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Dash of Inspiration: December 2016 Design Challenge

December 1, 2016

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WOW!  Where did the year go? Here’s hoping each of you had fun, learned something new and were inspired to step outside your designer’s comfort zone this year. Before we kick off December’s Challenge – let me explain what GCU is doing this year end.

For those of you who were involved with last December’s Dash of Inspiration Challenge, this year will be different. The December 2016 Challenge will be handled as every other month (unlike last year), so it’s your last shot at creating the VERY BEST card you’ve ever created!

GCU is announcing the Best of 2016 Founders’ Choice Awards! The difference being is that our founders; Mindy and Nasser, will be choosing from ALL the cards created in 2016 – not just from challenge submissions – to keep the mystery of this exciting event, none of us know what the specific categories are which they will be giving out awards! Personally, I love the idea and the beauty of having all artists and all 2016 creations being included in Mindy and Nasser’s choices. Winners of the 1st Annual Founder’s Choice Awards is expected mid-January, 2017. For those who won ‘digital awards’ last year, the same type of recognition will happen with these awards – it will simply be a bit more prestigious!

Now for December’s Challenge:

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Theme: Create Your BEST Design Ever

Requirements:

  • If ever there was a time to put you best foot forward, this is it. Last call for 2016 creations to be considered for a possible Founder’s Choice Award!
  • Any category, any subject, any medium.
  • Since marketable cards have a message and verse which speak to your imagery, category and recipient – blank cards will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

NOTE: Please understand that your entries for the December Challenge act as a nomination for your Best Card in 2016. There will be no voting or winner for December, but by posting your best will ensure it’s consideration for the 2016 Founder’s Choice Awards!

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Entry Deadline: Saturday, December 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 Category / Any Occasion

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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: December 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 have been created and approved in 2016.
  • Your entry must meet the Challenge Requirements and Theme or it will not be included in the challenge.
  • Stock Card Creations entries will be accepted.

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Time to start choosing or creating your most marketable, most creative, most unique creation!

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Wanted New Cards: Thank You Retirement Gift

December 1, 2016

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Wanted Cards – Thank You Retirement Gift

 

This category currently has 2 cards.

 

Occasions >> Thank You >> For the Gift >> Retirement Gift

 

Additionally, we have had a request for White Coat themed retirement gift thank you cards.  These cards should go in these categories:

 

Occasions >> Thank You >> For the Gift >> Retirement Gift >> Other

 

Collections >> Photo Cards/ Your Picture Here >> Thank You >> For the Gift >> Retirement Gift

 

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!

Rainbow Connection: Late Autumn Mood

November 29, 2016
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Here are some  Late Autumn Mood color inspirations I found on the internet this week:

 

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Font Frenzy: Hand Drawn Thanksgiving Vector Pack

November 23, 2016
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The Hungry Jpeg has a very nice deal in their $1 dollar section .
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Here’s what’s included:

  • 15 Hand Drawn Objects (Ai CS3, EPS 10, transparency PNG)
  • 4 Greeting Cards (Ai CS3, EPS 10, PSD, transparency PNG)

Details:

  • Organized in Layers
  • Vectors: 100% HAND DRAWN
  • Colors: RGB
  • Resolution: 300dpi
  • Size: 5000×5000

Please Note:

  • Text is not editable.

 

The hand drawn Thanksgiving Vector Pack by Cosmic Store comes with a full Commercial License.

Nuts and Bolts: Show Us Your Studio

November 18, 2016

 

Nuts & Bolts – Show Us Your Studio!

 

Where do you work?  Is it a formal studio with a tidy desk and color sequenced tools or uncontrolled colorful chaos?  Perhaps a cozy couch with a four footed muse nearby.  Maybe it’s a rogue studio – moving based on your mood or seasonal window view.

 

Wherever you settle your creative self … let’s see your spot!
Post a photo of your studio or the inspiring view from your studio on one or both of the following social media outlets.

 

Instagram, in your post tag @GreetingCardUniverse and use the hashtag #mystudio

 

Pinterest, in your pin description tag @GCUniverse

 

It will be fun to see the variety and perhaps many common elements among our GCU artists.

 

Be sure to read our prior post on Getting Social on Instagram and Be a Pinner.

 

Tip: be sure to follow GCU on Instagram and Pinterest.  See what GCU is posting and pinning – it just might be one of YOUR cards! 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: Retirement – Bus Driver / School Bus Driver

November 17, 2016

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Wanted Cards – Bus Driver Retirement 

 

There are currently 2 cards in this category:

 

Occasions >> Congratulations >> Retirement >> Occupation Specific >> Bus Driver / School Bus Driver

 

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Please consider leveraging similar designs for this related category:

 

Announcements >> Retirement >> Occupation Specific 

 

If you intend on doing so, please Fast Track your original submission and include in the Notes to Reviewer that you intend on creating a like image series and are requesting a Concept Review.

 

Read more here about the Concept Review process and the benefits of pre-approval.

 

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!

Rainbow Connection: Vintage Colors

November 16, 2016
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Here are some Vintage color inspirations I found on Pinterest this week:

 

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