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Nuts and Bolts: PayPal Payment Method

August 7, 2020
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Nuts & Bolts – PayPal Payment Method
 
There is only one day that trumps payday. The day you actually receive your pay! GCU pays artists on a quarterly basis (payments are issued within 30 days after the end of each quarter). GCU sends artists’ payments via mailed check or PayPal. GCU strongly encourages artists to set-up a PayPal account and set their preferred Payment Method in their GCU account to PayPal for a handful of reasons:

 

1. no transaction fees (GCU pays them)
2. instantaneous receipt
3. online deposit – transfer your funds directly to your financial institution
4. avoid mailing address & deliver errors
5. natural disasters – rain, wind, sleet, spilled wine … we’ve seen it all. Some checks take the scenic route, really take a beating needing to be re-issued (means you have to wait even longer)

 

 

Note: if you are puzzled why you have not received your payment via PayPal, double check in your GCU Account Information that you entered your PayPal account email address correctly.  Also, this sounds so simple but it’s worth saying, you MUST set up a PayPal account in order to receive payments.

 

 

The difference is in the details.

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Get Well for Pet Horse.

August 6, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Get Well for Pet Horse
 
Pet lovers can use a lift and some get well wishes when their pet is recovering from being ill, an accident, injury, treatment, or surgery.

 

Please consider creating cards for:

 

We could use some cards for different cat breeds as well as cards for horses.

 

See these tips when creating cards For Animals & Breeds.

 

To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”.

For standard front designs, consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track.

Freebie Wednesday: Free Watercolor Wildflowers.

August 5, 2020

Freebie Wednesday:

 

Set of high quality handwritten watercolor illustrations on wildflowers theme. Included are 6 compositions, 26 hand-drawn illustrations, wildflowers clipart, 10 seamless patterns, 6 frames  and  5 wreaths. All elements are bright, cozy and authentic and blend with each other.

This beautiful freebie is brought to you by By Anna Sokol. Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Dash of Inspiration: August 2020 Design Challenge

August 1, 2020
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This month is back to back Design Challenge vs. the usual Stock Challenge. After all, once again the holiday season is coming and as designers we need to be way ahead of the rush. So get motivated and inspired and show us your new holiday design!

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Theme: Holiday Season

Requirements:

  • Any of the seasonal categories; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. Standard cards or photo cards will be accepted.
  • Any winter season category which your card speaks to.
  • No Stock card creations will be accepted.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Monday, August 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:

Any holiday themed category (for the winter holiday season).

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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: August 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 56,000 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: 2K!
  • 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!
  • NEW starting this month, 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.

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!

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Tips:

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Doreen Erhardt©

Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

Wanted New Cards: Welcome Back to Work After Baby / Paternity Leave 

July 30, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Welcome Back to Work After Baby / Paternity Leave 
 
We often think of a mother’s return to work after having a baby and taking time off for her Maternity Leave. Please consider creating cards for a new father’s return to work after Paternity Leave.

 

The cards will go here:
Occasions >> Welcome Back >> Welcome Back to Work >> After Baby / Paternity Leave
as well as
Business >> Employee Relations >> Welcome Back to Work / Office >> After Baby / Paternity Leave

 

To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”.

 

For standard front designs, consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track.

Freebie Wednesday: Peach Roses Watercolor Clipart.

July 29, 2020
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Peach Roses Watercolor Clipart. 13 watercolor clipart of flowers and rose leaves plus a bouquet as a gift.

YOU WILL GET:

• 13 elements of hand-painted watercolors;
• Png with transparent background;
• high quality 300 dpi RGB color
1 bouquet PNG as a gift ;
PNG files can be opened using most image editing programs.

It’s free at Creative Fabrica for another 2 days so you better make sure you don’t miss out!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Color Trends 2020/2021

July 28, 2020
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Some Color Trends for 2020/2021 I found on Pinterest this week:

 

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: July Design Challenge Deadline.

July 24, 2020

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Nuts & Bolts – July Design Challenge Deadline
 
Don’t miss out on entering this month’s design challenge, Theme: Hair or Hare

Submission Deadline is Friday, July 31st

See July’s Design Challenge details.  We look forward to seeing all of your submissions.

 

 

The difference is in the details.

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Congrats Home Improvement – Bedroom Remodel / Makeover.

July 23, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Congrats Home Improvement – Bedroom Remodel / Makeover
 
After the dust settles on a home improvement project, it’s time to celebrate and enjoy the results.  Please consider creating cards to congratulate someone on a Bedroom Remodel / Makeover.  Consider the excitement may be for the homeowner or for someone younger whose “new” room it is.

The cards will go here:
Occasions >> Congratulations >> Home Improvement / Remodeling / Renovation >> Bedroom Remodel / Makeover

 

We could also use more cards in these subcategories too:
>> Bathroom Remodel / Renovation
>> Garage Remodel / Addition
>> Home Theater / Cinema
>> Kitchen Remodel / Renovation
>> Man Cave / Manspace
>> She Shed / Crafting Cottage / Lady Lounge
>> Storage Shed / Building
>> Wine Cellar / Tasting Room
>> Pool / Spa / Hot Tub / Plunge Pool / Spool

 

To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”.


For standard front designs, consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track.

 

Freebie Wednesday: Lovestory.

July 22, 2020
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Lovestory is a modern calligraphy font,
It is perfect for branding,logo, wedding invites, every other design which needs a handwritten romantic touch.

What you get?
-Loveyou.otf
-Loveuou.ttf

This beautiful freebie is brought to you by Nirmana Visual. Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

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