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Dash of Inspiration: April 2016 Design Challenge

April 2, 2016

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Wow, time is just flying by! April already and time for another fun Dash of Inspiration Design Challenge. This month let’s sprinkle a little gold dust around and go for the gold! Have you guessed the theme?

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Theme: A Golden Age

Many directions to go with “GOLDEN” as your theme …

  • A 50th Anniversary is called a Golden Anniversary.
  • Of course there is the lovable Golden Retriever.
  • Champagne birthdays are also referred to as Golden (A person’s Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their “Lucky Birthday”, “Champagne Birthday”, or “Star Birthday”, [from Wikipedia] occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g., when someone born on the 25th of the month turns 25 or when someone born on the ninth turns nine).
  • Consider using Idioms to inspire you: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/golden

Requirements:

  • Golden must be prominent in your theme, both visually and in the message. Prominent does not mean the entire card needs to be gold.
  • Cards with no message (cover and/or inside verse) will not be accepted. Having a gold element such as a dog, flower, vase, etc. as imagery without a strong tie to a message which speaks to the category and recipient will be disqualified.
  • When you visually portray the color gold, keep in mind that excessive beveling does not meet GCU Submission Guidelines and that yellow is not considered gold.

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Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 30th, 2016
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How to Enter: Post the PID (card number) and the URL (public storefront link – please WAIT for the card to be available in the public marketplace, 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.
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Category: Any occasion/holiday where you can fit the Golden theme will be accepted. GCU has some categories which may inspire you:

50th Anniversary / Golden Jubilee
Golden / Champagne Birthday
Occasions > Anniversary – Wedding Cards > Year Specific > 50th Anniversary
Invitations > Wedding Anniversary Invitations > Year Specific > 50th Anniversary

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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: April 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.

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BLIND Judging: We hope each of you enters every month. Entries are submitted anonymously for judging by the GCU Challenge Jury which means that before and during the challenge, judges do not have any way of knowing what artist is behind each entry. This eliminates any and all concerns with ‘favoritism’. Results will post on the Community Blog. 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.

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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 30,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 1.4K!
  • 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).
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • Your card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board.
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!

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Tips:

Check out these tips, tricks, freebies, and tutorials from our own GCU Community Blog which might be helpful in this month’s Challenge.

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Doreen Erhardt©2016 – SalonOfArt.com

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    April 9, 2016 9:14 am

    Good morning, Doreen, I am not sure if this one meets the requirements, it not I apologize for taking your time. Pid#1429642 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/greeting-card-1429642?aid=293906. Good luck to everyone who participates, I enjoy seeing everyone’s designs they are always very creative! Take care, Laurie

  2. April 13, 2016 8:47 am

    Hi Doreen,

    Here is my entry:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/anniversary-wedding-cards/50th-anniversary/happy-golden-anniversary-celebrating-50-1430324

    An occasion to use the gold styles 🙂

    Good luck to everybody!
    :-)Barbara

  3. April 20, 2016 5:53 pm

    Hi Doreen, I was wondering about the “citation needed” in your theme instructions. I have to say I just don’t know if we need to credit someone or something if using the terms you listed.Thanks so much!

    • April 20, 2016 7:49 pm

      Sorry, Betsy that is mistake which should have read [from Wikipedia] – in that my information about “Star Birthday” is from Wikipedia. Thank you for catching that, my apologies for the confusion. 🙂

  4. April 20, 2016 8:11 pm

    No problem, I just didn’t want to take up valuable reviewer time by forgetting something I should have done! Hoping to have an entry soon!
    I love all the submissions so far! Good luck to everyone!

  5. April 24, 2016 6:50 am

    I have so enjoyed putting a design together for this month’s Design Challenge, really great fun.

    I’m not 100% sure though that I’ve done it right as, although the design and occasion speak very much about Golden, I didn’t actually write the word ‘Golden’ on the front of the card, it’s inside, but not on the front. I do hope that’s okay and HUGE apologies if I’ve got it wrong and wasted anyone’s time.

    Anyhoo, here’s my entry:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/invitations/wedding-anniversary/50th-anniversary/50th-wedding-anniversary-party-invitation-1431800?aid=152060

    Many thanks – Natalie 🙂

    • April 24, 2016 3:39 pm

      The card front does not need to have the world ‘Golden”, the overall card inside and out needs to speak to the theme. Your entry has been received and officially entered, Natalie, good luck!

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