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Nuts and Bolts: Custom Requests Inside Text

August 17, 2018

Nuts & Bolts – Custom Requests Inside Text 


Previously, we have shared custom request tips and best practices previously.  These are requests for a change in a design directly from a shopper via the Manage Custom Requests tool.


Sometimes shoppers do not realized that they can change the inside text on all GCU cards themselves.  So you may get requests like these:


“can you make the inside read me instead of us?”
” no words, blank on the inside, please”
“please sign the card, love from Nonnie and Poppy”


These are all simple requests for the inside text that the shopper is able to do during the personalization step. Give the shopper a little help with an informative reply.


Simply reply to the shopper via the Manage Custom Requests tool something like:


“Thank you for your interest in my card and for your request.  As with all of the cards on GreetingCardUniverse, you can add your own text to the inside to personalize it.  In fact, you can even change the existing inside text and even remove the entire verse if you like at no additional cost. You can do this in the Personalize Your Card step.”
Be sure to be polite, prompt and professional and you’ll be more likely to get the sale!


The difference is made in the details!


GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Birthday for Adult Grandson

August 16, 2018

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Wanted Cards – Birthday for Adult Grandson


GCU has received the following request from a shopper:
“I’m very disappointed with the choices for the custom front cards for my grandson. They’re all for little kids!”

See prior request for birthday cards for adult grandchildren:


See tips here for fortifying your meta-data for age ranges:



Freebie Wednesday: Krabuler Font

August 15, 2018

Freebie Wednesday:


Krabuler Font (designed by Cyril Mikhailov) is a cheerful, hand-written typeface. If you want to add a bit of fun and a good mood to your design, Krabuler is the perfect choise!



This product comes with a complete commercial license.


Rainbow Connection: Cornflower Blue

August 14, 2018


Cornflower blue is a shade of medium-to-light blue containing relatively little green compared to blue. This hue was one of the favorites of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

The most valuable blue sapphires are called cornflower blue, having a medium-dark violet-blue tone. (source: Wikipedia)



Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Tam Moody.

August 10, 2018


Nuts & Bolts – Artist Interview Tam Moody
One of the many perks of being a GCU Design Challenge winner is an interview.  These mini-interviews are fun reads and a peek into the makings of the winning card.


Here is July 2018 Design Challenge winner’s, Tammy Moody, interview.
Congratulations to Tammy on her winning card!


Note: Read about the other rewards, in addition to bragging rights, of being a Design Challenge winner.



The difference is made in the details!


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: Chinese New Year / Year of the Pig 2019

August 9, 2018

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Wanted Cards –  Chinese New Year / Year of the Pig 2019


Celebrated on February 5th next year, Chinese New Year will be here before we know it.  2019 celebrates the Year of the Pig.


Please consider creating new designs specific to the Year of the Pig.  There are many sub-categories in need of cards.




If you plan on leveraging a design to make a series, please be sure to follow the Series / Concept Review process and submit your first design with a note and await approval before creating the balance of the series.


Here are important tips and guidelines on CNY cards and categories worth reading if considering updating a Chinese New Year card from 2018 or different zodiac.



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: Paris Fashion Clipart

August 8, 2018

Freebie Wednesday:


Paris Fashion Clipart are 34 hand painted watercolor Graphic Elements saved in PNG format and completely free for a limited time (just 2,5 more days!)





All freebies come with a Commercial License.



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