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Freebie Wednesday: Brandon Bromley Font

December 2, 2020

 

Brandon Bromley is a cute and quirky display font. It will add an incredibly joyful touch to your designs. Add this beautiful display font to each of your creative ideas and notice how it makes them stand out! Available for free at the Creative Fabrica site.

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: November Design Challenge Deadline

November 26, 2020

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Nuts & Bolts – November Design Challenge Deadline
 
Don’t miss the last design challenge of 2020!  With the Thanksgiving holiday this week it may sneak by you.  Or maybe you’ll find some time to be inspired.
New Year theme in design and verse. Traditional designs will be accepted, but the unusual and unique to THIS year will speak loudly to the judges. New Years as well as Chinese New Year will be accepted.
 
Get out of the kitchen or push yourself away from that extra slice of pie to finish up your submission. Maybe query your friends and family while feasting for ideas on the items.
 

Submission Deadline is Monday November 30.
Please note the review team will NOT be reviewing cards Thurs 26 – Fri 27.  Reviewing will resume on Monday, November 30th.  As long as your submission’s submit date is prior to 12/1/20 you are eligible.

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Freebie Wednesday: Ratherbe Font

November 25, 2020

Freebie Wednesday: Ratherbe Font.

A contemporary approach to design, Ratherbe is natural and handmade! Complete with upper and lower case letters, multi-language support, numbers, punctuation and some binders.

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

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change

November 20, 2020

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Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change
 
Shoppers come to GCU for the perfect holiday card. Our artist community continues to make shoppers’ BELIEVE their holiday card dreams can come true!  Please be sure to pay attention to your Manage Custom Requests or you could be missing out on sales.
 
 
Here is a wonderful example by GCU artist Jan Keteleer of JanKe Card Store:
From the shopper:  
Would it be possible to remove the phrase in red on the cover, so the only words would be “Merry Christmas”? At the same time, we would still like to be able to customize the inside. Wonderful card!  
 
Original Card:

Resulting Card: 

See this related piece on Leveraging Designs and specifically the link to Image Use Guidelines on the Forum re: Term Variations specifically.

Big holiday kudos to Jan for delighting the shopper and making them believe in “any card imaginable”.  And to his speedy work in responding to this request and receiving the sale in less than 48 hours.

Tip: Remember when submitting a new card that is a variation on a previously approved card to make a note in the Notes to Reviewers the pid# that it is based on.  “Based on approved card PID #12345”.  And remember custom requested cards can be set for FastTrack review.  Just leave the reviewer a little note for that too like “for a shopper’s request #14667 ”.
Additionally, we do see a rise in shopper requests for changing the inside verse which of course they can do themselves.  See this tip on how to handle Custom Requests Inside Text.
 
Here are some other wonderful Holiday Custom Request Design Change examples

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Wanted New Cards: Mutual / Shared Birthday Relation Specific

November 19, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Mutual / Shared Birthday Relation Specific
 
Your birthday is YOUR special day but there are likely many other people who have a birthday on the same day and perhaps even some people that you know or are related to. GCU offers many mutual / shared birthday cards and would now like to add cards that are relationship specific. 
 
The cards should go here in their relation specific subcategory:
 
If there is not a subcategory listed for the relationship that you have designed for please, per usual, submit the card in >> Other Mutual / Shared

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: Christmas Cars Clipart

November 18, 2020

Freebie Wednesday: Christmas Cars Clipart

Watercolor Christmas Cars Clipart set included elements, backgrounds, seamless patterns.

37 PNG files with isolated elements 300 DPI (on transparent background)
2 PNG files with winter backgrounds 300 DPI (5000x5000px)
8 JPG Seamless Patterns (4000x4000px)
4 PNG Seamless Patterns on transparent background (4000x4000px)

Available on the Creative Fabrica site for another 2 days. Don’t miss out!

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change

November 13, 2020

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Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Custom Request Design Change
 
Holiday card sales are in full swing! For the next month, we expect to see growing numbers of shoppers coming to find their perfect holiday card. Since August we’ve been seeing a lot of custom card requests coming in. Many great new custom cards being created resulting in larger sales, happy shoppers, and happy artists! Unfortunately some of the requests are going unanswered by the artist. These are potential sales that you are missing out on.
 
Here is a wonderful example by GCU artist Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota:
From the shopper:  
Could you possibly change grandchild for grandchildren? Lovely card  
 
Original Card:

Resulting Card: 

See this related piece on Leveraging Designs and specifically the link to Image Use Guidelines on the Forum re: Term Variations specifically.

Big holiday kudos to Teri for delighting her shopper and helping them get the perfect holiday card ordered early!

Tip: Remember when submitting a new card that is a variation on a previously approved card to make a note in the Notes to Reviewers the pid# that it is based on.  “Based on approved card PID #12345”.  And remember custom requested cards can be set for FastTrack review.  Just leave the reviewer a little note for that too like “for a shopper’s request #14667 ”.

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Wanted New Cards: First Thanksgiving Engaged

November 12, 2020

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Wanted Cards: First Thanksgiving Engaged
 

If there is something to be thankful for it’s a special first on Thanksgiving.

 
Please consider creating cards for First Thanksgiving as an engaged couple category in need of cards:
 
Holidays >> Thanksgiving >> 1st / First Thanksgiving >> As a Couple / Engaged

 

 

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: Nordic Fantasy – Folk Art Collection.

November 10, 2020
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Introducing this week’s freebie, Nordic Fantasy – Folk Art Collection!

This Northern inspired collection includes illustrated elements, compositions, prints and seamless patterns. These assets can be used for creating cards, logos, invitations, home decor, packaging, fabrics and stationeries.

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

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: 3Q and 4Q Free Card Adjustment.

November 6, 2020
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Nuts & Bolts – 3Q and 4Q Free Card Adjustment

GCU continues to honor through the end of the year special 1 card for $1 promotions in support of coping with corona. 
 
For 3Q and 4Q 2020, GCU will adjust artists’ earnings on single card orders where these promotions were redeemed (STAYHOME, BEWELL or similar) that resulted in 0 earnings. The artists’ commissions for these transactions will be updated from 0 to 10 cents. This will be reflected in your Earnings Report and collectively reflected in your 4Q earnings. 
 
Shoppers continue to be elated and blown away by GCU’s offerings and service.  Enjoy shoppers’ glowing testimonials!
 
“GREAT cards and FANTASTIC service. The cards are a wonderful quality. I love that you can personalize some of them. My picky sister just raved about her card that I personalized. Now she is using GreetingCardUniverse too!” 
 
“Seriously?   I placed a “personalized” order for two greeting cards one day…..and the very NEXT day they were physically “shipped”? IF this is indeed true, this is absolutely AMAZING, and would be the very BEST Customer Service ever!”
 
“Wonderful cards in which you can write a message. Very handy during the pandemic. Thank you!”
 
“I find every card imaginable! Service is quick, on time, and the cards are fabulous. Goodbye Hallmark!”  

Big thanks to our artists for your creative contributions helping shoppers send well wishes, find some levity, send birthday and holiday greetings from afar, commiserate & CONNECT.  Thank YOU for delighting our shoppers and helping them get through these challenge times.  
 
 
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