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Critique Clinic – August 4-5, 2012

August 4, 2012

How does it work? For three days a week (Friday-Sunday midnight), I will open the clinic to any artist who wants an honest peer review and critique of a card which gets plenty of clicks but no sales, so something’s probably not quite right, or you’ve got a new design you want to test drive, or you’re unsure about the marketability of a card. Or perhaps you’re a newbie who isn’t sure if a recently submitted card is up to a marketable standard. Anyone is welcome to participate. In fact, I encourage everyone to at least look at the cards in question and read the critique comments – you may learn something. The purpose of the clinic is to help artists improve the commercial appeal and marketability of their cards.


  • ONE card per artist only.
  • Card must be for sale at Greeting Card Universe.
  • We will take an unlimited number of artists, including those who have submitted recently, HOWEVER I reserve the right to close a clinic for the day if the submissions become overwhelming. If the clinic has been closed, and you submit a card, your comment will be deleted.
  • To submit a card for critique, post a link to the card at GCU in the comments section of this clinic post. Allowances will be made if you’ve had a card declined, or made a new design you’d like advice on. Give us the link where we can see the card, such as your private gallery, Flickr, etc.
  • Any artist is free to comment and/or give a critique of a submitted card. HOWEVER, post-and-run comments like “great card” or “you suck” will not be tolerated, nor will abuse. Criticism should be constructive, not destructive. Play nice or you will be banned.
  • I also won’t tolerate temper tantrums if you decide your “artistic integrity” is being stepped on because you asked for a critique, and someone told you the photo you’re using isn’t in focus. If you can’t take honest criticism, don’t submit. Once gets you a warning; twice and you’re banned from submitting in the future.
  • Artists who critique may do so by giving their opinion, posting an example of another card, or pointing the submitter to a video, on-line article, or other helpful suggestion.
  • Don’t forget that artists who are giving you tips and helpful advice are volunteering their time and trouble. Be nice. A link back to their store on your website or blog is appreciated (but not mandatory).
  • You are free not to take any advice offered. There’s no guarantee any card will be a bestseller, so don’t come into the clinic with unrealistic expectations.
  • Rules may change as we go along and we see how things turn out, okay?

So without any further ado, I declare this week’s Critique Clinic open!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2012 4:51 pm

    I was wondering if someone could give me some pointers on this card I have designed for Christmas. Thank you very much.
    merry christmas

    • August 4, 2012 5:00 pm

      To be honest, I find the colors kind of flat and I’m not sure what effect you’re trying to achieve with the tree.You may also want to consider dropping the frame – it’s not done as much anymore. The font is okay for a holiday card, but I think the placement of the text could be tightened up a bit.


      • August 4, 2012 5:56 pm

        Thanks, Corrie. I will try your suggestions. Do I need to scrap the “gems” and try something else?

      • August 4, 2012 6:53 pm

        I didn’t know those were gems, Bettie. They kind of looked like raspberries in different colors! Maybe try a different tack?


      • August 5, 2012 1:30 am

        Corrie, here is a photo of the “gems” Maybe I should have done it differently?

        Thanks, Bettie

      • August 5, 2012 5:01 am

        I think the problem is that they were reduced too small on the card, which rendered the graphics unrecognizable as gems. You could try either making a Christmas tree and using them at a bigger size as ornaments, or as embellishments in another design.

  2. Donna Collins permalink
    August 4, 2012 5:46 pm

    Here is a new Get Well card… you can see I’m tending to go more simple on my newer cards..mostly white back ground.. I may change that with some of the older cards in my store to the white background.. plus I always like to put a curve in my font……any suggestions? Thanks..

    Donna Collins

  3. Donna Collins permalink
    August 4, 2012 5:47 pm

    Opps… I forgot to put the link: here it is:

    Donna Collins

    • August 4, 2012 6:54 pm

      The white background is very clean and doesn’t cause any distraction with the colors of your design. And the curved text kind of echoes the curve of the woman’s hat, so well done there.


  4. Donna Collins permalink
    August 5, 2012 10:34 pm

    Awwwwwww… thank you Corrie…I think i’m finally finding which way I want to take my art…. that is….. the way I want to show my illustrations…..thanks again…


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