, keywords and artist notes.  This even applies to custom front designs to make them more marketable and avoid shopper errors.

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Freebie Wednesday: Free Christmas Elves

November 24, 2021
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These 28 cute little Christmas Elves are perfect for your Christmas designs and all your festive works! All illustrations come in PNG, SVG, PDF, and EPS format!

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Rainbow Connection: Color Through the Decades I

November 23, 2021
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1880s – 1910s – As a counter trend to the excesses of the Victorian era the Arts & Crafts movement embodied honesty in craftsmanship, celebrating the joys of nature and hearth and home with colors that range from simple off whites to rich earth tones.

FireShot Capture 7307 - Color Through the Decades_ 1880s - 1910s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7309 - Color Through the Decades_ 1880s - 1910s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

1920s – The Jazz Age – wall colors were generally light neutrals and greys with accessories and accents in vibrant colors like Chinese Red and Blue Peacock.

FireShot Capture 7305 - Color Through the Decades_ 1920s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7306 - Color Through the Decades_ 1920s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

1930s and 1940s – The Bauhaus inspired modern movement and streamlined design were making an impact. Interior colors of the time were soft and dusty with creamy yellows, blued grays, soft pinks and accents in deep forest green and burgundy.

FireShot Capture 7301 - Color Through the Decades_ 1930s - 1940s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7302 - Color Through the Decades_ 1930s - 1940s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

1950s – The exuberant post war boom was a mix of styles with mid-century modern and Scandinavian influences making the most impact. Pastels are the norm with pink and turquoise appliances adorning the kitchen and laundry room. Lilac and Chartreuse are very popular.

FireShot Capture 7303 - Color Through the Decades_ 1950s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7304 - Color Through the Decades_ 1950s - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

Nuts and Bolts: Orientation Considerations Reverse Image

November 19, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – Orientation Considerations Reverse Image
 
 
Some designs simply lend themselves to one particular orientation as well as possibly working better flipped or reversed.  When creating a design, take a moment to consider if it would also work (or possibly work even better) in the alternate orientation.
 
Here is an example of a photograph by GCU artist Stephanie Laird, while meticulously updating existing cards, Stephanie modified this lovely image, finding it worked better flipped and shared these edits for re-review with the review team:
 
Good morning. I replaced the image on this card with an updated version, it is flipped, and the moon has more detail. PID 1313834 I changed the font on the cover and the inside verse and keywords.
 
Original:
 
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Updated:
 
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Read some tips from Stephanie on her storewide facelift efforts as well as from GCU artist Doreen Erhardt.
 
NOTE: Here are some guidelines on what to do when Editing an Existing Card.
 
See this related post on Leveraging Designs and Orientation Considerations and another Flipped Image example.
 
 
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Wanted New Cards: Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day

November 18, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day

 

Too much to say about a single day, January 6, 2021, shrouded in heated emotions and opinions across the board.  No matter where you stand politically, it is a day that is now branded in American history and will become a day of remembrance.

Please consider submitting cards for this new category here:

Holidays >> Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day / Jan 6

Note, as usual, cards will be reviewed for appropriateness to the day of remembrance.  Content deemed inappropriate will not be approved.

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 Rainbow Unicorns

November 18, 2021
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Rainbow Unicorns!

This pack of cute watercolor graphics are perfect for adorable designs! With watercolor elements and patterns, this is sure to make any designs cute!

This stylish freebie is brought to you by Shark&Croc co! Only available for at the Hungry Jpeg for a week!

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Rainbow Connection: Playful Kids Colors

November 16, 2021
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Lively, energetic hues for kids according to Sherwin-Williams:

FireShot Capture 7272 - Playful Kids Paing Color Guide - Sherwin-Williams - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7273 - Extra White SW 7006 - White & Pastel Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7274 - Limón Fresco SW 9030 - Green Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7275 - Stay in Lime SW 9032 - Green Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7277 - Bora Bora Shore SW 9045 - Blue Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7278 - Exuberant Pink SW 6840 - Red Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

FireShot Capture 7279 - Invigorate SW 6886 - Orange Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams_ - www.sherwin-williams.com

Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change

November 12, 2021

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Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change
 
Shoppers come to GCU for the perfect holiday card. Our artist community continues to make shoppers’ BELIEVE their holiday card dreams can come true!  Please be sure to pay attention to your Manage Custom Requests or you could be missing out on sales.
 
 
Here is a wonderful example by GCU artist Jan Keteleer of JanKe Card Store:
From the shopper:  
Would it be possible to remove the phrase in red on the cover, so the only words would be “Merry Christmas”? At the same time, we would still like to be able to customize the inside. Wonderful card!  
 
Original Card:

Resulting Card: 

See this related piece on Leveraging Designs and specifically the link to Image Use Guidelines on the Forum re: Term Variations specifically.

Big holiday kudos to Jan for delighting the shopper and making them believe in “any card imaginable”.  And to his speedy work in responding to this request and receiving the sale in less than 48 hours.

Tip: Remember when submitting a new card that is a variation on a previously approved card to make a note in the Notes to Reviewers the pid# that it is based on.  “Based on approved card PID #12345”.  And remember custom requested cards can be set for FastTrack review.  Just leave the reviewer a little note for that too like “for a shopper’s request #14667 ”.
Additionally, we do see a rise in shopper requests for changing the inside verse which of course they can do themselves.  See this tip on how to handle Custom Requests Inside Text.
 
Here are some other wonderful Holiday Custom Request Design Change examples

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Wanted New Cards: For Classmate

November 11, 2021

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Wanted Cards – For Classmate
 
Student life is more fun with a partner in crime or study buddy.  Consider creating cards for a classmate.
 
Create for any occasion and holiday.  If the >> For Classmate subcategory is not already in the occasion / holiday you choose, please submit under >> Other accordingly.
 
Birthday >> For Classmate
Holidays >> For Chanukah / Hanukkah >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Christmas >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Chinese New Year >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Diwali / Deepawali >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Easter >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Festivus >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Fourth of July >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Friendsgiving >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Halloween >> For Classmate
Holidays >> New Year’s >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Persian New Year >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Rosh Hashanah >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Thanksgiving >> For Classmate
Holidays >> Valentine’s Day >> For Classmate
etc.

Note, if your designs are gender specific, be sure to fortify your meta-data accordingly.

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: Butter Scotch

November 10, 2021
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Butter Scotch is a collection of handmade fonts designed to perfectly combine informal, presumptuous, romantic texts, cute bouncy scripts, natural brush fonts, and hand-drawn design elements. Font comes in OTF and TTF formats.

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