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Nuts and Bolts: 2020 Design Challenge Theme Suggestions.

December 13, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – 2020 Design Challenge Theme Suggestions
 
As GCU prepares to round out the year with the 2019 Founders’ Choice Awards, we look forward to another exciting year of challenges in 2020.
We are open to theme suggestions for future challenges.  Please share your ideas in the comments here!
See the GCU Design Challenge Forum board where all challenges are posted.

 

The difference is made in the details!
Mindy

GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Christmas Step Grandson & Granddaughter.

December 12, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Christmas Step Grandson & Granddaughter
 

 

Every Card imaginable for every relationship possible especially during the holidays!

 

Please consider creating new Christmas cards for these two new relation specific categories:
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Create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function (Bigstock) or your own graphic designs.  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: Emelyne Script (Font)

December 11, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Emelyne Script is a new, modern calligraphy-style font. This fresh design is perfect for a large range of projects. It’s free at Creative Fabrica for another 4 days so you better make sure you don’t miss out!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Pantone Color of the year 2020.

December 10, 2019

 

 

Read more about the Pantone Color of 2020 on their site (click here).

 

Here’s a Smithsonian article about Solid and Dependable Blue (click here).

 

Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change.

December 6, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – Holiday Custom Request Design Change
 
Holiday card sales are rolling along! For the next couple of weeks there will be no time to waste and every moment counts for shoppers to find their perfect holiday card. We are seeing a lot of custom card requests coming in. Many great new custom cards being created resulting in larger sales, happy shoppers and happy artists! Unfortunately some of the requests are going unanswered by the artist. These are potential sales that you are missing out on.
 
Here is a wonderful example by GCU artist Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art:

 

From the shopper:
Request bottom front of card to read from Oregon instead of from the Beaver state Oregon  
 
Original Card:

 

Resulting Card:

 

And another excellent example by GCU artist, Joyce Geleynse:

 

From the shopper:
Can you please change the front to read Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas? Thank you.  
 
Original Card:

 

Resulting Card:

 

Big holiday kudos to both of these artists for delighting these shoppers and making them Believe in “any card imaginable”!

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 ”.

 

The difference is made in the details!
Mindy

GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Valentine’s Day Tea Party Invitation.

December 5, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Valentine’s Day Tea Party Invitation

 

There are many ways to spend Valentine’s Day.  One popular way is a Valentine’s Day Tea party.  These are typically for little girls however consider all ages and genders.

 

Please consider creating cards for this event.  These cards will go here:
Create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function (Bigstock) or your own graphic designs.  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.

 

NOTE this read regarding Invitation Inside Text tips.

Freebie Wednesday: Wild Footprints.

December 4, 2019

Freebie Wednesday:

 

Get creative with these free Wild Footprints (by Geni Vladi). The free download includes seemless patterns, elements, texture, brushes and alphabet. They are available for free for another 6 days on the Hungry Jpeg site, so don’t miss out!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

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