Dash of Inspiration: Mastering the Art of Greeting Card Design
We all know that pushing yourself to be better, creates a natural ability in ourselves to improve. Most of us are very competitive with ourselves even if not so with others and that’s what drives us to improve. Whether that’s pushing through another mile for the runner, getting closer to the target for the marksman, or growing as an artist in both technique, quality and marketability; the same desire for growth exists. To be competitive with the best in the ‘business’, such as professional athletes, the greeting card artist never stops improving their knowledge base and skill level.
For those artists who have recently jumped into the greeting card world – and for any artist who has not mastered all these areas, whose cards are not making it through the review cycle at GCU with 100% approval rate – be honest with yourself and look at your cards to date. You should recognize the areas which need strengthening in order for you to grow as a greeting card designer. If you do the time to master your craft, your cards sales will grow and those thresholds will be met every quarter!
Eight areas to master to be a competitive greeting card designer. For the past four-years, the Community Blog has been offering tips and tutorials from some of GCU’s best selling artists. Take advantage of these tools and you will reap the benefits!
1. Ability to create artwork and verse well-suited to the occasion, age, gender.
3. Strong understanding of composition and how to balance elements in an image.
4. Fine tuned expertise in the medium you choose to work in, e.g., photography, digital, watercolor …
5. Willingness to write unique verse.
6. Attention to detail, e.g., grammar, spelling, image quality, alignment …
7. Strong color sense, i.e., the ability to create pleasing and appropriate colors and to combine colors.
Why not push yourself to be GREAT at what you love to do?
Check out our October Dash of Inspiration Design Challenge, you could be the next winner!