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Rainbow Connection: Mixing Patterns

July 23, 2019


With just one week left on the July Design Challenge Pattern Play we thought you might want some last minute inspiration:


The Casa Collective shows you the secret of successfully mixing patterns.

So does Panache.

Pattern Mixing 101 by Making Home Base

The Spruce shows you 22 Ways to Mix Patterns and Prints

Check out the GCU Pinterest board on Patterns and Prints



Wanted New Cards: Step Up / Stepping Up.

July 18, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Step Up / Stepping Up

A graduation moving from elementary school to middle school (5th to 6th grade) or to junior high (6th to 7th grade) can be referred to as a step up or stepping up vs “graduation”.

Please consider creating cards for this new subcategory:
Occasions << Congratulations >> Graduation >> Grade Level Specific >> Elementary School >> Step Up / Stepping Up

Consider creating general, gender specific and relation specific designs all which will reside in this same catchall category.

Freebie Wednesday: Prettyholic Font

July 17, 2019

Freebie Wednesday:


Prettyholic is a clean, classic, feminine handcrafted font with a varying baseline. It’s free at Creative Fabrica for another 5 days so you better make sure you don’t miss out!








This product comes with a complete commercial license.


Rainbow Connection: Powder Blue / Dusty Blue

July 16, 2019


One of the new color trends for Autumn/Winter 2020 is Powder Blue. Here is some inspiration:

Nuts and Bolts: Beveled / Shadow Text.

July 12, 2019


Nuts & Bolts – Beveled / Shadow Text


You may see the following comment / request from the review team:

Please remove or significantly reduce the shadow and/or beveled effects on the text and/or elements, which are excessive and do not balance with the style of this design.

Beveling and deep shadow effects on text rarely works on a professional greeting card image. These styles are out-dated and lack the professional polish we look for in new submissions and those cards we keep in the public marketplace.See here on the blog for examples:

Please review and reflect on not only new designs but possibly older cards approved in your storefront that could use a font facelift like these done by Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art.


The difference is made in the details!



GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Off to College for Friend.

July 11, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Off to College for Friend
Heading off to college, especially for the first year is exciting and scary.  So many things and people to say farewell to like your house, car, parents, siblings, the family pet and your BFFs.
Rarely do friends go off to the same college.  Please consider creating new cards for a college bound friend from another college bound friend who will not be attending the same college, or consider one of the friends staying home to attend college or other plans.


These cards will go here:



 We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function 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 specific, be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Freebie Wednesday: Monstah Typeface

July 10, 2019

Freebie Wednesday: Monstah Typeface


Monstah Typeface (by Drizy Studio) is the freebie of this week at The Hungry Jpeg. You have 6 days left to get over there, don’t miss out!


This product comes with a complete commercial license.


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