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Dash of Inspiration: August 2016 Design Challenge

August 1, 2016

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This month we have three of our esteemed judges on vacation this week, as is Mindy, therefore we are going to postpone the voting of the July Challenge until August 8th. So we thank you for your great “Peace Theme” entries and will have your results around the 10th of August.

In the meantime, let’s kick off our August Dash of Inspiration Design Challenge to infuse a sparse category with some fresh new designs!

Theme: First Halloween In Your New Home

Requirements:

  • The message of the category/recipients must be clear in the card front text and/or inner verse.
  • Must be approved for the Holidays > Halloween Cards > 1st / First Halloween > In your New Home category.
  • Recipient must be ‘general’, in other words; any relation-specific creations should be done after the challenge – not for the challenge.
  • Imagery must include a home, house, or castle (haunted house okay too) – big or small somewhere in the image.

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Entry Deadline: Wednesday, August 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:

Holidays > Halloween Cards > 1st / First Halloween > In your New Home

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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: August 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 35,000 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: 1.9K!
  • 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©

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia Bryant permalink
    August 9, 2016 12:43 pm

    Doreen,

    Here is my entry for this month’s contest:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/1st-first-halloween/in-your-new-home/two-ghost-with-haunted-house-1444802?aid=269112

    PID: 1444802

    Good luck, everyone!

    Julia

    • August 17, 2016 2:58 pm

      Hello, Michelle. Pleased to see you were inspired to join us this month! Your entry has been received, good luck!

  2. Gail Pepin permalink
    August 17, 2016 5:21 pm

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/1st-first-halloween/in-your-new-home/happy-1st-halloween-new-home-1445876?aid=137747

    Hi Doreen,
    The link above is to my entry for the August Design Challenge.
    PID: 1445876

    Thank you,
    Gail Pepin

  3. August 19, 2016 11:40 am

    Good morning Doreen,
    I would like to enter this design into the contest. Wonderful designs entered so far!

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/1st-first-halloween/in-your-new-home/happy-1st-halloween-in-your-1446434

    Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    August 19, 2016 6:45 pm

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for the month pid#1445610 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/1st-first-halloween/in-your-new-home/first-halloween-in-new-house-1445610
    Such cute designs so far! Good luck to all of you, take care, Laurie

    • August 19, 2016 7:33 pm

      Hi Laurie! Fun to see your raccoons in another challenge. 🙂 Entry received, good luck!

      • Laurie Schneider permalink
        August 19, 2016 8:13 pm

        Thank you, the boys are always up for a good challenge! 🙂

    • August 25, 2016 3:13 pm

      Welcome, Susan! Isn’t this the first time you’ve entered a challenge? So fun to see new faces 🙂 Your entry has been received, good luck.

      • August 25, 2016 9:27 pm

        Thank you, Doreen. Yes, I think this must be my first time for entering a Challenge. I’m hoping to get going with my card designing again – this seemed a good way to start.

      • August 25, 2016 10:11 pm

        That’s great news, Susan! I’ve always been a fan of your canine cards in particular 🙂

      • August 26, 2016 9:06 am

        Awww… Thank you so much! (all encouragement gratefully accepted)

  5. August 30, 2016 3:21 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Here is my spooky house 1st Home for Halloween entry for the August Design Challenge:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/1st-first-halloween/in-your-new-home/first-new-home-for-halloween-1447368

    It is PID1447368.

    Great designs so far – good luck everyone!

    Thanks so much,

    Teri

  6. August 31, 2016 5:45 am

    Hi, Doreen,

    Hmm. Ten terrifyingly terrific entries so far, so I guess I’ll make it a prime number with my very proper looking ghosts (PID# 1448110):

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/1st-first-halloween/in-your-new-home/first-halloween-in-new-home-1448110

    Christi

    • August 31, 2016 2:48 pm

      Hi Christi. Your very proper looking ghosts appear ready for prime time! Your entry has been received, good luck.

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