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Dash of Inspiration: Tips for Newbies

October 21, 2013

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Tips For Newbies

We continuously have wonderful new artists join our GCU community, so I thought I’d put together a little ‘tip’ sheet with many of the helpful links found in the community blog and in the wiki.  If you as a new artist will take the time to soak in all the wonderful information GCU provides on how to submit cards that will fly through the review cycle, not only will you be saving the reviewer’s time, you’ll be saving yourself the frustration of returns and be well on your way to earning Star Submitter status.

READ the Submission Guidelines!

Search the Community Blog for the submission guideline area, such as; Composition, Typography for extensive examples of what GCU accepts and declines – AND, subscribe to the blog to be notified of more great tips, freebies, inspiration and more!:

Sign up to receive all the posts on the Forum where important announcements are made, but that’s also a great place to get to know your fellow artists, ask questions and learn.

Keep Card Submissions 101 at your finger tips. Using this document as a check list for your submissions will save you and the review team time and frustration.

Triple check your Grammar and Spelling and take a peek at the GCU link to common mistakes:

Print Margin Tool – understand the bleed area and learn to design and check your margins.

Understand how the Review Process works

Note to Reviewer field – learn how to use this field to communicate with the review team. Read:
Dash of Inspiration: Note to Reviewer
Nuts & Bolts: Note to Reviewer

READ, READ, READ about Category Choices – it’s not easy to learn, but there is logic you can apply to make sense of it all … so study these links each time you make a card and soon you’ll be an expert!

The Card Submissions 101 pdf above has detailed information worth reading.

Also Dash of Inspiration: Choosing Categories

And Nuts & Bolts: Categories

Welcome newbies, we are here to help!

So, until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire! 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2017 9:47 pm

    I don’t know what format the Card Submission 101 was originally written in but the PDF version is not legible as it is full of odd characters scattered throughout often instead of real letters. The document has been turned into complete gibberish.

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