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Dash of Inspiration: July 2016 Design Challenge

July 1, 2016

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As our judges get to work judging June’s challenge entries, we are ready to kick off our new July Design Challenge. So get those creative juices fired up for a fun theme this month!

Theme: Peace

Requirements:

  • The message of peace must be clear in the card front text and/or inner verse.
  • All forms of ‘peace’ are eligible. Inner peace, offering of peace, world peace, hippy era; however it inspires you to create something new and different. Humorous, spiritual and anything in between is acceptable.
  • To make the judges job a bit easier we created a list of more common/recognizable symbols of peace for you to choose from. Your imagery must include at least one of these:
    • Peace sign, circular or fingers.
    • Olive branch.
    • White dove or pair of doves (with or without the olive branch).
    • Peace pipe from Native American culture.
    • Japan’s origami white crane as their symbol of peace.
    • Praying hands for Namaste.
    • Yin Yang symbol.
    • White flag (“I surrender” theme).

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Entry Deadline: Sunday, July 31st

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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:

Almost endless choices. Use your imagination to make a design to fit birthdays, holidays, encouragement, etc. Also note these categories for consideration:

Retro sub-categories in many holidays/occasions

and

Peace sub-categories

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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: July 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 33,000 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: 1.7K!
  • 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!
  • NEW starting this month, GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.

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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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Doreen Erhardt©2016

 

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2016 12:47 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Peace – What a great idea! We could use more of peace in the world today 🙂
    Here is my entry

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/religious-spiritual/have-faith/peace-christian-encouragement-card-scripture-1440924?aid=289338

    Hi Cisillia, great card!

    🙂 Barbara

  2. Cisillia Tay permalink
    July 11, 2016 2:27 pm

    Doreen, Barbara, thank you both.

  3. Liz permalink
    July 12, 2016 12:54 am

    Joining in for this timely theme. http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/peace/peaceful-christmas-with-dove-and-1440938?aid=133634
    Great cards submitted so far!

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 20, 2016 11:05 pm

    Hi Doreen, I am late coming out of the gate this month but here goes http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/internationaldayofpeace/general/international-day-of-peace-september-1442540. Such beautiful entry’s so far, good luck to you all! Take care, Laurie

  5. July 22, 2016 11:55 pm

    Hi Doreen. Here’s my entry for this month. It’s a bit different since the word “Peace” reminded me of Spa when I read your post. So I went that way. I hope it’s ok. PID 1442996 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/invitations/party-by-theme/spa-day/diamond-background-scene-with-spa-1442996 Good luck everyone!

    • July 23, 2016 1:22 am

      Hello Joy. Hey, these challenges are all about being inspired to create something new. As long as you meet the requirements – and you did – then we’re happy. 🙂 Entry received, good luck!

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