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Nuts and Bolts: 2020 & New Year Earnings Info

January 15, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – 2020 & New Year Earnings Info


A few reminders as we close the books on 2020 and process 4Q payments.
Please see the 4Q Pay Day forum post here:http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/forum/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1610666088/0#0

A few important notes to make:Earnings adjustments for both 3Q & 4Q free card promotions will be reflected in your 4Q payment:https://gcucommunity.com/2020/11/06/nuts-and-bolts-3q-and-4q-free-card-adjustment/

A new year brings new quarterly thresholds:https://gcucommunity.com/2020/10/16/nuts-and-bolts-new-earnings-thresholds-effective-1-1-21/

And lastly the update here re: 2020 1099 forms:https://gcucommunity.com/2020/12/26/nuts-and-bolts-2020-1099-nec-form-misc/

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Wanted New Cards: Birthday for Son’s Partner

January 14, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Birthday for Son’s Partner
 
A shopper has asked for cards for:  son’s partner’s birthday card
 
The shopper will find these cards 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”.

 

 

 
 

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Freebie Wednesday: Free Drop Swing Font.

January 13, 2021

Drop Swing is a charming and romantic handmade font, perfect for holiday greeting cards, invitations, postcards and more! This elegant lettering font is made in Pointillism style, like a light breeze that gives freshness and dreaminess to your handmade creations.

This lovely freebie is brought to you by Happy Letters! Only available for a week on the Hungry Jpeg site. Don’t miss out!

This product comes with a commercial license.

Rainbow Connection: Color Palettes From Nature.

January 12, 2021

Beautiful color palettes from nature done by Megan Renee.

 

 

She also has an instragram page to showcase her beautiful nature photography.

Dash of Inspiration: January 2021 Design Challenge

January 10, 2021
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My apologies for this post being so late! The year kicked off with a bang on my end, so I fell a bit behind! Let’s begin this new year with a challenge featuring the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year. This year it’s a warm and optimistic color combination to give us resilience and hope.

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Theme: Pantone Color of the Year 2021 – Illuminating and Ultimate Gray

Requirements:

  • Create a new design using the two Pantone color combination: Illuminating: F6E15D and Ultimate Gray 989A9C
  • 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT use trademarked terms “Pantone”, “Illuminating Yellow”, “Ultimate Gray” in your meta-data.  You can however use individual terms like: illuminating, yellow, ultimate, gray, color of the year, etc. 

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Entry Deadline: Sunday, January 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: January 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!

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Nuts and Bolts: Dedicate Yourself to the Details – Legibility

January 8, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – Dedicate Yourself to the Details – Legibility

It is often the little details that escape the artist’s eye. It is always a good idea to step away from a design that you have been meticulously working on or ask a brutally honest companion to give it a once over. The review team is certainly a fresh set of eyes and often catches tiny fixes or areas of improvement. GCU is grateful for artists who are open to collaborating with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.

See this example with an improvement in text placement and font choice both leading to better legibility in the final design.

Original Image:

From the reviewer:

The text size is a little too small to be clearly legible after printing. Please increase the size/adjust for more legibility.
The blank space at the bottom of the card may also look like a print error and looks a little unfinished.
We are happy to take another look at this card if you would like to make some edits and resubmit.
Thank you.  

TYPOGRAPHY – Legibility

See the GCU Blog for explanation & examples:
https://gcucommunity.com/2013/06/03/dash-of-inspiration-typography-legibility/    

Resulting Image:

Thank you to GCU artist, Alda Monteschio of Heart Tugs, for her quick edits and receptive teamwork with our review team to create a well read submission that reads well. 

Here are a few other examples of before and after improvement for cover text legibility by Angela Castillo of FairyGirlCards as well as Linda Gladman Art.

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Wanted New Cards: New Year Pastor & Family.

January 7, 2021

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Wanted Cards – New Year Pastor & Family
 
We have shoppers looking for cards for Happy New Year to Pastor and Family
 
These cards should go here:
Holidays >> New Year’s >> Occupation Specific >> Pastor / Minister / Priest / Chaplain
 
 

 
Consider making similar cards for the other titles listed in this sub-category.
 
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: Boho Bouquet

January 6, 2021
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This pack of 19 different boho styled bouquets brings upon a relaxed and global-inspired aesthetic to floral designs, perfect for matching any chic sense of design! These files come in JPEG and PNG formats for any type of design tool!

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

This product comes with a commercial license.

Rainbow Connection: Wedding Color Trends 2021

January 5, 2021

Here are some wedding color trends for 2021 I found on Pinterest this week.

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: 2020 Top Nine Instagram

January 1, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – 2020 Top Nine Instagram

Social Media is a great way to share your creative works and things that inspire, entertain, and maybe even annoy you.  It’s also a great repository or chronicle of your past years.  Again, let’s have some fun and share your best 9 posts of 2020, hopefully they are greeting cards or your creative works!

Here is how to generate your top or best 9. 

Be sure to use the hashtags: #2020bestnine #bestnine2020 #top9  #topnine #best9 #bestnine #bestnineof2020 #topnine2020

And most importantly, be sure to tag us @greetingcarduniverse  

Looking forward to seeing your best nine on Instagram!

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