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Dash of Inspiration: January Design Challenge

January 5, 2015

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen January Design Challenge Happy New Year, everyone! Today, as I personally begin another 365-day journey around the sun, I’m thrilled to kick off the first of these new challenges … For the past three-years, the GCU Community Blog has been offering tips, tutorials and design freebies to the GCU Artist Community. This New Year has inspired me to take all of you on a new journey with a monthly design challenge. My and GCU’s hope is that many of you will push yourself to step out of your ‘comfort zone’ and challenge yourself to create something completely different which will result in your growth as an artist in some way. I really hope that you will not say “I can’t do that” and instead will go find out HOW by being inspired to learn something new.
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Our very FIRST Dash of Inspiration Challenge and we have a TIE for 1st Place!
And our 1st Place WINNERS are: Liz Van Steenburgh with PID 1352750

Liz Van Steenburgh

AND

Rycky Creations with PID 1353796

Rycky Creations

With 2nd Place begin awarded to: Julia Bryant PID 1352648

Runner up: Julia Bryant

These are called challenges for a reason, they will be VERY challenging, here’s why they are different from the Design Challenges of the past:

  • No existing designs are allowed. These are challenges to create a NEW card design based on very specific criteria.
  • These challenges will be judged similarly to a Juried Show – the judges for these challenges will be a team of GCU experts to choose the best and the finest of the entries they wish to promote. The artist community will not be voting in these challenges, however we do hope they will take the time to comment on the entries and show support for their fellow artists, whether participating, or not in the challenge itself.
  • These challenges will be varied, challenging and fun! Very different from month to month, so all of you, regardless of your ‘chosen medium’, will be able to participate in most of them – especially if you’re willing to step up and STRETCH your creativity and skill level.

READY, SET? Let’s GO! JANUARY Design Challenge – Theme: EMPATHY Requirements: Using Typography, Shape and Color ONLY – express Empathy. Empathy – [em-puh-thee] the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. ……………………………………………………………… Entry Deadline: January 26th, 2015 ………………………………………………………………. How to Enter:

  • Post the PID (card number) and the URL (public storefront link, 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.

………………………………………………………………. Category:  ANY – Tip: Encouragement, Remembrance and Sympathy categories are all good choices. ………………………………………………………………. Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle – Fast Track your submission with this in the Notes to Reviewer: January 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.
  • Stock Card Creations entries will not be accepted.

…………………………………………………………………… Judging: Entries will be judged by the GCU Challenge Jury with results posting on the Community Blog the week of January 30th. 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.

…………………………………………………………………… 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 12,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).
  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently over 800 followers.
  • 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).

2nd Place:

All entries will be featured on the GCU Community Blog when the winners are announced. ……………………………………………………………………… Tips: Check out these tips, tricks, freebies, and tutorials which would all be helpful in this month’s Challenge.

There are hundreds of links to fonts for Commercial Use on our blog and most are FREE. If you need a better selection of fonts which work well together for this challenge, then check some of this posts and you might find the perfect font. ……………………………………………………………………… This challenge should INSPIRE you to push the boundaries of typography and verse; and spark your imagination to use shape and color to create visual impact.  When all else fails, LEARN SOMETHING NEW! Let the creativity flow and good luck! My card example for the visual for this challenge created using this challenge criteria:

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Participants for this challenge in addition to the above two 1st place winners and 2nd place were:

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47 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2015 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this Doreen. Such a good idea. I’ll really have to put my thinking cap on for this one and do lots of research.

  2. Sherry Harris permalink
    January 6, 2015 8:04 pm

    Doreen – Here’s my card for the Challenge. PID#1352356 The link to my shop is: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/community/store.asp?store_id=8095&&CGID=15&card_sort=new The card is In Remembrance of the 1st Anniversary of a Mother’s Death. It has a blue border with three flowers.

  3. January 8, 2015 2:07 pm

    Good morning! I would like to enter my card into the contest. The product ID is Product ID: 1352648 and the link to it in my store is http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/general-with-sympathy/dove-typography-sympathy-card-1352648?aid=269112

    Thank you!
    Julia

  4. juliat2 permalink
    January 8, 2015 3:05 pm

    Good morning! I would like to enter my card into the contest. The PID is Product ID: 1352648 and the link to the store is http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/general-with-sympathy/dove-typography-sympathy-card-1352648?aid=269112

    Thank you!
    Julia

  5. juliat2 permalink
    January 8, 2015 4:08 pm

    Sorry for the double post 😦

    • January 9, 2015 2:03 am

      No problem Julia, sometimes there is a delay that makes you think it didn’t go through. I’ve done that myself 🙂

      Your card is entered, thank you and good luck!

