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Nuts and Bolts: Reminder Graduation 2020 to 2021

March 5, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – Reminder Graduation 2020 to 2021

https://gcucommunity.com/2021/01/22/nuts-and-bolts-graduation-2020-to-2021/

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Wanted New Cards: Birthday Pandemic Pen Pal

March 4, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Birthday Pandemic Pen Pal
 
So much innovation and creativity has blossomed from the pandemic, social distancing, and sheltering in place.  In addition to the rise in snail mail to keep in touch, there has been a rise in pen pals – pandemic pen pals to be specific.  A wonderful way for individuals to connect and support one another during the coronavirus pandemic when feelings of isolation and deviation from the norm are high.
 
These cards should go here:
Birthday >> For Pen Pal >> For Pandemic Pen Pal
 
All COVID-19 specific cards should also go in the catchall category:
 
 
Since Stock Card Creation cards are automatically assigned a category, their categories should be as follows:
 
We’d like you to create at least one card for this category using your own graphic designs or using the Stock Card Creations function.

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”.

Be inventive and creative!

 
 

 

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Freebie Wednesday: Blassville Handwritten Font

March 3, 2021
 

Introducing our Freebie of the Week, Blassville! An elegant handwritten font with effortless vibes!

This font will add a unique feeling to any design projects you have in mind. Comes in OTF and TTF format!

This stylish freebie is brought to you by Suby Studio! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week!

 

 

This product comes with a commercial license.

Dash of Inspiration: March 2021 Design Challenge

March 1, 2021
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So nice to think that spring is on the way! Hoping your new year has been good to all of you thus far and that the creative inspiration is flowing strong! Let us kick off this month’s challenge …

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Theme: Blessings

Requirements:

  • Create a new design with Blessings as your theme.
  • Any 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: Wednesday, March 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 

Note: if your submissions is clearly COVID specific, please use these categories:
Holidays >> ….. >> Coronavius / COVID 19
Collections >> Health Awareness >>  Coronavius / COVID 19 

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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: March 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 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 2021!

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 2021!

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Tips:

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

Wanted New Cards: Selling Your Business / Company / Start Up.

February 25, 2021
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Wanted Cards – Selling Your Business / Company / Start Up
 
 
There are many ways to successfully run a business and one of them is building a company of value to actually sell it, or be acquired.  Consider creating cards to congratulate someone on their  professional achievement.
 
It can often be an achievement of mixed emotions – relief, doubt, guilt, jubilation and even remorse.
 
These cards should go here:
 
We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function 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”.

Freebie Wednesday: Cotton Candy Digital Papers.

February 24, 2021
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Cotton Candy Digital Papers is the freebie this week.

This collection of 12 sweet candy themed digital papers are here for all you sweet lovers! All files come in JPEG format! 

This sweet freebie is brought to you by MutchiDesign! Only available for a week on the Hungry Jpeg site!

 

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: Reminder February 2021 Design Challenge.

February 19, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – Reminder February 2021 Design Challenge

February is a short month and can catch us by surprise. With one week left, leap or hop to completing and submitting your Stock Card Creations Design Challenge entry.    See February 2021 Design Challenge here.   The theme is Bunny – Bunnies.

Simply submit your card for review as usual and include a Note to Reviewer “this is for February’s design challenge”.  (Psst … since we’re getting close to the deadline go ahead and submit your design for Fast Track review and tell the reviewers Mindy said it’s ok).  

NOTE:  After your card is approved, 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 design challenge blog. We’ll forward your entry to the jury.

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Wanted New Cards: Grandpa / Grandma Would Have Loved You Day

February 18, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Grandpa / Grandma Would Have Loved You Day
 
 
A fond way to keep the memory of a grandparent who has passed too soon to have met his or her grandchild(ren) is the unofficial “Grandpa / Grandma Would Have Loved You Day”.   
 
Please consider creating cards for this occasion.  The cards should go here:
Holidays >> National / International Days >> Grandpa / Grandma Would Have Loved You Day
 
Consider cards specific to grandchildren, granddaughter, grandson as well as for different ages of grandchildren, not just young ones.  Be sure to refine your meta-data to address the age group:
 
We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function 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”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Freebie Wednesday: Glamlips Font.

February 17, 2021

Glamlips is an elegant and flowing handwritten font. It is PUA encoded which means you can access all of the glyphs and swashes with ease! It features a varying baseline, smooth lines, gorgeous glyphs and stunning alternates. It maintains its classy calligraphic influences while feeling contemporary and fresh. Fall in love with this font and bring your projects to the highest levels! Available on the Creative Fabrica site.

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: In-Store Pick Up Update

February 12, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – In-Store Pick Up Update

GCU’s In-Store pickup option has been a great solution for shoppers who need their cards on the same day or next day.  A great option for last minute shoppers. These orders were printed and picked up in the stores’ photo departments. The majority of GCU’s In-Store pickup locations were Target stores. Unfortunately most Target locations have closed their photo departments.


Since June of 2020, GCU has no longer offered In-Store Pickup. We are in development with another partner to offer this service and expect to have it operational later this year, 2021.   In the interim, shoppers can upgrade their shipping options for cards mailed back to them with blank envelopes.  Cards mailed directly to recipients are not eligible for upgraded shipping.

 When communicating with shoppers, please do not recommend in-store pickup if they are in a rush but instead expedited shipping. Thank you for your understanding.

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