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Freebie Wednesday: Black Angel Font.

April 1, 2020
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

FREE Black Angel Font. This is asignature text with natural style & flow. Beautiful and elegant fonts with natural hand scratches. This signature font is perfect for weddings, watermarks, branding, such as interviews, business cards, product logos, etc. Black Angel is perfect for branding projects, logos, wedding designs, social media posts, advertisements, product packaging, product designs, labels, photography, watermarks, invitations, stationery, and any project that requires a sense of handwritten signature.

What you get?

  • Black Angel OTF
  • Black Angel TTF
  • Black Angel Swashes OTF
  • Black Angel Swashes AI, EPS, PDF
  • Font feature

This beautiful freebie is brought to you by GlyphStyleOnly available for a week on the Hungry Jpeg site!

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge APRIL 2020

April 1, 2020

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Amidst all the uncertainty in our world today, let’s spread a little happiness around with this month’s Stock Card Challenge.

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Theme: Happiness is …

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that includes ‘Happiness is’ in some form and ties the imagery of choice  with the category choice and challenge theme  – this will be extremely important in this challenge.
  • The judges will be looking for professional quality text layout, typography placement and font combinations in addition to a unique and captivating message that tells the story of the stock image you choose. Your added value needs to wow the judges!

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Entry Deadline: Thursday, April 30th

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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.

NOTE: Submissions will appear immediately in your Private gallery as they await review.  If approved, the reviewer will move them to the public gallery – they will then become ‘live’ in the marketplace within 24-hours or so just like regular submissions. Be patient and wait.
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CATEGORY: Any which suits your message, recipient and imagery.

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle. Big Stock creations are automatically identified as Fast Track – please add in the Notes to Reviewer: APRIL 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.
  • Big Stock Card Creations ONLY will be accepted.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the categories above to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.
  • No BLANK cards will be accepted.

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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. Your overall ‘added value’ determines this.

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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 57,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).
  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 4K!
  • 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 6,800 followers and counting!
  • 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).
  • 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 6,800 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!

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Tips:

  • Visit all the available tips, tricks and guidelines offered on the Big Stock Creation blog page!

Nuts and Bolts: Promotion: Coping with Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

Nuts & Bolts – Promotion: Coping with Coronavirus
 
One thing is evident during this time of isolation, people are missing people!  Online video chat and phone calls to touch base are on the rise, as is snail mail.  
 
A shopper recently shared this:

“Just got around to opening my most recent order from you. I had looked for an appropriate card to send to people who are stressed out by the pandemic. I didn’t really find what I wanted, but when I opened the box today I was thrilled! The cards are just perfect. Thanks so much. Your site has never been more needed than right now. I love being able to customize the cards that I order. You guys are the best! Please stay safe.” 

 

To help, GCU will be launching Coping with Coronavirus offering shoppers 1 card for $1. This is a one per user promotion and will expire 5/01/20. It applies to any single card the shopper chooses, not just the new collection of coronavirus cards. Depending on the response, we may extend it longer.

GCU will forgo earnings on these card sales and only recoup postage/shipping costs. Transactions using this single card promotion will post as 0 earnings for the artist on that card only. To compensate artists for the lack of earnings on these single card orders, GCU will manually adjust earnings accordingly to be reflected in 2nd quarter earnings. This will most likely be the minimum 10cent/card earning that GCU committed to never go below.

We hope this will help send some smiles as we all cope with the new normal of COVID-19 and the challenges of isolation and social distancing.

Stay home, be well, remain healthy! 

Here is the related post on the forum for comments and questions.

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Wedding Postponement.

March 26, 2020

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Cards Wanted – Wedding Postponement

 

Other than calling off a wedding completely, perhaps one of a bride’s worst fears is having to postpone the wedding of her dreams. With the social distancing and mandated shelter in place actions, sadly this is reality for many brides and grooms.

 

Please consider creating cards for these new categories.  Consider both cards that are due to a postponement under normal circumstances as well as coronavirus impacted.
These cards should go here accordingly:

 

COVID-19 specific cards should go in the >> Coronavirus / COVID 19 specific subcat in the above categories.  COVID-19 specific cards should also go in the catchall category:

 

Submit these cards for FastTrack review. We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using your own graphic designs or Stock Card Creations.  Be sure to leave a note in the Note to Reviewers like “requested on the blog”.
 
Since Stock Card Creation cards are automatically assigned a category, their categories should be as follows:


Be inventive, be colorful, be clever, be creative. 

Thank you, stay safe and healthy! 

Freebie Wednesday: Free Fantasy Flowers.

March 25, 2020

Freebie Wednesday:

 

FREE Fantasy Flowers! With these cute illustrations you can make posters, greeting cards, you can also use them to design clothing, accessories, home goods, web sites and blogs, etc.

What’s included:
40 color graphic elements (EPS10, AI, PNG, JPG)
40 monochrome elements (EPS10, AI, PNG, JPG)
7 color seamless patterns (EPS10, AI, PNG, JPG)
3 monochrome seamless patterns (EPS10, AI, PNG, JPG)
6 posters A4 (EPS10, AI, PNG, JPG)
Alphabet set (EPS10, AI, PNG, JPG)

This beautiful freebie is brought to you by Liza Mironets. Only available for a week!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Nuts and Bolts: Dedicate Yourself to the Details

March 20, 2020

Nuts & Bolts – Dedicate Yourself to the Details

 

It is often the little details that escape the artist’s eye. It is always a good idea to step away from a design that you have been meticulously working on or ask a brutally honest companion to give it a once over.  The review team is certainly a fresh set of eyes and often catches tiny fixes or areas of improvement.  GCU is grateful for artists who are open to collaborating with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.
 
A  small detail can make a big difference.  This example addresses the Submission Guideline:

 

Reviewer’s Request for Edits:
Because of the smoothness of all the edges on the other graphics, we find that the rough edges of the heart are a little distracting. Would you please smooth the outline of the heart? Thanks. 

Cheers to GCU artist, Sharon Fernleaf, for her excellent edits and collaboration with our review team to create a Happy Hour worthy submission.

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Coronavirus / COVID-19

March 19, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Coronavirus / COVID-19

 

First we would like to send a message of support and concern to all of our artists to be safe and healthy. We find having an entire artist community of mobile workers and online shoppers comforting in a time of chaos.  GCU HQ employees are working remotely.  And as of today, our printing partners are still in production. Of course, conditions can change from one day to the next.

Not to make light of a very serious situation, but levity goes a long way in easing anxiety, stress, and worry.  This may also be a good creative outlet for artists to express your support, perspective, compassion, frustrations, humor, etc.

An interesting read:
https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-memes-humor/

We’d like to put a call out for any cards that are Coronavirus themed.  They all should reside here that will serve as a catch-all category.  Shoppers will find them via search so your keywords and titles will be key:
Collections >> Health Awareness >> Coronavirus / COVID 19

Consider occasions like Get Well, Miss You, Thinking of You, Birthday, Anniversary, hygiene awareness, quarantine, social distancing, TP shortage … you name it.

Please use good taste, submissions found to be offensive or racist will not be approved.  
Submit these cards for FastTrack review. We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using your own graphic designs or Stock Card Creations.  Be sure to leave a note in the Note to Reviewers like “requested on the blog”.


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 colorful, be clever, be creative. 

Thank you, stay safe and healthy! 
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