  6. Liz permalink
    January 9, 2015 12:11 am

    Very nice cards Sherry and Julia!

    My entry is PID #1352750 and the link is http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/general-encouragement/encouragement-and-support-puzzle-piece-1352750?aid=133634

  7. January 13, 2015 11:18 am

    Great job to you girls, Sherry, Julia, and Liz! Doreen, here is my submission for the challenge.

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/i-am-here-for-you/encouragement-during-chemo-treatments-tickets-1353344?aid=145102

    Can’t wait to see more from this talented bunch!

  8. January 14, 2015 8:56 am

    Hi Doreen, This is fun! Here’s my entry :

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/i-am-here-for-you/when-theres-too-much-rain-1353640

    PID 1353640

    Awesome other submission cards, love all of them!

    Barbara

  9. January 15, 2015 1:25 pm

    Great cards! Here’s my submission: PID#1353796 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/general-encouragement/encouragement-hope-whispers-try-1353796?aid=134252
    Looking forward to seeing more cards!

    Robin

  10. SunAtNight permalink
    January 20, 2015 7:53 am

    Submission for contest: PID# 1354384 link: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/gold-star-mothers-day/let-memories-shine-gold-1354384?aid=145914

  11. Sherry Harris permalink
    January 21, 2015 8:17 pm

    Woohoo! I just sold the card I made for this Challenge. Thanks Doreen. I wouldn’t have created it otherwise.

  12. January 23, 2015 10:08 pm

    Here is my card for the challenge. PID1355962. However, I can’t get a handle on the card link. My store is http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/cisilliascardstore and my Artist ID is 180150. Can I still enter the competition? Regards, Cisillia Tay

  13. Christi Madden permalink
    January 26, 2015 5:32 am

    Hi, Doreen,

    This is an interesting challenge — and a nice selection of entries!

    My entry: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/loss-of-pet/cat/ill-be-there-pet-1356598?aid=179654

    Christi

  14. January 26, 2015 1:58 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    The artists have made some wonderful entries. I love their combination of type into their designs! Here is my entry: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/general-with-sympathy/memories-and-love-sympathy-card-1356568?aid=179461

    Teri

  15. January 28, 2015 10:29 pm

    ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS!

    We had a tie for 1st Place – so both will receive WINNING status and rewards!

    1st Place: Liz
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/general-encouragement/encouragement-and-support-puzzle-piece-1352750

    1st Place: Robin
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/general-encouragement/encouragement-hope-whispers-try-1353796

    Our 2nd Place Winner is: Julia
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/general-with-sympathy/dove-typography-sympathy-card-1352648

    THANK YOU ALL for participating! It was so much fun to see each of you create your own unique design for this challenge theme, and some really wonderful cards with best seller potential were added to your stores. You should all be proud!

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    If you missed this Dash of Inspiration Challenge, tune in Monday February 2nd for the next one!
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    CONGRATULATIONS everyone!

    Doreen

  16. Liz permalink
    January 29, 2015 12:34 am

    Wow! I’m so honored to share 1st place with Robin and for my card to have been chosen from among all the beautiful cards submitted for this challenge. I think we are all winners!

    • Liz permalink
      January 29, 2015 12:46 am

      Julia … adding my congrats to you for your 2nd place entry. I hit “post comment” before adding it.

      • juliat2 permalink
        January 29, 2015 1:33 am

        Thanks Liz!

  17. January 29, 2015 12:39 am

    Congrats to the 1st place winners! Very exciting! This was a lot of fun and challenging 🙂

    • January 29, 2015 1:13 am

      Great to hear you had fun and you were challenged, Julia! That’s exactly what we were hoping for 🙂

  18. January 29, 2015 1:13 am

    So excited to share 1st place with a very creative card from Liz! Congratulations to you, Liz and to Julia as well; both of your cards were favorites of mine. Enjoyed seeing how everyone stepped up to the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what’s next 🙂

  19. January 29, 2015 7:15 am

    Congratulations to Liz, Robin and Julia! I found your cards very creative and inspiring. Awards well deserved!

  20. January 29, 2015 8:07 pm

    Congratulations to our winners and kudos to all the artists who submitted which are all great additions to GCU’s offerings!

    The winning cards will be pinned to our GCU Design Challenge Winners board on Pinterest here:

    If you’re not already following GCU or this board on Pinterest please be sure to do so.

    Happy Thursday!

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