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GCU News: Design of the Month Contest + New Fast Track

March 19, 2013

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Those artists who have won Design of the Day in March should have received an e-mail notifying them of this event. For the rest of us, here’s the scoop:

Greeting Card Universe is hosting a contest on Facebook to find the Design of the Month. All Design of the Day winners are now automatically entered in the contest. Anyone may vote for their favorite card. The artist who receives the most votes by April 7, 2013 will win a fabulous prize – an iPad Mini!

To view entries and vote, you must be a fan of GCU’s Facebook page to see the entries and vote. To become a fan, “Like” their FB page. \it’s that simple.

Check out the details of the contest.

Vote for your favorite card on the Voting Page.

Share this information with your FB friends, family, and supporters – get links by clicking on your card on the Voting Page. Share with Twitter followers and e-mail, too. Every vote counts, and if you want to win an iPad Mini, you should get out there and start spreading the word with enthusiasm.

GCU will be promoting the contest to their FB fan base and their customers. If there’s lots of activity and the contest is popular, we’ll likely see a repeat every month. So get promoting!

And even artists who aren’t nominated now should promote the contest to their fans and followers, too – next month, it could be you who needs the help. I also encourage all artists, whether they have a “horse” in this race or not, to vote. Let’s show GCU how much we want the opportunity to win a grand prize every month!



No less exciting is a new development which we believe will excite many artists.

Those who make series of cards (like age specific, relationship specific, etc.) have long suffered the horrible experience of uploading 100+ cards, only to have each and every one of them Returned for Edits or Declines. Ouch!

GCU has heard you, folks. From now on, you can submit ONE card in a series and Fast Track it. Be sure to state in the Notes to Reviewer why you’re Fast Tracking the card (ie, sample of a proposed series of like images, please review and let me know if I can proceed). By doing this, you save yourself and the review team loads of time and effort.

If the sample is Returned for Edits, make your changes and resubmit as usual. If it’s declined, go back to the drawing board. But if it’s approved, feel free to submit the rest of the series INCLUDING a Note to Reviewers staring something like, “Part of image collection based on approved concept PID# 123456.” Be absolutely certain to include the PID# of the approved sample, otherwise you’re back to square one.

Isn’t this great! Hopefully, if all artists follow the new procedure, we can start whittling down the approval times.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    March 19, 2013 11:20 am

    That is wonderful news! Thank you for sharing that!!

  2. March 19, 2013 11:45 am

    I have been working on a series of monogram cards and have been waiting, and waiting to see if the ones I have done are approved before I submit more, can I go back and fast track an all ready submitted but not reviewed yet card?

    • March 19, 2013 11:55 am

      Fast Track isn’t an option any longer once you hit the Submit button, I don’t think. Next time, you can Fast Track a sample image before you upload the rest to test the waters.


  3. March 20, 2013 12:46 am

    This is great for artists and reviewers, thanks for sharing!
    Nice to know the GCU Team is listening, and doing a great job!
    Thank You!

  4. March 21, 2013 6:03 pm

    We are excited about this new process and the time it will save both artists and reviewers. We realize how frustrating it can be to invest the time in a 100+ card collection to only have the entire batch returned for edits or decined.

    Important to NOTE: after your 1 concept design is approved the balance of the collection should be submitted business as ususal, NOT Fast Track.


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