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Freebie Wednesday: Birds & Feathers Watercolor

August 17, 2022

 

Birds & Feathers Watercolor!


What’s included:

  • 8 Watercolor birds (PNG Format)
  • 8 Watercolor feathers (PNG Format)
  • 12 Floral elements (PNG Format)
  • 6 Frames (PNG Format)
  • 5 Border designs (PNG Format)
  • 5 Patterns (JPG Format)
  • 5 Wreaths (PNG Format)
  • 15 Watercolor textures (PNG Format)
  • 1 Feather arrangements (PNG Format)


This pretty freebie is brought to you by Shark&Croc co. Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

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Nuts and Bolts: Spelling Variations

August 12, 2022
 
 
 
Nuts & Bolts – Spelling Variations
 

GCU shoppers span the globe!  In addition to different languages, also comes different spelling variations.  Particularly between American English and British English.
 
For example:
Happy Birthday to Our Neighbor
Happy Birthday to Our Neighbour
 
To my Favorite Teacher
To my Favourite Teacher
 
Or consider a completely different word meaning the same thing:
Sweater 
Jumper
 
Vacation
Holiday
 
When you create cards with COVER text like the above examples, please consider creating a variation for both of the spellings.  This is permitted as a differentiating word variation of a like image design (as long as the variation is on the cover)
 
Here are some example by GCU artist Doug Hill of Laughing Hippo Designs:
 
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As well as GCU artist Kate Taylor:

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TIPS:

– be sure to include the specific term in your metadata (card title, keywords, artist’s notes) to help searching shoppers find the perfect card
– add a note to the review team in the Notes to Reviews calling attention to the variation like “this design based on pid#xxxxxx with a spelling variation”
 
 

The difference is made in the details!

 
Mindy
 


Wanted New Cards: Get Well / Feel Better >> Ablation Procedure

August 11, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Get Well / Feel Better >> Ablation Procedure


Any card, occasion, relation, and health condition!


Please consider creating new cards here:

Occasions >> Get Well / Feel Better >> Ablation Procedure

>> Cardiac Ablation (cid#37098)

>> Endovenous Ablation (cid#37104)

>> Endometrial Ablation (cid#37100)

NOTE: cid# is the speed entry method of adding a category to your card via category id number (cid#) vs using search terms or click and hunt.  See here on the blog:
https://gcucommunity.com/2022/06/10/nuts-and-bolts-new-artist-enhancements/


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”. (stock cards are automatically fast tracked).

 

Consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track. 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: Watercolor Autumn Set

August 10, 2022

 

FREE Watercolor Autumn Set!

Autumn is a great time for creativity! This set has autumn themed illustrations, compositions, wreaths of leaves, warm sweaters, and cute things to help create your special project this upcoming season!

This cozy freebie is brought to you by LoveWatercolorStore. Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

 

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Wanted New Cards: Congratulations New Pet

August 4, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Congratulations New Pet


So many new pet adoptions over the past couple of years and with more people working from home – it’s been a great time for a new companion!  Interesting related read here.

Please consider creating new cards for the new subcategories here:

Occasions >> Congratulations >> New Pet 

>> Toad / Frog  cid#37086

>> Turtle / Tortoise  cid#37082

>> Snake / Lizard  cid#37084

NOTE: cid# is the speed entry method of adding a category to your card via category id number (cid#) vs using search terms or click and hunt.  See here on the blog:

https://gcucommunity.com/2022/06/10/nuts-and-bolts-new-artist-enhancements/

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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”. (stock cards are automatically fast tracked).

 

Consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track. 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: Watercolor North American Spring!

August 3, 2022

 

Watercolor North American Spring!

Get 102 wonderful elements ranging from nature designs to spring themed animals, all with the North American motif! All files come in PNG and EPS.

This lovely freebie is brought to you by Graphobia. Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

 

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Dash of Inspiration: August 2022 STOCK Design Challenge

August 1, 2022

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If you have been working on the July Design Challenge, remember you have until end of day August 6th as the deadline was extended. This month we’re headed to the beach!

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Theme: Holiday Beach

Requirements:

  • Season specific image for the holiday season that reflects coastal or beach theme along with a message that blends the season and image.
  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with 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: Wednesday, 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.

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:

Choose one of these three:

Holidays > Christmas Cards > Beach / Coastal / Seaside

New Year’s (2,010) Beach / Coastal / Seaside (6)

Thanksgiving (8,633) Beach / Coastal / Seaside (2)

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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: 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.
  • 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 58,000 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: 5.36K!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2022!

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!
  • 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2022!

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Tips:

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

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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by Doreen Erhardt – Exclusive Creations

Nuts and Bolts: Reminder July 2022 Design Challenge

July 29, 2022
 
 
Nuts & Bolts – Reminder July 2022 Design Challenge 
 

Due to a delay in posting the new challenge we extended the deadline by one week. Be sure to submit your entry BEFORE Saturday, August 6th allowing time for review and approval. 
 
 
HALLOWEEN! – Create a brand new design that is DIFFERENT from anything you have for Halloween in your store collection. Be creative, innovative and really WOW the judges!

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NOTE: Fast Track your submission with this in the Notes to Reviewer: July Design Challenge Submission


The difference is made in the details!

 
Mindy
 


Wanted New Cards: Adoption Failure / Disruption / Dissolution

July 28, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Adoption Failure / Disruption / Dissolution


The hopes and dreams of an adoption don’t always work out as planned.  Please consider cards for the delicate and devastating time of an adoption failure or disruption.

The cards should go here:

Occasions >> Encouragement >> Adoption >> Adoption Failure / Disruption / Dissolution 

Note: cid# is the speed entry method of adding a category to your card via category id number (cid#) vs using search terms or click and hunt.  See here on the blog:
https://gcucommunity.com/2022/06/10/nuts-and-bolts-new-artist-enhancements/


Consider familiarizing yourself with the struggles, legal and emotional, surrounding an adoption process. 

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”. (stock cards are automatically fast tracked).

 

Consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track. 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 font bundle

July 27, 2022

 

Presenting 15 Fonts as our Freebie Of The Week from TGIF STD! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

 

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