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Rainbow Connection: Back to Nature

April 13, 2021

Going back to nature with images I found on Pinterest:

 

 

 

 

Wanted New Cards: Congratulations Wedding Dress / Yes to the Dress

April 8, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Congratulations Wedding Dress / Yes to the Dress
 
The engagement is just the beginning!  So much to celebrate and so many things to explore and decide on to plan the perfect wedding.  For the bride, one thing at the top of the list is her wedding dress.  It can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack, albeit a white, lacy, and sparkling one!
 
When the decision is made and the perfect dress has been found it can be cause for great jubilation and maybe even a collective sign of relief!
 
Consider creating cards to congratulate the bride to be for finding her dream dress, and as many say, saying yes to the dress!
 
The cards will go here:
Occasions >> Congratulations >> Wedding Planning >> Wedding Dress / Yes to the Dress
 
 
 
Brides to be come in all ages, sizes, hair color, skin tones.  Be sure to fortify your meta-data accordingly so searching shoppers can find exactly what they are looking for. 
 
NOTE: “say yes to the dress” is trademarked by Discovery Communications, LLC, however not for paper printed products and greeting cards so as of this request we are ok to proceed with this saying in the card as well as in the meta-data.  Please do NOT use any misleading terms like “TLC, Kleinfelds, etc.”. 
 
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!

Freebie Wednesday: Muttero Font

April 7, 2021
 

 

Muttero is a gorgeous hand-lettered script with an authentic twist. Fall in love with its unique charm! Available in uppercase/lowercase letters, standard numbers, punctuations, ligatures and contextual alternates!

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

 

 

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: 2021 Thresholds Moving Forward

April 2, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – 2021 Thresholds Moving Forward


Welcome April and welcome to the 2Q of 2021.  As we process first quarter earnings, you will soon see the new quarterly thresholds updated on the site.  


To confirm, as a grace period, 1Q2021 earnings will be calculated using the prior quarterly thresholds. 


See here.

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Dash of Inspiration: APRIL 2021 STOCK Design Challenge

April 2, 2021

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Spring is definitely in the air! Hoping all of you enjoy at a day of sunshine, warmth and the sweet scents of blossoms this month to inspire you.

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Theme: Roses

Requirements:

  • Roses! Choose a color, colors of roses have meanings and occasions so pair wisely.
  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with this will be extremely important in this challenge.
  • The judges will be looking for professional quality text layout, typography placement and font combinations in addition to a unique and captivating message that tells the story of the stock image you choose. Your added value needs to wow the judges!

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Entry Deadline: Friday, April 30th

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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.

NOTE: Submissions will appear immediately in your Private gallery as they await review.  If approved, the reviewer will move them to the public gallery – they will then become ‘live’ in the marketplace within 24-hours or so just like regular submissions. Be patient and wait.

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Category:

Any category which suits your message, recipient and imagery.

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle. Big Stock creations are automatically identified as Fast Track – please add in the Notes to Reviewer: April 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.
  • Big Stock Card Creations ONLY will be accepted.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the categories above to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.
  • No BLANK cards will be accepted.

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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. Your overall ‘added value’ determines this.

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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!

By Doreen Erhardt @ Exclusive Creations

Wanted New Cards: Good Luck Interview

April 1, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Good Luck Interview
 
A job hunt can be a tiresome process filled with high hopes and potential disappointment.  Create cards to share some encouragement and fill the emotional tank of someone preparing to interview for a job. 
 
The cards should go here:
 
 
 
 
Consider cards for different genders as well as different ages.  Be sure to fortify your meta-data accordingly so searching shoppers can find exactly what they are looking for. 
 
Note: Both “on” and “with” are correctly used with “interview”.  Also consider the “interview process” as well as “interviews” (which would go in this same category).

 

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!

Freebie Wednesday: Doggy Silhouette Font

March 31, 2021
 

Doggies Silhouette is an amazing display font. It is the perfect choice for any pet related project! Available for free download on the Creative Fabrica site.

This product comes with a commercial license.

Rainbow Connection: Color Inspiration

March 30, 2021

Some pretty color scheme inspiration from images I found on Pinterest:

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: March Design Challenge Deadline

March 26, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – March Design Challenge Deadline

Don’t miss out on entering this month’s design challenge,Theme: Blessings

Submission Deadline is Wednesday, March 31st

See March Design Challenge details.  We look forward to seeing all of your submissions.

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