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Dash of Inspiration: January 2017 Design Challenge

January 2, 2017

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Happy New Year! While Mindy and Nasser review all the nominations for the 2016 Founders’ Choice Awards, we’ll kick off the New Year with a fun new challenge.

Theme: Dance Teacher

Requirements:

  • Must feature imagery which is dance related. Any form of dance, any living creature dancing, sentimental or humorous – all are accepted –  as long as dance is an obvious visual theme.
  • Must be approved for one of the listed categories below.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Tuesday, January 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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Choose ONE Category:

Birthday >> Occupation Specific >> Dance >> Dance Teacher

Holidays >> Occupation Appreciation Observances >> Dance Teacher Appreciation Day

Holidays >> Teacher Appreciation Day >> Dance Teacher

Occasions >> Thank You >> Teacher >> Dance Teacher

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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: 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.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the categories above to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.

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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 38,000 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: 2K!
  • 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.
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!

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!
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!

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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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14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2017 1:30 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    A great way to start the new year.
    Wishing everybody a wonderful 2017, filled with lots of creativity and lots of peaceful moments.

    Here’s my entry:
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/occupationspecific/danceteacher/happy-birthday-dance-teacher-ballerina-1462406?aid=289338

    Good Luck to everybody!
    🙂 barbara

  2. Liz permalink
    January 10, 2017 12:01 am

    Happy New Year to everyone! Here is my entry for the January challenge.
    PID #1462936
    http://artist.greetingcarduniverse.com/thank-you-cards/teacher/dance-teacher/dance-teacher-thank-you-little-1462936

  3. January 14, 2017 2:01 pm

    Hi Doreen!

    Here’s my submission for the challenge:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/occupationspecific/danceteacher/ballet-elephant-with-music-notes-1463434?aid=269112

    PID#1463434

    Thank you!
    Julia

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    January 16, 2017 11:33 pm

    Hi Doreen, I hope your New Year is going great so far! Here is my submission http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/thank-you-cards/teacher/dance-teacher/thank-you-to-dance-teacher-1463682 Pid#1463682 Good luck to everyone, Take care, Laurie

  5. January 22, 2017 3:59 pm

    Hi Doreen, such lovely cards everyone has created! Here is my entry. Happy New Year fellow artists! Thanks, Michelle

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/thank-you-cards/teacher/dance-teacher/thank-you-dance-teacher-teaching-1462458?aid=276330

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