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Nuts and Bolts: Custom Card Requests: Tips III

July 13, 2018

Nuts & Bolts – Custom Card Requests: Tips III
 
We are pleased to bring you a guest post by GCU artist Kate Taylor:
 
I love submitting cards for the ‘Wanted’ cards posting. It’s almost as much fun as a custom card request, a potential customer wants to buy a specific card that doesn’t exist yet and it’s a fun challenge to try and create just what they want. Even if the requesting shopper doesn’t buy the card that I have created, a future customer might.

 

By giving it a bit of thought it’s often possible to give a new twist to an existing design that I have already created, to satisfy a request for a new card. I tend to feel slightly guilty about this as it obviously doesn’t take as long to re-work an existing idea as it does to draw something from scratch, but experience has taught me that just because I have slaved over an idea for hours it is no more likely to be a sales winner than something that hasn’t taken anywhere nearly as long.

 

Examples for the following Wanted Cards:

 

Wanted Cards Request:
“new home congratulations in a southwest desert / cactus like area”
 
After looking on the internet at images of houses in the southwestern States, and pictures of cacti I decided to customize a very simple house design that I have already used for many card designs in different categories. The house I have drawn still looks like a simple British ‘two up, two down’ (my first house, but not quite as wonky as I have drawn it) but I changed the sky to a deeper blue, changed the house color to a warmer terracotta, and placed pots of  cacti either side of the house.

Wanted Cards Request:
 
“60th birthday on the Fourth of July”
 
 Again, I have drawn several card designs featuring  this lady standing on giant a cake. It wasn’t a stretch to change the colors of the clothing and the cake to a more patriotic red ,white and blue for a July 4th birthday.

 

I love using the bigstock images for ‘Wanted’ cards too. It can sometimes take quite a while to (hopefully) find just what I am looking for and experience has told me it might not always be found by using  the most obvious search keywords.

I have also learned so much from the reviewers that cards often seem like a collaborative effort and I thank them for their continuous help and advice.  Above all, you have to be ‘in it to win it’, so get stuck in, create some cards for the ‘Wanted’ requests and happy drawing!
GCU Note: Smart move by Kate!  Read this related post about leveraging designs on GCU by re-using them up to 3x, creating a like image collection or like Kate has done, adding a twist!

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager
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Wanted New Cards: Tattoo Cards

July 12, 2018

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Wanted Cards – Tattoo Cards

 

With National Tattoo Day approaching July 17th, it’s a good time to be prepared with cards for those celebrating the occasion by getting a tattoo or maybe even getting one removed.

 

Please consider creating new cards for these related categories:

 

>> General
>> 1st Tattoo
>> Tattoo Removed / Removal

 

 

Note: Be sure to include related terms in your card metadata like: tattoo, tat, tatted, ink, inked, body art.

 

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

Freebie Wednesday: 26 Old Laurels Graphic

July 11, 2018
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Freebie Wednesday: 26 Old Laurel Graphics.

 

Get these amazing illustrations – 1 AI, 1 EPS, 27 PDF and 26 PNG – ideal for use in a wide range of creative projects.
26 laurels illustrations (al vectors) came from high resolution scanned pictures.

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Succulant Summer Color Schemes

July 10, 2018
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More Succulant Summer Color Schemes I found on the internet this week:

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: Ellipses, Shoppers Do Care

July 6, 2018

Nuts & Bolts – Ellipses, Shoppers Do Care

 

We know reviews at GCU can seem somewhat nit picky. You may roll your eyes on some of the returns and review team requests for edits on things that seem trivial.  There is a method to our madness and the difference IS in the details.  That difference could be getting the sale or not.

 

One rule that GCU is a stickler on is the proper usage of ellipsis. Read this prior post on the Abused & Misunderstood Ellipsis.

 

Recently from a shopper:
Card number 245739 needs a space before the ellipsis. It is featured on the GCU home page.

 

 
Thank you for the quick and professional edits, Sandra Rose. Your Labor Day card is now even sweeter!

 

And a great example of removing unnecessary ellipses from the cover verse and improved cover text legibility by Angela of FairyGirlCards:
Angela, thank you for working with us on your Returned for Edits cards!

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Relation Specific Name Day

July 5, 2018

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Wanted Cards – Relation Specific Name Day
 
Name Day cards have been very popular on GCU.  We have many general ones but most of the relationship specific subcategories are in need of cards as well as the Custom Front Name and Custom Front Relationship.

 

 

The only relationship specific subcategories not in dire need of new cards are for daughter in law and for sister.  All others are in need of cards, especially for Uncle for which we have a shopper request for new designs.

 

NOTE: “Happy Name Day” is trademark protected so please do NOT use that exact phrase in your design, verse or metadata.

 

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

Freebie Wednesday: Northern Woodland: Animals and plants in ethnic style.

July 4, 2018
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Northern Woodland: Animals and plants in ethnic style is a vector clip package designed by Olga Belova and includes 47 vector clip arts (5 eps files + 47 png files with a transparent background). Png files are saved in high resolution 300dpi. The vector eps files are easily edited.  Northern Woodland is only free for a limited time (hurry!! just 2,5 days left!)

 

 

 

 

 

All freebies come with a Commercial License.

 

 

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